Coming off of a cleanse deserves way more attention than the cleanse itself. It's really the post impact that no one really talks or warns you about. Monday morning after the cleanse I felt down and out. If you know me I am not a down person...more "Pollyanna" as some might say. But I realized I was down because I was mourning the loss of my cleanse. After many conversations with myself I realized it was more from boredom of not having something to focus on. Having a focus is energizing. In that moment I decided to find a new focus, so I made a small list of new goals to challenge myself.
Life is easy when your mind is distracted by the things you love. I love food, I love being creative and I love feeling like I am doing something worth meaning. Still taking care of my health has to stay a priority and I think somewhere deep down I was afraid I was going to revert back to "All is good now" and let my guard down. Well over doing it is my middle name for sure, but I am also more equipped now to recognize it (that was another blessing of cleanse beyond the healing part). I can now recognize that I overdid it and allow myself time to recover (i.e. dancing for 3 straight hours and going bed to 1am does count - and yes that did happen on my last night of the cleanse - epic healing celebration).
Post Cleanse Week 1:
I was gifted the awesome book The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There's Life After Death and found such a golden nugget in it this week.
The sister asks what is the secret to happiness and Billy responds with: "People spend lots of time on things that make them unhappy__too much focus on the sand in the oyster. To cultivate joy, pay attention to what you like."
This is how I plan to practice living and teaching my kids to live. So simple.