“You are what you eat,” and, “Your body is a temple,” or so the phrases go. But I often find in our Everyday survival, Time, among other things, is paramount over health. Well what would happen if you didn’t have to sacrifice one for the other? What if in taking the time, you increased productivity, focus, discipline and became more grounded? What if, in making the time, and rearranging your priorities, you circumvented to create more time? Sign me up you’d cry!
Well this, among many other wonderful things happened with my recent 3 Day Reboot Joos Cleanse. Ok, before I loose all of you who think, “this is not for me,” I am not hear to preach to you or sell you something. I am here to express my experience on the amazing ripple effect from Being Mindful about what I eat, had in my life in every way.*
Briefly, so you understand the context, I was given 6 prepared Joos drinks, 6 prepared Joos bites and 6 prepared mineral waters, and asked to drink half my weight in water per day. One Joos for breakfast, a Joos bite and Joos water for mid-morning and mid-afternoon and a Joos for dinner; 2 a day. All were rich in freshly pressed fruits and vegetables, fine tuned to provide all you could need and then some.
Lunch was left up to my own creation and exploratory side. I had control over trying and experimenting with new healthy foods and coming up with creative ways to answer cravings and tantalize new tastes. What Joos gave me was a guide, constant email and phone support, along with direction when needed in this transformative process. However, the freedom was still mine. As was the discipline.
As I began to have these deliciously creative lunches I realized how much I didn’t need. Wow. All these things I eat everyday, I don’t need? What a concept that is? If these fruits and vegetables, and all this other rich natural goodness is providing everything I need– what else don’t I need?
So often we confuse need with want.
So often we don’t take the time to reflect, to de-socialize the normative day to day, our habitual Everyday. We answer cravings without diagnosing our real needs. Am I eating because I’m bored, or because I’m hungry? Do I take tylenol because I have a headache, or try drinking water first because I might be dehydrated? Or a nap because I’m tired? Without taking time to examine the source we quick-fix and band-aid through life.
Fulfilling myself, body and mind, with only that which I truly needed, stemming from a place of wholeness, and being grounded like a tree taking roots, all that was unnecessary faded away, like dead leaves in fall.
It still surprises me how much it wasn’t even work, in any form, to leave waste by the wayside. This impacted not only my eating habits, but my self-worth. It effected my decisions of those I surround myself with, the words that come from my mouth, and the ones I allow myself to hear. Becoming clear on mutually beneficial relationships instead of, self sacrifice and draining, giving only from a full well; instead of drying up so another could drink.
Three days? Yes, just three days of making Mindfulness Matter; Imagine what could be done in more! With that, I plan to continue juicing; with Joos and other products, eventually investing in a machine. I know, I know, they’re expensive you say. But at the end of the day, aren’t you worth an investment to your health, well-being, and mindfulness? I believe we are.
“Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that’s a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect.”- Rob Reiner
Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate Your Everyday”
*I will however be providing information on Joos throughout this post, in case you are interested and because Lauri Meizler is phenomenal! http://www.drinkjoos.com/bios2.html