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It’s all over the news: two drinks a day is a ok. That’s if it’s alcohol cause if you’re consuming 2 fizzy drinks a day, well then, that’s a whole different story.
Then there’s the news about the value of resveratrol in wine. Well, that along with my Italian heritage was all permission I needed to justify enjoying a glass of wine (or two) an evening.
Last October I decided to go coffee free for the month. This was born out of the awareness that we have become a society where needing the jolt in the morning has become acceptable. At the same time I found I was needing more of the kick yet enjoying it less. I was the sort that a part of my night routine was to prepare my morning coffee maker. My favorite was ground freshly and the timer set to go off precisely 10 minutes before my alarm. I would lay in bed contemplate hitting a snooze button, then my senses would pick up the aroma of my fresh jolt waiting for me.
Drag myself down the stairs, barely awake, the brown liquid poured into my favorite mug. Although it seemed like in an instant when I am certain it was more a gradual process that I was unaware of, I had an epiphany that I was needing this more than enjoying it.
May of this year I did a 5 day detox. That in itself had a joke……”heck if I can’t have wine I may as well go to bed!” Interesting how during those 5 days I would have THE BEST SLEEP. I have done this program before and am well aware of the power of it. This time around my results were very disappointing. I was baffled and yes a tad frustrated. My one daughter made a comment about it “being my age”!!!! My age! My age! My whole life all needed to do is talk to my metabolism and it fires up! I haven’t experienced a “weight problem” for 3o years. Ah yes, I thought a bit more calmer……… my age. This is very similar to when another daughter was a preteen; I reminded her that right now as a 11 year old, she can eat ice cream every day, BUT there will come a time when that will not serve you. Between being in the process of, or right at the doorstep of menopause, there’s a lot of “stuff” going on. My liver is working pretty darn hard right now. Something needs to change!!!!
The same awareness that carried me to the doorstep of coffee free, is carrying me to Sober In October. “Sober? But mom you’re not a drunk” – 16 year old daughter. Interesting, that society says it’s acceptable to have the couple of glasses a day. WedMD says that one of the signs of alcohol abuse and/or dependency is that “You feel like you must drink just to get by”. Being honest with ourselves is a huge first step: I don’t need the glass of wine to get by BUT I do recognize that I need the glass of wine to relax.
A recovering alcoholic to talk about dependencies.
A naturopath to share on what happens in the body (the liver) with daily exposure to alcohol
Strategies on how to relax at the end of busy days
In sharing my intention today with my naturopath, the last thing she said to me was that she was glad I was doing this.
So am I………………………………….
The liver. That childhood food, that if cooked the right way, was a tolerable once a month family dinner.
My other childhood memory of “the liver” was that people occasionally perished from liver disease that was usually associated with a level of alcoholism. That’s it! That was my experience of the liver.
A couple of things happened simultaneously. Within my circle there was first the diagnosis then ultimate untimely passing of dear ones due to liver disease. These were people whom I knew their lifestyle habits. There was no level of alcohol abuse happening.
Then through good fortune I attended a seminar that was focused around “diet”. A doctor spoke of the liver and its role in weight management. A couple of tidbits of information were:
A) Fructose. Stay away from it. It has an ability to sneak into the liver and it is very hard for the liver to process.
B) Binge drinking. It’s not the calories in alcohol that cause the weight gain. It’s the weekend, Friday night, party night. After an over indulgence it takes the liver a week to process/clean out the system. The liver is also crucial in metabolising fats. As much as we can multi task, some parts of the body cannot. Given the choice, the liver basically focuses on the alcohol, as it appears the most immediate threat, for the complete week. JUST when it’s ready to get back to fat, the weekend comes again. And so the cycle continues. The weight gain is the minimal of the concerns. As miraculous as the body is, it can only take so much of this and disease happens.
THEN having another good fortune, being with the company at the right place, I got to hear Dr.Libby Weaver talk liver health.
We all know by now the skin is the largest organ, it absorbs EVERYTHING we put on it. The liver, it’s the second largest. It now processes not only everything we put in our bodies but also everything we put on it
Considering some of you are still using chemical and parabin loaded products on your skin and still eating processed foods (yes that includes eating out)……….Man that’s a lot of work on your liver!!!!
Hormones……..your dear liver even processes those! Those monthlies and menopause, have you noticed that not only yours, but for the men, those around you have gotten, hmmmm, shall we say a little more intense?
The best and easiest way Dr.Libby explained it: hold out your hand, open your fingers. Imagine where your wrist is as the entry to your liver from your body. Everything, EVERYTHING that goes into your body and on your skin is coming in through your wrist. Your palm is your liver. Your fingers are the exit. Folks, we have a traffic jam happening. OVERLOAD. Things (hormones, chemicals, alcohol) are unable to exit and leave the body. What happens? They go right back into your system, to try again at another time.
Now imagine that happening day after day, week after week, year after year……..breakdown>>>>>>>>>disease.
The liver is the major fat burning organ in the body and regulates fat metabolism. In her book “Accidentally Overweight” , Dr. Libby offers a quickie test to see if you need to lover your liver more. Take your hand; that area right under where a bra strap would be (under the pecs for you guys), and place it there. IF you feel a liver roll you may want to think about making some changes.
Ok, so you get it. You want to (hopefully not NEED to yet) make some changes. Start with your “diet”.
*Stay away from sugars
*avoid foods that are processed
*take a lot more “C” – RDA doesn’t cut it anymore. Reach for optimal levels
*eat veggies and greens. Go for color
*eat your food raw or at least one meal a day
*get off the drugs
*eat less fat
Foods that support your liver (organic is best):
*turmeric (the livers favourite spice)
AND remember your supplements……..
In recognizing the difficulty for many people in making changes that support their health on many levels I offer a two step transition:
STEP ONE: OBSERVE. For one week simply observe yourself. Imagine that you are observing someone else’s life. Step outside yourself and notice your habits, what you feed yourself. Notice the triggers. The times of the day and when in your life that better choices can be made
STEP TWO: DECIDE. Pick just one of those non-health supporting habits and resolve to, for just one week, change it/stop it.
You have just learned a valuable skill. Time to take it onto another level, another health supporting habit.
An example: after a week you notice you don’t drink enough water. You start to drink more. Then you add a lemon wedge. The next week it’s a slice of lime as well. You then may even venture into filtered water.
It really is THAT easy.
“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all cost and that is the risk of doing nothing
– Denis Waitely