In less than a week, my life may drastically change as I start juicing.
Hypocrite : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings”
As much as I hate to admit it, I am currently a hypocrite.
I teach and preach holistic wellness. I coach other people on the necessity of a balanced life – the mind-body-soul connection. The majority of people I work with pay more attention to their bodies and mind, and need my help to address spiritual and emotional aspects.
In the last year or so, you could find me at the opposite end of the spectrum. Sure, my emotional and spiritual health is sound, but I have paid very little attention to my physical body.
And it’s starting to grate on me for a number of reasons:
1. Intuitive Life Coaches and Energy Healers ought to practice what they preach (in my opinion).
2. My physical vitality isn’t what it used to be and I’d like to get it back.
3. The way I treat my body directly affects my ability to do everything else in my life.
My human nature wants me to say mean things to me, berate myself for putting on some extra weight, for letting my good habits slip away. I’ve fought diligently to develop a positive relationship with this newer, plumper version of myself that doesn’t fit the same way that it used to in my favorite clothes.
But the truth is, it’s time for me to look at my Tough List, cut through the justifications and excuses and just get busy.
Guess I’ll start juicing
In an effort to avoid being a hyprocrite, I’m taking my own advice (by the way, I just so happen to give excellent advice) and putting myself and my body as a higher priority.
Because I’m an intuitive, empathic being, I’ve decided to listen to my body on this journey. Many of the popular programs out there, centered around weight loss, just don’t resonate with me. I recognize that I need to be shifting my awareness, making new commitments become habits, on my way to a holistically sound lifestyle. For me, this isn’t just about losing the extra fluff I’ve collected -it’s about all of the additional benefits that come from feeding my body optimal fuel, caring enough to be present as I prepare and eat my meals, and letting go of destructive habits.
That being said, I’m drawn to start juicing.
Whoa, there – before you assume that I’m going on some crazy starvation diet, hear me out. My body is asking for this – when I read about it, I can feel my physical being craving the benefits from consuming recently living food – high-vibrational fuel! By replacing a meal and several snacks with freshly collected vegetable juice, I will feed my body the nutrients it craves much faster.
This isn’t about weight loss, starvation, lack, control, willpower, discipline, as these all seem so masculine to me. Rather, it’s about listening, heeding, and allowing. My body wants to be fed, and when it has what it needs, will naturally shed the excess, including weight and toxins.
Getting smart before I start juicing
I’m finally ready to make the commitment to change, but I don’t want to jump in half-cocked. I’ve been diligently reading, prepping, getting ready to commit. I’m seriously contemplating a 5 day vegetable juicing cleanse, followed up by a 21 day sugar detox. That’s right… I’m going with vegetables as I start juicing. While fruits have amazing antioxidants and other good stuff in them, I am weaning myself off of sugar.
I remember from previous experience how much more clear and focused I am when I am eating healthier. I long for this – I’m ready to be more aware, present, and loving to my body. I’m ready to set a good example for my children.
And I do want to avoid that whole hypocrite thing.
Oh, and one more thing – If I can do this, you can, too.
I bet you weren’t expecting that! Ha! We might as well do it together. I’ll share my plan with you, my success, my experience – and I hope it assists you on your journey, too.
My Plan to Start Juicing
I’m ready to share my current draft of my ‘bring-back-holistically-healthy-Janet’ program. As I refine it throughout the rest of this week, I’ll share the details in future blog posts.
Step one – Determine where I might be deficient.
I’m going to visit Rediscovering Wellness for a BioEnergetic Assessment to identify areas my body is currently lacking. I want to support my system and approach this transition in a loving, gentle manner. Rediscovering Wellness offers homeopathic remedies, herbals, and other natural goodness to support me as I start juicing.
Step two – Prep work
I’m taking care of the logistics of starting a new program – getting rid of crap around the house so I don’t eat it, investigating which grocery stores have the produce that I need at the best prices, learning how to use my new juicer, and reading up on the materials I’ve gathered.
Step three – Start Juicing
I’m going to follow a protocol as I start juicing, where 5 days are devoted to juicing (and a few supplements such as chia seeds).
Here are a few of the resources I will be using for my recipes during the first 5 days and beyond:
Step four – The 21 Day Sugar Detox
Yes, I am kicking the sugar habit. I’m tired of being a slave to the cravings and then the guilt that follows because I know that my body deserves better. I’ve decided to follow this program:
Step five – Gentle exercise
I used to believe in a rigorous physical exercise routine, but my body is resisting that for this transition. It craves yoga, stretching, walking – activity, but not mad attempts to achieve a certain cardio or weight-lifting goal.
Step six – Energy work/healing around issues that come up
I believe that as we put on weight, the issues that we are dealing with are filed away inside the fat cells. Therefore, as we begin to shed these extra pounds, those issues re-surface. This is where plateaus, blockages, and resistance to dieting originate. Knowing this ahead of time gives me an advantage because I am prepared to address the issues that come up, and release them.
There’s my big bad plan to get back into alignment with my personal values and core beliefs. Next Monday, I officially start juicing!
With mucho a latte of love and respect,
p.s. No matter when you read this, you can follow me lead and start taking control of your health and your life – it’s never too late to start juicing!