It’s no secret that over the years I’ve been pretty hard on my body. In the back of my mind I thought if I just work it off through exercise I’ll burn off any of the stuff I’d put in and though exercise is great for cleaning out the body, I’ve learned that it wasn’t enough. Sherry has a great analogy for this, ‘if you put toxic materials on to a fire (and our body’s are a furnace) the residue of that doesn’t disappear into the ether, it forms toxic residue that remains in the body and can cause disease’.
When I first learned this to be quite honest I thought ‘oh shit, I’m doomed’ remembering the years of toxic crap that went into my body. I know the toll it took and looking back at pictures I can see the premature aging that was taking place. I was also told the Crohn’s was pretty much something I’d have to live with for the rest of my life. If you’ve been following me this far, you’ll know, that’s bullshit and you too might have some thoughts about your health that like me, freak you out to the point where you don’t know what to do, who to trust or are just stuck and can’t take action.
If you’ve ever seen the movie, ‘Touching the Void’ I highly recommend it. The reason I mention it is because there is a story within the movie where the guy falls down hundreds of feet into a crevice with a fractured leg and many other injuries. For most mountain climbers this is certain death. He had the choice in the moment to roll off the ledge he was on to immediate death or to try with his broken limbs to work his way out of the crevice. The story is amazing because he does get himself out at extraordinary odds. He’s interviewed in the movie and says something that is a great metaphor for life, ‘you’ve just got to make a decision and do it, right or wrong just make a decision’ and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve, how you can turn around the most dire of situations just simply by moving in the directions you want to go.
This have been true for my life. There was a time when I wanted to end it all. I’d burned a lot of bridges both with my body and people who mattered to me. There is a great thing in life though, redemption is possible. If you asked me at my bottom out if I could have a great life with a beautiful wife, awesome kids and get my health back, I would have told you, you were nuts. But making a decision today to go in the direction you want to can have results that you presently may not even be able to dream of. Just make a decision today to do something good for your body, your mind and your soul.
Here are some suggestions from Sherry and there are tons more I’m sure you can think of, so have a go.
Start the day with a big glass of water with a fresh lemon squeezed into it.
Make, buy or somehow get a fresh juice or veggie based smoothie and drink it.
Go for a walk, take a yoga class or find sometime in nature to just be and recharge.
Try Sherry’s recipe for a salad and buy organic ingredients.
Lastly, just do something, make a decision to do something that takes you in the direction you want to go. Think of coach John Wooden’s words ‘Don’t let what you cannot do, get in the way of what you can do’.
Glory Dressing and Big Bowl Salad
The Big Bowl Salad
4 cups of mixed lettuces
6 kale leaves, thinly sliced
2 ripe tomatoes, sliced into wedges
2 finger cucumbers, sliced thickly into half moons
2 baby carrots, washed and grated
1 beet, washed and grated
1/2 cup or generous handful of sunflower sprouts (they’re my favorite now) 2 Tbsp raw sunflower seeds
The Big Bowl Salad Variations:
Be creative, think seasonal, always organic even if that means less is more; let go and connect to what you feel will nourish you in the moment.
Lettuces and Greens – Spinach, Arugula/Rocket, Kales, Cabbages, Bok Choy, Chard, Collard, Dandelion Greens.
Bright Colored Vegetables – Beets, carrots, parsnip, celeriac, fennel, peppers, spring onion, leeks, cauliflower, broccoli, snow peas, beans…there are hundreds to choose from, see what inspires you from the organic section of your
Good Fats – Avocado, nuts & seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, coconut meat.
Fruits – Tomatoes, cucumber, citrus fruits like lemon, lime & grapefruit.
Do not be fooled by the simplicity of the ingredients—the magic is in choosing the best
quality you can ﬁnd, making sure it is organic and minimally processed.
4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, Bragg’s brand is a universal favorite
4 Tbsp cold-pressed organic olive oil (mix them up and vary the oils)
2 Tbsp miso paste, make sure it is raw, lighter-colored miso pastes seem to work
Blend in high-powered blender. Drizzle and coat salad.