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While I advocate for Therapeutic Eating and an end to Diet Culture - I still live in a body that needs the occasional reboot. I figured there is no better time than my body's own natural sloughing period. My moon cycle. This fullness. This COVID19 that has us all processing on different levels and the waves that come sweeping through that can't be entirely predicted.
Similar to the body - each cycle is a bit different so when she comes I take the opportunity to sink in & heed cues from my deeper reservoirs. I hope this intention setting gives rise to new found clarity. If so - I'll share a piece of the pie. I'm nice like that. *spoiler alert: all recipes will be listed at the bottom of this post. All foods I ate or prepped are highlighted in blue for easy spotting (wink wink, I now why you're really here).
Here is a play by play of my day to day
(also, see vlog below)
Days 1 & 2:
Spent these first days largely prepping physically and mentally - what do I want this to be all about?
Food prep included: freezing bananas and pineapple, making mung bean and veggie stew, cutting and soaking celery for easy grabbing & making avocado balsamic sauce for dipping crudités.
Detoxed my body of sugar, alcohol & social media. Why? To really get into the mental game of intentionality - I pulled way way back. Like - way back. And I pulled in.
I didn't drink coffee these days either as they were the first days of my menstrual cycle and I wanted to give my body a sincere rest. They were not my most energetic days. I didn't work out. I had some irritability but if any big feelings rushed in I felt them - especially the resistance, took conscious breaths and cried if I had to (which I did). I felt the in-coming of perfectionism creep in and I looked at her square in the face - settled my hazy gaze and realized 'she' really isn't a she after all. This perfectionism was a he and he was my overly masculanized self so I asked him to kindly step down. He doesn't get to pilot this show and I don't need him impeding on my journey right now.
I focused on my kids, reading & self inquiry. We swam a lot, laughed and focused on gratitude.
I woke up ready. I felt a lot in the first couple days so I was - for lack of better detail - "over it" and ready to rock and roll.
Brushed teeth, walked piper, drank loads of water, did a Push/Pull/Hold workout with Sydney Cummings, kids and I swam - then I reunited with coffee. Holy smokes - what a joyous buzz.
Cleaned, vacuumed, organized, swept - kids had screen time.
Ate some pineapple around 11a
Bear and I played a game. Swam again with kids.
Lunch - banana/spinach smoothie bowl with hemp seeds & toasted walnuts.
homeschool Shea - vlog - write - water - pool (again) - dropped kids with their dad - Whole Foods - evening run to Ala Moana
Dinner - mung bean veg stew with nori & tomato, carrot slices & celery with avocado balsamic sauce
Today's take away:
What is Femininity:
Take full responsibility for my life and dreams
Get out of my head and drop into my heart
Permission to relax
Make creativity a habit
Work on my worth and my value
Spend more time in nature/close to the water
Spend more time with animals
Spend more time with children
Smile and laugh more
Break from news & social media
Silence & Meditation
Connection to the moon
Move body often, freely & non-linearly
Woke up at 7. Had a tough time falling to sleep but nonetheless felt good.
Walked piper, drank lemon water, dry brushed skin - face & body - hot/cold shower - oils: for face - Hyaluronic acid with Myhrr & Rose Hip Seed (great for hydration and anti-aging/fine lines). For body - jojoba oil.
Taught yoga - FaceTime with Mom & Dad
Coffee & Nut Pods creamer (zip zip hurrraaayy)
Fruit bowl: 2 bananas, 1 pear, leftover apple (Bear had eaten the majority of it), 1 cutie orange, toasted coconut & pumpkin seeds & cinnamon. Splash of Almond milk.
1 slice of buckwheat flax bread with tahini (promise me you'll make this....)
Vlog - Meeting - Work
Kale, celery & carrot with avocado balsamic sauce + 1 grapefruit and a cup of roasted peanuts with coconut oil and salt. Dandelion Tea.
Blueberry & coconut smoothie with dark chocolate chips - dunno why but I just felt like it
Snack - lentil pasta & a bit of edamame, 1 dried fig, chamomile tea.
Vlog - Reading
Today's takeaway - Self care, walks, oils and tea are invaluable. My pets. My parents. My distant friends. Gratitude.
Day 5* Finale
Woke up at 7:42. Brushed teeth/wash face. Drank lots of water with lemon. Walked Piper. Therapy with Mom (we do group sessions - I've been working with the same woman for over 3 years!) Taught yoga. Worked out.
Coffee with Nut Pods creamer
Fruit bowl: 2 bananas, 1 pear, 2 cuties, toasted pumpkin seeds & cinnamon. Splash of almond milk.
2 slices of buckwheat flax bread (sprinkled with a little sea salt). Dandelion Tea.
Vlog - Work - FaceTime
Dinner: Mung bean & veggie stew with nori. Heirloom tomato & avocado dipping sauce.
Celery and PB2 with honey
Today's takeaway? Execute!
Which brings me to the HERE & NOW
While this was a bit of an atypical "cleanse" I found it deeply nourishing. As you can see from my notes and my vlog - there wasn't anything super precise regarding how I cleansed - it was more emotional and mental than anything. I gave my body a rest and my mind a respite from media. I honed some thoughts and ideas. I cooked and ate. I dry brushed and took hot/cold showers. As a single mom I spent time both with and without my kids. I cherished conversations. I felt stuff.... and so it goes. To be honest - I barely thought about social media and barely felt drawn to check anything going on outside of my little abode.
I recommend we all take these opportunities - they don't always drop on our laps so we have to set the intention and act on them. My suggestion? Don't put too many expectations on yourself. Make a couple sincere goals - consider rather than eating anything super limiting or restricting to instead choose foods you know make you feel good and to have unlimited amounts of them. That way your body and your mind will be fueled. That in and of itself is cleansing.
Feel free to reach out! Til next time...
Avocado Balsamic Tahini Sauce - so creamy and a great way to use up avocados if you have several that may not be awesome guac or avocado toast material - use them here!
2 ripe haas Avocados
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp tamari
1 packet of stevia (or 1/8 tsp)
salt and pepper
Mung Bean Veggie Stew - a simple mung bean dish, very digestible and high in protein
2 cups green mung beans - soak for 4 hours - then drain
cover and cook beans after soaking for 20 minutes - bring to a boil then simmer on medium low
remove from the stove and drain again
add cut veggies - any will do but I used:
3 cloves garlic
1 bunch parsley
3/4 red onion
salt and pepper
~ add approximately 2 cups over the veggies/beans (I honestly didn't measure but I didn't add so much water that the veggies were covered 1. because the beans will already be 1/2 cooked and 2. because the veggies will release their own water especially when covered), set stove to high, bring to a boil then cover and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for 25 minutes, remove lid and stir. Check for "doneness" if veggies are cooked through and beans are soft, dish is done, season and remove from heat.
Buckwheat Flax Bread - I've posted this before but this bread is legit - and if my 3 year old will eat it you know it's good!
2. cups buckwheat flour
1 1/2 cups flax meal (grind before measuring)
1 tsp: turmeric, fenugreek, cinnamon, salt, fresh black pepper, baking powder, baking soda
Water to make a thick batter (see vlog) + 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Bake at 325 for 1 hour. Enjoy with all kinds of nut and seed butters, raw honey etc.
3 frozen bananas
a couple large handfuls of fresh or frozen spinach
almond milk - just enough to get the blender spinning
top with chocolate chips/hemp seeds/toasted walnuts -- anything