I have finished my ayurvedic cleanse.
I thought, when I started two weeks ago, that the first thing I would do upon completion is make a pot of coffee. I chose to have detox herbal tea yesterday. I made a pot of coffee this morning and had one sip before letting it grow cold and dumping it down the drain. OMG! What if that happens with wine too??
It was a great exercise in mindful eating. I have to confess that I get in the habit of completely mindless snacking as the weather starts to cool down and the days get shorter. What shall I do now? Oh, well, why not have a bag of chips while I think about it? Hmm, no, that didn't do it. Maybe I need a brownie. And the stress of an impending move did nothing to help out the situation.
I feel really well now. My cranky skin has cleared up completely, and my energy is back. I get a little achy in my back from lifting and moving packed boxes down to the garage, but I few minutes of yoga and I am good again.
So I have changed my perceptions of food. I am not eliminating anything from my diet, but if I choose to have coffee or a cookie, I will enjoy it at the time and think of it as a treat rather than as a necessity. I will be more aware of why I choose the foods I am choosing and try to be aware of the need I am attempting to satisfy in doing so. I generally eat healthy meals so I know I am not snacking out of genuine hunger.
I am more convinced than ever that whole foods and organic is the way to go. Of course, these days, organic isn't good enough--it has to be biodynamic. Nutrition is so much work!
TMI alert. Continue reading at your own risk. Part of the cleanse was the suggestion to use a tongue scraper in the morning. I have sometimes (rarely) brushed my tongue with my tooth brush, but I had to go out and buy a tongue scraper. Let me tell you this is a thoroughly disgusting activity. I was both amazed and appalled at the gunk that scrapes off my tongue. It is so disgusting that I can't stop doing it. The thought of swallowing the stuff with my breakfast is too much.