a change of momentum

15360bb2666c9872e6ac4ad13bbce3b7On a recent trip to some schools in California, one statement spoken stuck with me: “sometimes you need to change the momentum.” Of course, this referred to the most effective approaches to student discipline.

But it also referred to me. I need a change of momentum. My life is consumed by sugar, overeating, and laziness. Since my Mom died, I’ve let myself go, to use the old adage. I cannot find the motivation perseverance and persistence to maintain a healthy diet, or sadly, even work out these days.

Meanwhile, in other news, but also related, I am plagued by unhealthy symptoms: headaches, fatigue, sinusitis, anxiety, allergies, dry skin, blah, blah. And I’m beginning to believe the messages I’ve read across the internet and in books: Sugar as Poison, Give up SugarConscious Cleanse, Food Rules, A Year of No Sugar, Anti-Cancer. Ironically, sadly, I have almost been in-taking as much information as I have sugar.

But for me, the problem is not a lack of information, a lack of conviction; it is the courage to act on what I’m learning. To truly give myself the habit and discipline and honor of self-care–at the deepest level, the level where rewards are not immediate. And for this, I need a change of momentum.

Enter the big, scary word “cleanse.” I have always secretly–or not so secretly–looked down on people who did that kind of crazy stuff, thinking it was a whole lot of unhealthiness wrapped up in the guise of health. But I’m there. I need a different path, a place to begin, and where better than someone else telling me what to do? And so I am turning to the expert, a naturopathic doctor recommended by a friend. I like this cleanse because it’s not a crazy lemon-cayenne-ingestion-fest. It is a gradual release of ingredients through a 3 week period, into a short liquid phase. (We’ll see if that happens!)

It is the change of momentum that I need. And so far, I’m loving the vivacious fruits and veggies overtaking my refrigerator and life.

stir fry veggies

stir fry veggies

stocked fridge

stocked fridge

today's breakfast

today’s breakfast

today's lunch

today’s lunch

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