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Weekends, A Way to Get Ahead

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Reprinted from AbundantLifeandWellness.org with the kind permission of Lisa Cipkar. To read the original article, click here. 


If I told you that all you needed were 48 hours to get ahead of the game when it comes to your recovery, would you believe me? I posted this in my Facebook group a couple of months ago and got an astonishing number of negative answers. The truth is, with a little organization and planning, your weekends really can be the perfect time to create some momentum for progress. If you’re working during the week and need some help clarifying how to go about it, this post is for you.


  1. Sleep! When we enter deep REM sleep, our major organs go into a detoxification phase, releasing toxins and chemicals accumulated during the day. This can only happen when we are asleep. Remember that the brain cleanses over the entire night, while the liver, gallbladder, lungs and intestines rotate in 2 hour blocks. It’s incredibly important that we get those toxins out of us so focusing on quality sleep is key. Take a systemic binder before bed, turn the lights out before 10 pm and snooze!

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  • Meal prep. If you’re like me, this phrase probably drives you nuts. Personally, I hate grocery shopping, but I love having ready made food in the fridge for lunches and dinners as I go through the week. Stick with easy recipes that are simple and nutritious and make big batches that can be frozen too. Turkey meatballs, sweet potato fries, protein pancakes and pumpkin muffins are favorites of ours. Having food already made and waiting for you is a good way to ensure sticking on track to the diet part of your protocol and not calling for take out or reaching for the bag of canola laden chips in the pantry. Keep it simple, and double or triple recipes for the freezer and you’re set.
  • Detox sessions. Do the coffee enema, the sauna session, whatever it is that you missed during the work week. Catch up but don’t over do it. Stick with what is working best for you. Don’t forget to bind after and mop up those microbes before they get redistributed to another part of the body.
  • Exercise! Hear me out- the lymph system is just as important as the liver. It’s the lymph that cleanses the entire body’s fluids. The only way it can is when we are moving. Even if it’s circles around the house, please incorporate some movement into your days. Your body wants to do its job- but sometimes it needs a little help! Activating the lymph pump in your ankle is the only way the lymph system can move and filter toxins.

Before you go saying, “But Lisa, weekends are for relaxing!”, hear me out. Yes, they are. But if a couple of hours a day of working on your health is going to significantly ruin your weekend, I’d ask you to take a hard look at whether or not you truly want to get well. We use the weekends to catch up on homework, house work, with friends, but we won’t use it for ourselves? This needs to be fixed.

Sometimes, we gain something by not doing the work on ourselves that is needed. Sympathy, help from others, security. It’s called the secondary gain. Ask yourself what you are gaining by not taking control and continuing to suffer. Is it worth it? Is it really better to stay sick?

I’d argue that your relaxation will be deeper once you’ve addressed your body’s needs. Your system will be able to reset and relax once the burden of inflammation has been alleviated a little. Using the tools above, you can achieve that. Repeatedly working on those things will continue to bring down the stress on your body and before you know it, you’ll be feeling better.

**A note for those with an irregular work schedule- When I was ill, I had a one year who wasn’t sleeping more than 3 hours at a time, a school program and an estranged spouse who was living in a different country. I quickly figured out that organizing my week in blocks was the best way to stay on top of everything I needed. I’ll provide a quick outline here to show you what I mean.

Saturday/Sunday:: meal prep, family time, rest time. No work. Sleep, eating well and taking care of my son were most important.

Monday-Wednesday:: school, work, the daily grind.

Thursday mornings-Friday nights:: treatments. I scheduled all appointments on these two days and rode out the physical symptoms as best I could. I would have meals or groceries delivered on Thursday to eliminate the need to figure out food and would juice often. I had the most help for my son on those days and so I maximized that benefit as much as possible. I could rest well knowing that I had the weekend to bounce back, get organized and ready for the next week.

Have you used a strategy to get ahead when you’re in recovery? What did it look like? I’d love to hear about it!

Lisa is a gypsy soul hearted mama living a full life despite lyme disease. she loves reading, writing and laughing with her toddler. find her at www.abundantlifeandwellness.org or send her an email, she reads each one! lisa@abundantlifeandwellness.org

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