I'm going to force myself to do it. I should. I really don't want to, but I have too. People are counting on me, so I better show up. I said I would, so I will. But I really, really, really don't want to. Said any of these things to…
Inside my 60 day cleanse…
Well I did it. The most important thing you have to do when you want to make a big change in your life: I decided.
This is no small thing. We all know what it’s like to try and change something – to stop smoking, curb your shopping habit, quit working so late, get off your devices, or the big one for a lot of us, to eat healthier and lose weight. Change is hard.
In fact in most cases it can kind of suck.
One of the reason our changes fail more often than they succeed is because we’re not really in it to win it. We say we want to change, but we don’t have the grit to keep going. We commit to a new way of eating on a Sunday, and when the Monday birthday cupcakes get rolled out for a colleague at 3pm, we say to ourselves, “oh Monday is a terrible day to start a new plan, I’ll start tomorrow.’ I’ve said it a million times. Perhaps you have too.
So deciding and being all in on a change is a BIG DEAL.
And that’s what I’ve done.
For a while now I have felt the need to really clean out my system. I eat well, mostly organic, little meat or dairy, but much higher in sugar and carbs than I need or feel good eating. And to be completely real, over the course of this year, writing the book, launching a start up, being super busy, the pounds have crept on more than I am comfortable with. Hard to say, but it’s the truth.
So the day I got back from San Francisco I went to see my Doctor who I have been working with for almost ten years. Marilyn is a holistic integrative GP who not only treats conventionally, but also works in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, and she is also a raw food vegan.
Whilst I was away, my girlfriend Justine had just watched the doco Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, about Joe Cross who traveled across America on a 60 day juice cleanse, and not only became well and happy but dropped 42 kg in the process and started a revolution, and she was also feeling inspired to cleanse deeply.
So back to the Doctor’s appointment. I walked in stating I wanted to go on a full out juice cleanse. She said it was great that I was ready to cleanse thoroughly, but that 60 days of juice, or even a week of just juicing was not great for my health: too strong and harsh for my particular system (note the importance of getting medical advice before going on any change program, absolutely critical).
But what she did say would be great, was alternating days of juicing with a day filled with micro-nutrients from mostly plants: fruit, veggies, salad, some nuts and seeds, chickpeas etc. And to sweeten the deal she gave me up to three servings of fish, chicken or eggs in a week. One day juice, one day food: I said that sounds good and highly manageable. I think she was thinking I would do a week or two. But when I told her I wanted to do this through to Xmas and asked was it safe, she told me to go for it (and to check in regularly which I do by text).
And Justine, being the cool chick that she is, decided to jump on in for the ride.
So here we are. Day 8!
I won’t lie, it’s been pretty tough, especially the first 6 days.
We started last Friday with the first juice day. I bought myself a new juicer ‘cos I hated my old one (which I donated to a friend who loves it) and I wanted a slow press juicer, and knew that it would motivate me if I could juice with joy not gritting my teeth (that worked, I love it).
Day 1 was a novelty, and knowing that the next day I would be able to eat salad (which never tasted so good I have to say) made it that much easier.
Day 5 was pretty rough. I had absolutely zero energy. Just walking up the stairs at home was tough, forget about going for my morning walk. I just got through the day and went to bed early.
Then yesterday, Day 7, my energy started to pick up. I went for a proper morning walk with energy, and even though it was a juice day and I was starving, I managed pretty well and felt good when I went to bed.
So today, Day 8! Had a great walk this morning after eating my banana for early breakfast. I’m looking forward to Justine coming over for lunch – which will be a massive salad with some vegan cashew cheese and avocado (see Insta for the pic from a few days ago when I made this for the first time) – and we will celebrate being one week in.
Having a buddy on any form of change program is so important. In fact research tells us it’s one of the most important factors in creating lasting change. We speak every day and text multiple times, especially when the pangs of ‘Oh my God I’m so hungry’ on a juice day come calling. Just knowing that there is another reason why you can’t quit, because you’re not only letting yourself down you’re letting them down, and also having a friend who gets it, is incredible. Feeling blessed to have this support on the path.
Oh and in case you’re wondering, I lost 3.2 kilos in week one (7 pounds). I’m celebrating that of course, but it’s not the main game here. The focus is on cleaning out my system, learning to be still and present with myself, and to fill my body with so many nutrients that it just glows. Really, it’s all about self kindness, which is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves.
So that’s me, full disclosure. I’d love to hear from you: what is a change that you are wanting to make right now? Drop me an email at [email protected] and let me know. Declaration is everything. And just saying it or writing it, admitting to yourself that you want this, is the first step. I’d love to know and support you in any way I can.
7 weeks to go. Wish me luck!