Do you really need to be so clean?

I am on day 11 of my annual spring cleanse ritual during which I eat a bit cleaner, give my body and mind a break, practice yoga, and take some time for a general reset. This whole process is pretty indescribable, but I am certainly over the hump as each day I feel better and better, less hunger, my knees ache no longer, my sleep is more sound, cravings are gone, no desire to overeat, the grumpies are gone too, I feel happier in general. This process has taught me how to really accept uncomfortableness, I mean for days, not just a moment and that I do have the power, desire, and will to take care of myself more than I like to think.  And that it can be balanced with a healthy St. Patty’s celebration. Cleansing reminds me how lucky I am that I get to eat such amazing food each and every day when most of the world doesn’t get the opportunity.

When I began this time around, I wasn’t sure why I was doing it really. I had to remember I made a commitment to myself last year to do some kind of cleanse every spring and fall. To give myself a break. Now, I remember why as the benefits feel so great and outweigh the uncomfortable moments. I become more productive. I want to say it’s strange, but I guess it isn’t when you think about it.

This process invariably comes up with friends and acquaintances. I often get people who ask, “what are you doing?”, “I could use a little reset”, “where should I begin?”, that sort of thing. I wrote about the process last fall and have linked to that post below and also my favorite cleansing resources. For me, eating vegan for a few days each week feels incredible, so I’ve listed my favorite vegan cook books and also a few cleansing resources as well.  I also posted some new yoga pics, aren’t they awesome! Maybe one day I can do chaturanga (low push up) without my face looking purple 😉

The Manifesto of a Clean Freak


Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

Vegan with a Vegence

The New Detox Diet: The Complete Guide for Lifelong Vitality With Recipes, Menus, and Detox Plans

A Short Ayurvedic Home Cleanse

A Longer Ayurvedic Cleanse

My favorite healthy recipe

My favorite vegan(ish) meals

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One Response to Do you really need to be so clean?

  1. Mike Borger says:

    Your Chatta is rockin! I cannot believe how good that looks. Who has time to notice a slightly flushed face ( no doubt from your preceding down dog or inversion) when you have such sweet form to admire ( or dare I say envy). Well done!

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