Remember that time I started a blog and stopped writing on it?
Yeah, sorry. It tends to be a pattern I have. Granted, I have had quite a few major changes happen in my life. Like moving across the country, quitting my job, and pursuing a career in Vancouver. Not to mention Christmas time, New Years, a trip to Alberta, and learning how to unplug and spend time with the amazing people I am surrounded with.
So it’s the New Year now, and I have been toying with the idea of a cleanse for a few weeks. First, I wanted to do a 30-day juice cleanse (watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead helped encourage that). But given that January is probably THE WORST month for fresh produce, I thought better of it. The winter is a time when the body draws inwards, and wants warm, comforting foods (although I have to say, as a TO girl, Vancouver’s winter feels more like March or April to me).
My latest creation: nutty chocolate brownie bites dipped in maple-almond chocolate sauce, dusted with cinnamon, cayenne and sea salt
Then I got onto the idea of the Master Cleanse (aka the Lemonade Cleanse, the Beyonce Diet, and so on). It’s basically just drinking spicy lemonade and salt water for 10 days. I thought, 10 days, no problem. I watered that idea down to 3 days to give my body a chance to adjust. By 5 pm on my first day I basically said eff this and made a bowl of quinoa, kale and avocado with some tamari. The whole starving yourself thing is not for me. And spicy lemonade doesn’t taste that good, bee tee dubs.
The New Plan:
I’ve decided that starting my day with some lemon juice and warm water is a MUCH better way to do it (plus, I have tons of lemons in my house right now). I’ve also found that eating less, chewing thoroughly, and really tasting my food helps me too.
A lot of the stress of digestion occurs in the beginning. When we don’t chew our food, it allows for big chunks of food to putrefy in our intestines and cause gas and bloating. Chew your food till it’s mush, taste your food (because you can, it’s one of the simple pleasures in life) and take smaller portions. Chewing your food will give your body more time to realize when it’s full, and when it’s still hungry. Tasting your food will allow your mind to savour and enjoy the meal rather than scarfing it down.
These three things alone will improve your digestion and let your body detox itself naturally, rather than having to work overtime to compensate for your mouth not breaking down your food. Come springtime, a proper whole food cleanse is definitely in store. I’m also psyched for my summertime juice cleanse! (I found an awesome Champion juicer on Craigslist for $100)
Don’t forget to breathe, too. I find that deep breathing helps with my overall sense of well-being (thank you yoga for bringing that to my attention). Most of us take shallow chest breaths, but you’ll feel a difference in your satiety if you take deeper, big belly breaths. It puts your mind in touch with how full your stomach is getting and gets oxygen flowing to your extremities and insides.
These are all things we know but don’t always remember. We can easily find ourselves in a rush to just get some food down the pipe and get on with our day. I’d like to extend on “We are what we eat” to “We are what we eat, and HOW we eat”. Eat with consciousness
Some changes and upheavals will be happening for my blog in the near future. Get ready 2012!