My Experience Following the Medical Medium Simplified 3:6:9 Cleanse [to support healing of vestibular migraines]
On May 1st I jumped into the Medical Medium Simplified 3:6:9 Cleanse detailed in the book Cleanse to Heal by Anthony William. Being home more during this time of Coronavirus encouraged me to take the step. I was able to be prepping food in my kitchen for my meals and rest a bit more as needed, and the timing just felt right.
I want to take this time to heal my body completely from my vestibular something. As I wean completely off my migraine medication I want to be deeply supporting my body on a holistic level. I still deal with pain migraines occasionally and my joints are sometimes achy and tight. Further, I deal with moderate acne here and there (nothing like I did at 15 though!) and I know this is telling a story of what needs to be cleansed from my body inside. I know this is my body talking to me.
I'm not going to give all the details of the cleanse because it can be found in the book which I talked about lots in this blog post and in this video. I'm documenting this journey not only for myself but for all the incredible Vestibular Warriors out there fighting for their health.
I believe in healing.
Medical Medium Cleanse to Heal
I encourage you to do your own reading of Cleanse to Heal before diving into any of the cleanses from the book. There is so much goodness to soak in from the book and diving into a cleanse without the knowledge behind it isn't the way to go. Knowledge is power, friends. There are a few cleanse variations and you cater it to what works best for you. After all, we all cleanse and detox differently because what we're healing from is not identical on the inside.
I know that so many Vestibular Warriors relate to my story (which I detail in my book) and I hope by continuing to share my story, others are empowered along their journeys. My heart is moved by Anthony's latest book and it's certainly one that I will need to read more than once and will be a resource for life.
Medical Medium Simplified 3:6:9 Cleanse
Below you will find diary-like entries of what I experienced along the cleanse, how I felt and anything else I felt drawn to share. I do not share everything I ate, but rather give a glimpse. Note that I was also taking many of the supplements recommended for those dealing with vertigo/tinnitus/migraines. (I had been taking several of the supplements the past three months as they were recommend in Medical Medium Thyroid Healing which discusses vestibular symptoms, but adjusted my dosage based on Cleanse to Heal's exact recommendations.)
Again, please read the book before diving in so you fully understand the why + how behind the cleanse. And I hope you enjoy the YouTube video I put together on my experience!
It being May 1st it felt like a really good day to start the cleanse with a fresh month! I said to myself it's only 9 days without the things that I know will be hard to give up (radical fats like avocados and nut butters, cacao, matcha lattes) and I really want to give my body this gift. Day 1 went by in a flash of deliciousness.
I texted a good friend to let her know I was jumping in and make myself accountable. The first three days are not meant to be drastic- more like a warm up. I'd say I've been living in warm-up mode the last few months (and much of my healing journey) so nothing about it was intense for me. If anything it was me getting in my typical groove of waking up and having lemon water, then moving to celery juice, smoothie and a nourishing plant-based meal (that's a spinach pesto that I dipped the potatoes in). Something I know I'll need to focus on is making sure to get the lemon water throughout the day. That pink smoothie was heaven (made of 2 bananas, frozen dragon fruit, wild blueberries and water).
I woke up feeling really good today. I read books to my youngest and drank my lemon water. Eventually I made my celery juice. Thirty minutes later I was ready for breakfast! By lunch I was hungry for a smoothie (cherries, bananas, wild blueberries + an orange) and then craving a solid meal, and the falafel patties hit the spot. I spent the afternoon reading more of Cleanse to Heal and relaxing with my boys. Potato pizza boats for dinner. My skin was really clear today (no blemishes). I know that this is the more lax period of the cleanse and my body is gearing up for the upcoming days.
I felt at ease today. No intense cravings and more of a gratitude for committing to this cleanse. I woke up thankful I had stuck with it. Nights tend to be the hardest- not because I'm truly hungry as I'm eating plenty of food, but more because nights are when I turn to my raw nut/date pies and cacao smoothies and all the dessert-like stuff. But tonight I felt satisfied and thankful.
Today the celery juice amount jumped to 24 oz. I easily got it down and was looking forward to a hearty breakfast! Boy did I enjoy that oatmeal with wild blueberries and maple syrup. It felt like an indulgence and delicious. We went on a hike after and I was glad to have eaten a big bowl. I enjoyed the leftover stuffed-peppers for lunch and made a pot of portobello mushroom stew. The stew was packed with veggies (carrots, garlic, celery, onion, potatoes), but I was missing my curry dishes packed with more flavor.
Let's just say tonight I'm feeling a bit irritable as I type this, but I look at this as part of the cleansing process. It's a physical and spiritual experience and I'm in for the ride. I'm about to read in Cleanse To Heal about the emotional side of cleansing.
I'm feeling it tonight.
I'm feeling the detox today.
I woke up tired in a way that I can tell my body is fighting something. Drinking the 24 oz. of celery juice wasn't enjoyable this morning like it normally is. All I can think is that it feels like toxins are dying off. That sums it up. I had a big bowl of oatmeal with wild blueberries and maple syrup again this morning and it definitely hit the spot. It's amazing to me with just making the shift of cutting radical fats (nuts, seeds, avocados), matcha lattes and basically my vegan desserts is creating this change. It's eye-opening to experience how my body really did need the break from those items so it could detox. I can imagine that cutting all the trouble maker foods all at once for someone would create quite a storm of emotions. My little shifts are definitely taking me on a journey and even though I'm really feeling the cleanse today, I'm looking forward to what the next 4 days will bring. I almost can't imagine the shift yet.
It's mid-afternoon now and it's funny what a few hours will do. I went for a walk with my boys and made a delicious mango/berry parfait and I'm feeling so much more at ease and energized. It's definitely a flow of energy that I'll keep on moving through.
Getting down the celery juice was not so enjoyable today. I feel like the toxins/pathogens must be dying off or finding their way out. I truly never felt terrible, but I'm so in tune with my body that I feel the shift. Today I'm definitely missing chocolate and my bean burritos with avocados. I had no idea cutting radical fats (for this cleans) would be hard. I went food shopping today and boy am I looking forward to Sunday. I went to bed hungry even though I had eaten plenty of goodness. I just wasn't craving the nightly apple. I worked on my website into the night and my mind was happily distracted.
I woke up this morning feeling rejuvenated.
Like any struggle from the last 24 hours was faded... and I was stepping through the light. Like a weight had been lifted. I made a sweet potato stew from the book for dinner and worked late into the night on my holistic nutrition schooling. I'm so close to completing my certification to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist!!! I felt surprisingly energized at 12am as I continued to work away. And then grateful for sleep.
I spent the day working outside on our deck while the boys played outside. The day passed quickly in the sunshine. That smoothie bowl was heaven and it was my fuel to power through the day without feeling drained. Oh the beautiful power of fruit. I made a curry cauliflower dish from the book that was not really something I'd typically make and it was surprisingly satisfying.
As I sit here writing about day 9, I can't believe it's here. Looking back it seems easier than it felt in all the moments. But today I woke up energized and feeling quite fantastic. I drank a melon smoothie (cantaloupe + watermelon) as we drove to the trail and it tasted so damn good. We went on an unintentional 5 mile hike with our boys. We didn't realize the trail wasn't a loop and had to turn back (and repeat the 2.5ish miles), but the boys were such champs. I was the one who had a freak out moment in my head of "All I've had today is celery juice, melon smoothie, orange juice...can I do this?" It's funny because I felt really good, but my mind was having those thoughts while my physical body was like "hell yes, you feel awesome". The 4+ hour hike was great because I was out in nature with my favorite people and not home thinking about what I couldn't eat.
Our bodies are incredible.
We are meant to feel really freaking good.
We are meant to uncover bliss.
This has been a beautiful experience with ups and downs, and my mind & body is thanking me for taking the leap.
Thanks for following along on my journey.
Em's book: Uncovering Bliss: A Journey with a Vestibular Condition and Beyond
Vestibular Warrior Wellness Hub + Resources
YouTube Videos [Vestibular Warrior]
Oils Routine for Vestibular Warriors
Em's Routine When Symptoms Heighten
Migraine Vegan Diet
Bliss Out Vibes Podcast for Vestibular Warriors