It’s a Beautiful Day

It’s Tuesday Tunes…feel free to steal the button and play along!

I had been feeling like crap for a couple of months. Totally out of whack. Tired, lethargic, moody (and I’m normally not), anxious, depressed and on top of all things felt like maybe I had IBS. I felt terrible. I’m not one for medicine; I try to avoid it like the plague. So I did what I normally do in that instance…I headed to http://www.amazon.com and looked up books on female hormones because I just new that’s what was up. I go to Amazon, look up the ratings and reviews, and then get them from the library. What, I’m cheap, ok?

I got about 10 books and most of them were not what I was looking for but this one was the ticket. It’s called Total Renewal by Frank Lipman. He’s a little over the top in some areas but I have been doing the Restorative Diet for almost 2 weeks now and I feel amazing. I feel like a new person. The first two days I thought I was not going to make it because it’s pretty restrictive…but after that I felt awesome.

Basically, for 2 weeks, no caffeine, no bread, no dairy, no sugar, very little fruit and it has to be eaten alone, lots of water, turkey, chicken and vegetables. Now I normally eat healthy…but this is a whole other level!! Oh and I forgot…no alcohol!!! You can see why this was daunting…but I really felt terrible and wanted to feel better. Almost 2 weeks into it, I can honestly tell you that I feel amazing. I definitely can’t keep up this restrictive of a diet forever, but I can modify it somewhat for something that works for me.

All of this to say…I’m glad I put myself first and did this for myself. As a mom, it’s so easy to put yourself last and forget about you. But eventually your body will remind you that it’s there…and that you’re not taking proper care of it. And when you do start taking care of it? Well, then It’s a Beautiful Day!!

This song is one of my favorites by U2. It makes me happy and motivates me and reminds me that every day is truly beautiful.

Enjoy!

Beautiful Day by U2
The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
There’s no room
No space to rent in this town

You’re out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you’re not moving anywhere

You thought you’d found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

You’re on the road
But you’ve got no destination
You’re in the mud
In the maze of her imagination

You love this town
Even if that doesn’t ring true
You’ve been all over
And it’s been all over you

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
And see the bird with the leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colors came out

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now

Was a beautiful day

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8 responses to “It’s a Beautiful Day

  1. My husband does a cleanse every so often and he says he feels better after them too. I’m not so sure I could do the no caffeine part, though!

  2. I did a very restrictive cleanse once for 30 days! It was insane. I felt good but became so irritable over the extra work it took to prepare meals and snacks to eat. It was worth it in the end though!

    Major kudos to you! Because I know how it’s not an easy thing to stick to.

    Oh happy day to you!

  3. I love this song so much it makes my heart hurt!

  4. I also did a pretty restrictive detox last year around this time under the guidance of a naturopath. It was for 3 months! I never thought I would make it past the first hour, much less 3 months. In the end, I did it. And it did the job it was meant to do. This week, I started a VERY MILD 2-week cleanse, and it’s so much easier to do compared to last year. I don’t feel so bad about it … except for the extra prep, like Kristen said.

  5. Oh, and great choice of song!

  6. You should also check out Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss – It’s a great reminder that taking care of our soul will automatically make our bodies healthier, stronger. It’s a great read! Thanks for the pick-me-up song today too! What a great way to spend today:o)

  7. No caffeine? No alcohol? All at the same time??

    OK, I know my body could use a good cleanse but I couldn’t handle that. I do yoga instead and pull really hard during the twist/wringing-out moves, LOL! Kudos for you, though, glad you are feeling great!

  8. Is this supposed to help with hormones and such? I have been wanting to find some sort of natural way of leveling those darn things

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