First off, I’d like to welcome all the new readers to One Green Generation. Lately I’ve had a lot of emails, Facebook messages, chats, comments, and in-person talks with new and old friends who are reading.
I think this is a unique time for a lot of people. Many of us are starting out on a new journey, and the idea of a cleanse as a way to begin to reset the balance seems to hit home for a lot of people.
I’m extremely glad to know that my writing is affecting you! Thank you all for reading. We’re getting around 2,000 views a day, and only a handful of comments a day – so I especially thank those who have reached out to me to let me know you’re out there and that I’m doing something right. It’s really good to hear.
As always I encourage you to comment on the blog if you have questions, thoughts, or ideas. But if you just want to read, that’s totally fine, too!
The Role of Discipline in Well-Being
I’ve talked with several people lately who have done or are doing cleanses, or who are just giving up certain foods both for health and as self-discipline. I hadn’t really thought of it that way before. But the essential idea is that sometimes you have to prove to yourself that you can resist things that you want – for the greater good of you.
I got to thinking more about it, and realized this discipline is not mind over matter so much as mind over culture. It’s the part of our culture that says you should desire superfluous things, and that if you desire them and have the money, you should consume them.
I haven’t been hungry much at all on the cleanse – even after two days of liquid-only fasting. What has made me want food is the stuff around me – signs advertising food, cultural pressures to eat and drink while convening together (as if we can’t have a good time without it), an “innate” desire to eat dessert after dinner (many cultures don’t do this), the little snacks that litter the grocery store aisles…
But my body is doing just fine without all those things I want to eat. My body, in fact, is doing better without them!
Why do we want to eat when we’re bored or sad? Why don’t we want to go on a run instead?? Can’t we rewire our thinking so that we choose to desire things that are better for us?
Now don’t get me wrong, I love food, and I can’t wait to return to some of my favorite things. But when the cleanse is over, I will be thinking more about what I need when, and how it positively and negatively affects my mood and my bodily functions.
What Do You Think?
I’d love to know your thoughts – have you tried to be more disciplined in your eating or other aspects of your lifestyle? What do you think is the root cause of our doing things we know aren’t good for us? And how do we get past that, to do things that are good for us, our families, and our environment?
Berry smoothie for breakfast.
Energy smoothie for lunch.
Chia smoothie for dinner.
Well Being Meter
I’m feeling back on track. In fact I’m feeling so well now, and felt so unwell the past two days, that I’m a teensy bit afraid to start normal eating again!
After two days of having only smoothies and water, I have gone into a different mode of detox. My intestines are on overdrive. Those of you who are reading Clean now, I’m having some of those third-week bowel movements he writes about, the ones that seem to be pushing out years of old toxins. And multiple times a day.
Psyllium husks are my friend – they’re both helping to push things out, and they are giving me some bulk in my stomach. Taking it twice a day.
It feels good to be at a better weight, and I’m beginning to see a little extra muscle definition in my arms and legs. How exciting!
A couple months ago, there is no way I would have ever thought I could do this. Heck, even a couple weeks ago! I thought I would waste away. But I’m actually feeling really good.