Here is my life lately: Clearing out the excess stuff from my house and eating.
While I usually try to maintain a healthy diet, with the stress of selling, buying, moving, I have slipped into a pretty mindless pattern of snacking--a lot--on some not so good for me stuff.
The yoga studio where I go to practice was offering a Ayurvedic fall cleanse. Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that may be somewhat controversial.
However, the idea that stress affects the gastrointestinal tract, leading to poor digestion, in turn leading to imbalance and eventual disease, makes a certain amount of sense to me.
The cleanse was put out there for those who are feeling stressed and overwhelmed (check), fatigued (check), unfocused (check), and constipated (check +). Since Metamucil has recently become my beverage of choice, I figured that this was something I really need to do. I am on a cleaning out roll now in all aspects of my life!
The theory is that eating a diet of easily digested foods allows the gut to reset. Herbs help detox the liver. The digestive tract can work more effectively so the body can derive optimal nutrition from whole foods. Energy and mental clarity return to normal.
So, I have tapered off coffee and replaced it with dandelion tea. No bottle of wine in the house. Lots of green vegetables, beets, carrots, and apples. Apple juice and lemon juice. Pepper, cinnamon, fenugreek, turmeric, ginger. Yesterday, I started the four day preparation phase of the cleanse.
So far, so good. I found that the dreaded "green smoothie"--zucchini, celery, green beans, chopped and steamed then whirled in a blender with parsley and spices--and something I could never be able to sip out of a glass while thinking "smoothie"--is actually quite palatable eaten warm out of a soup mug while thinking "soup".
Wish me luck.