Last week I got an email from my super cool friend Glen Coehlo who owns a raw food cafe, Catch a Healthy Habit, in the town next to me. He was facilitating a quarterly raw foods cleanse and wanted to know if I’d like to join the group. Here’s how it works: he prepares the raw juices and smoothies, I pick them up every morning or 5 consecutive days and have the benefit of healthy, live food that I didn’t to prepare and I get to detox and rejuvenate.
I’ll be the first to admit that I ate more during the holidays than I planned to despite my best intentions. Something about being away from home, outside of the normal routine and in different facilities that made it especially tough this year. We were visiting relatives in Florida and somehow I seemed to take that as license to eat A LOT. So my friend Glen’s timing was perfect.
I’ve done cleanses before but never one that’s totally raw and is only juices and smoothies. Honestly, doing this at home would take me a huge amount of time and since I don’t have some of the tools that make it handy, like a Vitamix blender, it was a long shot for me. This however, is the perfect arrangement.
Today is the second day of the cleanse and I’m doing pretty well though I’m waiting for the “you’ll feel worse before you feel better syndrome.” So far not too bad — I did have some strange tooth pain this morning and I’ll admit now I’m tuckered out. But doing the cleanse is helpful for me in multiple ways:
- I’m allowing my body to slow down and get some much needed rest
- I’m going to bed earlier because I’m so tired
- I’m eating beautiful, healthy food that I don’t have to prepare but I have total appreciation for those who did
- I’m investing in myself and making my healthy a priority (a mantra I’m always repeating with my clients)
- I’m starting off the year on a healthy foot, feeling inspired and motivated
How have you used cleanses to help you feel your best? Ever done a raw cleanse? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it. And check back for more updates on my progress this week.