Diary of a Gerson Person: How I Stay Motivated on the Gerson Therapy
Guest post by Lucie D’Alessandro, a Gerson patient in New Zealand
When I mention to people that I make thirteen fresh juices and do four coffee enemas a day – and this will go on for two years in total – there’s a slightly awed silence.
True, the Gerson Therapy isn’t for people who lack self discipline, or who don’t like carrots, and you have to be pretty firm with yourself to keep to the hyper strict vegan, plant-based, no salt and virtually fat-free diet.
But honestly, it’s an honor to be able to heal naturally and gently from cancer, and I love the huge awakening this healing journey has taken me on.
Still, for almost nine months I’ve been doing virtually the same thing every day without deviation: juices, enemas, and eating lots of potatoes. Yep, I do need a few practices to keep me focused and happy.
Nourishing myself emotionally, creatively and spiritually is as much a part of my day as the green juices and enemas are.
Sticking to my intense routine is made easy by…
Choosing to make it easy: this gem was a recent realization and I still struggle with the fact that it is a choice – I choose for life to be easy. This simple means that I stopped struggling against where I am; the Therapy is intense, time-consuming, and a slightly solitary endeavor, but I’ve committed two years of my life to it, so I may as well embrace the experience.
Inspiration: from the books I read and websites I peruse, to my inspiration board, I get uplifted, educated and empowered by surrounding myself with wildly inspiring info and people.
Loading up on support: Not so long ago I thought that going it alone in life was the strong thing to do, the best way. It’s not. It’s harder, lonelier and unnecessary. Support has allowed me to get and give more love, and made my whole journey so much easier.
My family is behind me 100% – encouraging me, giving me the occasional boot up the bum when needed, and providing lots of love. If your family and friends don’t support your choice to do the Gerson Therapy, there’s still love to found elsewhere; I’ve also found much love to get and give online, too, at my fave inspirational sites.
Doing it from love: I do all of this out of love for myself – not fear that I don’t want to die, although honestly it did start that way. Because I have faith in and am comfortable with the healing path I’ve chosen, and I finally understand and have embraced the amazing wisdom and capability of my body, I rarely feel fear. The odd times when I do, I simply sit still and feel it (instead of trying to repress it), observing how the fear makes me feel physically in that moment, and it passes pretty quickly.
Soul vitamins: I make sure to do things for me every day – a walk on the waterfront, pop over to the library (I’m usually reading three books at once), watch a chick flick, bake a (Gerson-approved) treat, or go on a photography mission. Fills me up.
Gratitude: before I go to sleep I think of each thing from my day that I’m thankful for. This brings them together into a cohesive ball, which grows and glows more brightly with each thanks, instead of being scattered, unconcious goodness.
This practice has helped me realize how much I love my life exactly as it is right now – and it keeps getting better and better, bigger and more beautiful: there’s a correlation, for sure!
Every few months I do have a day where I absolutely don’t want to do this any more. No more juicing, no more being stuck in the house – and no more carrots. These days are infrequent though, occuring mostly because I’m tired and am not making enough time to do things that are fun and fulfill me.
Much like fear, I just feel it; get a bit grumpy, maybe have a cry (or scream into a pillow. Done that a few times) and by the next day I’m back to my happy-to-be-on-the-Gerson-Therapy self.
About the Author:
Lucie D’Alessandro is a writer and the creator of DelveSpot, an online collection of soulful wellness and practical wisdom, channeled through the inspirational tales of people who live the life they love. It begins with Lucie’s journey healing naturally from cancer to create the radiant
life she’s always dreamed of, and an in-depth weekly weekly interview series delves into the lives of people who live deeply; the practices, people, places and stories that infuse their lives with fullness.