i started the 6 week cure yesterday. it's the book written by protein power power couple, the dr.s eades.
i went so far off track with everything lately that my body is right back where it used to be before i ever started eating primally. and, when i say that, i'm not talking about weight. a little over a year ago, my body got to the point where i could barely move. i'll never forget driving with my sister for a twelve hour trip and all that i could do was silently cry. it didn't matter how i sat, laid, walked, or moved, the pain crowded everything else out.
it had been a slow and steady degradation. i had lived through a war-zone for a couple years. the level of anxiety, fear, and stress that came with that was more than i could manage. there was a period of six weeks where i didn't sleep more than 2-3 hours a night because i was so terrified and worried. in the midst of that, i flew to new york to spend over a month living in a tent on my cousin's bare land. it saved my life and whet my appetite for a different lifestyle.
once i landed here, the culture shock and what is called here "post-traumatic shock syndrome" and what i used to call "waking up monday morning", my body aches and fatigue began in earnest. i tried veganism and it worked for a while but then i just felt undernourished and so tired. i went high-carb because i knew that there was a direct neural/chemical pathway between sugar and the release of seratonin. but, i had to eat a lot of carbs to neutralize the crash of the carbs i'd eaten earlier.
my road trip and the "vacation" that followed were my body's low points. i'd always been very active as a dancer growing up and able to do things with my body that other people could only googly eye at. but, at 35, i felt crippled, crispy, and cried about it often.
i had also gained a lot of weight but that didn't bother me anymore. i had learned to love my body and i thought that i was doing all the right things for it.
i started eating primally, moving primally, and found my energy again. but these past few weeks, i've thrown all caution to the wind, thinking myself "cured" and eaten my way back to the pain.
of course, the rainy, cold weather doesn't help. it makes me want to crawl into a cave and stay, buried in animal skins, until the sun comes back out in the spring.
i am exhausted, constantly. i can't get enough sleep. every joint hurts. i can feel every bone in my body, heavy, like a steel rod that my softer flesh has to make its way around.
so, i do what i alway do in a crisis. i read.
i found the eades's book "the 6-week cure for the middle-aged middle" and instantly knew that this is what i had to do. although it's marketing itself as a weight-loss thing, which is something that i know will temporarily work, what really draws me to it is that it is a strong liver supportive plan.
since i started yesterday, i'm in the first two weeks of the six week plan. each two weeks are a little different one from the other. i'm in the 3 shakes and 1 meal a day portion. that one meal a day has been the most delicious meal i've ever had, mostly because i'm hungry by then, but also because i'm finding joy again in food.
so i raise a shake to health.