'get juicy' 7 day detox
I set the intention to only consume fresh juices and smoothies (smoothies because I like the fiber from the blended fruits and veggies) for 7 days along with increasing my water intake.
I spent about 30min- 1 hour in the morning washing, juicing, blending, cleaning-up....I then had jars of all my juices and smoothies for the day....possibly the next day and didn't have to return to the kitchen for my nourishment again...unless I was preparing food for my children...and WOW!!!! was tempted to nibble while I cooked.....thoughts of soba noodle stir-fry haunted me for days! I did have a few deviations from my 'liquid only' plan...eating a couple bananas or a handful of almonds, a few pieces of the most delicious watermelon. I was fully nourished by the juices and smoothies but the mind is very powerful and cravings for solid foods came to the surface and I wasn't able to resist every time. Despite the few deviations I stuck to 7 days of liquids and felt full of life and energy throughout the day, my skin felt amazing and my thoughts more clear.
My approach with any detox is a wholistic one, so along with fresh juice and smoothies, I continued a consistent yoga practice, spent time daily on my mat in some form of meditation and journaling, pulling cards from my 'dolphin/mermaid' deck that help set the tone and give me a mantra to carry with me through the day. I also made time for a trip to the Redwoods and a visit to a local spa for a much need sweat in the sauna.
I found the social media detox was the most challenging and rewarding part. I realized I spend too much time scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. It's now a "habit" to go to either of these sights. I could pick up my phone to set an alarm or check the weather for the week and would find myself automatically hitting IG and then 5 minutes have passed and forgot why I had originally picked up my phone. It helped to keep my phone in my bag or the other room...if it was away from me I was less likely to slip into my "habit". Now that I wasn't on these sites during my 'down-time' I found myself being far more creative, finishing and starting craft projects I had been sitting on or thinking about for months, clearing my living space of clutter and things I no longer needed. I even experimented with making hemp mylk for the first time as well as many new juice concoctions using seasonal fruits and veggies I picked up from the farmers market.
I was reminded that will power and self-discipline are key elements to any detox, cleanse, working towards a goal, nourishing an intention. I had everything I needed to be successful with this detox, abundant fruits and veggies, tools to make my juices and smoothies, time to prep and plan, a light schedule...and I was still tempted. It was my strong will and discipline that allowed me move through 7 days, let go of habits, cleanse and rebuild healthier ways of moving through the day. Give thanks!
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