About a month back, when Julie Pelaez contacted me about participating in her Conscious Cleanse program, free of charge, and blogging about it, I was obviously elated. The chance to free my body of toxins, in a smart, research-proven, sensitivity-friendly way, for free, feels like a life changing moment in itself. As I prepare for a my 14 days of cleansing (plus 5 transition days), I am thinking about what I hope to accomplish in the process. Discover some new favorite vegetables, superfoods, daily practices, sure. But what I most hope to accomplish is a deeper understanding of what makes me tick, how my body reacts to what I consume, and maybe even what the healthiest, greatest version of myself feels like. I already have seen how much better I feel since I've been gluten free circa July 2013. Now I'm wondering how my body will react to no dairy, no chocolate, no coffee, and tons of amazingly beneficial fruits, veggies, seeds, and oils. Could I have glowier skin? Shinier hair? Will my dry skin disappear and my under eyes no longer need concealer? We'll see. Will I have more energy, sleep better, boost my metabolism? We'll see. Since I've been back home for the holidays I've already noticed how powerful food is for health in a mini experiment I did. Last Wednesday when I got home, I had a pretty awful cold. My head was heavy, congested nose, headache, cough, lymph nodes raised, tonsils red, and my voice even sounded sick. I went to the doctor, and of course it was just a virus. He wrote me a prescription for antibiotics but told me that it might be better not to take the antibiotics and just rest up, fight it naturally. It's better for your immune system to not constantly flush out all of the good and bad bacteria from your system.
Instead of driving to the pharmacy, I made my way over to Trader Joe's and armed myself with foods that I've known to be pretty powerful. I got some Lemon Ginger Echinacea juice, organic lentil soup, kale, organic apples, grapefruits, coconut water, and shaved brussels sprouts. Each day I became noticeably better, and by eliminating dairy and congestion-instigating foods, my sinuses cleared up pretty quickly. I know I wouldn't be here a week later, almost good as new, if it weren't for the healthy food; I know my cold would've lasted longer.
Right now it is full speed ahead, so as I prepare for January 8th's transition kick-off, and January 13th's official start date, I am reading up on some pretty great things I got for xmas, like Michael Pollan's "Cooked", (which my lovely sister and her friend got autographed for me!), and of course, my Conscious Cleanse book. I'm savoring every last bite of cheese, every piece of chocolate, and beginning to eliminate some of my favorite goodies, like coffee to make my cleansing process easier.
I can't wait to share my journey with you very soon, so stay tuned, thank you for reading, and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
Cheers to health, happiness, and glowy skin,