Sunday, March 12, 2017

Terribly proud of myself

Last month, I went to see an Ayurvedic Healer to help me get my messed up hormones back on track.  

When she told me I had to quit coffee and chocolate, I stared at her in disbelief and asked, "You got to be kidding me?"

And then she said for the next three weeks, all I get to eat is mung bean dahl, basmati rice, and cooked leafy greens.  No other food at all - no other veggies, no fruit, nothing.  Just dahl for breakfast.  Dahl for lunch.  And dahl for dinner.

You know what I said then?

"You got to be FUCKING kidding me."  

So now you know I have a terrible potty mouth.  I bet you didn't know that about me.

But what would you say if someone told you to give up coffee, chocolate, and only eat dahl for three weeks?  If you want to maximize your health, you need to detox and cleanse your body, so that's what I did.

Did you hear what I just said?  I did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, that's me smiling, after eating mung beans for 60 meals in a row, and this is a sweater I just finished knitting.  Because when all your pleasures are taken away from you, you gotta hang on to something, and knitting is my life raft.

(In case you're wondering, this is a free knitting pattern from Ravelry).

So, anyway.  I am done with this cleanse, and it did clean me out, if I may say so and leave it at that to spare you the details.

Eating mung beans, rice and greens is super easy to digest so your liver and the rest of the body can rejuvenate and detox.

I'll tell you more about it another day, when I know how much good it did farther out into the future, but for now, I want to show you this:

This is all the snow that dumped on us last week after all the snow that had dumped on us already melted.  So if you saw pictures of green lawn and us pruning roses and stuff, forget it.  It's all white again, although it IS now raining like crazy and the snow is slowly melting.

I just looked at the weather forecast, and it predicts massive amounts of rain for the next ten days.  Hmpf.  At least it's not snow.

You can see why this is the perfect knitting weather, right?  Now that I'm done with the cleanse, I need another excuse to neglect the children laundry, so I'll take shitty weather as an excuse.

On that note, I just finished making another sweater for our new doggie.  Don't make fun of me.

Since the days are getting longer, the chickens have stepped up their egg production.

By the way, did you know that I created a self-paced online workshop/course that teaches everything about raising organic chickens for egg production?

Everything you ever wanted to know about keeping healthy chickens is covered in it, and also an excellent video and plans on how to build a chicken tractor. 

Go get the course here!

And the goats are looking rounder and more pregnant every day.  I can't wait for goat babies!

The dogs are doing well, too.  A little grumpy about all the rain, but they're getting snuggled a lot, so it's all good.

I'll leave you with images of hope.  We went to Bellingham the other day, which is one and a half hours West of us, and spring is happening there.  They have snow drops and other blooming things!  Ohhhh!!!

And the most beautiful sign of hope is our son Luke.  We went to a check-up at Seattle Children's Hospital to see how his heart is doing.  The news is good.  He still has a heart aneurysm, but he's super strong and healthy.  

If you want to know how this all happened, you can read my story about his fight with Kawasaki disease here.

And you know what?  Just for fun, look at these flint knapped arrowheads Luke made.  He's been apprenticing with a master flint knapper, and it shows, don't you think?


  1. Spring is here, and I'm sending more to you!

  2. WOW!! To this. Good for you and I am so ready to hear more about the cleanse....that would be so difficult. The pictures are gorgeous. Bless you and your family, y'all are an inspiration.

  3. Wow 60 meals that takes real dedication! How do you feel since you did the cleanse or it to soon to know?Are you going back to drinking coffee and chocolate or are you done with it permanently? I would kinda like to do that but will wait to hear your results.
    I drink decaffeinated green iced tea during the day and drink one real sugar pepsi a day. I know the pepsi is bad for me.

    Pictures are beautiful and the sweater is so pretty and looks so nice on you. You are a great knitter for sure.

    Love the flint arrows. Those are works of art. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful things. I just love your blog.


    1. Linda, thanks for your sweet words!
      I think for now I will stay off the coffee and chocolate. As for sugar, I haven't done any refined sugar for four years, and it's a great habit to kick.
      In terms of how I feel: I will let you all know how this is turning out. I know I did some great detoxing and cleansing, and that's always a good thing for the body! My moods felt great and stable during the whole thing. My body feels great.

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  5. I need an ayurvedic healer. I feel like a potato eating, goodie eating slug after his winter. My main obstacle is the hubster that would not do a cleanse to save his life! Hard to fix his food and my food without tasting! Help!

    1. You know, considering that Ayurveda has been around for such a long, long time and has successfully healed people forever, it's a great system!


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