Day 19 of The Community Cleanse, more than half-way through. Feel like cheating? I sure did yesterday. I woke up dreaming of coffee and then mid-afternoon swore there was no way I was going to be able to de-stress if I didn’t have one (maybe more like four) glasses of wine. It was by far my toughest day on The Community Cleanse. I thought, ‘I need a drink. If I don’t have a drink I’m going to feel miserable like this forever. Plus who’s going to know?’ Then that tricky little voice in my head said, “You will know. You can’t let anyone else down, but yourself.” Of course resistance was also found in the image of all you community cleansers supporting me to stay true to my initial commitment to eliminate all six elements for twenty-eight days.
If the stresses of life compound during the cleanse, our cravings for alcohol and sugar can become more intense. Some of us may have the usual habit to eat sweet foods to escape the stress. Others may seek solace in a mind-numbing alcoholic beverage. One of the real challenges of cleansing is that we have not only committed to avoiding certain foods and substances, we have also committed to working through our “crap” without any of our normal crutches – here’s where the real cleansing begins. We may normally hide behind a mask of alcohol, a masked coffee high, or a pound of ice cream. Often, during a highly stressful day, my non-cleansing mantra is, “Boy, do I need a drink.” What to do when stressed out on a cleanse? “Boy, do I need a carrot juice,” just doesn’t seem to cut it. Yesterday, I realized why I was having such a difficult time – there was no escape. I couldn’t look forward to forgetting about my crappy day. I wasn’t going to be able to escape myself.
I will share that I ate almost half a tub of Luna and Larry’s cleanse-friendly dairy free coconut milk “ice cream” mid-afternoon yesterday. I’m not necessarily proud of this, but I thought it would make me feel better and it did (kind of). The intense feeling for alcohol went away and then I pouted my way through a long walk. Another idea if you’re having “one of those days” is to eat a giant teaspoon of honey. The sweetness quickly cures cravings for sugar (and even alcohol is sugar).
I know we haven’t all felt like cheating and I hope you all have only good days. But it’s possible you may fall into a similar danger zone. You may feel like you absolutely must cheat. DON’T!! As the saying goes, “This too shall pass.” And it did. I feel much better today and of course I’m elated that I stayed true to myself and my cleanse goals. Happy cleansing is once again happening for me today!