After completing a detox, I often reflect on how this experience is so much more than about food. Instead of counting down the days, like I used to in the early days, I approach this process more as a time of a self-discovery and view my actions from a mindfulness perspective. Looking through this lens reveals something meaningful about my relationship with food and my attachments. It’s about really paying attention, and practicing loving kindness with myself when the need for attachment in relation to food can be strong.
Now that I’ve hit the Day 5 mark of my Detox-u-mentary Project, I’ve been reflecting on the positive changes I experience when removing dairy and sugar from my diet. When these are out of the equation, it’s easy to make good choices, because what’s left is all the stuff we should be eating most of the time.
On my amazing detox journey, I’m grateful for the ability to have the patience to be fully present during this experience instead of counting down the days until I can enjoy coffee once again. This time, it’s different. I can’t quite put the feeling into words, other than to say that I’m content. There’s no grasping or clinging, and I’m open to each moment as it unfolds in a patient, mindful way.
After writing my Day one post, I spontaneously decided that today, Day two would be about patience, persistence and perseverance and how instrumental these are in succeeding on a detox program. As I began to write, I was a bit unsure about how I would approach explaining this as it related to my day, but as the day wore on, the words became clearer and clearer.
Funny that today, my husband and I purchased a swanky new coffee maker and I also began my bi-annual detox that I commit to for a total of fourteen days. The mind/body benefits are tremendous and I always drop about five pounds in the process, so this morning I thought why not jump in with both feet and give it a go. Today’s the end of Day 1 and so far, so good– no caffeine withdrawal headaches. (yet)