I can’t wait for tomorrow! Tomorrow’s the first day of the four-week Community Cleanse and I seriously can’t wait to give it all up; alcohol, white flour, sugar, processed and refined foods, dairy and caffeine. I’m feeling heavy (how much can one person eat?), bloated (why does every house I’ve visited over the holidays have cookies and chocolate?) and pickled (New Year’s Eve was fun, but seriously…). I’m not saying the cleanse is going to be easy, but in this moment I sure feel it’s necessary.
First things first, let’s discard or give away the holiday chocolates, cookies, and any other sweets. Next donate the cheese and any non-cleanse friendly leftovers to a neighbor. Lock up the alcohol and hide the coffee. Finally let’s get our cupboards and pantries stocked with wholesome foods. The more prepared we are for tomorrow the more supported we’ll feel through the first days of the cleanse. As a reminder to past cleansers and to help guide new cleansers, there are three past blog posts entitled Shopping List, Meal Suggestions for Cleanse, and Basic Recommendations – Community Cleanse I would suggest visiting. If you’re concerned about costs, also see the post entitled Costs of Shopping.
Well I’m off to rediscover Montreal with my friend Lela. My Canadian friends have convinced her that she must try poutine (a Quebec delicacy of french fries, cheese curds and gravy). I don’t plan to partake in the eating of the poutine because I have had my fair share of this dish over my lifetime. For the first days of our cleanse we’ll be travelling from Montreal to Toronto and then back to Napa so we’re going to incorporate some of the tricks that I last posted in the blog entitled Eating Out and Travelling. Not ideal, but in my experience there’s never a perfect time to cleanse for four-weeks straight. With only a few days left to our trip, I’m sure we’ll have just as much fun sans alcohol, sans poutine and without the over-eating.
Happy preparing community cleansers! May 2011 be our healthiest year yet!