Archive for ‘Cleanse’

February 28, 2012


For a number of people the early Spring brings with a time of “fasting” for religious reasons. For others the “fast” is more for physical reasons, warmer weather is coming and those short sleeves and pants are making cranky noises from within your closet, aren’t they?

Personally, I follow a religious tradition which offers up a time of fasting, 40 days give or take, during which I will basically eat like a vegan. It’s a sacrifice because although I can live for months without meat products for the most part I love cheese and eggs. A lot. A whole lot.  Add to that the fact that my cooking repertoire is already limited, this season can add a layer of cranky to my otherwise sunny disposition.

Whether you are fasting this spring for faith reasons or to clean out the winter body blues you are going to run up against some sacrifice.

The word, ‘sacrifice’ shows up with this definition first:

 The act of offering something to a deity in propitiation or homage, especially the ritual slaughter of an animal or a person.

Lucky for you, we’re not talking about that kind of sacrifice today. The next definition is more fitting I’d say:

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

As you start down the path to a detox or a prayerful fast I want you to take notice of some things to start connecting the dots between what you eat (or don’t eat) and how you feel, what you think, what you crave, how it affects the whole of you!

1)At the start of your fast, what do you imagine your sacrifice to be? Physically? Emotionally? Spiritually?

2)When you think about that “sacrifice” can you put a picture in your head of what it looks like?  Give it shape and form. Does it look like a Twinkie (I like Twinkies, obviously) or an anvil in your gut? Does it look threatening or comforting, the thing you are sacrificing?

3)If you could name in JUST ONE WORD the goal of your fast, what would it be?

4)Going through your fast, keep a journal. Write down how your answers to the above questions change as you progress. No one needs to see this but you so be honest with yourself.  If you want to quit then write about that. If you want to cheat then write about that. If you feel great then write about that! It doesnt’ have to be long, just a sentence or two.

Are you embarking on a fast this month?? Speak out! Would love to walk alongside…



January 1, 2012

Daily Juice: Jan 1, 2012 Sweet Tart

This one is a little tart but a lot of yum…

2 small green apples
2 stalks celery
1/2 lemon
1/2 cucumber
1 cup cilantro

In my juicer this yields 12oz juice. Yours might differ. Just start here and see where to take it. Like the flavor but need more volume? Add cucumber or celery. Need more taste? Add cilantro/apple or lemon.

For nutritional estimations check out the recipe HERE on Spark People 

December 31, 2011

Master your Cleanse….

Cleanse is a soothing word, isn’t it? Cleanse. Say it out loud. “Cleanssssssssse.”

By show of hands how many of us have heard this lovely word flow fluidly through the lips of a friend this year past year? And now,  how many of us have spit this word through our own gritted teeth a couple of weeks later?

Yes, I did a Cleanse in 2011, sort of. Any sort of strict “diet” I undertake is always going to be a “sort of” diet. This is where my rule follower friends will say, “well THAT’S why you didn’t get the full benefit!” to which I say, “poppycock” and I don’t mean “poppycock” as in the delicious popcorn caramel treat although I love that sort of poppycock much more than the strict diet type.

I like the IDEA of a “cleanse.” I like the idea of flushing toxins from my system and cleaning out my inner workings just as I like the IDEA of having really organized closets. I know that with really organized closets my life would run much more smoothly from season to season. No more shouts of, “mom, where’s my coat!” and “do we have any more toilet paper?”

The trouble is that I cannot be trusted to  actually follow through and get my closets in order. Since I am not stupid wealthy no one else is delegated to organize them so bottom line is that if I WANT organized closets I’m just going to have to get off my computer and do it myself. I totally admit that.

Which brings me back to my “Cleanse.” I followed it pretty well for the first day (read: 4 hours of the first day) but after that I got dizzy because I have this blood sugar issue so I ate something. The next day was better but I got extremely cranky so for the health and safety of my children I ate something. At this point I realized something important. Not everyone should “Cleanse.” Or at the very least, not all of us should cleanse while parenting small children.

This post is in NO WAY meant to dissuade you from undertaking a Cleanse. If you have the time and inclination then it can be a remarkable experience. I will say that the medical jury is still divided on Cleansing for the most part. It may or may not do what you want or expect it to do. You might be hoping the Cleanse will be a smiling Martha Stewart rolling up her sleeves and digging into your linen closet but in reality it’s just you, standing here in a pile of towels, cussing and crying.

Either way, if you do decide to do a cleanse I’m going to give you my best advice. This is not nutritional advice, nor is it practical “cleansing” advice.  This is relational advice, social media sharing advice, based upon feedback from very reliable sources, namely, my Twitter feed.

  • First off, when you decide to do a Cleanse it is acceptable to let your friends know about it. In fact, it is preferable to let us know so that we can chalk up any violent outbursts to your intake of lemons and cayenne pepper for the next few days.
  • It is also perfectly acceptable to post photos before you begin of your big stack of lemons. They look very pretty.
  • Do not post photos every single day of your lemons unless it’s to cuss out that stack of lemons. We’ll help you.
  • Do not give us a play by-play about your bowel movements or saline flushes. TMI.
  • You don’t have to hole up in your home while you’re cleansing but really think about it before you agree to attend food or drink oriented gatherings unless you have an iron will self-control. As Socrates might say, “Know Thyself.”  If you can’t be around donuts without going completely mental then spare yourself the pain. As your friends, we will understand.
  • Do not at any point say things like “I feel AMAZING!”  Some of us have seen you in person. We know you’re really feeling more like this right now (and there is no shame in that):

All this being said, as you proceed into this great endeavor I wish you bolstered fortitude, abundant produce sources and unlimited patience in your quest for health.  Call me if you need help folding that pile of  towels when you’re all done.