Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time to Reboot - Conscious Cleanse

I know I have been very spotty in my posts the past few months.  Life has been crazy in a great way and sometimes when you are having too much fun living life you forget to sit down and write about it.

In a nutshell, I started a new job (still in shipping) that is closer to home. (AMEN for taking public transport to work!).  I have also decided to take more time for me this year.  The job change was unexpected but was a blessing in disguise.

Grateful for the fresh start! 

I was able to sit back and really answer the question, "Am I Happy With Me?"  The question was not totally.  While I loved the people and experiences at my last job, deep down I was not happy with what I was doing.  Being where I am now as given me the chance to get back to what I love...  Interacting with vessels daily.

To keep on the trend of being happy with me, I have decided to jump on the cleanse/reboot bandwagon.  Have no fear!  I AM NOT FASTING!  After reading a post from my favorite blogger Holly, (Seriously, this is the best blog out there!  Go read it! After you read this that is...) I decided that taking a few weeks to get back to the basics is exactly what I need.

Starting Monday I will begin the two week Conscious Cleanse.  This cleanse is a two week adventure where you fill your body with fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains (gluten free) and a bit of lean protein (fish, poultry and bison).  The goal is to give your system a rest, to let it repair itself.  After the two weeks you slowly reintroduce foods to see how your body reacts (sugar, caffeine, grain, dairy).  Below is straight from their site and they say it much better than me...

The Conscious Cleanse

In the 14 day journey of the Conscious Cleanse we will show you, step by step how to detoxify your body, ignite a process of deep healing, discover what food makes you feel the best, and create a sustainable way of eating that will support you on your journey to vibrant health and longevity.
Here’s the plan:
  • Step 1: Prepare for your cleanse. For 5 days before the cleanse you will begin shifting your attention to cleanse-friendly foods and away from the foods that may be slowing you down. Foods like sugar, gluten, dairy and soy. Suggestions for alternatives to these foods will be provided.
  • Step 2: Two week Conscious Cleanse. For 2 weeks you will eat whole foods like green smoothies, fresh fruits, vegetables, non-gluten grains like brown rice and quinoa, legumes, nuts, seeds, and organic lean meats.
  • Step 3: Conscious Purification. Two opportunities for deeper cleansing called “Conscious Purification” will occur on the weekends with the option of eating only fruits and vegetables, smoothies, fresh juices and broths.
  • Step 4: Reintroduction of food. Several days post-cleanse you will be guided through systematic reintroduction of foods that will help you create a personalized way of eating that supports on-going weight loss, detoxification and vibrancy.

We all know I don't eat a ton of dairy or meat now but some of the items on the list are totally making me anxious.  2 weeks without coffee, eggs, sugar, english muffins and GASP Beer!

Instead of being all freaked out I am thinking of this as a way to get back to square one.  A way to figure out once and for all what works and doesn't work with my system.

This past week I have been in the "Transition Phase" of the cleanse.  It is basically a way to physically and mentally prepare for the cleanse.  I have been eating more veggies, stocking up the kitchen with all the goodies and trying to clear out the temptations (the current box of pastries, bagels and scones in the office kitchen IS NOT HELPING). I am feeling good about this and my likeliness to succeed.  I love that I am not going to starve myself and the opportunity to try new foods/combos.  What I am not excited about is this whole giving up caffeine thing!

If you know me, you know I LOVE COFFEE!  I drink 2-4 cups a day, black but still... i can enjoy a cup of java after dinner and still sleep through the night.  This past week I have been cutting back.  I am down to one cup in the morning. In all honesty, this has been the hardest thing!  The headaches are extreme at moments, the cravings INSANE!  If this is this bad with caffeine I can not imagine what a real drug withdrawal is like!!  The good news, is it is getting better. Today is the first day I don't want to shank a stranger.... My plan is to be sans caffeine come Sunday.  I love the idea of not being a slave to coffee but will  rejoice in that first glorious cup in a few weeks from now.

Until then... bring on the smoothies, veggies and quinoa!

I am going to try and post throughout the two weeks my honest opinions of the cleanse.  Things I am loving, things I am hating and any slip ups along the way.  Hopefully two weeks from now I will be writing from a calmer (less bloated) and non-caffeine dependent mindset!