Tomorrow I am beginning a 21-day purification cleanse.
It feels like a significant commitment, particularly because of what I need to give up in order to complete it but I am locked and loaded and ready to tackle this head on.
A friend recently shared her experience with this cleanse and her timing was perfect. For months now, I have been thinking about doing a cleanse and trying to determine when I could afford the time to focus, without having to get on planes or be distracted by endless days of work and projects that offer me no time for myself. I glimpsed a bit of a lull in my schedule and jumped on it, setting boundaries and managing expectations. As if indicating a fresh start, my start date is March 1st. While I didn’t intentionally choose that day, it seems perfect. March 1 feels like the beginning of spring (even though we are expecting more snow tomorrow). Even the promise of the temperatures rising in the next month cause me to want to unburden myself from both my outer and inner layers.
When I first thought about cleansing, I was focused on trying to reduce or eliminate my dependence on sugar, carbs and caffeine. I know myself well enough to understand that going cold turkey and just removing the aforementioned offenders from my life is the only way for me to gain control over it. I struggle with being disciplined when it comes to food. It takes hold over me and I am caught in its grip, unconsciously eating foods that I consciously know are not healthy or suitable for maintaining my physical health. And there is nothing I can do to get off that train once I get on except to jump. No station stop seems enticing enough for me to step off. I need to jump, fall, tumble down into the brush and then pick myself up, brush myself off and get down to the business of being healthy.
Over the last months I have been a source of limitless excuses ranging from overwork, overstress, lack of motivation due to the cold weather (I mean, who wants to go outside and head to the gym if you don’t have to), busy travel and more. I have fallen into a rut and the mental impact of that is almost worse than the physical. Even writing this becomes a challenge because I struggle to focus. I lack clarity of thought. There are toxins coursing through my body that are slowing me down and clogging me up. It is time to take charge.
So, I have chosen to be radical. 21 days of purification. No alcohol, no caffeine, no sugar, no carbs – nothing but fruits, veggies and supplements. And I am going to make it work.
After doing a juice cleanse, I’m motivated to eat healthier and not emotionally. Cleansing is like my meditation. It makes me stop, focus and think about what I’m putting into my body. I’m making a commitment to my health and hitting the reset button. — Salma Hayek
My life has been in turmoil for a very long time now. Disruptions and eruptions have become commonplace and no one should have to endure a life like that. I surgically remove those elements of my life that are destructive and damaging to my personal well-being. And yet, there is always another challenge waiting around the corner, tempting me to take it on. For the first time, I feel like I can manage whatever is waiting to jump out to block my path. It may hurt and be difficult to endure but I have proven to myself that I have all the tools I need. I have resources (although I sometimes forget) and support mechanisms (that I definitely forget) and the only piece missing from this is ME. Detoxifying is so much more than controlling what goes into my mouth and body. It is about cleansing my mind and spirit. This purification cleanse is helping me to get rid of the toxins that are poisoning me both physically and mentally.
I am committing to do several things throughout the next three weeks:
- Follow the plan to the letter for 21 days
- Exercise at least 4-5 days per week
- Post a daily blog sharing my experience
- Stay off Facebook
The last commitment is important because I have to focus on the sources of stress for me. Last year I took a Facebook vacation in order to clear my head of all the noise that emanates from social media and it was liberating. I missed some of my friends with whom I communicate mostly over Facebook and I tried to be diligent about remembering birthdays without having to celebrate via Facebook but, overall, I was so much calmer and happier just after a few weeks. I did not feel emotionally or mentally tethered to my phone or computer and learned to look at life through my own eyes rather than the lens of Facebook. Every event in my life was not filtered through the thought process of how I would report it to my “friends” on Facebook. I think everyone should detox from Facebook at least once or twice a year. And, for me, at the end of the 21 days I will have purified some critical aspects of my life.
I’ll be sharing my story here so I hope you come and visit to learn how I am doing. This is a journey, for sure, and I can use all the support – even if only spiritually. So, stick around and let’s see where this goes. Hopefully, you’ll watch me push through the crankiness to feeling sharp, and energized. I’m hoping, by March 21, to be cleansed inside and out.