Day 5: I am finishing off day 5 and I am very pleased with all the changes and harmony created from the cleanse. I am actually quite surprised how easy it really is. When it gets tough, I simply remind myself that like everything else, it is a question of time and this too shall pass (the time till I get to eat again). I am surprised at how little I am actually feeling hungry. When I feel real hunger, it is either time for my psyllium intake or I have a great big sip of my special cleanse lemonade. Right away my stomach feels full and I am good. I also found that smelling food that I usually enjoy eating, gives me the feeling that I just had a meal. This also is helpful. We eat for some many reasons other than the real need to feed ourselves. We eat for distraction, for emotional reasons, for entertainment, for comfort and even as a reward. Doing a fast/cleanse has made me aware of this. If I feel I need a break, I take a real break and not a small bite (thinking I am hungry as to give myself permission to slow down for a bit is not the answer). Mind you, I don’t usually do this purposely, it just happens and now, because I am fasting, it has allowed me to really notice it. Finally, the main reason I am not having any issues with food, feeling quite relaxed and enjoying the process is because of my decision. I purposefully decided to fast. I set a very well defined goal and the reasons behind that goal. It is these pushing factors that are behind the feelings of ease and happiness during this time.
I do have to add, that late last night, I did get a food craving. To cope with it, I went to bed! I also want to add, my weak spot are evenings. When all is done and quiet in the house and I am alone with myself, I sometimes use to reward myself for a great and productive day with some kind of treat, like wine or a hot piece of toast. Well, these extra calories are not necessary, or healthy or even rewarding. I will need to find a healthy replacement for that reward!
I love having extra time on my hands. It is amazing how much time goes into the entire process of food. Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat and I love the entire ceremony around food. But when fasting/cleansing, it is imperative to find positives EVERYWHERE! Aside the extra time, the cleansing of the entire body, the extra energy, the weight loss, there is this great clarity that I never seem to get even when I eat super healthy and raw (which for me is as healthy as I can get). While fasting/cleansing I feel closer to my authentic Self. I hear better… maybe it is because I listen better or I am predisposed during this time to hear better, I’m not sure. All I know, is I love what Self has given me so far as direction. It was another goal for this cleanse; to clean and get clear.
Tonight will be an early evening because although I was in bed by 9h20, I was up at 4h20 am. I did stay in bed past that time, but just couldn’t get back to sleep. I know it is the extra energy from the cleanse/fast. Like everything else in life, we get to choose what but not always when…
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