What does it feel like after 11 days of eating vegan, avoiding alcohol, and avoiding crap in general? Well, it’s a humbling experience to say the least. I’m on day 11 of my two-week mission to eat cleanly in honor of spring house cleaning and am feeling pretty good so far. My comments and thoughts:
- It is great to have someone around you who supports your cleansing goals. Except when he makes grilled cheese all weekend. My yogi friend Marissa and Angela joined me this time, and having their subtle presence behind the scene’s has been sweet.
- I have not felt as good as I have in the past during this process. I have been having knee pain, fighting a cold, other little things. I don’t think it has anything to do with the cleanse, but it’s a bummer. Bad timing. I guess it’s a good thing, it’s forcing me to take it easy which I often don’t do. Seating yoga poses are so nourishing right now.
- I’m really enjoying the simplicity of eating a mono food diet. At first the plain food feels impossible, I don’t want to eat it, and I hardly do. I wonder how I’m going to make it for 7 days eating just beans, rice, and veggies. But I just do it without too much obsession. I imagine how many other people in the world don’t have a choice of what they get to eat each day. After day 1, it’s a little easier. By day 3, I actually start enjoying it. The mind is a tricky beast, isn’t it? Today I noticed cauliflower tasted almost like butter. Butternut squash was so sweet.
- I really enjoy the fact that I create little waste during the cleanse. I buy my beans and rice in bulk and bring my containers to bring them home in. My veggie scraps go to compost. I’m wondering if I could make veggie broth out of them and take it even further. Everything just feels so simplified when I’m not able to be distracted by food.
- It’s amazing to notice how symbiotic the relationship with food is. When I’m busy, tired, bored, I don’t really spend sufficient time or energy on the food I eat. On preparing it or eating it. This sometimes crappy food makes me more easily stressed, tired, and throws my yogi wagon around. This leads me to crave more crappy food. I feel crappier. And the cycle continues. Until you take a step back and deal with one day of crappy feelings and your monster mind. Then all the sudden you wake up lighter, refreshed, and renewed reminded that it’s all connected, and sacrifice is ok sometimes.
I guess that’s it. Details on what I do to clean my internal house each spring and fall are in my previous post, Clean Your Internal House Part 1. Just a few more days. I’m excited to try and cook from some of my ayurveda cookbooks. Their recipes normally seem too bland too me but after this I think it’ll taste just fine.