I just realized that I haven’t written a single blog post about my cleanse since my cleanse started. And you may be totally OK with that, but I think it’s time for a cleanse update.
The first three days were rough. Only fruits and vegetables. Made me nauseous! (Maybe because I didn’t prepare my body as well as I should have in the weeks leading up to the cleanse).
But I learned that you can make root vegetables taste delicious if you put a little time into it!
(On a funny note, all this time, I thought I was roasting parsnips when I really was roasting turnips. I figured this out when I started looking for a parsnip image for this post and realized that they looked nothing like what I had in my fridge. Now you know how vegetable-savvy I am!)
I’m loving all the tea drinking. At least three cups a day with 30 drops of dandelion root tincture. On Tuesday, I had a consulting session with a group of entrepreneurs in the morning and tried to gulp my tea down before I left home (I was cutting it close, as usual). There is no way to drink tea quickly! Fortunately, when I arrived at the meeting, there was a pot of wonderful Chinese herbal tea waiting for me.
Grains, Nuts & Seeds!
Yesterday, I added whole, gluten-free grains, almonds, walnuts, and seeds. Joy! I also cheated a little. I bought almond milk, poured it over puffed rice (you’re not supposed to mix grains and nuts), and topped the puffed rice with banana slices (you’re not supposed to mix fruit with anything). I guess I’m just addicted to combining different kinds of foods.
(Please don’t tell…)
Today I felt great. At 6:45 AM, I biked to the college gym (husband professor == free gym) to lift weights. I really enjoy when I can combine transportation with exercise. It makes no sense to drive to the gym and get on the elliptical when you can take care of the cardio piece on the way there and back. And biking always makes me feel 20 years younger.
Next: Mindful Eating
There is one thing I’d like to focus on the last four days of my cleanse: mindful eating.
I know mindful eating is good. Yet, I often allow myself to do other things while I eat – especially when I’m eating alone. It’s a way to make the most of ones time. Which is admirable – but not when you’re eating.
Creating ritual at a meal deeply enhances the nourishment that you receive from your food. Any practice that brings your awareness and gratitude to a meal transforms the experience of eating into the experience of being fed.
She goes on to suggest:
When you feed yourself, make eating your only activity – avoid eating at your desk, in the car, or on the sofa in front of the TV.
This is my challenge to myself during the remainder of the cleanse. To eat – and only eat – when I’m eating. (When you put it that way, it really seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it?)
I truly believe that eating is the single most important thing we do each day. It’s about time I act like it!
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