Beauty, Wellness, Recipes, Food
I started Monday last week with a colonics session at Living Waters in Morristown. I would never choose to begin my week like that ever in my life again. However, I’m writing about it because it was truly opening, worth the discomfort, and helped me be more intentional about what’s going into my gut.
Colonics is a detoxifying therapeutic procedure where the colon is irrigated. (Yes, that’s a very santitized description as the reality for me was never ending water and sensations that reminded me too much of childbirth.)
After the session, and being gifted with squeaky clean insides, I did not want sugar inside my gut, nothing processed - not even “healthy processed foods,” no dairy, no meat, no eggs, and no wheat. It was not even a feeling of good vs bad or plant based vs. not plant based. It was more that I got to consciously choose with what to repopulate my gut.
What I did want was lots of water. I wanted fresh fruit, greens, broths, soups, green juices, tea, veggies, and sweet potato.
I also wanted to do more yoga - interestingly post colonics my practice has been longer each day. I love ab exercises - I am doing more of those, and walking. I want to walk more.
The feeling of lightness is something I want to preserve after the extreme feeling of lightness that comes about 12 hours after colonics.
On reflection, after writing this, I may choose a Monday again, but I would clear my morning schedule beforehand and have broth and green juice waiting for me and set the whole week up as a cleanse week which is what it turned into. Unprepared - on Tuesday I made a huge pot of mineral broth to nourish me throughout the week.
The colonics was like a turbo boost to detox more deeply. I’ve been doing a “reset” ever since, but it’s been super easy because my body just wants it that way. So far, I haven’t added dairy, gluten, or meat into my diet, but neither beans, rice, or other grains. For the last week or so, I have enjoyed what I am eating although I know the next steps are reintegration. Introducing back in more variety is important for my long term health. I am thinking of fish as the next step - as I was a pescatarian for a long while and fish digest easily in my body.
So my recommendation:
The long term benefit and the reframe the experience gave me was worth the process. It was like instead of renovating a house, you are given an empty plot to build it as you want. That is quite extraordinary! And I will say Living Waters was wonderful!!
My capsule wardrobe has been such a joy to create. I have clothes for every occasion and season; everything matches and mixes - BUT what gives me the most joy is that over half of the collection is second hand and 30% of the pieces I’ve had for over 10 years.
Sustainable fashion is a passion of mine. Discarded clothing is extremely damaging to the earth. A dress made out of manmade materials is estimated to take 200 years to decompose according to Fashion Revolution Most of the clothing we throw away or put in clothing collection bins ends up in landfills - I was so disappointed to find that one out, but clothing is so cheap in America most people opt for new over used. One trash truck worth of clothing is burned every second.
Living beautifully extends to dressing beautifully and thoughtfully. To guide myself toward sustainability and earth friendly fashion, I created a list of standards to direct my clothing choices toward conservation.
As the weather cools, they become less bitter, but still are great support for your digestive flora and help detoxify the liver. I use dandelion sprouts for me and my clients because they are more nutritionally potent and have a softer texture. I also use them in salads chopped finely. This year I grew an Italian variety in the garden for a steady supply.
Heart Opener is my favorite yoga pose. It allows you to clear your head, release stress, and to feel more open to the light and love which surround you. 10-15 minutes a day is transformative. I am focusing on my ability to receive more, so I wish to increase my energetic openness to the love and support of the universe.
To do it place a yoga block on a cushion. Gently lower yourself with the lower edge of the block hitting where your bra strap comes across.your back. Relax for 10-15 minutes.
Words to Live By
I am not a heroine, but I have chosen the person I want to be.