“I am learning to let go of who and what no longer fits, and suddenly like magic I’m surrounded by good, caring people. I am, I am learning.” J Cioffa
My life is a barrage of pills, moods, malaise, emptiness, haze, mania, depression that stagnates my spirit, anxiety ping-ponging against my brain fighting an illness I cannot see. The willful fighter, deep-thinking me and misfiring neurons I cannot comprehend. There is no recovery from a serious mental illness, there is only finding ways to cope, reasons to get-up to battle and exist one more day.
I can’t just ‘pull it together,’ no matter how deep the desire or the will.
It’s generational. The genetic jackpot I won, but did not enter.
I. was. born. this. way.
I. was. born. this. way.
I won’t win, there is no winning, no contests, no rules. There is only luck and time before I am gone away.
I am not misguided, I understand exactly what I am up against. Well, sorta. I understand each day gets a little harder, the thoughts a little louder, the light a little dimmer and the physical discomforts heavier.
My words, while I can still see them and get them out are not to be misunderstood or misconstrued. This life, my life has been beautiful in more ways than I can write.
The memories help me stay.
The spirit animal kissing away my tears, snuggling so close I feel her beating heart against my skin is never too far away. She keeps me present and accountable.
Smiling from the heart is the rarity, and this dog makes me smile. Multiple times a day. She understands my crazy, the sorrow and spectacular. She loves me anyway.
No matter the color or mood.
Clean drinking makes living a glass half full.
Before juicing…I am way UP UP UP for the lemon water challenge.
Every morning first thing: I drink warm lemon water. Diagnosed with manic depression, anxiety, fatty liver… I needed to make some serious dietary changes.
I am vigilante about my health and diet, which is no longer a chore but a pleasure.
Healthy eating takes a little thought, time, but …
guess what? It tastes better, and it works. I feel lighter and my skinny jeans fit. (added bonus)
Lemon tastes refreshing and is really IS good for you.
LEMON JUICE & WATER IN THE MORNING CHALLENGE
A glass of lemon juice contains less than 25 calories. It is a rich source of nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin C and pectin fiber. It also has medicinal values and antibacterial properties. It also contains traces of iron and vitamin A. Since it contains an elevated percentage of carbohydrates and sugars, avoid adding sugar to lemon juice.
Packed with all the goodness, make it a point to begin your day with a glass of warm lemon juice. Its cleansing and medical effects will have positive effects on your health in the long run. However it is very important to note that lemon juice when comes directly in contact with the teeth, can ruin the enamel on the teeth. Hence, it is advised to consume it diluted and also rinse your mouth thoroughly after drinking lemon juice.
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE LEMON WATER..DAILY !
1. Wake up.
2. Go straight to the kitchen and pour a glass of room temperature water (if you have digestive problems, use hot water).
3. Cut a lemon in half (don’t use bottled lemon juice as it can contain sulphites which a lot of people are allergic to).
4. Squeeze the juice of the lemon directly into the glass of water. Water should turn cloudy.
5. Repeat the next morning, etc.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF LEMON WATER IN THE MORNING
Packed with antioxidants and other health benefits, a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon revitalises the body and mind. Here are the reasons to drink it first thing:
1)Helps to cut out caffeine.
Replacing your morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water will really do wonders! you will feel refreshed, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash.
It’s a sad fact of our cold weather existence — phlegm happens, especially in the morning, but lemon juice can help.
The antiseptic qualities in lemon juice help kill off bad bacteria in the mouth by acting as a disinfectant. A glass of lemon water is also a healthier morning wake-you-up than coffee.
4)Strengthens The Brain
Lemon may be known best for its vitamin C, but it also contains potassium, which helps with brain and nerve function. So for a quick natural way to feel more alert, lemon water is a great bet.
The vitamins and nutrients in lemons help to increase your energy, particularly the high amount of vitamin C. Many note to feel energized and hydrated after drinking lemon water upon waking.
6)Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps keep the body fuller, longer. They’re also a mild diuretic and very alkaline; alkaline bodies have been shown to lost weight faster.
7)Helps with Digestion
Stimulation of the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis is activated by warm water. Lemons and limes are very laden in vitamins and minerals so it helps move toxins out. Basically, it helps things move around quicker.”