Clean as a Whistle- My customized cleanse

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At least once a  year I do a cleanse.

I have used colon cleanse ‘kits’  in the past (which can be very effective) but this year I want to customize it.   I also didn’t want to shell out $100+ dollars.  I’d rather save that for the Vibram’s I have my eye on.

So I thought I’d share what I’ve put together in my brain that doesn’t seem to want to slow down.

Very important caveat:

To cleanse or not to cleanse is a personal decision. I do not encourage anyone to do anything that they are not comfortable with.   As a matter of fact, check out this articles about cleansing if you are considering it.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cleansing/AN00065

There are many ways to detoxify. From the Master Cleanse (a fast of sorts) to a 30 day eating overhaul there are endless possibilities.   I always begin with the gut because so much takes place there. My plan is a 5 days with two components: diet and supplementation.

I’ll talk all about supplementation in the next post but let’s get the diet part out of the way.

*Rules carry over from one day to the next*

Day 1: Eliminate processed food. For me this means most anything in a box/bag.  Grains typically come in a bag/box but I make sure that nothing has been added (sugar, salt, preservatives etc.).This includes store brought breads of any kind. I only eat things that are 100% home-made. Even the ingredients. Focus is on nutritionally dense meals (I can make a chocolate cake from scratch but this not within the spirit of this day!).

Day 2: Eliminate all white stuff. Includes but is not limited to: sugar, pasta, rice, bread, flour, cornstarch. Also no simple carbs of any kind.  I will use this time to focus on all sorts of grains: whole wheat couscous, bulgur, quinoa, and steel-cut oats.

Day 3 Elimination of chicken and seafood. I usually focus on legumes and eggs as a protein source.

Day 4: Vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds only.  Raw or very lightly steamed. By the end of this day I feel like a rabbit.

Day 5:  Juice fast. I juice all of my meals. Fresh veggies and fruits only.

A couple of key points:

I only buy organic, free range, grass-fed, wild caught, fair trade products during this time.

Red meat and pork and dairy (with the exception of eggs) are not a part of this cleanse at all.

I plan well in advance for this type of eating. I determine my menu and budget early on and give myself permission to shop at Whole Foods…I deserve it!

I still have one cup 6 ounces of coffee in the morning.  My coffee is a ritual and is not up for debate. Same with my 4 ounces of Pinot noir at night.  But this is not Maxwell House or $2 Buck Chuck.  (I’ll go into detail if requested).

Day 6 and 7 are transition days to balanced eating. Take note that I don’t go back to the Holiday bad girl I was before. 😉

I am very careful about what I expect from myself during this period of time. I am training for another half marathon so the timing of this cleanse is no accident. I also try to limit my interaction with others.  Between the training and the cleanse I don’t think I will be a nice person to be around. My evolution will look something like this:

Partying like the Mayans are on to something

  A hungry, cranky, detoxing mess with temporary bad skin

Ahhhh… all is right in the world (my world anyway)!

By the way:

I don’t cook for ANYBODY.  Fortunately,  three of the four of the remaining members of my family can cook well.  Even the princess can make a mean sandwich so I am not worried.

I will allow for loads of sleep.  I am always wiped out when I cleanse. I also try to limit negative people, the news, traffic… anything that upset my equilibrium. Not always possible (I do have teenagers) but I try.

I will go into specific details once I start my cleanse on  January 21.  Feel free to submit questions at any time though!

Next up… supplementation. Big part of my plan but I need to collect my thoughts. And go party like it’s 1999!

Happy New You

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Doing 40… my way

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Most of those I graduated with are turning 40. Right now (seriously… my friend’s birthday is today-Happy Birthday L!). I was a grade level ahead which in high school seemed like a curse.  Everyone did EVERYTHING before I did.  Now,  I have a bit of poetic justice. I’m still 38. 🙂 I’ll be 39 very soon but nonetheless I have a full year to bask in my thirties.
Well, sort of.

The truth is that I feel that I have been transitioning into this new phase of my life for some time. I am actually pretty darn excited.

In line with my ‘always evolving’ attitude I decided to add another blog to my arsenal. This one has a very specific purpose and although it is about based on my personal transition into being a full-fledged grown up, my goal for it to take on a life of its own.

“let us start a revolution
change this world
to what it should be
and forget all this confusion”  

from Give A Lil’l Love by Bob Sinclair

Now revolution might be a bit of a strong term but my goal is definitely to start something!

Take a look at a bit of the letter I wrote to a few friends on Facebook hoping  they’d join in on the fun:

Hey! 

I’ve been thinking about how to knock 40 out of the park for a really long time. I knew I didn’t want to do a regular party or dinner…I wanted it to be special. 

I have learned  a lot in the last 10 years. My health challenges, becoming a trainer, losing my mom and grandparents; it has been a decade of tremendous growth. The greatest gift of my thirties has been amazing friends who brought their talents and experiences into my world. I am who I am because of who YOU are. I have the best friends a girl could want!!!

So… I’ve decided what I want for my birthday and it involves you. I want to start a movement. Before you decide that I am nuts (which has already been determined anyway :)) hear me out. 

He’s how it is going to go on my end:

Soon I will add a  personal blog called  “400 days until 40”. I will chronicle 400 days until my 40th birthday beginning December 26th. Not necessarily every day (you know me) but often. 

I am going to create a FB page with the same title. The goal of the page is to provide information and support to others in active and passive ways. 

The blog and page will provide guidance for people who want to create major change in their life and in the lives of others.  I hope to create a community bound together by this desire. 

I am coming to you because there is no way I can do this alone. I have seen a passion to improve yourself and help others in every single one of you. Why not pull that energy together and make something big?  Our collective effort toward healing the world. 

I do not want this to be a burden in any way. I want this to simply be an intentional expression of who you are and what you see as your God-given purpose. 

Every single one of them agreed. I knew they would. That’s why I picked ’em. :0)

Seriously… you are about meet some amazing people.  Introductions are coming!

In the meantime, subscribe to the Facebook page (REALLY important) and “follow” the blog (look for the follow button in the top left side of this page-SUPER important).   I promise it will be worth it.

So… Let the games begin!