The cleanse has been an amazing experience! From discovering new foods to eat, making new recipes, experimenting with different ways of cooking foods to reading labels more carefully and being conscious of what we are eating. It has been great to hear what people are eating – from nuts and dried fruit as a snack, to smoothie recipes and tips on the best way to make popcorn healthy.
Before the cleanse started, my neighbor, friend and member of the community Robyn (who was a registered dietician) – asked me why we were doing the cleanse. The answer seemed obvious, reset the body and get ready for the Fall. I am sure there are health benefits to cutting sugar, alcohol, caffeine, animal products and gluten out of our diet for 7 days. Is this the biggest benefit? No. Almost everybody has one thing on the cleanse they feel is impossible to drop from their daily diet. The reminder that we can accomplish anything we want is strong and present in my life right now. This is easy to forget between the to do list and distant memories of past failures.
As we finish the last day of the cleanse, I am grateful for the community here in San Anselmo. The people who are playing with us on and off the mat. I love that we can challenge ourselves and remember that we are not defined by the past, but rather the journey we are choosing to be on is what defines us. Whether you had an “accidental” beer or piece of sushi, what we all walk away from this week is the possibility of mindfulness and choice. Plant this seed today, January 2014 – 40 Day Yoga Challenge with a 21 Day Cleanse. YES!