I thought I’d wake feeling like this.
I’ve had a weekend of near 100% detox. I didn’t quite make it for both days. I went out to lunch with family and in my defense, I did cut out the usual suspects, minimised what I ate (piece of grilled chicken) and enjoyed their company instead.
What the weekend showed me is that I did not lose any energy and detox had a positive impact on my mood. I did not crave three coffees in the morning. I did not crave my usual 3pm cuppa in the afternoon. This morning I’m energised and productive. I’ve already completed one report. My mind is clear. I can focus. I’m not craving anything, not even coffee. The first thing I did was reach for water. I always enjoy a quiet moment on the sofa at dawn. Today, I enjoyed the moment for longer. I felt at peace. There was no urgency to my day. I felt 24 hours is a long time to accomplish my goals for today. I did not feel a sense of euphoria (that hunger can bring on). Just peace.
I’ve been exposed to several different cultures and faiths. Most of them practice abstinence, meditation, silence, and fasting, followed by a celebration of some kind. I suspect there is more than a faith based reason for this.
What this weekend also taught me. I need to inform my family when I’m having a weekend detox. I never refuse meeting my children for a meal because we are all busy and meeting becomes a logistical challenge for all. As my work schedule takes shape for the year, I also need to be more prepared for those days I may be home. So a freezer of frozen broth is on the to do list, this week.
What I found really challenging was limiting fruit. I love eating fruit every day. So I kept the mantra in my head going, “It’s only two days”. It helped.
Will this become part of my health regime. Yes, definitely. I can see value in this. All I needed was planning to make it possible. Now, that’s sorted, I need to fine tune me.
Can I step it up and abstain from screen devices and enjoy absolute silence and solitude? I’m up for that challenge!
Until next time
a dawn bird