Friday, August 22, 2008

Kidney/Liver Detox


Fruits & Vegetables
Originally uploaded by gapey
I'm on to the final phase of my detox, it's the hardest one as it requires a 5 day fruit and vegetable fast. I was able to eat fruits and vegetables yesterday but for the next 3 days I can only drink them. So far I haven't had any negative side effects from this as some people do, but it's still early. I'm expecting by tomorrow I will have little energy. I am working from home today and Monday just in case. I borrowed about a dozen movies from a friend so that should keep me busy for the weekend. I have no plans on going anywhere.

My fridge has never been so full of fruits and vegetables, I barely have room for anything else. I tried to get a shot of all the fruits and vegetables I have right now and just realized I forgot to put bananas in the pic. I also had oranges but made them into juice and will be going blueberry picking after work today at Life Mountain Blueberries in Gold Bar. They are only $2/lb if you pick them yourself or $3 already picked.

Last night I made some Potassium Broth which I will be drinking for the next couple of days. It took longer than expected to make as I had to peel 50 cloves of garlic so was up late last night making that for today. It also has carrots, beets, celery, potato peels, and onions. It actually smelled pretty good. I hope it tastes as good as it smells.

There's also a morning flush concoction I am drinking every morning for 5 days that contains orange juice, lemon, garlic, olive oil, ginger, and water. I drank the last of my OJ this morning so am going to make some apple juice today and give that a try tomorrow.

More info on the program I'm doing can be found here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Darkroom


Week 41 - Darkroom
Originally uploaded by gapey
I recently started shooting some film. It all started with an all film meetup event in my photography group. Film cameras come pretty cheap these days so I picked up an Olympus OMG to play around with. I've shot off a few rolls and got a few good shots. Developing my own film is something I have been fascinated with since I was a kid and have always wanted to learn how to do it. I never really thought I'd go back to film after going digital but here I am.

I now have all the things I need to develop my own film. I've been reading about it and watching some videos and have an idea of what I need to do. I'm only planning on doing black & white so I need to get to shooting so I can have something to develop. I'd love it if I could find someone that would be willing to come out and help me through it the first time around so I don't mess it up. I'll make dinner for anyone willing to come out and give me a little tutorial.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Cleansing


Mmmm Formula #2
Originally uploaded by gapey
Some people may think this is TMI but whatever, I'm posting it anyway...

A friend talked me into doing a Colon and Kidney cleanse. Today was Day 1 of the Colon cleanse and when that is done I will move on to the Kidney cleanse. I have had a Kidney infection in the past and numerous bladder infections, too many to even count. For a while I was getting them once a month and the doctor's despite many blood tests and x-rays and other tests I won't go into they couldn't find anything wrong. Obviously something was wrong that just isn't normal. After realizing it seemed to be happening at the same time every month I thought maybe it had something to do with my BC. So I decided to take a break from it and what do you know the infections stopped. How is it I could figure this out myself but a urologist and a gynecologist couldn't put two and two together? After 6 months no infections and I decided to go back on the pill, but a different one. Things were fine for many months until I got another one recently. Bye bye BC. I think it was doing some other things to my body that just aren't healthy so I've decided to stop taking it again and I doubt I will ever get back on it. It messes with hormones and it's just not good for you.

I've started taking D-Mannose which is a natural occurring simple sugar that is supposed to help prevent bacteria from sticking and is even used to treat bladder infections.

Another thing I've been taking recently is Acidophilus Pearls. It's supposed to have the same benefit as eating a cup of yogurt. It's good for your digestive tract and doesn't have the calories, cholesterol, sugars, or lactose found in yogurt.

For the Colon Cleanse I'm using Dr. Schulze's Formula #1 and #2. I have to take a capsule of #1 with dinner and the #2 is a powder which I need to take a teaspoon of with 8 oz of water/juice 5 times a day. I think it also comes in capsule form and at first I was wishing I had the capsule but the stuff actually tastes kind of good. It's like a peppermint tea so I don't think it will be as bad as I thought it would be. These are the ingredients in the #2 formula: Flax seed, Linum usitatissimum, Apple Fruit Pectin, Malus communis, Pharmaceutical Grade Bentonite Clay, Psyllium seed and husk, Plantago psyllium, Slippery Elm inner bark, Ulmus fulva, Marshmallow root, Althaea officinalis, Peppermint leaf, Mentha piperita and Activated Willow Charcoal, Salix alba.

I'm not sure yet what all is involved in the Kidney cleanse. I do know it will require meals of fruit and vegetable juices and no solid foods. It could be tough but I think I'm up for the challenge. I think it's only for 5 days so I think I can do it.

I've also been drinking distilled water which isn't as easy to find as one might think. Especially in the 2.5 gallon water jugs I like to get. I'm thinking maybe an investment in a a water distiller might be in order.

Hopefully I'll be done with all this cleansing/detoxification stuff by the time I go to Sacramento at the end of the month.

New Camera


Olympus E-3 First Shot
Originally uploaded by gapey
I've had my Olympus E-500 for 2 and a half years now. Olympus has come out with a few new DSLR's since then. There have been a few new Olympus users join the Seattle Flickr Group and a couple of them have the E3, Olympus' professional model DSLR. They've let me try them out and one even let me borrow it for several hours to shoot the low tide a few months ago. I had originally thought about getting the new E520 that just came out which has a lot of the features I wanted but isn't splash proof.

I decided to bite the bullet a few weeks ago and ordered an E3 off of Ebay from Cameta who I've ordered my past few cameras from. I got a couple hundred dollar discount because it was a floor model. I changed my work from home day last week so I could be home when it arrived and take it with me to the Flickr Brews & Views at the Garage. My first shot with it was at a wine store in Seattle. It arrived later than I had hoped so I didn't have a chance to play with it at home. I took more shots at this month's Brews & Views than any other I've attended. I just love being able to shoot a higher ISO and not have it look like complete crap.

I will probably keep my E-500 as a backup unless someone begs me to let them buy it. A friend is borrowing it at the moment to try out.