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 😉