I'm having a great time on the cleanse this year. I love how light and energetic I feel and how little hunger I have. I find it quite amazing that I can feel this good with such a reduced caloric intake! Of course, I couldn't do it forever, but it's a great reminder to me that eating less and eating cleaner just feels better!
One of the things I'm especially getting a kick out of with this cleanse group, that I'm leading for the first time, is sending out the inspirational emails with recipes and cleansing tips. It's been fun for me to remember old recipes and cool practices from all the years of cleansing I've done. Another great boon is watching the participants discover more energy, vitality and lightness in their bodies. And it's super cool to share the group emails where people share their own tips, recipes and especially their physical experiences. In fact, I got so inspired by the process, that I decided to offer a second round of cleanse support to anyone who wants to start in late May. Here's the info for anyone interested.
Since I just watched the movie, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, my inspiration to support people in making healthy lifestyle changes has skyrocketed- and that's partly why I wanted to offer the cleanse again. I've been talking for weeks in my classes about discipline and commitment in regards to self-care. And this movie was so powerful in that arena. It follows two very obese men as they completely transform their lives by doing 60-days of juice fasting. I definitely think that's very extreme, especially coming from a hamburgers and coke kind of diet and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. (Luckily the guys in the movie were being watched closely by their doctors). That's why I like this cleanse so much. It's super gradual and very user-friendly, plus, it's actually a deep colon cleanse with all the awesome herbs included. That said, the guys in the movie had tremendous will power to pull that off! And their "nearly dead" health conditions completely turned around! They inspired many others to follow their lead and change their lives. "If they can do it, I can do it," was the common thread, as I'm sure it is for many who see the movie.
And what I found very fascinating was that there were still people close to them, some also quite obese, who said "I couldn't do it. I just don't have the will power." I'm fascinated by this. What does it take to make a major life change? For many of us, it takes something cataclysmic, like having a serious disease or accident, loss of a loved one, or something that shakes you to the core. And for others, they really do not have the will power (or don't believe that they do), and they just decide to eat or smoke themselves to death because they'd rather have an easeful life and die early than a longer one that requires strong discipline and in their minds, less joy. That's pretty much what somebody in the movie said. And perhaps they didn't feel their life was worth extending or they just didn't believe they could be happier by being healthier, or that it was worth it. So I'm just curious about when we decide to exercise our will, and when we don't, or when we lapse in our discipline, and when we get back on track, and why. I wonder if those in the movie who said they didn't have the will power could do it with a group to support them, who were also doing it?
This is a big discussion, so I'll leave it here, but I'll come back and explore this more with you soon!
To your full health!