Here's what we call an "ah-ha" moment. Rather, it's a "oh yeah" moment:
One of the main reasons cleanses are so great isn't about the diet or our bodies at all. It's about our minds. It's about becoming more mindful.
Clearly I needed to do this.
I've had little reminders over the past couple of days. Having to fight the urge to polish off the plain noodles that my son left in his dish. Grabbing a potato chip from the bowl in front of me as I chatted with friends (then dropping it like it was covered in ants once I realized I had it!) So many moments where I would have put food in my mouth out of habit or not really paying attention; certainly not based out of hunger or desire for flavor. Each time though, I became more and more aware.
That awareness and transition from mindless to mindful has been energizing. For the first time since I started this cleanse (and well before) I am feeling more... awake.
Today, I volunteered at an Easter Seals event where they had a delicious and beautiful continental breakfast. (I wish I had taken a picture. Darn.) With this new sense of mindfulness, there was something almost empowering about not popping a whole mini-muffin (or four) into my mouth. I thought about how good just one taste of that cream cheese would taste without even wanting an entire bagel slathered with it.
Mindfulness and gratitude will be my lessons for the day. It will make the next five days so much more pleasant to focus on those things vs. just thinking about "eliminating" food.
The plan: Eat all the vegetables, beans, legumes and fruit you want plus four servings of the protein smoothie.
My day: Much better! I made a fabulous roasted cauliflower with garlic and lemon juice; 500* for 15 min. Olive oil is also allowed on earlier days. So yummy!! Finally getting some energy back.
Tip: Lemon and lime juice make everything taste better. Technically days 5 - 7 don't include fruits or fruit juices except apples or pears but personally I'm inclined to add the one cheat of a few squeezes of lemon juice here and there. That bit of acidity completely changes the flavor of the veggies and makes it so much yummier. Even if you stay strictly to plan, you can use the citrus juices on the other days.
Remember to remember!