I woke up New Years Day late for my standards – around 7am – because I was tired from the night before. I actually made it up past midnight (a sad but true accomplishment for me) as I had a fun night out with neighbors for New Years Eve. I paid the price, however, as I woke up tired, with a headache, hungry, and craving coffee which is a no-go on the kitchari cleanse. The cleanse is eating kitchari only and no caffeine or alcohol. I thought about making myself a decaf but then recommitted to myself and went for my warm water with lemon and morning meditation before starting my day.
I then made myself a large batch of kitchari. I cook it all in the morning and then reheat as I need for each meal. I had my first bowl around 9am. It felt nourishing and filling and gave me the right amount of energy for an amazing yoga practice at my favorite studio in my new town. Around 12:30pm I had my second bowl of kitchari for the day. One of the great things about this cleanse is it gets you back in touch with yourself – if you know you have one batch of food to eat for a day how do you make it last and how do you eat so you know you are really full? It is so interesting when you pay attention to what and how you are eating how you eat much less and are just as satisfied.I then made myself a cup of CCFT (I have a glass every day on the detox – mostly before lunch but it didn’t work with my schedule today so I had it after) and then embarked on my new activity for New Years Day 2017 – a walk in a new place with my dog. It was a beautiful day (got to love January in California) and a perfect way to get moving and outside in a manner that was not too strenuous while cleansing.
After getting home, I showered, did a brief abyhanga and afternoon meditation and was starving by 5pm so I ate my final bowl of kitchari then. I was also craving something warm and comforting (I really think coffee is more about comfort and routine for me than caffeine) so I made myself a homemade chai and it was the most delicious thing I have ever had. One of my teachers once told me that to give up a habit, you have to replace it with something equally enjoyable and I think chai could be it for me. I make it without tea so it is just about the warm seasonings and comfort factor without the caffeine. Recipe to come after I perfect it this week.
I then watched a really interesting documentary on Minimalism (a friend once told me she saw me moving into a tiny house one day – maybe she is right :), did some reading, and was happily in bed by 9pm.
I am not going to candy coat it – day one of any cleanse is rough. I was tired all day and it was a test of will and strength but I went to bed feeling good that I committed to myself and that I was doing the right thing for me. More to come tomorrow!