Today was a great day to begin a healing cleanse. While I will not be sharing daily about this journey over the next four weeks, I will be giving occasional updates. Here is a peek into what Day 1 of the 28 Day Healing Cleanse looked like, and what I learned.
Starting the day with celery juice, and also with something familiar, since I began drinking this green elixir a couple of months ago. I’m radically changing my eating habits, so celery juice is as close as it gets to comfort food! Meditation and free writing followed the juice.
Breakfast was a banana/blueberry/date smoothie. Fruit is key to this cleanse, and because of their anti-oxidant qualities, important for healing the body. Fruit has gotten a bad reputation, says Anthony. I’m willing to embrace it.
Lunch consisted of a spinach and baby kale salad with chopped celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries and raw asparagus. I made my own salad dressing by blending together half an avocado, a handful of cilantro, and the juice of two oranges.
Dinner was a bed of spinach and kale topped with fruit salad. I mixed together raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, chopped apple, sliced banana and a diced mango.
After each meal, I took the supplements. I enrolled in The Healing Path program that Anthony provides for free, to offer encouragement and support during this journey. I listened to the first audio on fruits. In the garden I paused to sun bathe for 15 minutes. It was a beautiful day that flowed smoothly.
Ahas for the day included:
Preparing food and eating mindfully slows me down, which is great for savoring flavors and textures and for excellent digestion.
It’s okay to mix veggies and fruit in a salad.
Three bananas is too many for one smoothie.
I did not know how to cut up a mango. I mangled the mango. Fortunately, there are videos and instructions online.
I like raw asparagus!
I don’t have to eat popcorn at the movie theater. When my mom, sister and I caught a late afternoon showing of Tarzan, I took along sliced apples.
My biggest take away today was that this was not a difficult day. It wasn’t because I prepped for it. I prepared physically by taking notes yesterday and writing out what the day would look like. I also shopped for the fruits and vegetables yesterday.
I prepared mentally by accepting, before today, that this is what I’m doing for the next 28 days. There’s no pep talk needed with myself. I can do this. I didn’t balk at the additional minutes spent juicing, blending and chopping because I built the extra time needed into my day. My health and healing from chronic pain are important to me, therefore this cleanse is important.
I feel good tonight, about the day I had. I’m finishing up with a cup of hot lemon balm tea. I picked the herb fresh from my garden. This level of self care feels meditative in itself, and restorative. Anthony shares that a healthy outside starts on the inside. I’m healing from the inside, confident that health will manifest outwardly as I continue this journey.