It's All About Daily Actions
I've reached my first "mini milestone" in this journey. More than 72 hours of only juice! Why is this so exciting for me? Because I've completed a 3 day juice cleanse in the past and even though I enjoyed the experience, it didn't quite feel long enough. I have excellent health and I eat a mostly clean diet, so I believe these factors play a large role in why I don't experience the typical detox symptoms most people report while undergoing a 3 day juice cleanse. I also do "mini reboots" every 1-2 months to give my body the boost it needs (so that probably helps as well). Even today, I don't feel much different. Besides the benefits of more energy and higher alertness, I generally feel the same.
I did wake up this morning having a prevalent "hollow" sensation in my stomach. It wasn't alarming or painful, just very evident. It's not something I am accustomed to and it's interesting to note that while my stomach is empty, I still feel satisfied and content. My lingering cravings have all but disappeared and I've also noticed that my associations to the smell of certain foods have been altered. For example, I think most people would agree that the smell of say, onions and butter cooking on the stove top smells just heavenly. I personally love and welcome the aroma. But yesterday when Marc was preparing some eggs, I found the smell of butter in the pan to be rather offensive and pungent. It was a weird reaction and one that caught me off guard.
Also, while I don't eat chicken or beef, the smell of BBQ chicken and steak usually brings back a nostalgic feeling of good times in the summer sun. 2 days ago I picked up a BBQ chicken for Marc and HATED the aroma. The fact that it was "cooked flesh" was very evident and I couldn't wait to get it out of my car. YUCK! I'm not sure what to attribute this to. It's probably a mixture of my body changing chemically as well as my efforts to be more mindful and aware of how I am feeling.
I'm hoping that by doing an extended cleanse, I can truly flush out all the buried toxins that are lingering inside me. It also makes sense to give my body a chance to relax and focus on repairing any cellular damage because I have been known to indulge in one too many glasses of wine LOL. I'm certain that my liver right now is rather enjoying being bathed in healthy nutrients and I'm actually looking forward to experiencing some detoxifying symptoms (weird I know). But once they come and go, I can feel confident that I have achieved a truly deep inner cleansing.
In addition to being mindful and juicing I have decided to include daily meditation to the mix. I just finished a delightful conversion with my very dear friend Lisa and feel utterly inspired and excited. I enjoy yoga and have "dabbled" with meditation in the past, but (like many things) never followed through with the practices to make it a habit. Lisa is very spiritual and I admire her devotion and connection to her church and God. While I am not religious in a traditional sense, I am very aware of the laws that govern our universe as well as the Omnipresent force that exists everywhere. I am excited to extend my mindfulness even further.
You have probably noticed, I haven't mentioned anything about weight loss. This is intentional.
As explained in my first blog, Juicing Myself Clean - Day 1, I am not doing this for the purpose of losing weight. I know that I will lose weight (it's kind of obvious), but I don't want to wrap myself up in a vain attempt to simply "look thinner". That approach has gotten me nowhere in the past. Sure it's a quick fix and gives me immediate satisfaction, but I long for a more meaningful and long lasting change. I have lost weight, but I refuse to give my Ego the satisfaction of knowing because I am aware that I could very easily fall back into the mindset of, "fix it now."
To be honest, if you are only looking to lose weight, I wouldn't recommend a fast, cleanse or detox program. Yes, you will lose weight in the short term, but unless you change how you think about food and your emotions surrounding it, you will find yourself right back where you started. All of the great religions mention fasting and people have been doing it for centuries, but not for the vain purpose of looking better. It's all about inner connection and transformation. There are so many ways to lose weight that are simple and WAY less extreme. Just cut out the junk! Eat clean whole foods and move around a little more. It will take more time, but it wont be NEARLY as physically and emotionally daunting. Those, of course, are just my two cents. :-)
Today is also the day I have decided to connect my blog to my Facebook account. I was squirmish initially. Feeling slightly uncomfortable with the idea of my friends and family witnessing my struggles. I am a proud person (probably to a fault) and I have a hard time exposing my weaknesses. It is always my intention (to at least appear) to be strong, in control and put together. I rarely express my hardships (except to those few people I cherish and trust with all my being), but today is a new day. A day to push the boundaries and extend my inner growth. A day to be truly me and understand that I do not have to be perfect to accept myself as being whole and complete just as I am.
When I learned that my journey thus far had inspired Lisa to take on her own personal challenge, my eyes were opened. I realized we all face struggles and it's really nice to have someone to share them with. I inspired her and she inspired me. It was a wonderful example of things coming full circle. Who knows how many other people will have a tidbit of enlightenment to share with me (or perhaps me to them). I welcome this new outlook and look forward to the possibilities.
Final note, this morning I made a DELICIOUS fruit juice. 3 oranges, 3 apples and 1/2 cup of Pineapple. Yum yum yum! It reminded me of sipping Pina Colada's on the beach. :-) Definitely recommended.
Till next time......
My name is Carmen Lisa MacPherson and I'm a self proclaimed humanitarian, wellness advocate and wannabe super hero.