Feeling Great While Cleansing

Artichoke, Tomato, and Lentil StewIt’s day 5 of my cleanse and I feel really good except for a sore throat.  The throat has nothing to do with the cleanse and everything to do with sucking in cold air while running outside.  My energy is high, I’ve had delicious meals, and dropped a couple of pounds.  The picture is the Lentil Artichoke Stew that I made.  Yum!

My goals for this cleanse were to be more mindful of my lunches and to do more self-care.  I had been rushing through lunch lately and not paying as much attention to myself as I should.  I was feeling depleted and anxious as a result and wanted to reset those habits.Happily, my lunches were back on track this week and I made more time for meditation, baths, and quiet time.  I slept better and my mindset was happier.  This weekend I’m going for a massage as well.  While I don’t love getting mani/pedis I’m a sucker for a good massage.

An interesting thing for me is usually when I cleanse I crave sugar the first day or two.  This time I didn’t, nor was I looking for my other vice – cheese.  Surprisingly what I missed was black tea.  For the cleanse I stick to green since it’s full of antioxidants and has less caffeine.

I have been exercising but I believe in taking an easier approach while cleansing.  With less food our bodies don’t have the energy to sustain a long run or heavy gym session. While it’s great to move your body and sweat a bit, the way to take care of yourself is to do less mileage or a gentler session.

I fully recommend resetting your eating habits before the craziness of the season sets in.  You can visit my webpage, http://empoweredplate.com/press-the-reset-button-cleanse  to participate in one of my cleanses.  It’s full of delicious recipes that are easy to prepare.