Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tugging along

Ive started to revamp my diet . I haven't had a whole lot of ambition lately. I cant seem to figure it out. I'm pretty happy most days and I would say my moods are pretty constant but I cant seem to get the want to do anything. Someone mentioned it might be a slight case of depression. I have all these goals like reading 2 books in a week (I have a pile of 20 that I have to read), go running every day, some day complete a half marathon, lose 50 lbs., get my Doula certificate and start eating 80% raw. So far I'm about 60% raw and that has only been the last 2 weeks. Ive decided to stop buying unhealthy food and stop eating out as much so that I'm not tempted to eat all the junk. Problem is that I'm married and Chris has little interest in eating healthy so he likes to be the devils advocate and seduce me into eating junk (it really doesn't take much to break me). On the plus side, I have started juicing wheat grass, I'm taking wild yam, a female hormone tincture and red raspberry leaf tea to help with my hormones. We'll see how it goes. My goal is to read The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by the end of this week.
Ive also been looking at taking herbs for the liver. A lot of sites list Dandelion, Burdock, Chamomile, Licorice and Milk Thistle as being really good herbs for the liver. I found a recipe on for a liver cleanse. It looks pretty simple so I might try it this weekend and see how it goes.

Liver Cleanse Recipe

Liver Cleanse Juice

This is an excellent liver cleanse recipe that I have adapted from about four or five other liver cleanse recipes that I have tried over the years. I have supercharged it with a few extra ingredients, but have put the main, base ingredients in bold to highlight the essentials.

I would recommend doing this over the weekend, and in the morning. It is particularly effective if you have undertaken some light exercise such as walking or jogging prior to the liver cleanse as this helps to get the toxins moving out of the body and invigorates the lymph system.

After the juice I would also recommend some breathing exercises to help the lymph flow on its way!

The Recipe for the Ultimate Liver Cleanse!

Serves 2

  • 2 large grapefruits
  • 4 lemons
  • 300ml of distilled water (or filtered)
  • 2 tablespoons of Udo’s Choice (or cold pressed flax oil
  • 1 teaspoon of acidophilus
  • 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 2 inches of fresh root ginger
  • Optional: a dash of cayenne pepper!


  1. Squeeze the juice of the grapefruit and lemon into a blender
  2. Next, grate the garlic and the ginger, and then using a garlic press, squeeze this into the juice
  3. Now add the water, Udo’s and acidophilus powder and blend for 30 seconds
  4. Add more ginger/garlic to taste

This juice contains all of the most potent liver cleansing ingredients, and gives your liver a gentle flush and the opportunity to heal itself. There are no side effects to this drink, apart from a bit of garlic-breath for a while. However, the grapefruit removes most of the odour.

I have also been told that this is the most incredible hangover cure in the world – so it might be worth bearing in mind just for that! It contains everything you would need to cure a hangover (vitamin c, omega 3, probiotics, water, ginger) so I can see how it would work!


Natalie said...

I don't know anyone who could live up to those expectations. Not a single one of your goals is fathomable to me in my place in life. Don't be too hard on yourself. I think you might be happier if you lower your expectations a bit and relish more success. I would count 60% raw a success. I feel like when you tell yourself 'no' all of the time, you are much more likely to go crazy when you give in a little and end up with a whole lot you wish you hadn't had. You also spend a lot of time thinking about what you can't have and feeling deprived. (when I say 'you' I mean people in general) Also, I think running 3 days/week is a huge success. Maybe work on just one thing at a time? I know I get overwhelmed when there is too much on my plate - then I fail at everything. Good luck Katrina!

Alicia said...

I second Natalie's comments. Don't put too many expectations on yourself- take one goal at a time. You can set yourself up to fail, and that is pretty depressing if you think you fail all the time. It is all about balancing life. No extreme either way is good. Live in the moment! :) You are doing a great job at what you are doing!