New moon cleanse
The first time I thought about a fast day it was for a challenge and to help re-set my stomach which I often use to have problems with, now thankfully that seems to be behind me ;) Doing this for a day was a challenge but oddly an enjoyable one, and it was generally a more productive day.
Then I came across that Jason Vale juicing for 3 days or 2 days a week, I managed to do the 3 days a couple of times (using a nutria-bullet and a sieve) I just thought of it as a system reset and a good way to start a new way of eating.
An amazing inspirational woman I know @Randall Simpson does a liquid fast every month of the 11th which is the same day as her birthday, she noticed that she uses food to ground her and nibbles all day so this is a great test for her. I have since taken a leaf out of her book and in support done this on the 11th of the month.
This month I have been looking in to how on a new moon any sort of cleanse that you do has a higher chance of success and greater effect on your body, offering us its energy of intention, to rid ourselves of the negative habits in our life. The energy of the new moon aids us in ridding our minds and bodies of toxic thought patterns as well as eliminating toxic substances like excess alcohol, processed foods, caffeine & tobacco usage.
When I saw Dani Delights offering a 3 day new moon juice cleanse I thought it was meant to be, in the back of my mind I was also thinking that a retreat weekend which incorporated this might be cool. I know there are plenty of reasons for and against going liquid for a few days but I thought it would be interesting to try it.
The detox retreat I recently ran in January had some great results for most of the yogis who attended, just going 100% clean food, and eating the same as a pre-cleanse without caffeine and other toxins really affected a lot of the retreaters. With the only side effects being headaches, tiredness and going to the bathroom more frequently, most left feeling a little lighter in the body and mind. It was tough for people even though it was only 2 nights, so I am still not convinced enough of you would want to go 3 days juice.
So here I am on day 3 of my new moon cleanse, day 1 felt ok, a gorgeous and tasty 1.5 lts of juice delivered by Dani in the morning, I had a pretty chilled day so it felt kind of easy. Day 2 was a nightmare, I felt hungry and tired all day as well as irritable and angry mainly at myself because I was finding it difficult. Day 3, I’m not hungry and I feel calm and zen today, although my energy feels a little low I feel very peaceful and I have had a rest of my body and mind while I have been cleansing. The final day was probably the toughest for me in the evening as I had a 7am yoga class and a 7pm SUP yoga class which really took all my concentration and energy.
These 3 days allowed me to really be reflective and consider a lot of things going on in my life at the moment, it was as if I had been on my own little journey in the company of Dani and my friend Kelly who also participated. Personally I have really got a lot from this experience, physically, mentally and emotionally, therefore I am going to do it again this month, fancy joining me? Check out @Dani Delights
If you are thinking of looking at a cleanse here is an idea of the pre-cleanse, ideally at least 3 days before try increasing your intake of plant-based meals, and incorporating as much raw foods as possible. It’s essential to ease our bodies into the cleansing state as gently as possible. Animal products and processed foods are hard for the body to digest, which is why it’s important to eliminate them before the cleansing begins, so more healing can take place.
Stock your fridge with plant-based abundance! The easiest way to start increasing your intake of plant-based foods before the cleanse begins is to have a good stash at home.
If this feels a little to extreme for you right now maybe think about a few little tweaks you can make without going for a juice cleanse:
How to Detox Naturally
Here are 10 steps you can take each day to detox naturally:
1. Eat reasonable amounts. If you're eating too much, you're probably accumulating more toxins. Eating one cookie instead of six is a detox diet. Slow down and chew your food. We all have "anatomical juicers" -- our teeth and our stomachs. Use them.
2. Build your plate around plant foods and eat organic when possible. This minimizes exposure to toxins. Veggies and fruits contain compounds that can help the body deal with all of the incoming chemicals.
3. Stay lean. Certain fat-soluble compounds can accumulate in body fat. Less body fat means less real estate for potentially problematic chemicals.
4. Drink enough fluids, including water and tea. And use a filter for your tap water: The kidneys are major organs of elimination, so keep them clean.
5. Allow time between dinner and breakfast. If you finished eating dinner at 7 p.m., maybe you could eat breakfast at 7 a.m. This gives the body a 12-hour break from food for every 24-hour cycle, and it might improve your sleep too.
6. Get outside in the sun and fresh air each day. We synthesize vitamin D from the sun, plus we benefit from fresh air and the stress-reduction power of good old Mother Nature.
7. Exercise and sweat regularly. Our skin is a major elimination organ.
8. Limit unnecessary dietary supplements. Supplements don't automatically equal health; some might be another burden for the body. Make sure each supplement in your cabinet serves a purpose.
9. Eliminate your problematic foods. If one cookie is too many and 10 is never enough, maybe it's time to restructure your relationship with cookies. Seek out support if you need it.
10. Check your body products. Our skin is our largest organ, and each day we lather on hundreds of chemicals that enter our blood and circulate throughout the body. Check the Environmental Working Group's website for a useful database of body products.