Don’t Call It a Lifestyle Change

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It’s like promising to never eat candy after a teeth cleaning or vowing to be celibate after a Pap smear or cutting all your hair off after a breakup or scrubbing clean and burning sage after negative people have occupied your home…

My ten-day Master Cleanse kicked off a clean living frenzy! My kitchen is old and outdated but I revived it by rearranging furniture, removing the stove, downsizing the fridge, adding my Urban Rebounder and updating cooking gadgets and utensils.

Removing large, energy sucking appliances allows space for trampoline jumping and exercising. What better place and time to get in a little cardio and stretching than a kitchen? Plus, it reminds me of how my food and exercise connect.

Similar to my laundromat/gym business idea: Most people sit, smoke, eat or watch television while waiting at a laundromat. Why not get an exercise quickie in while you wait instead? I’m sure this already exists somewhere in the world!

I ended the detox twenty pounds lighter and renewed my commitment to eating mainly wholesome home-cooked and raw foods. So far, my kitchen has been filled with pots of vegetable soups and beans, chopping boards of fresh produce and a blender of fresh ingredients.

Once again, I’m promising to stay the course. However, lifestyle changes CHANGE! LIFE HAPPENS! Stress and emotional eating are real. Right? So I prefer to call it lifestyle tuning instead of changing. Our bodies require regular check-in’s, up’s and out’s in order that we make positive choices. This way, I won’t beat myself up or make excuses for not sticking to the last LIFE STYLE CHANGE I made!

What in the Health

Is going on with this price?

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The Master Cleanse recommends maple syrup GRADE B. I had not been in Whole Paycheck, I mean, Whole Foods, in a while. And after seeing their maple syrup’s price tag, I should have driven right up the street to Trader Joe’s! I had purchased a bottle from Trader Joe’s about a year ago, but I recall the bottle I purchased at that time saying Grade A instead of B. One of the TJ store clerks explained that though it said A, it was really B since the Grade A is being used for all maple syrup. However, The TJ brand did not have a “Previously B” sticker like the one at Whole Foods. Rather than waste any more time wondering if what I had purchased at Trader Joes some time ago was truly Grade B (since it did not have a label like Whole Foods), I spent my $26 dollars worth of coins ON SYRUP! It was late and I had only a drop of syrup left at home.  After returning home, I discovered that the Trader Joe’s maple syrup did have the same “dark and robust” description as the Grade B. So yes, the clerk was correct about it being the “Previous B” even though it did not contain the sticker like Whole Foods. I don’t remember what I paid for my Trader Joe’s bottle, but you can trust and believe it wasn’t $26!!!

Day Five: I felt amazing! I floated on a cloud all day. I performed massages with my usual strength and grounded intention. After work, I shopped around at Home Goods and returned some shoes to DSW. I even noticed the white spots in my face disappearing. I felt so good and cute that I took this selfie.

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The Detox life was going well…UNTIL…

Day Six: I could not muster up enough energy to walk to the bathroom, let alone make my lemonade cocktail. Consequently, I did not have my liquid meal until around four o’clock. That is just how long it took me to get up and drag across the floor! Thank Goddess I did not have to work. I felt weak and slightly dizzy! No! This is not due to fasting! It is only the release of  poisons or toxins being circulated through my blood stream. Why day SIX? I don’t have a clue! The good thing is, my energy returned as soon as I drank my lemonade drink. I was able to complete some home spring cleaning chores and write this post! Look at Goddess!

 

 

 

 

Who says you can’t …

Be Fast While You’re Fasting!

Day three started off a bit rough. My energy was low, but still, NO cravings! Thank Goddess! After struggling to get up, I prepared my lemonade cocktail and showered. REFRESHED! Had I not promised to celebrate a friend’s born day, I could have stayed on my couch alllll day! I’m so glad I decided to go though! I had a blast. I discovered another level to my fasting. Today is day four and I am feeling quite energized. A night of dancing and mingling with friends and family gave an unexpected boost in energy!

I would like to share one other thing: Drinking a laxative herbal tea each morning and night keeps the waste moving. Those already familiar with the Master Cleanse know that it includes a sea salt drink at the beginning to serve as a natural colonic. Well, usually I do it only once because it is so difficult to get down! YUCK! The taste is horrible! I evidently neglected to totally eliminate in the past because I am still having bowel movements now that I am including a Smooth Move herbal tea every morning and night.

I thought I was in the clear (pun intended) whenever my stool turned light brown and watery after doing only one internal bath (2 table spoons of sea salt WITHOUT iodine in a quart of warm water). However, the cleanse does recommend doing the internal bath as often as possible while detoxing, so I should have known to drink an herbal laxative tea if I couldn’t stomach the sea salt drink. (TMI?  Well this is a CLEANSE!) LOL! The continuous eliminations may explain my increase in energy. And let’s not forget: A few dance MOVES.🕺🏾 

Happy B’Earth Day shout out to King Farrar and a special thank you to my cousin Brenda for always camera documenting! She is the Camera Boss Lady! Usually, her need to take photos is annoying, but she saved you from seeing toilet shots.  I’m sure you thank her as well!