Monday, February 7, 2011

Re-Feeding--Days 9, 10, 11, and 12


Blessed Rosalie Rendu, a Tireless Servant of Christ

Today (February 7) is the Feast Day of Blessed Rosalie (she is still being considered for Canonization) according to the Catholic calendar. She was born in France in 1786 and grew up in the middle of the French Revolution. Priests were being asked to swear allegiance to the State and those who refused to do so were either killed or exiled. Blessed Rosalie's family provided a refuge for several members of the clergy, including a Bishop, whom they hid as farm hands (much like the Germans who hid the Jews during Hitler's reign of terror).

From the age of 9 to 11, Rosalie attended an Ursuline school for girls and every day she had to pass a hospital where the Daughters of Charity helped to provide care to the sick. She was so taken with the work and mission of these Daughters that she asked permission of her mother to assist them in their work. Her mother agreed, and by the age of 17 Blessed Rosalie decided that she wanted to dedicate her life to such service and left to join a community of the Daughters of Charity.

Blessed Rosalie was eventually sent to serve in the Mouffetard District, one of the poorest slums of 19th century Paris, where she spent the remaining 54 years of her life. She ministered to the sick and poverty stricken, taught girls to read and write, started a free medical clinic, a free pharmacy, an orphanage for children, and a home for the elderly. She was also a co-founder of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, a mission dedicated to helping the poor and disadvantaged. Here are two telling quotes that demonstrate her ability to live in the presence of God:

If you wish for someone to love you, you must be the first to love, and if you have nothing to give, give yourself.

You will go to visit the poor ten times a day, and ten times a day you will find God there. Our Lord hides behind those rags.

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The past four days have been much easier for me. I spoke with my Radionics practitioner on the evening of Day 8 and asked him to check me for problems with garlic and/or black pepper. I started to feel better the very next day, but he did not call me until this evening to tell me what he had done. Apparently he did not find any problem with garlic (could be I did not actually ingest any, not sure), but he found a big problem with the black pepper and started treating me for it that evening. He told me that he is personally sensitive to white pepper and can always tell when it is in something he has eaten, but black pepper has no negative effect on him at all.

Day 9 (February 4): I ate two meals today (12 pm and 7 pm) which both consisted of celery juice (24 oz), followed by blueberries (10 oz), followed by lettuce (1 head) and cherry tomatoes (8 oz) and buckwheat (2 cups cooked). Felt pretty good all day. I have no more pain in my colon or the lymph nodes below my ears where they meet my jaw. Started my period (34 days since my last one which began on the first day of my fast, January 2). Light flow, no pain.

Day 10 (February 5): I ate two meals today (12 pm and 7 pm). The second was the same as my meals yesterday, but with the first I substituted pinto beans (1 cup) for the buckwheat. I had a low grade frontal headache for about six hours after eating the beans (level 4 on a scale of 1-10). Period, medium flow, no pain.

Day 11 (February 6) I ate two meals today (12 pm and 7 pm) which both consisted of celery juice (24 oz), followed by blueberries (10 oz), followed by lettuce (1 head) and cherry tomatoes (8 oz), and buckwheat (1 cup) and pinto beans (1 cup). I got a low grade frontal headache after both meals. The headache is definitely due to the beans and it doesn't seem to matter if I eat them with or without the buckwheat. Buckwheat by itself does not do this to me. Period, medium flow, no pain.

Day 12 ( February 7): I ate two meals today (12 pm and 7 pm). I have decided to drop the beans for a few days and just get back to even again. So I did everything the same as I did on Day 9, except I replaced the tomatoes with steamed vegetables. Celery juice (24 oz), followed by blueberries (10 oz), followed by lettuce (1 head) and cherry tomatoes (8 oz) and buckwheat (2 cups). With my first meal, I had broccoli (1 lb); with my second meal, I had green beans (1 lb). Both of these seemed to work just fine. Felt much better again overall today. Period, only light spotting. I am pleased that my period has been so easy this time. Since one lives on their own body fat during a water-only fast (which is somewhat like being on a high-fat diet), I thought I might experience some pain again with my first post-fast menstruation, but that has not been the case.

I really don't understand why there are so many foods that I cannot eat without getting some sort of negative reaction or other. This is not simply a post-fasting reaction. I have not eaten beans for a very long time because I did not do well with them before. Perhaps there are some beans and legumes that will not give me a headache, but I will have to try each one separately with a clean slate in order to find out.

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I tell you one thing ~ if you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather, learn to see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own. For no one is a stranger, my child.

Sri Sarada Devi (1853-1920), known as the Holy Mother to her disciples

6 comments:

zippy890 said...

Esmee,

I'm glad to hear you are doing better. Like you, there is some queer defect in my "non-me" to "me" conversion process. I do not know the source, or nature of this vexing defect. But it does exist, and is the source of great mischief.

I am finding that I react to different beans in different ways. But I am still early in the testing phase with that. There does appear to be a difference though, so more testing on your part is warranted. Black eyed peas are low in oxalate (unlike many legumes) so that would be a good thing to test.

I'm glad you are better.
Todd

Esmée La Fleur said...

Thanks, Zippy. I am glad to know that you have a similar eperience and that some beans seem to produce less of a negative effect for you than others. Please keep a list of the ones that you find work for you so we can compare notes as some point. You are an inspiration to me. Love, Esmée

Anonymous said...

Hello and RS Esmee,

So glad to hear you're doing better:) The beans are a great source of protein and I agree with Todd that Black Eyed Peas may be a good choice. My other thought is to do as Dr. Dehaut used to tell us, three cups of greens for every cup of beans!!??

Another thought is to sprout the beans before cooking them. Maybe it is the gas that is produced that is giving you the headaches!!?? Also, have you tried lentils?? Or raw/cooked green peas??

Have a grand time with this experiment. So happy to hear you're on the mend.

LRS,
Mom

Alicia said...

So happy to hear you're feeling better, Esmee! Even though it's very frustrating, it's nice to know you can easily identify offending foods and avoid them.
You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Big hugs,
Alicia

RawDad said...

Esmee - you seem to be doing great ! It's great to know that a water fast can be most healing.

I read the Goldstein? story as well - don't forget he did multiple 5-6 week water fasts to cure completely.

You seem well on your way and are wise not to "press it". Stay away from complexity and eat what does not bother you - continue to keep a log - you will be successful.

All the best - RD.

Esmée La Fleur said...

Thank you, RawDad, for your words of encouragement. Yes, I consider this fast to be the first of many. I want to figure out what foods are compatible (a slow and often painful process), so that the re-feeding process next time around will not be such a roller-coaster ride. All in all, I am very happy with the results of my fast. Esmée