Brain Fog Culprit

Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to help a friend pack her belongings and then attend a Boy Scout Eagle award ceremony. At both places, high sugar content items were readily available. My friend had a beautiful Dr. Pepper sitting her fridge calling my name. The scout’s mother made this type of punch that I have always had trouble saying no to – so I had 2 glasses of it. Needless to say, I had gone weeks without major simple sugars and in one day I get about 2 weeks’ worth shoved in my body. I had no idea the type of havoc it would cause.

Let me go back and tell you a story. For years, I my diet consisted of simple carbohydrates and I didn’t think anything of it. I knew that junk food was bad for you but I didn’t care if I lost weight or not. I am not a “dieter” and never will be. However, come 1 or 2 o’clock in the afternoon, I would be extremely exhausted and my brain would feel like it was foggy. I would either have to poor more caffeine down my throat or I would have to take a 15-30 minute power nap just to get through the day. I thought that I would have to live this way for the rest of my life.

Then, I became trained as a holistic health coach and became committed to avoiding simple carbohydrates as a way of life. I found ways around needing the junk sugars and feeling much more satisfied with my food. I eat lots of fruits now. In one day I could eat 2 apples, 1 banana, a grapefruit plus the fruits that go in my breakfast protein smoothie. However, my body feels like it is getting the sugars that it needs and normally I don’t feel like having the junk I used to crave.

A wonderful thing happened as I began eating this way. I noticed that afternoons came and went without me needing caffeine or a nap. I could think clearer and I had more energy. Of course, my day includes yoga and exercise which helps. I began getting used to having a lot of natural energy and I was loving it.

Then, last Wednesday came around and I was in a place where I didn’t have my fruits around. I also was dealing with the memory of the loss of both of my parents (my dad was buried on the day my mom died – just different years) so I had a lot of emotions I am still getting clear of. Needless to say, I gorged on those 3 sugary drinks thinking it wouldn’t hurt for one day.

The next day I felt like I had a hangover or that a Mack truck had run over me. I was irritable and had no energy. My brain was extremely foggy. I felt depression for the first time in months. I seriously craved more simple sugars and caffeine. It only took one day’s mistakes to throw me way back in what I had accomplished. I simply felt awful physically.

I spent that day helping my friend while analyzing my situation – WHY was I feeling so badly? I realized that simple sugars really are poison and my body was no longer used to dealing with those poisons. Sugar is a drug – a destructive drug.

If you have been suffering from Brain Fog, depression or lack of motivation, your first step just might need to be removing simple sugars from your life. They can come in the form of pastries, sodas, junk food, table sugar and so many more hidden items. A cleanse is a good way to get over the sugar addiction.  This is a cleansing beverage that I drink every day. It tastes wonderful and actually tastes semi-sweet without me adding sugar. You can find the recipe at http://foreverthin.me/2016/04/27/cleansing-water-detoxifying-the-body/. There are many more cleanses you can do that are extremely effective. Be sure to get with your health coach to identify one that meets your needs.

Cleansing Water – Detoxifying the Body

Cleanse Water Ingredients
Cleanse Water Ingredients

Cleansing is one of the best ways to restart your metabolism and remove addictions from sugar and caffeine. By cleansing, I am removing harmful toxins from the cells in my body and flushing them through my digestive system or through my skin. I am trying to use my skin as much as possible to not overuse my internal cleansing organs.

My official cleanse began on Monday – however, I quit drinking caffeine over the weekend. A side effect from doing so was a persistent headache.

On Monday, I put together several cleansing ingredients into an unsweetened water. My goal is to drink 1 gallon of this water each day and have found it difficult to do so. I am just not use to drink so much during the day.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2c. Organic Cranberry Juice – it took me forever to find pure cranberry juice.
  • 1/2c. Organic Grapefruit Juice – unsweetened of course.
  • 1/4c. Organic Lemon Juice
  • Lemon w/Hibiscus Herbal Tea- 2 teabags brewed in 1c. hot water
  • Dandelion Root Herbal Tea – 2 teabags brewed in 1c. hot water
  • Gallon of distilled/purified water.

Recipe:

  • Remove enough of the water to add all the juices and brewed teas. Can sweeten with natural sweetener such as Stevia or Blue Agave if you wish – I didn’t.
  • Drink a gallon a day for 3-7 days.

Menu:

  • Lots of green leafy veggies.
  • Avoid heavy meat and dairy – if you absolutely must eat then do earlier in the day so it doesn’t sit as long in your digestive system.
  • Don’t forget plain water.
  • Avoid simple carbohydrates and caffeine.

So far, this week my hips have gone down 1.5 inches. I am still getting some headaches and I realized that I have not been drinking enough plain water to go with the juice water. I have now alternated what I am drinking so I am giving water a chance to flush the toxins the juice is releasing.

Detoxifying the Skin:

One of the ways I am removing toxins is through my skin. Our skin is the largest organ on our body and it was one of the organs the body uses to flush toxins. In order to safely use this organ to flush the toxin, it is good to remember the following tips:

  1. Dry brush your skin before showering. This removes the dead skin and allows your skin to release better.
  2. Salt baths are great. Soaking in an Epson salt bath is a great way to pull toxins from inside your body. Don’t forget to shower off WITHOUT soap after doing so.
  3. Embrace the Sauna. When used properly, the sauna will help you sweat away the toxins. Use the following guidelines in order to be safe:
    1. Shower before and after.
    2. Stay in the sauna no more than 30 minutes at a time.
    3. If you start to feel sick or dizzy, leave immediately.
    4. Sit down outside of the sauna for at least 10 minutes after doing a sauna session.
    5. Drink 4 cups of water before and 4 cups after the sauna session.
    6. Wear lose fitting clothes
  4. Be sure to not use soaps or lotions after showering, bathing or sauna UNLESS it is a natural oil that lets your skin breath.

Keep in mind that there are other ways to cleanse the inside of the body. This is just one way I am trying right now. I will not suggest a cleanse to any of my clients that I haven’t tried first. I want to know how it affects my body and what my clients can expect. I will report back in once this week is complete.

Sending Love!

Mindy Millington

the ForeverThin Crew