Springtime is all about renewal, we often feel inspired to clean things out, hence the old adage ‘Spring Cleaning’.
It always feels good to me to do a deep cleaning of my home, de-clutter, maybe even some fresh paint here and there. The garden is definitely calling for some love and devotion and I will do my best to make time to weed, compost and plant before too much time passes. As the business grows it’s become more challenging to spend time gardening! And I’m trying to eliminate the things that feel like chores, but that’s for another post.
What I’m really feeling called to is a personal spring cleaning, aka CLEANSE.
I’ve been cleansing for the month of January for about a decade. It all started with Kathy Freston’s book Quantum Wellness, (I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t). That first cleanse has lead to a lot of learning and lifestyle changes.
In Kathy’s book she recommends a 21 day Quantum Cleanse, which more or less equals a vegan, gluten, sugar, alcohol and caffeine free protocol. That cleanse changed my life. Not only did I loose a few pounds effortlessly, I felt transformed both physically and especially spiritually. I have come to believe that what we put in our mouths has a direct correlation to not just our physical health but our mental and spiritual health also.
Over the years I’ve done many different kinds of cleanses, the ones that have had the biggest impact were:
The Microbiome Diet(super rigorous!). More and more is being learned and shared about the importance of gut health. 80% of our immune system resides there and the gut is considered our second brain. If you have an interest in diving deeper check out Dr. Raphael Kellman’s book. It’s a great start for a very deep subject.
The panchakarma cleanse I did in 2018 at Surya Spa. Although I didn’t really love the cleanse while I was doing it, a panchakarma cleanse is intense with a five day home prep that includes ghee and castor oil, (eek!), seven days of all day treatments, some awesome, some not so much, and eating a mono diet of kitcheree throughout. Needless to say I’m no longer that fond of Indian food. It was transformative and gave me my mojo back. After two years of debilitating menopause symptoms that included crippling insomnia, non-stop hot flashed and severe brain fog, I was ready to try anything at whatever cost. It was expensive and worth every penny.
My most recent cleanse this last January, which I made up on my own. I always start with the Quantum protocol, which I consider the basics. In addition I took advantage of Café Gratitude’s 50% off their January detox and ordered three days of juice and four days of food. I was feeling SO good after that and with just five days left in January I ordered five more days of juice cleanse.
Interestingly even after getting my mojo back in 2018 and being on bioidentical hormone therapy I still suffered from hot flashes and low energy. There was a point during this last cleanse that I realized in the middle of the day that I had tons of energy and wasn’t suffering hot flashes anymore at night. An ah ha moment for me! So, it turns out that food really is our medicine, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to most of you. I too knew that hypothetically, but this was the first time a major annoyance was eliminated and I could see the direct correlation to what I was (or wasn’t) eating.
Some things that I’ve noticed regarding food and how I feel:
First I’m a total sugar addict, think crack, I’m not kidding. I went ten months after the microbiome cleanse without sugar and ate a little bit (against my better judgement) while on vacation in Mexico celebrating my 50thbirthday. A little birthday cake won’t kill me…or will it.
Fast forward to December 2018 and I’m at least 15lbs heavier dipping large marshmallows into a dish filled with chocolate chips – WTF?! Okay so the deal is that I’m an addict. I cannot even have ONE LITTLE BITE of sugar. The good news is that once I’m off it and it’s out of my system I don’t crave it. Whew!
Second, alcohol takes my magic away. While I’m a serious sugar addict, in every other regard I do not have an addictive personality. I could smoke a cigarette once a week with my father in law and that would be that (not recommended). I can have the occasional glass of wine, I don’t like pot or any other drug so for me it’s just the sugar that’s a problem…rambling.
Getting back to alcohol. I started drinking early as many feral kids do. I drank to get drunk, which does sound like an alcoholic when I say it like that…but I think that was mostly to numb myself from my then very painful life. As I got older and happier that was no longer the case and I came to enjoy drinking in moderation, good wine with dinner, French champagne, I don’t like the cheap stuff and I’d rather go without than drink crappy booze. I still like wine and have the occasional glass but as I said in the beginning alcohol takes my magic away. What that means specifically is that it dulls my connection to Source and once you’re connected being disconnected really sucks.
And that brings me to eating high vibe food, which I consider to be plant based and organic, preferably grown and prepared with love, this is where a garden and growing your own food comes in handy. I haven’t always eaten a totally high vibe diet and I just recommitted to a fully plant based diet this January. To be perfectly honest it wasn’t my intention to go vegan (I hate labels, what if I have a bite of cheese from time to time?), it’s just that I’m feeling so effing awesome! – body, mind & spirit, that I want to keep the party going.
SOoooo that brings me to the idea of a personal spring cleaning, and maybe you want to get in on the action with me and Staci…? We’ll be sharing about it on our Instagram and Facebook so if your game be sure to follow.
This is a long winded post so if you’ve made it this far THANK YOU! I hope you’ll join us on our wellness journey this Spring.
We’re thinking to share some of the yummy plant based recipeswe’re using, ideas on exercise. I LOVE yoga, running Temescal canyon, and walking my dogs. Oh, and paddle boarding once the water warms up. Let’s not forget about skin care, if you can’t eat it, it shouldn’t go on your skin. Post coming about that + I’ll share all about how I make my own fabulous skincareas well as some of my favorite brands. And self-care in general, i.e. putting care of self at the top of the to do list.
I’m excited about all those things, so excited in fact that our upcoming retreat will be all about wellness, self-care and self-nurturing (we’ll nurture you while you’re with us so you won’t have to think about it when we’re together!)
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll join me and Staci this Spring on our wellness journey.