Post Cleanse: the good and the bad

My 14 day cleanse ended this past Monday.  I will admit I did cheat with some wine over the weekend.  How am I to attend an 80s themed Halloween party and not have some wine?  I could have done this very easily, but when there is vegan wine, I always want to partake.

I digress

This 14 day cleanse included many doTERRA essential oil products.  I used Slim & Sassy oil in my water (when I remembered), I took the vegan version of their Lifelong Vitality Pack and a few other supplements they sell (pictured below).Image

Along with the supplements I also was vegan (as always), gluten free, alcohol free, and caffeine free.  I felt pretty good and had some struggles with being hungry.  I don’t think I was eating enough.  In previous cleanses I was making protein shakes and maybe should have done that this time. 

Other than some hunger, which I made a raw chocolate avocado pudding to fill me up and sooth my sweet tooth, I felt great. 

The good:

  • I am off gluten
  • I try not to eat sugary things (hidden sugar is everywhere)
  • I feel great and have more energy
  • I am in love with the LIfelong Vitality pack from doTERRA
  • the PB Assist is a great source of probiotics for gut health that I’ll continue to use
  • I was a closet diet coke drinker when it came to mixed drinks – I don’t do that anymore… all wine all the time ;)

The bad (and it’s not really “bad”)

  • I drink a cup of coffee each morning when I get to work
  • I apparently like rules and am drinking less water than I was on the cleanse

I think with every cleanse I adopt better habits, here’s to the next cleanse ;)

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Your diet isn’t “normal”

 

Anyone else feel this way?  I am fully convinced that eating a vegan, plant based diet is normal, however society often tells me differently. 

This post is spawned into existence because I, Mary Beth, would like to participate in the activities of my peers.  (Today is not the first time I’ve had this experience.) I would like to enjoy a night out with my girlfriend doing something absolutely random.  I was offered free tickets to see a show that includes a dinner buffet.  This situation always makes me hesitant because I hate being hungry.  If I weren’t vegan, this would be a massive score.  FREE FOOD, FREE SHOW (and my dearest love of people watching… please let there be mullets).

I take full responsibility for my food.  I call ahead.  The kind woman on the other end of the phone looks into it for me and says she can’t promise that anything on the buffet will be vegan because they use butter. 

Here is what I picture:

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Butter soaked salad – Fruit salad laced with butter – this butter stick handed out at the door

Paula Dean serving up slabs of butter when handing you a plate at the front of the line

The truth is, I was not expecting to have a vegan buffet, but perhaps a couple choices.  (and I’m sure there will be a salad bar, I can’t imagine there not to be)

My take away from this is that we must keep asking for options. 

Keep asking!  No, I’m not on a diet, that is not why I’m eating a salad

I’m eating a salad because I choose to eat non processed plant based foods

I’m not weird, I’m compassionate

I’m compassionate toward myself and other beings

Be strong

Be weird

Be the new “normal”

Eat plant strong

Am I really Hungry?

Today I begin a 14 day journey/cleanse.  I will be using doTERRA supplements and oils while working to cleanse my gut…. The epicenter of our health.

Today I’m reflecting on if I’m really hungry?  I mean, if I were to go into a grocery store I’m sure some processed food would be calling my name and I would instantly believe that I am hungry.  But am I?

Part of the cleanse is to use the Slim and Sassy metabolic blend in water to.  doTERRA’s Slim and Sassy Primary Benefits are:

-Supports your efforts to eat less and exercise more for permanent, healthy weight loss by helping your body adjust to reduced caloric intake during dieting*

-Helps manage appetite and hunger pangs between meals*

-Helps calm stomach and gastrointestinal distress sometimes associated with dieting*

-Lifts and elevates mood which has been associated with successful weight-loss efforts*

-Encourages healthy hydration during dieting, exercise, and throughout the day*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

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My focus right now is to drink a gallon of water a day, using Slim and Sassy, and really listen to my body to see when and if I am hungry.

Other cleanse factors: vegan ( of course), gluten free, sugar free, alcohol free and various supplements and oils.

One day at a time, hunger is the current focus.  Am I hungry?  Currently I am not.

I am working to relinquish my crown

I am the queen of wanting to do everything.  (If you are the queen of that too, trust me I’m not trying to take your crown, in fact I’m trying to figure out how to get rid of it)

As the majority of humans, I am in a constant state of being stimulated (all my facebook friend’s minds just went in the gutter, as did mine).  I can scroll through my facebook feed and see events I want to attend, articles I want to read, professions I might be good at and ways I want to improve my life.  My phone stays constantly at my side.  My mind is always jumping from place to place.

Here is an idea of how my mind is jumpy; just yesterday, I met with District 1 Police Captain as part of my day job.  He was telling me about his job and mentioned dispatch.  Instantly I thought, I could do that I like a fast paced jobs.  (Really Mary Beth, you want to be a police dispatcher, you already have a full time job, own a bakery and have many other obligations.)

I think I have a chronic “grass must be greener on the other side outlook”.  This doesn’t mean that I’m unhappy with my life or wish things were different.  But I tend to leave the present moment and jump onto whatever thought train might lead elsewhere.

So how do I slow down?  How do I stay present.   How do I focus on what is important to me and serves me the best?

As I thought about this blog I realized that maybe my distraction to all these stimuli are my way of distracting myself to what I really need to be doing.  Perhaps I am keeping myself so busy that turning inward is not something I do.

As the great multi-tasker that I am I listened to this webinar while baking:

Her doTERRA protocols are exactly what I need, all of them.  I told my girlfriend that I should take a bath with every single oil to help me overcome all that ails me.

Instead I’m going to start with the basics.  I’m going to place frankincense and wild orange on the wrists, rub then together and breathe the scent in.  One thing at a time.  These oils will allow a new consciousness and being present.