Why is it that life often appears to be black and white, all or nothing? Why do I seem to crave something once I decide I am not going to have it? What is it about denying myself that I seem to run from or rebel against?
I forget that life is about choices and setting a good direction, not about denial and being a victim. I can choose to embrace a healthier lifestyle and this may involve making the choice not to eat certain foods. There is no one forcing me to do this cleanse, or to refrain from eating ...whatever the food might be. During this cleanse, I can choose to be grateful in the face of negative emotions, inconvenience or even detox symptoms. No one can choose my frame of mind for me. No one controls my outlook on life.
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“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
While I do believe that this cleanse may give me insights that could potentially influence my health for years to come, it will still be a small blip on the radar of my life. I hope I can keep all this in perspective and embrace the cleanse as a gift, without complaint or undo obsession.
As I begin this 21 day cleanse, my hope is that I (with my companions) can inspire you through our experiences, share delicious recipes, and give some insight into the physical and emotional challenges and blessings that are discovered along the way. I don't plan to write about this every day, but often enough to keep you up to date.
If you decide you'd like to join us, jump in any time. I am using the gut cleanse and repair designed by Alejandro Junger, M.D. in his book Clean Gut, but there are other similar cleanses (such as The Virgin Diet, by J.J. Virgin). Please leave comments with your own reflections, recipes or questions. If you'd like to guest blog one day about your own experience, I'd love to have you share. Let me know.