Strength through Hebrews 12

Running the Race to Peace

Living in Alkalinity…. It sounds a little pHony January 13, 2011

January 2011.

So, for the last month and a half, I have been following the advice of a Naturopath and living in alkalininty based on the findings of Robert O. Young and the pH miracle diet. I have doubts about the “science” behind the program, but after having been sick for more than half the last year, and after trying everything else, I figured “What the heck… let’s see what the Witch Doctor, I mean Naturoath, has to say.” I take 14 pills a day, drink water that has a pH of 9.5, avoid yeast, dairy, and most meats, and drink SuperGreens 3x a day. At first, I didn’t notice any difference (except that my pee and poop turned green— seriously) and then I allowed myself to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s by feasting and partying like it was 1999– Did I mention alcohol and sugar were forbidden on the program? I was like Augustus Gloop in Wonka’s factory! Parties, food, and drinks– oh my! At first I told myself that one glass of wine and one slice of pie was ok, after all, I was counteracting all the bad stuff with good stuff. But, as I explained earlier, I am an all or nothing type of gal, so did I stop at one of something? OH NO…. I turned it into a 2-week splurge of all things forbidden! I drank, I ate, I stopped exercising, and I promised to go back to the plan after the holidays. The problem is I got sick AGAIN! Now when I get sick, I am completely worthless– a slug looks like a race car compared to me when I’m not well. Of course, once I am sick, it is a downward spiral to the pit of despair— don’t feel well sprials into don’t want to do anything spirals into feelings of worthlessness and shame spirals into not caring about what I eat spirals into not feeling well, etc, etc, etc. And now, here I am, feeling lousy, 10 pounds heavier than I was at the beginning of December, depressed, and feeling desparate. I have given up on God (actually, that happened about a year ago) and that makes me feel bad. I have given up on friends and that makes me feel bad. I have given up on caring and that makes me feel bad. UGH!!!! STOP THE MADNESS!!! And so, in a moment of despair, I did the one thing that always seems to bring me courage and hope, I pulled out my bible and turned to Hebrews 12.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  (Heb 12:1) 

Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. (Heb 12:12)

Strength is what I need to overcome my downfalls… God’s strength can see me through anything. With my all or nothing sense of style, I lace up my sneakers for the marathon of my life. The goal: to feel good for an entire year. The first step: to feel good one day at a time. Right now, a body cleanse and back to living in alkalinity… what have I got to lose?





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