21 Pounds in 21 Days – The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox

This journey to better health started way before my birthday that is approaching at the end of this month. Living in California there is no excuse to NOT to work out or eat healthy. California is the 6th largest agriculture economy in the world.

So one morning I was listening to the Breakfast Club radio show and they had Dr. Roni DeLuz, RN, ND, Ph.D (Founder of the Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat) along with James Hester. They talked about the diet program and how we have many toxins in our bodies which is causing a lot of diseases within the African-American community.

Every year right before my birthday I go through a metamorphosis with my mind, body and spirit. It is my New Years Day celebration but for my birthday. So this year I decided to use this blog to be accountable to myself and do this detox program. This blog will help me get back to my writing, stay consistent and provide some exposure for my business DroneScape Films.

Day 1 – I got up early and made the trek to my favorite grocery store called Super King. They have the best prices when it comes to produce items. Its the perfect store to get the necessary fruits and veggies for this diet detox program. I have a juicer, food processor, and crock pot but my blender broke😞. This detox is about not chewing but intaking a lot of the necessary vitamins are body needs through fresh juice and soups. I love to juice and I love a good soup.

So I intend to start my mornings off with a fresh juice combo. Drinking a gallon of water a day is imperative. I always thought that the amount of water you should consume in a day is by taking your weight and dividing it by 2. When I read the book Metabolism, it stated that you should drink whatever your weight is, should be equivalent in water ounces (i.e. 160 lbs= 160 oz. of water). When I began to increase my water intake I felt different, I can assumed I was probably dehydrated. We don’t nearly get enough water into our system like we should to really flush out these toxins.

I have to admit that Day 1 I continued to chew my food. I had a salad kit from before the detox started which I didn’t want to go bad. I had some leftover chicken when I included. My first day I may have chewed but everything I ate was healthy but my intentions is do to do better than the day before. This is my metamorphosis.

Leave a comment if you have tried this diet detox before, or if you have a metamorphosis period like I do right before your birthday

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Learning About Something New – Arabic Greetings

I attended mass this morning at the Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral here in Los Angeles, and had a wonderful revelation as I was listening to the gospel. The monsignor told a story about how he traveled to the Holy Land a few months ago and was  asked to say a few words to the crowd at the end of their mass. He started out by saying to the crowd “alssalam ealaykum” which means “Peace Be with You.”  

 

As Americans I pray for those abroad who are Christians in areas of the world where there is so much fighting and hate going on. To be a strong advocate for Christ during these times can be difficult, but when we eliminate that fear and trust in God, nothing can hold you down. Learning a lil bit of Arabic and opening our minds to the truth about Islam will usher in Peace and Hope for the future.

Thanks for reading Day 5 of my 365 Days of Learning Something New. If you missed reading any of my previous posts, catch up with Day 1 here. Leave a comment on what you Learned New Today! 

Black Girls Travel: 3 Tips To Consider When Travelling Out of LAX

  
I finally made it to Lima, Peru! After being dropped off at the wrong terminal at LAX again (Another blog post) I’m giving 3 Essential tips for traveling abroad. 

1. Know which terminal your flight is leaving from before you head for the airport! I made the same mistake twice now that I have traveled out of LAX. It’s a huge airport but knowing this bit of info can save you 30min easy!

2. Give yourself 3 hours if you are flying internationally especially if you did not do #1. You just may end up at the wrong airport terminal. 

3. Exchange your currency when you get to your destination, especially if the U.S. Dollar is strong. 

These are just 3 little things to take into consideration when traveling abroad. 

I will be writing more about my Peruvian adventure all while celebrating my 40th birthday. 

Leave me a comment if you have traveled abroad before. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more great stories from Peru!