I was told a story the other day where a woman came to Gandhi ,to ask him to ask her son to give up sugar. Gandhi reply was “ Come back to me in 2 weeks “ She left and returned 2 weeks later with the same request. Gandhi turned to her son and said “ Son give up sugar it is not good for you “ The woman asked him why he could not asked that two weeks ago and save her the journey to him twice. Gandhi replied, “ Because two weeks ago I was consuming sugar “
The story has stayed with me in the ensuing days and more especially as I step into the world promoting vitality, health and personal empowerment. Where I asked myself am I not walking my talk.
Well of course an answer popped in. I have again let my the coffee and sweet tooth intake that tends to creep up [especially over the holiday time when we were travelling) I first had to break my own bad habits. I choose to do it by doing 1day juice fast. In the past I would go to a place to break to cleanse and detox such as Cloona Health Retreat in Ireland or Hippocrates Health Institute USA.
Well, last week I created my own retreat took time out to have a juice day and quiet inner day in my own home. I had felt the acid build up on my body form the accumulation even if little of sugar, caffeine and a nightly drink. It comes out as stiffness and a general lack of full vitality.
So Why a Juice Cleanse Day?
o It is a fantastic way to give the body a break from digesting foods and assists in clearing out toxic wastes and acids.
o It alkananizes the body which allows optimum health and vitality.
o Psychologically, it breaks the unhealthy mental and emotional attachments to addictive foods.
On the Day
o I juiced 3 large green juices throughout the day and 2 sweeter juice in afternoon and evening
o In between I drank 5-6 glasses of spring water.
o I organized a reflexology treatment.
o I rested and took time to be as much as I could through out the day.
This was my first time doing this alone and without the support of a retreat centre, so I stepping into it with some concerns about following through all the way.I was nervous in case I would not follow though on the commitment as always I have gone away to do this.
The tools used
o When I thought and even saw a cup of coffee in my mind, I realized in the same instance “ this is just a thought “ In realized that I could somewhat detach from it did not take the grip that it could have had in the past. Amazingly the thought and desire left quickly each time.
o The second thing part I worked with was when I found the day long and was tempted to go the kitchen for a cuppa I said to myself “it is just one day “ That brought me into the smallness and management of a commitment that seemed big and unending. Just one day of juicing no big deal.
o I have broken the sugar hold and caffeine addiction.
o I feel tuned in again with clear thinking back.
o I am back to a healthy eating regime.
o Psychologically, I feel empowered to do this again in my home.