I feel calmer. I feel a little more grounded and a lot less irritated. I feel more consistently happy. Not cart-wheel through the neighborhood happy (like I sometimes feel after a few sips of coffee) but I feel more than just content. It’s a middle of the road, consistent contentment. But a brighter feeling than that…I suppose what I’m trying to say is I feel evenly joyful. Are there any other community cleansers feeling me?
I didn’t expect this – I mean no coffee, no alcohol, “denying” myself cheese…I thought the only way I was going to keep myself from shouting “screw you” to everyone who walked by, was to lock myself in my closet for the four weeks of The Community Cleanse. I must admit, I did feel a little bit like this for the first three days and I apologize to anyone who caught the brunt of it (Jay). But three days into the cleanse I started to regain my energy – my own energy, not coffee, alcohol, sugar induced energy, but my own energy – who knew that was even there?
I don’t wake up dehydrated or fuzzy (or hung over). I’m sleeping better. I don’t feel “speedy” during the day and I’m able to brush off the little things. My digestion is amazing (I won’t go into details) and I love the food we’re eating. I feel like I’m at a retreat in my own home. But this is probably because, being a restaurant lover, I’ve never spent so much time in this home. I’m probably more of a restaurant addict, but I prefer the term restaurant lover.
The other night Jay and I were discussing what restaurants we’re going to rush out to and visit first. Jay said, “Once the cleanse is over, I think sharing a bottle of wine two to three times a week is totally good and moderate.”
I said, “I think we should go out to eat at least two to three times a week because that’s totally good and moderate.”
We talked like this for another few minutes, dreaming of our favorite wines and restaurants and then we looked at each other and knew we were feeling the same way.
Jay said, “I’m really just enjoying this cleanse right now. I don’t even want to think about all that – the aftermath.”
I said, “Yes, I couldn’t agree with you more. Let’s just enjoy our cleansing time. It’s fun.”
So, for now I’m feeling really good and knowing there are so many other community cleansers out there makes me feel even more calmly joyful. Happy cleansing everyone!