I am a huge fan of green juice and green smoothies. For the sake of this blog, I’ll briefly discuss the powerful benefits of juicing and how both it and colon lavage compliment each other. Juicing is an excellent way of getting more fruits and veggies into one’s diet. This is ideal for individuals who don’t like vegetables or can’t seem to fit them into the diet. Something as simple as a few leaves of kale, a handful of spinach, some celery, cucumber, ginger, and for extra added sweetness- a green apple and a few drops of liquid stevia (I prefer the Nu Naturals brand), can pack a huge energy boost. I often joke that green is the color of my coffee because it gives me so much of an energy high throughout my day.
One of the things about incorporating juicing into one’s lifestyle is that it really does wonders in allowing a wide range of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutrients directly into the cells. According to the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing, by James F. Balch, MD and Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, it is suggested that one consume two glasses of live juice (16 ounces) per day for health maintenance. Live juice is freshly pressed unpasteurized juice. However, I have found from my experience which I will share below that when doing a colon lavage intensive like the Poop-Odyssey, more juice is acceptable if you want to speed healing, experience deep tissue cleansing, or are recovering from illness. I am not a doctor so please do not take this as medical advice…just an opinion based on my personal journey.
In 2003, I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia and also was experiencing a host of other symptoms such as candida, hypo active thyroid and constipation to name a few. Green juice, green smoothies and bi-weekly colonics were the initial core aspects of my self-created healing protocol. However, one thing that I noticed as I got deeper into the process was the amount of poop that I was unloading. Mounds and mounds of waste matter was leaving my body with each colon session. This was waste that would not have otherwise been able to leave my body had it not been for the colon lavage/colonic sessions. My colon was not equipped to handle the massive amounts of waste matter that the juice was stirring up. Had it not been for the colon lavage, I would have been detoxing and simultaneously re-toxing: stirring up massive amounts of toxins and waste only to have them settle deeper into the tissues and body organs as a result of insufficient bowel movements. This is the mistake so many juicers make.
They completely skipped the colon aspect and find that they are on a 3, 5, or 10 day juice fast and experience minimal to no poop at all. The bowels have to be open and eliminating copious amounts off poop in order for a juice cleanse to be truly effective. Otherwise, the individual is going to further intoxicate the body with toxins. This is known as a form of autointoxication: when the body poisons itself with toxic waste matter. My philosophy? If you are doing large amounts of fresh pressed juice and are not pooping your face off…ALOT…then you are not cleansing.
While it seemed excessive initially, I experienced tremendous benefits from a series of 15 colonics over the course of several weeks in addition to taking a super powerful probiotic to repopulate my colon with healthy gut flora. What I soon realized was that my symptoms were dissipating and eventually left all together. No longer was I a slave to pain meds, anti-depressants, laxatives and the threat of having to take thyroid medicine.
I am still a work in progress and as I get older my body is less tolerant of the liberty that I sometimes take to be liberal when it comes over indulgence. I still have my treats but I always I return to and remain true to my initial core self-healing protocol.
Carly will incorporate more juice soon. I’m excited for her. She is doing much more of an intensive than I did in those early days of wellness recovery but I know that she will be successful. If God’s great pharmacy has it’s way, I am sure she will experience the evidence of flooding the body with nutrients through juicing as well.
Here’s a word from Miss Carly as she embarks upon adding more juice to the mix:
In the midst of all this colon cleansing I’ve had going on, I’ve also been working with an exceptional chiropractor. His name is Dr Nicholas Johnson, and while words alone fail to describe the artistry of what he does, I’ll at least make an attempt.
In essence, he blends the best of all worlds – traditional chiropractic care mixed with network spinal analysis, plus chakra clearing and energy work to boot. Never once have I felt like just another patient to him, because when he works on me, I know he’s working on me as an individual. He’s adjusting me according to what my body needs, not according to the same seven moves he does on all his other patients as dictated in a book he read in school. He almost knows my body as well as I do — and in some cases, better. Particularly when he helps my body do something I never thought it could do.
Interestingly, he’s been on his own healing journey, so when I told him what I was up to with Fatima, he took particular interest. Each session before we start working together, we have a bit of a pow wow and discuss what’s happening with me spiritually, physically and emotionally before he gets to work on me. But today started a little differently.
“Wow,” he said, looking me over when we got in the office. “Look at you! You’re glowing, your skin is so clear, your energy is different… it seems this experience is really benefitting you!”
I nodded. “Definitely.”
“And what day are you on?”
“Today starts day seven,” I told him.
“I can’t wait to see what happens when you hit day fifteen.”
One of the things I’ve found about working with Fatima and Dr. Johnson is that their work compliments each other so beautifully. I started working with Dr. Johnson before I started working with Fatima, and slowly but surely, I started noticing patterns between their two areas of expertise. Working with Dr. Johnson would help open up new areas in my body, which would help me release deeper with Fatima, which would help to open even more areas of the body when I went back to Dr. Johnson, back and forth, back and forth… it’s been a beautiful synergy of both their talents that has been leading me to an incredible wealth of healing.
So by the time I got off of Dr. Johnson’s table, I felt open and ready to work with Fatima.
“I want to talk with you about our trajectory, because my instinct is telling me it’s time to switch things up,” Fatima told me after I got set up on her table. (Funny how I find myself going from table to table these days!)
“Do tell,” I said.
“One of the great things about doing a juice cleanse is that it works like a detergent – it scrubs out your insides and really gets in there, and pulls out the things that need pulling out,” she explained. “But I think it works best when you give it the opportunity to work, you know?”
“I think if we spread out our last eight sessions a little more, it will work better with the juicing,” she said. “This will give your body a chance to find where it is now, adapt to the juicing, let the juicing do what it needs to do, and then we can come in and do clean-up as the juice is doing its work.”
“I think that sounds like a great idea,” I told her. “Because while I feel good right now and that I’m ready for this session, I also feel like afterward, I’m going to crash. I’ll for sure need a nap. I’m hitting a bit of a resistance point.”
Fatima nodded. “Isn’t that interesting that you’re hitting that point! I’m glad I heeded my intuition, then.”
That’s one of the many things I love about working with Fatima. She’s just as much a partner in your healing as you are, but she’s also not afraid to tell you what she thinks – and she’s always looking for the best path to get you to where you want to go. So while you might start out heading in one direction when you start, there’s also room for course corrections and alterations depending on your unique path to healing. So our plan for the rest of the intensive is to do three sessions in the next week, two the two weeks following, and then one session to close things out before we put together a maintenance plan going forward.
My session today was pretty standard – good chit chat and good, deep releases. There was one point where I was in the middle of a sentence, and Fatima took one look at the tube and held up her hand, saying, “Okay, no more talking – I’m going to let you enjoy this.” At first I wasn’t sure what she was talking about, and then the release hit: poopphoria followed by a buttgasm. I never realized letting go could feel so good.
It’s also fascinating how well Fatima can read what’s happening – or about to happen – based on what the water is doing. Sometimes she’ll look at the water and say, “Are you feeling nauseous?” or “Are you feeling crampy?” And sure enough, I am. My favorite is when she looks at the tube and only clear water is coming out, and all of a sudden she crows, “Ooh, here we go – something is happening!” I used to look at her with skepticism… until a massive release would hit from seemingly out of nowhere. Now I get as giddy as she does.
Just like I knew I would, I hit the wall when I got home. I felt emotional and fearful, a bit headachey, sometimes there was nausea and sometimes I just fell asleep for a while to replenish my energy. I wasn’t hungry – I’d downed a pretty hearty homemade smoothie the second I walked in the door, and probably had a bit too much of it to overcompensate for the emotional outpouring I was feeling. Had I not been through this cycle before, I probably would’ve flipped a bit… but it was familiar.
I think what sometimes happens to me is when I have series of big, deep releases – as I had with Fatima earlier, and even more so than in previous sessions – I freak out a little bit. It’s like, I know what I’m releasing isn’t mine and I don’t want or need it anymore, but by the same token, it had been with me for so long. So I go through a bit of mourning and discomfort as I process the release and make peace with it, then my body recalibrates itself and finds its new ground. In the beginning, this process would feel like it would never end – and I mean the beginning of my health journey, not just this 15-day intensive journey. Now? It’s a couple hours, maybe an evening. Which makes me feel like I’m that much closer to being on the other side of this.
I have one more session before I start my juicing portion of the journey, and I’ve already been prepping for it by doing juices during the day and saving my hearty smoothie for dinner at night. I’m excited to see what this does for the next leg of this healing journey – how it will unfold both inside and outside of me, and what gifts will present themselves from both realms. I can’t wait!