If you listened to Episode 2 of my Podcast, then you know I’m on this 90-day Detox & Cleanse aka 90-Days of “Mmm That Smells Good but I Can’t Eat It …right now.”
Cuz I’m crazy, apparently. But mainly because I feel out of orbit with myself. Ever felt that way, like something’s off — your mood, bowel movements, thoughts? Like the whole universe is out of sync, on some R.L. Stein-time-space-warp-type deal?
I know the reason is because my diet has significantly changed over the last 10 months or so because of so many different drastic changes in my life. Without going into too much detail, the tl;dr version: mom died, marriage fights, new job with much, much lower pay.
When I used to drink a gallon of water a day, I may drink a quart now. When I used to eat 3 small meals a day, I now eat one big one at the end of the day, which makes me sleepy, but I have a to-do list that needs to get done at night, but then I feel overwhelmed and already defeated, so I just binge watch episodes of… anything until 4am when I fall asleep, but I gotta wake up again at 630am to get the Kid ready for school, and….
*taking a breath*
As the cycle continued, what I was eating got worse. And my body was responding. Sluggishness, anemia, inability to focus even during meditations, digestion irregularities, and skin problems.
One thing that stayed consistent was me going to the gym, but that fell out of my new budget so I canceled my membership (on top of the fact that there’s this creepy old man who I’m pretty sure wants my husband and me to join his swinging club…).
One day, I was on YouTube watching some Dr. Sebi videos and he talked about how fasting for 90 days helped him lose weight, cure his ED, and put him in a more peaceful state of mind so he could focus on making a peaceful life.
As I sat back and thought about what I want out of a cleanse like this, I realized the ultimate goal is peace. That’s all I want. Even in my businesses, my goal is to create a peaceful world by helping women create a peaceful life for themselves and for others.
Also, my doctor told me I was anemic – again – and the heart rhythms and palpitations are growing more frequent.
So here I am, pushing the big red reset button.
On April 30, I had a Big Texas Cinnamon Roll for breakfast. Skipped lunch. For dinner, I had 2 Manwich sandwiches, a Bud Light, and some chocolate-chip cookies. And I was still hungry! I think I may have had 3 bottles (48oz) of water that whole day.
Y’all, sugar addiction is real. Part of the reason I’m on this detox is because I know once I start with the sweets, that’s all I’ll eat – brownies and cakes and pies and Twinkies and cookies – even when I don’t want them.
They just be callin’ me.
May 1st – Day 1
This morning, I drank a cup of Ginger Yerba Mate Tea and made my first set of smoothies: 1 for breakfast, 1 for lunch, 1 for dinner.
This recipe fits a standard 5-cup blender, which makes 2 smoothies. So I doubled these numbers and made 4 smoothies, leaving one in the fridge for the Kid or whoever wanted it. I ended up drinking it later that night though.
Here’s the recipe:
- 3 handfuls of Kale
- 2 cups Spring Water
- 1 apple, cored & cut into eights
- 1 cup frozen mangoes
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 tbsp Agave syrup
Place the leafy greens and water in blender first and liquefy. Then add remaining ingredients and blend until you like it enough to drink it.
Before the detox, I didn’t eat a full meal until dinnertime anyway, so having something on my stomach earlier in the day was cool. Until dinnertime came and I wanted a burger.
I DID NOT feel more energized. I really wanted a Dr. Pepper or a Red Eye from Starbucks and one of the Brownies that were in the break room. Cue the Sugar Monster.
But I resisted, went home, drank the 4th smoothie and worked on my planner a little bit.
When I get these cravings for food, it’s only for junk food. I don’t even want wine, I just want 3 hot dogs and a handful of cookies.
I know that there are vegan/vegetarian options for these things, but the way my life is set up lately: I’ve been leaning more on convenience than quality – WHICH IS A NO-NO. Gently phasing these things into my diet hasn’t worked for me because I’m a Leo – I’m dramatic and I make big leaps.
When I start something, I’m all in. Anything that allows me to be on the fence doesn’t resonate with me, where I’m trying to go, and who I’m trying to be. When I quit smoking, it was cold turkey – no patches, no gum, no sunflower seeds. I will gladly cancel it all & throw the whole thing away in order to make a fresh start with a fresh mind.
Hence, my Big Red Reset Button.
Where to Find Stuff
The recipes I’m using are a modified version from this book: The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. (This is an affiliate link, which means you click, you buy, I get a couple dollas.)
The video I watched of Dr. Sebi talking about his detox can be viewed here. So you know when he said 90 days I was like, “Pssh, Ima kick that 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse’s ass!”
I replaced some of the greens and fruits with some that are on the approved Dr. Sebi Nutritional Guide, which you can download here..
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With grace & gratitude,