Friday, 29 September 2017

My accidental detox and retreat

Hasn't the flu season been dreadful this year!  Just about every family I know has had some or all of it's members affected - even hospitalised. We were no exception. For weeks now we've been trying to keep our bugs to ourselves, taking care of each other and trying to eat as absolutely well as we can, making lovely soothing brews from the garden too.

Sorry for the silence! I've really missed writing and filming, but I had absolutely no energy to sit up, read or focus on an idea. I typically write in the evening. Only now, after 4 weeks, do I feel renewed energy. I no longer feel like I have lead boots walking up my garden path, and I have no desire to lay down on the couch again for a long time!  I can think again, and this weekend I am back to running workshops on the weekends.

I am so excited to feel finally well again. It really is so easy to take your health for granted. This period of illness has made us even more conscious of what goes in the mouths of my family. I thought our diet was really good - well balanced, fresh and local, but over these past few weeks I've been on an accidental detox - no gluten, no dairy, no chocolate, no caffeine (yes, I did love my coffee and dark choc!).  I've been wanting to do this for a while, but hadn't managed to find the time.

While I was really ill, the thought of everything but ginger tea made me feel sick. Going off coffee added to my pain. I'm sure it's what gave me migraines for days. It was hard to tell what was the flu and what was the detox. Either way, I'm glad I did it simultaneously. I was feeling so rotten anyway.

After the second week, all my body craved was freshly squeezed juices, simple vegetable soups, plain steamed vegetables,  raw undressed salad, fresh raw macadamias and herb infusions. Even though I couldn't tend my garden, the plants provided a diversity of fresh healing food. Now I am feeling better, I've committed to stick to this simple diet because I feel so good. I even managed to go out and do some more planting today - eggplants, capsicum, open hearted lettuces, cucumber, more flowers and herbs.

Another great healer has been calm family time in nature, particularly around water - down at the river sitting on rocks with my feet dangling in the fresh cool water, at the lake on a little sailing boat, and on the bay watching whales families migrate south to Antarctica.

And finally, sleep, lots of sleep! I can't ever remember sleeping so much in a month. I know that the flu hit me hard because I had allowed myself to get run down and exhausted. People tried to tell me, but I felt fine, so I kept going. Even though I live a simple life, I still try to cram as absolutely much into every day because I so love what I do and I have so many things I want to do. Never-the-less, it's a good wake up call to remember to take better care of myself and energy.  Im not one to dwell on things, but a few times I thought I'd really blown it - adrenal fatigue or something like that. But each day, I am feeling a little bit more 'normal'... and I'm feeling so enthused to get back into everything (with a little more sleep thrown in!).

Thank you garden, thank you water, thank you to my loving family and friends.

I hope you've been keeping well and taking good care of your health. I look forward connecting with you all again over the next weeks.


  1. So glad you're up & at 'em again.

  2. Morag I am glad you are feeling so much better. I was surprised to come down with the flu this year as I never do and it does take about a month to recover. I love my coffee but couldn't stand the thought of it when I was sick. A good way to detox as you say :-) Take it easy.

  3. yeh it's a nasty one or 3 this year, glad to say i haven't caught it yet but all my neighbours have had some form or another & a few hospitalised too.
    glad you're managing to get over it with your gardens help. it's so dry here everything has just about shrivelled up & anything that hasn't the roos are eating it. our town water is very low & so is everyones tanks! we need rain!
    keep feeling & getting better
    thanx for sharing

  4. Great to read your feeling better and taking it slow. Here's to spring and the dreaded flu bug gone �� Pam

  5. Goodmorning Morag,
    I was so worried about you when you hadn't posted for so long but then I thought maybe you were concentrating on writing your book, so sorry you were very unwell and so very glad you are feeling much better. Our bodies are quite amazing aren't they? If we just sit still long enough and listen to our bodies they will tell us what we need. I was lucky enough to avoid the flu and any viruses this winter, even though I work in a hospital with bugs galore, my immune system must be okay. I make lovely bread and I must admit I have been eating way too much, it's too easy to reach for when I am busy, so I have been making a salad for lunch every day with a little protein and I feel a whole lot better without the bread everyday. Have a lovely weekend.

  6. Thank you. Very up lifting message ,and not feeling guilty taking a rest and looking after yourselves. Thank you for advises :)
    Best regards

  7. I was missing my regular email updates Morag. I am glad to hear that you and your family are on the mend. Take the time you need and listen to your body so that you don't become run down and susceptible to the nasty bugs.

  8. Glad you are feeling much better and refreshed Morag. We have avoided the flu this season, somehow, but i sure could do with extra sleep!

  9. So glad you are feeling well again.

  10. Hi Morag :)
    Its lovely to hear from you again and so good to hear that yourself and your family are well again. My family was hit hard with the flu too and we reached for the home remedies of Elderberry Syrup and Lemon Syrup made with honey not sugar. Good for you in taking on a detox whilst you felt rotten anyway. The important thing is to do it for yourself not for others :)
    Looking forward to reading your articles again and watching your videos,
    Blessings to you and yours.