OK being totally honest... today only 4 days into this cleanse I am asking myself why?????, along with ALL of my boys having to ask forgiveness for being so mad at me for starting us on this cleanse hahaha :(
It amazes me how quickly I forget the purpose of something when I REALLY don't like the affect it is having on me. Food is such a comfort thing for me as well, so it's messing with my mood, comfort, physical body, attitude etc..I felt like as we started this we would be recognizing other areas in our life where we started becoming lazy or unintentional. One thing I recognize is that being in a hurry or always thinking of future plans etc...it makes me want to skip out on the present. Not valuing my body or my children's bodies, because I get so caught up in other tasks, goals, fun activities (which isn't bad), bringing hope and truth to "others,"etc... I lose site of what's right in front of me and where most of my focus should be right now, my children and my husband, and God.
Already one of my fears is when we get through the cleanse we will just too quickly jump back into bad habits...So I am trying to form a plan that is realistic and not extreme, but wise as well. Here are a few new guidelines I have thought of so far:
1- No more processed cereals for breakfast, except maybe weekends we can have granola or frosted shredded wheat (because I found out that even those are not as healthy as I thought - because they are cooked with dry heat and not soaked first to rid the oats of the phytic acid that is really hard for our bodies to digest and inhibits the absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, iron, and zinc ) I know some of this stuff is so overwhelming and ANNOYING, why can't eating just be easy and whatever we want?? :( Again that's the lazy part of me speaking, I just have to get creative to have a system going so that it doesn't feel like I am always having to do these huge processes for cooking a meal
2 - No more sugary maple syrup on our pancakes or waffles, switch to 100% pure maple syrup (way more expensive :( )
3 - No more sodas with our Costco hot dogs :( Which is probably my poverty thinking, but I can't stand to still pay the $1.50 even though we aren't getting the soda too, cuz it's the same price either way...but as I write that again I see $1.50 is still a GREAT price for a huge hot dog! :)
You liar POVERTY thinking! so there! :)
4 - candy, pastries, cakes, donuts, WAY less often, starting with once a month???
5- Honey in our coffee instead of sugar which we don't mind that's how we like it unless we re out we were using sugar but then I was noticing how often we were out ordering coffee, oops :)