Did I tell you about this liver cleanse my wife put me through a while ago? I think it was based on this book “The Metabolic Reset Diet” and the whole idea is to just get your liver cleaned out because it’s so critical in how you process your food, storing fat and dealing with excess food.
It was a month-long ordeal with the first two weeks like a fast. The second day of a fast is where you’re hungry enough to be miserable and never full enough to feel good. But after that, it smartened up a bit. Of course, when you do something like that, it was a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and then a fairly normal meal at night with some some guidelines for that.
I dropped probably ten or twelve pounds during that time and what really happened was I just started feeling really good. I started sleeping better. I have tinnitus from time to time and that just seemed to clear right up and some other issues seemed to disappear. And I felt lighter on my feet and an energetic hit, which was really wonderful.
What I noticed coming out of that, and it’s been a few months now, is I am much more reluctant to re-pollute and put stuff into me and ultimately into my liver that would counter the effort we went through. I’ve been a little more careful with what I eat and how much I eat.
For instance, potato chips. Potato chips are interesting. One of the single best foods you can eat is boiled potatoes, not that they’re the most palatable thing in the world, but they’re probably one of the most healthy things. The worst food in multiple studies that popped up was potato chips, so the same vegetable can be the best or the worst. I’ve been really careful with potato chips, and just all that other kind of stuff that we pour into our body.
There’s application in just the way we care for our physical body, but I also got to thinking of how I apply this to my spiritual life. From time to time in my life I’ve done a thorough self-examination. Psalm 139, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there’s any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Basically, clean me up. Lord, and is there anything else here you want to deal with? Please, please deal with that.
I’ve worked through Charles Finney’s lists of sins of omission, sins of commission, just a really thorough cleanse. I’ve noticed the same dynamic that when you deal with stuff, when you clean things up, you’re much more reluctant to allow things to pollute. I think what that really means is that we should probably regularly be doing a clean-up, physically, spiritually, and in whatever other ways there are. Relationally, which may mean from time to time you go on social media and delete a bunch of friends just to do a cleanup and maintain that sense of cleansing.
So for me, this liver cleanse had spiritual implications as well as huge physical implications. And I wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to the next one, but I am looking forward to the benefits of the next one and that’ll keep me go on.
So take some time. Cleanup what needs cleaning up, whether internally, physically or spiritually and keep moving ahead.
Thanks for listening. God bless and press on.