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Kelly MacNeill - Osteopath

Detoxing 26.09.18 – 10.10.18

Teetotal Journey Posted on Wed, October 10, 2018 14:20:46

I think this is last post to come under the “Detoxing” title because;


Sleeping soooooo well.

Waking up early energised and raring to go.

Concentration is up.

I am Focused.

I have LOADS more energy (heaven forbid, poor John) (I’m talking DIY here folks).

I’m sure I must have more money but it’s hard to tell.


Check me out yesterday 6.30am.

Learning Yoga. Making up Sun Salutations. Practice makes perfect. smiley

Tesco Boycott

Family Posted on Wed, October 10, 2018 13:45:32

Ahhhhhh what have I let us in for now??

I decided last week that I would have a ONE YEAR NO TESCO and by Tesco I mean all supermarkets. Tesco is just the closet one to us and where I seem to spend hours of my life buying unnecessary goods when I only went in for a milk and bread. Looking at my bank account I can see that the last visit to Tesco was 24/09/18. Having just decided this RIGHT NOW (last Thursday) I discussed my fabulous plan with John and he very reasonably queried my decision in regards to cleaning products etc so I came up with a plan to allow us a maximum of one trip to Costco per month to stock up on these kinds of goods; everything else is to be bought locally. As things settle and we find our bearings we should be able to pull back on the Costco trips and boy I really want to pull back on those…..we desperately needed nappies and toilet rolls so had to go this past weekend; our very first try…..DO NOT EVER GO THERE WITH CHILDREN. OMG. I really have no words…. anyway; a few treats snuck in….no one’s perfect, we’re just beginning smiley

I think we now have enough fairy liquid, loo roll, wipes to last until Zombie Apocalypse but boy did I very nearly have a panic/heart attack at the till, my thoracic diaphragm shortened by AT LEAST an inch …….

Seriously though, I love shopping at Dunsley Farm Shop opposite Tesco. Such a nicer shopping experience. I am done with the insane “busyness” of Tesco, always so frantic. I appreciate they hire a lot of people locally but I’m sure they won’t miss little old me (well they might have felt it when we stopped drinking a couple of months ago….).

I want to reduce our plastic use. I want farmers to get a fair deal. I want animal welfare to be priority when consuming their products. I want to ENJOY shopping again.

People say it will be more expensive but I beg to differ. It will be much more focused. We will create less waste whilst creating more yummy food goodness:

All from Dunsley Farm; right down to the cream and butter. Rosemary from the garden smiley

Packed Lunch prep. So much better for, cost effective and enjoyable than the last minute Sunday rush for “packed lunch stuff”. Long may it continue……. (not always to this level admittedly).

Well, wish me luck. I frequent quite a few already but I look forward to meeting more local producers smiley. Any tips/ideas greatly appreciated smiley.

South West Coast Path – Section 2 – 15/08/2018

Family Posted on Mon, October 08, 2018 12:49:39

This was the most woodland we have walked whilst doing these four sections over the summer. It was a beautifully sunny day to walk. We tried to park in Lynmouth and get a taxi to Porlock Weir but none were available (fully booked and there was possibly only one running anyway….) so we drove to Porlock Weir and left the car there, approx £8 for the day and prebooked a taxi to take us back from Lynmouth. You need to have change for the machine, if the Public House is not open, you will not be able to get any locally. It was approx 11 miles, the book says to do it comfortably in 6hrs and it took us approximately 8 smiley

Leaving Porlock Weir at approx 8am it was a steep woody ascent to the settlement of Culbourne:

John, as always, epic with the boy on his back smiley

There have been a few landslips and the path is diverted in some places, but a truly beautiful path …..

The girls are always super impressed when we set of for the day straight uphill smiley

The beautiful, tiny settlement of Culbourne; we all got a bit excited by the old Landrover and the lovely church:

There is further woodland walking from here and the option of an alternative route but we stuck to the path:

John Carries……smiley

Lots of lovely little waterfalls en route…

Walker is freed from the pack for lunch before we hit the cliffs. We love to take fresh pasties, sausage rolls etc for protein and carb with sweetie treats for encouragement and that extra burst uphill, especially when you are nearing the end. Just remember not to put bananas in the bottom of your pack; they do not fare well….

As always; the centre of attention smileysmileysmiley

Around here we were crossing the border between Somerset and Devon. This is part of the County Gate Nature Trail; The Pinetum featuring a variety of Pines, including the awesome Wellingtonia.

The Sisters Fountain, marked by a stone cross; local lore maintains that Joseph of Arimathea drank from this spring on his way to Glastonbury.

And then….we see the sea!!

Efforts are made to clear the Rhododendrons above Glenthorne but they grow prolifically and densely here.

Some lovely lovely folk had left an honesty box with refreshments at Glenthorpe Cliffs; a very unexpected but welcome find and we duly filled our boots and left a message in their visitors book smiley

Everybody setting off again refreshed after our pitstop heading for Countisbury Common ….

Walker insisted on walking here and that was fine, he did amazingly well; up and down the steep slopes into Coddow Combe.

But it really made me nervous on the cliff edges and he had to go back in the back pack…smiley

And then we can see Lynmouth in the distance …YAY!!!

I’m not going to lie, I found the steep cliffs here a bit daunting, anyone walking towards us had to go round me on the side of the drop as I would tuck myself tightly right into the land side. Having the children with us really heightened my fear/anxiety….BUT SOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!

And we made it! Alive, Happy, Tired.

Really Really loved this walk! I think it may have been my favorite of the four this summer smiley. Now where’s our cab??

Detoxing 06.09.18 – 26.09.18

Teetotal Journey Posted on Mon, October 08, 2018 11:02:02

A few days after the last post the itching came back for a couple of days!! So annoying, especially at night times but I am very pleased to say that all appears to have calmed for good on that front. The last push from the Liver smiley

I have been mainly experiencing a heavy cold; lots of coughing, mucus, headaches, sinus issues….. It is;

A) To be expected at this time of year, as Summer slips seamlessly into Autumn your system likes to a good cyclical respiratory clear out but double whammy for me because;

B) Once detoxing is well under way and your body is not fully focused on the immediate incoming toxic load, it can begin to clear out toxic debris that has built up over time, as I am sure it has done being a social smoker for years smiley

And also:

C) Children have just returned to school and love to share the Germy Love – Good for Immunity, bad for general levels of healthy calm in the house. I have been busy boosting us all up on our lovely Homeopathic Remedies:

Everybody should have the 36 Basic Remedies kit in their homes. Contact Helios and request the Blue 36 Remedy Kit and they will send it out ASAP. It comes with an awesome instruction book so you know what to take, how to take etc:

and all natural Remedies made by our Medical Herbalist friend Rachael.

All in all though, feeling pretty good, it is great to know that my system has enough vitality to be able to throw a Healing Crisis and that because of this, my system is becoming cleaner and clearer by the day smiley.

South West Coast Path – Section 3 – Lynmouth to Combe Martin

Family Posted on Tue, September 11, 2018 18:00:01

This was the first section of the path that we walked. We are taking our sections from the book “The South West Coast Path” by Paddy Dillon. We walked this part 08/08/18 and it was 13.5 miles.

We had the taxi drop us into Lynmouth from our camp site in Combe Martin (Newberry Valley; very nice, good facilities, safe for children, tractor rides, pizza nights).

Unfortunately smiley it was too early for the Lynmouth – Lynton Rail which runs up and down the very steep hill which connects the two. The very steep hill we have to walk up; not aptly named Walker though, he gets to ride in the back pack. In fact, as soon as he sees a hill he intimates to Daddy “Back Pack”.

Lymouth / Lynton Rail – Opens approx 10.30 am…definitely not 8.30 am though smiley

Now, I’m not going to lie……once up the steep hill (the lads working at Lynmouth rail station thought we were bonkers; walking to Combe Martin, obviously not a regular local thing to do) the path coming out of Lynmouth was an absolute knee trembler. What was I thinking??? Since having children I have developed quite an intense fear of heights. We love long distance walking but I really hadn’t thought this through…cliffs…..edges….big drops….sea below…. NO FENCE……oooops.

The path was of good quality though…. I would come to appreciate this fact at further points along the walk.

Anyway, keep the fear in Kelly, don’t show the girls how scared you are… focus, focus, focus. “Are you ok mum?”, “yes yes of course, keep to your left Lily, watch where you are going, focus on your feet”…… This was to become a familiar mantra. But; WOW WOW WOW, those views! Once I could actually look up; were astounding. I felt calmer once away from the imminent danger (in my mind) of the cliff edge and into the valley of the rocks.

Through the valley of the rocks and heading to the Lee Valley estate, we came across some lovely goats;

and got caught in a heavy down pour! Little did we realise when sheltering under this tree that there were toilets open just to our right. Once realised, we all went and sat inside for a coffee smiley

Look at that face! Love her smiley.

Sun Came out again and all happy, walking through the woods alongside Woody Bay towards Heddons Mouth:

Lots of gorgeous little waterfalls, helped by the big downpour. Being so coastal, the weather was really changeable and we experienced everything from brilliant sun to sheet rain throughout the day.

Our path into Heddons Mouth:

John does an epic job of carrying Walker but the climb up out of Heddons Mouth he found the hardest (even more so than Great Hangman he tells me):

But, we made it out….now heading for the highest point on the entire South West Coast Path; Great Hangman:

Just Stunning walking:

Across rugged moorland:

To reach to Great Hangman we first had to descend into the Valley of Sherrycombe:

A quick rest at the bottom:

Before the big hike back out:

And up onto Great Hangman – the highest point of the entire path at 1043 ft (318 m).

Such an epic achievement! So so proud of them all. The girls walk beautifully. Just ensure you have enough sweeties to pick them up when they start to flag. Its awesome starting the descent into Combe Martin but boy does it go on longer than you think. The Great Hangman really was a long way up smiley

The book estimated 6.5 hrs and we completed in 8 hrs and 15 mins….Not too shabby with all the erberts smiley LOVED IT! You should definitely do it smiley.

Miles: 13.5
Ascent: 1330m (4365ft)
Duration: 8 1/4 Hrs
Weather: Ranging from Sheet Rain to Brilliant Sun
Great Hangman; Highest point of whole path. Some big knee trembling cliff drops, particularly past Lynmouth and into Valley of the rocks (heights: scared of). Fantastic colours through the moor National Park. No moaning from the girls. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed. John did epic job of carrying Walker. Some very steep climbs in places. Loved it!!

Detoxing 28.08.18 – 06.09.18

Teetotal Journey Posted on Thu, September 06, 2018 16:26:35

AWESOME! I have completed another 10 days of absolute teetotalism smiley

Am very happy to say that the itching stopped a few days after the last post. I have ENERGY. I am sleeping quite well. Am loving going to bed with a good book or a snuggle up to watch a good movie (which I never see the end of), I do seem to be waking very early though. Not that I mind, I use the time productively (social media marketing smiley). I am exercising like a demon: cycling, walking, yoga & rafting;

This appears to be speeding up the detox process in comparison to other times when I have not exercised as much during this period. My amazing skin is helping to release said toxins and as a consequence, I do look a bit spotty smiley. I am also achy; but in a good way. My focus is returning with epic enthusiasm, am literally brimming over with ideas. My lovely family and patients are bearing the brunt of this as I literally cannot press home to them enough how fantastical all my ideas are…….I may be riding the pink cloud at present; hope not to crash too soon smiley. There is literally not enough time for EVERYTHING I wish to do. Happy Happy.

Detoxing 18.08.18 – 28.08.18

Teetotal Journey Posted on Tue, August 28, 2018 13:32:38


The start of something EPIC smiley

Porlock Weir – Lynmouth 15.08.18

Symptoms in chronological order:

* Anxiety – What have I set myself up for? Can I do it?

* Fear – Fear of not drinking again…. What will I do to socialise and relax?

* Poor Concentration – System has been thrown out of whack….finding it hard to focus .

* Poor Memory – My neurotransmitters have been working under particular conditions for eons and now I expect them to immediately adapt and continue to function as normal…. be patient.

* Fatigue – Change requires energy. Honouring my system with early nights.

* Headaches – Toxic headaches as the level of alcohol throughout my system drops

* Muscles aches – The body stores toxins in the soft tissues. Now that my body does not have to deal with toxins I am immediately ingesting, it can get to work eliminating the toxic backlog.

* Nausea – As soft tissues begin to release toxins back into the blood stream to be eliminated, I feel “a bit rough”, like a hangover.

* Drinking Dreams – My psyche processing all that is occurring.

* Itching – The skin is such a fantastic organ, it allows the toxins to be pushed out right through it. How clever is that! How itchy is that!

* Sore Jaw – Sensory changes in the Cranial V (Trigeminal) dermatome which also includes itching (Pruritus) across Frontal, Maxilla and Mandible. Bless my neurotransmitters.

* Sweating – This mornings symptom – continuing the very clever expulsion of toxins. Big love to my Lymphatic System.

Honestly though, what a fantastic system. Constantly striving for Health. I am Blessed smiley.

Going Teetotal

Teetotal Journey Posted on Tue, August 28, 2018 12:36:50

I have been toying with the idea of Teetotalism seriously for a few years now and have had periods of abstinence in the last five years with the longest spell being 9/10 months in 2015.

A little background for context:

I have drunk regularly for 25 years, often in an unhealthy manner, particularly in my youth. A modicum of sensibility ensues with the arrival of children but a different drinking scenario arises. Sensible hardworking mummy deserves wine of an evening. The wine consumption steadily creeps up until we are either constantly thinking about drinking or moderating or stopping. I have given away too much of my precious time to the first two options and am now stopping. For good smiley

To start this journey, I also started another; Walking the South West Coast Path. Exercise is fabulous for clearing the mind, seeing things clearly, motivation, releasing and moving out toxins – the list is endless…..really. Suffice to say that the walking really spurred me on and the last alcohol was taken (after Johns Birthday and four of the sections complete) on the 16.08.2018. I arrived home from our holiday alcohol (and smoke) free. And so begins the detox. Happy days smiley

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