To thrive in times of transition keeping up a healthy lifestyle is paramount. I would say our bodies need good activity, sleep and nourishment to effectively adapt to a new routine and environment; yet the process of change makes it very challenging. Over these last four weeks I admittedly struggled to balance life change with a whole foods diet. Eating on-the-go quickly became part of my daily routine. Not even two weeks into the new job role, and I had caught a nasty cold. Now in my fourth week things are starting to settle.
With the realization that my new routine needed some clean-up I decided to take 12 days to cleanse. I use “cleanse” loosely for two reasons. First, the word can evoke negative connotations similarly to ideas associated with diets. Two because cleansing doesn’t have to mean abstaining from food. Really in this context it is simply the dietary lifestyle I aspire to stick to more consistently- that is dairy-free gluten-free whole foods. The other big piece is eliminating toxins, which includes alcoholic beverages.
Why cleanse? There are many theories behind the need to flush out our systems. Reasons can be related to things like cultural beliefs, seasonal change or weight loss. From what I have found everyone has different motivators. Despite being skeptical a few years ago, I have found cleansing very useful for bringing myself back to what feels very best on my digestive system, and that is unprocessed whole foods. Because of the highly modified nature of our food system, I would argue that modern society can benefit from cleansing now more than ever before.
One week into my heightened dietary consciousness and already I’m feeling much lighter. My taste buds have again shifted to more whole food options, which happens pretty quickly when sugar and wheat are off the table. It’s tough to abstain from casual drinks in social settings, but a worth while exercise. This week has also been good for creative lunch making. Turns out pre-cutting veggies and arranging snacks for the whole week makes packing meals a breeze.
Monday to Friday full-time work is a big transition from 3 jobs and shifts. I feel so privileged, especially as it will allow me more consistent free time to get foodie inspired. I think its fair to say I am nearly through transition!
Follow this link to a similar post from last year: Balancing pH with a Spring Cleanse. It has more information on the Wild Rose Cleanse, which is what I am loosely following this time around.
Already feeling the boost in energy! And how about this weather?
to health, happiness & sunshine,