Monday marks the first day of the first cleanse I’ve ever led all by myself! I am so excited! I have FIVE wonderful people who are willing to place their lives in my hands next week. Ha ha. Well, it’s not that important – I’m just making juices, smoothies and salads, and delivering them, but still – I’m so honored.
I’ll be posting the recipes, so even if you aren’t doing the PIXYCLEANSE, stay tuned for tips and ideas for a healthier, happier, more peaceful week. I’ll try to post something brilliant every day, but it’ll probably just end up being something silly and possibly thought-provoking. That’s good enough, right?
A cleanse is really all about getting out of the ruts that just don’t serve you – eating too much, drinking too much, laying around and watching TV with your hand inside a bag of doritos instead of doing something uplifting, staying chained to the computer instead of taking a moment to breathe. All the things that have become my norm lately (minus the doritos – but I’ve gained some serious weight just gorging on roasted chick peas).
Before we focus on juices (the hub said this today and I thought he said “focus on Jesus” – ha ha ha. Well, OKAY!) I’d like to remind you of some beautiful activities you can add to your cleanse, or just your normal everyday life. I want this week to be less about losing weight and more about forgetting I need to lose weight in the first place. I’m so sick of that ticker tape that is always running through my mind! And while I’m at it, I’m going to work to forget about anything else that causes me heartburn. (Money, wrinkles, my e-mail inbox, Donald Trump…)
Here are some things to consider adding to your week, and you Pixycleansers, I hope you will really take note:
1. MEDITATION: Try adding 5 or more minutes of meditation to your meal time. Time to clear out all of those stressful thoughts and negative attachments to certain foods. Just set a timer on your phone, close your eyes, and breath in and out for 5 minutes and you will feel refreshed.
2. TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA: ’nuff said, y’all. So toxic right now. So toxic.
3. GRATITUDE JOURNAL: This is my favorite thing to do. My mom does it religiously. I think while I am making the juices and smoothies for my lovely cleansers, I think I’ll say aloud some of the things I’m thankful for, or even the things I aspire to add to my life. Maybe the positive thoughts will just go right into those juices? But it’s better to write them down in a journal – or if you feel like sharing them, please add them on this blog!!! It’s wonderful to hear other people’s aspirations and dreams!
4. CLEAN OUT THE CLUTTER: This is a great distraction, and a perfect time to do a little spring cleaning. Don’t wait till spring – it’ll be too beautiful out! If you’re feeling like turning to the potato chips, or you can’t get those cookies off your mind, get up and tackle just one drawer in your house or office that needs cleaning or organizing. This really works as a great distraction, and it also declutters your mind!
5. BUBBLE BATHS! There’s nothing, in my opinion, more relaxing and resetting than a hot bath. Add lavender essential oils and epsom salt, take a book in there, and allow the water to wash all your cares away. (You know this – but I’m reminding you just in case you forgot how to pamper yourself)
6. PERSPECTIVE: If you’re doing the PIXYCLEANSE, you are going to have a lot of negative and confusing thoughts racing through your mind (like WHY am I doing this!!!) – that’s the hardest part about a detox. You really are detoxing your mind more than anything. Try to remember that this is ONLY ONE WEEK. Just 5 days of living without that glass of wine with dinner, or that cappuccino you love so much. This is the hardest part for me, and I need accountability to get past those moments of weakness, so I’m sure I’ll be reaching out to you all. I want to see this through!
Anyone else have other ideas? I’m sure I’m forgetting some and will share throughout the week when a thought appears.
Those are the free things to do – and of course, if you have the money, take a yoga or meditation class, get a massage, book a trip to Tahiti – pamper yourself in some way. The list of things that cost money can go on and on. But you don’t need to spend any money to feel genuinely amazing. Even this cleanse is easy to do yourself, and cheaper than you think. $100 for 5 days – the hub and I spend that at one meal out, if we get wine!
And we always get wine.
I think I might actually save money this week. Crazy.
Well, that’s it for now, folks. I hope this next week of daily affirmations and PIXYCLEANSE recipes inspire you to get out there and do something really great for your mind, body, and spirit. You deserve it.