Since I've had more time to explore cleanses, I thought I'd share with you some of my criteria for a "good" one, as well as some thoughts as I prepare for a 7-day spring cleanse I'm starting this coming Sunday.
If you're about to embark on a spring cleanse yourself, hopefully this will give you some useful things to consider about before you begin.
My criteria for a "good" cleanse
- I must be able to eat actual, solid food
- The food must be somewhat simple to prepare, preferably in advance
- The food must be possible to transport and eat on the run (not ideal I know, but it's reality)
- I must have enough energy to be able to keep up my exercise program (since it's a primary stress reliever)
- I should still be able to enjoy eating out with friends
- Any recommended supplements should be readily available (e.g. at Whole Foods)
I'm not going to share which cleanse I'm starting on Sunday yet--I promise to blog about it when it's over (and possibly during the week if I feel called to). But, here's what I hope to get out of this one:
- Lose 3-5 pounds, to get me back on track to losing all the weight I've put on over the past few years from emotional eating (a reasonable goal)
- Get me back off caffeine, which I'd done well with until recently, when it took over my life more than ever due to stress and a busy schedule
- Force me to slow down and take more time for self-care (again!)
- My 3 most physically toxic behaviors: binging / overeating, drinking alcohol, caffeine
- My 3 most toxic habits of mind: self-criticism, pessimism, thinking I need to be busy to feel safe
- My 3 most toxic relationships: with myself, with my work, with people who are trying to be supportive and help me during a difficult time
- What my life would look and feel like without these behaviors, habits, and relationships: empty and meaningless. It's therefore necessary not to give them up, but to explore and change how I react to them.
Comments welcome. Stay tuned....