Day 22 to 6 Months – Week 7

Uniqueness of Week 7

  • Removing Parasites with Papaya:  The seeds of a Papaya removes intestinal tapeworms in your body.  People have varied the intake of these seeds for 7, 23, and 30 days.  Learn more about Papaya & Seeds >> | Science Abstract
    20mL (.6 oz.) is what the scientific abstract used for dried papaya seeds.  I’ve tried this for a few days by popping the seeds, drying them, and then adding to soups and salad (similar to peppercorns).
  • Combining Food for Smoother Digestion:  Did you know that some foods like melons don’t play well with other foods?  If not, I suggest you sign up (it’s free) and get this food combining chart.  Click on the photo below to get the overall idea.  Sign up for the full explanation.

My Health in Week 7

  • Sleeping with Inflammation & Pain:  Continuing 1-2 Advil / ibuprofen to reduce the pain to manageable levels during sleep.  I pulled my neck out again & purchased the water pillow on 2/27 to help relieve the pain while sleeping.  Although it went ok for 1-2 nights, the pain still was constant, painful, and draining.  On 2/29 I had my father massage my back and found a lactic acid pocket (about the size of a golf ball), applied ice & then heat to relive some of the pain.  The next day I got a neck brace + a stand for my laptop so I can look more evenly at the computer while I’m working.  Lastly, I am sleeping with my shoulders on the hard side of my bed (with a flat 1″ high pillow) while the soft side (lying diagonally) for my sacro joints (near the hips). I’ve seen a 50% increase in mobility and pain management.  In other words, it’s working!
    I’m still getting used to the bed in Naples and have been fighting more with stiffness than anything else.  Sleeping is still the hardest thing to do (and I wake up a few times throughout the night), but the pain isn’t unbearable and it doesn’t take me 20 minutes to get out of bed.
  • The Gut Repair I and/or the Pyloricin recommended by Joseph Family Chiropractic have seemed to help my condition.  I believe these natural antibodies and immunity boosters are helping out my condition specifically because I don’t remember feeling this well after two weeks being off Enbrel.
  • Travel & Endurance:  On Saturday I traveled back to Naples for a week which meant a very busy Saturday (3 grocery stores, total driving 2 1/2 – 3 hours, and reorganizing / fixing the house).  Although I was very tired, I was able to do this all on my own which I could not do a week ago.  The next following days were less load, so pain management has been easier and I’m mainly battling against stiffness.  During week 5, I’ve got two appointments for the chiropractor to help out with stiffness, my neck, and getting me back on my routine.
  • Enbrel:  It has been 2 weeks & 3 days since my last shot.
  • My lowest weight was 142lbs. and a BMI of 19.88.

Notable Meals this Week

Dill & Lemon Tuna Salad (Food & Thought)

  • Ingredients included are a dill & lemon tuna, oranges, cranberry-raisins, orange, and walnuts on a bed of spinach.
  • In the future, have them add olive oil & some Himalayan salt & pepper to the spinach base.

Synopsis of Meal:  Good size portion that will hold you off for a few hours.  But the tuna is sold separately; thus the cost is $17.  The taste of the tuna was great, but the salad was dry.  I’m not sure I’d get this again.

Vegetarian No-Bean Chili

Ingredients used from the “Engine 2 Diet” by Rip Esselstyn.  They include:

  • sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 2 bay laves
  • 2 red/yellow bell peppers (chopped)
  • 2 stalks cellery (chopped)
  • 3 carrots (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (chopped)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 28 oz. cans of chopped tomatoes (I suggest Muir Glen Organic)
  • 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste (hunts is fine)
  • 1 pound of firm, sprouted tofu (non-GMO & USDA organic & is crumbled when added)
  • 1 apple (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder, coriander, and Dijon Whole Grain mustard
  • 3 dates soaked at least a few hours
  • parsley, basil, salt & pepper

Directions:  Saute onion on medium high heat in a large 7 quart dutch oven (or similar in size) with sunflower oil for 5 minutes.  Add garlic, bay leaves, bell pepper, celery, carrots, jalepeno and cook addition 5 minutes on medium heat.  Add water, tomatoes, tomato paste, tofu, apple, remaining seasonings, mustard, dates (without the water), parsley and basil and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.

Synopsis of meal:  Yes, this recipe can feed an army but soup can be frozen/refrigerated & then reheated on the stove.  The taste was quite good and I would make it again.


Day 22 to 6 Months

Half of weekly food on raw diet

Wow that's a lot of food!

The 21 day food reboot was challenging (especially week 3), but also a start of something beautiful.  I’ve had some great days and some ones I would like to never see again.  But this is only the beginning.  Some say it takes them 6 months to see sustainable, real results while others say it can take years.  Whatever my path is, I need to create a sustainable lifestyle with my new health plan.  From this point forward, here are my plans to reach 100% health for the next 6 months (details are listed at my daily routine + chiropractor):


  • Take supplements to boost levels I’m lacking
  • Half the Smoothie I was drinking during the 21 day food reboot along with natural add-ons (ginger root, bee pollen, etc.)
  • Introduce one questionable healthy food per week (oats, eggs, fruit, etc.) and test how my body interacts with it
  • Chiropractic exercises
  • As chiropractic exercises reduce, introduce exercises like Yoga & strength-building
  • Drink lots of water

Lunch and Afternoon

  • Continue to eat a majority of raw food (collard green wraps, salad, soup no hotter than 118 degrees, etc.)
  • If I don’t introduce questionable healthy food in the morning, I will do so in the afternoon.
  • If I have time (and remember), have a snack (apple, peppers with hummus if my NSD allows, nuts, etc.)
  • Supplement
  • Drink lots of water

Dinner & Evening

  • Although the goal is to push for raw, my dinners will consist of 51%+ raw, the rest cooked.  If I have meat, this is when I will eat it.
  • If I’m feeling deprived of specific food, indulge and recognize what it is and what it is doing to my body.  This will help the weening process off these types of indulgent foods.
  • Drink lots of water
  • Snack to keep my caloric intake up
  • Chiropractic exercises

Accountability & Administration

How Did I Do on Day 22?

Uniqueness of Day:  I fasted for breakfast & started making meals I wanted to go back to & feel the difference.  I definitely feel better today than yesterday due to a decrease in all that food over the week.  I only had one major BM, and I feel more “normal” now (no bloating / fullness feeling all day long).  Inflammation issues are definitely better & the problem area is still in the right leg (2 out of 10 in pain scale).  I also did not do exercises or the chiropractor due to my neck flaring up a bit in the morning.  A couple heat pad sessions and it’s back to normal.

Breakfast:  I fasted due to the overwhelming food I had this past week.  As you can imagine, this was pretty easy to do.
Lunch:  Salmon Salad with Papaya & Blueberry

  • Mix of Wild Alaskan Salmon, 1 tomato chopped, 1 celery chopped, 1 carrot, whole grain mustard, mayo, 1/2 of an avocado & rosemary.
  • “Salad” was finely chopped collard greens, chopped green peppers, some lime juice and pepper
  • In the bowl was papaya, blueberries and 2 cut up dried figs
Synopsis of Meal:  This is one of my main staples of food.  It’s quite tasty and good for you.  If you want to decease the meat in the filling, only use 1/2 and double the vegetables.

Dinner:  Chicken Salad 

  • 1 cut tomato base (8 slices of tomato)
  • Chicken Salad filling:  cut up chicken, eggs, celery, carrots, mayo, and Greek yogurt.  I used a 1/4 of the filling than I did for lunch.
  • “Salad” was chopped romaine lettuce, 1/2 lime (juice), pepper & Himalayan salt.
  • Had a small piece of 85% organic chocolate afterwards
Synopsis of Meal:  Also quite good.  The filling could be used for 3-4 days making a healthy dish & easy to prepare.  The chocolate afterwards didn’t reside right (didn’t feel right for about 10-15 minutes).