I was off to a really good start after getting up around 7 and journaling right away to help a little pain that I was having. I then had warm lemon water with cayenne pepper and an 8 ounce glass of water. As part of the Floliving Course I am taking, I’m suppose to be mindful of how much water I’m drinking, at least 8 glasses of 8 ounce water per day. It’s also good to hydrate a lot during a cleanse to help flush out toxins from he liver.
After some other school work I’m doing and checking out some information from this course, I had breakfast. I have to be honest that I yet again wasn’t excited to have fruit and became even more bummed when I realized that oatmeal was only allowed in the transitional three day cleanse afterward. I don’t even like oatmeal! I calmed down though and reassured myself that the detox was only four days and I could last until then. Also, I was able to test an adapted recipe for rice cooker oatmeal for Mando an his Mom and they loved it! I’ll be sharing it later.
I had a harder time staying away from TV and social media today during meals. Mando also tried talking politics with me at lunch but got the hint when I didn’t respond. I didn’t mean to be rude, I was just counting the my chews. You see, today there was more reading material in my floliving packet and one topic was chewing more for mindfulness, less eating and digestion. Start with at least 15 chews per bite. Then move up to 20 then 30. Notice to tastes and sensations.
I decided to keep away from the noise of electronics the best I could by singing or choosing light music over the news. I also left the room if I didn’t want to watch something or didn’t like the energy. Especially lately. I love to be informed and help in other ways but not by drowning myself with negative news.
I’m also learning that I don’t like a lot of sound and distraction from taking this break. I used to dread quiet but TV just sounds like noise some how. Don’t get me wrong though, I do still love getting a good 90s movie from the library and finding new shows like The Good Place on the Netflix I’m borrowing from a friend, thanks Jenni! 🙂 I watch HBO sometimes too and Ellen with Mando’s mom. Basically I don’t like commercials. It’s more noise and negative images that I don’t want or need.
Commercials are the reason I cancelled cable in my own home for a few years before coming here. But being back around cable has changed that, what can I say, old habits die hard. But I’m regretting it now. Especially during this detox because food commercials really affect me. These images can be really bad for your psyche when you’re trying to stop a bad habit and drive thru fast food was definitely one of mine. So I’m trying to be mindful and get back to less TV.
Apples-Fiji, pear, blackberries, spirulina, ground flaxseed, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon ground flax seed. I ate breakfast very slowly today and mostly peacefully. I ate a little later today which ended up making the rest of my meals later. I think this affected my cravings.
Lunch-Wild salmon same as the last time. I messed up and had cooked greens instead of liver cleansing salad. But I had some liver cleansing melody later to make up for it.
Lentil minestrone-lentils cooked separately, zucchini, can of crushed tomato, garlic, onion, av oil for sauteeing.
Sautéed kale with garlic powder, him salt and black pepper in avocado oil
I had a bit of a rushed early dinner and later craved I juicy cheeseburger. Probably because I saw one the day before on TV. Which is one of the reasons I cancelled cable in my own home for a few years before coming here. What can I say, old habits die hard. But I’m regretting it now. These images can be really bad for your psyche when you’re trying to stop a bad habit. And drive thru fast food was definitely one of mine.
These cravings led me to reread the detox plan for this day and do some emotional homework. Recommendations for this day included:
1-Chew Challenge-Increase chewing to 15 chews per bite. When you chew for longer, you naturally eat less food.. More saliva is produced which is important for the digestive process. When we skip it we make our stomachs do more work breaking it down and this leads to discomfort and uncomfortable bowel movements.
2-Self-Care Reset-Journal about things that feel sef nuturing to you. The most sustainable forms of self-care come from the little ways we can be compassionate to our bodies every day. For inspiration think of the things that your mom did for you or you would do for your child. Commit to doing one per day for the next week.
3-Kitchen Detox-This is all about getting spices with MSG, partially hydrogentaed oils and stuff that’s old. Because I’m in someone else’s home I didn’t need to do this. I have also done this before and have pretty clean products. I did however, clean up Mando’s Mom’s cuppboard for her and toss out some old products. It’s the least I can do for her letting us stay with her.
4-Treat Yourself-Schedule a massage or acupuncture appointment to help with the detox (in the process of that now)
5-Internal Plumbing Check In-Make sure you’re having a bowl movement first things in the morning without the help of coffee or tea. If not, drink more water especially upon waking otherwise you’re sitting with waste that is days old. I’m good in this department so far and have definitely noticed better bowel movements these past two days.
*What’s your experience with eating for health? I’d love to hear from you!