I cannot tell a lie – day two of my cleanse was rough. I woke up around 6am feeling cloudy, heavy and thick with a headache that stayed with me the entire day. I tried to turn the headache into a positive, however, envisioning all of the toxins being released in my body and getting out of my system through the cleansing process. Having a headache and not feeling well the first few days on a cleanse is normal for this reason. It is important to just go with it and not medicate with Advil or Tylenol. It is all part of the journey.
I pushed through had my warm water with lemon and morning meditation before making my chai and kitchari which I ate around 9am. I was ready to eat the entire pot but reminded myself to pay attention to if I was really full. I was once taught that when you eat slowly a small burp comes which is your sign you are full – try it it works! I then went to my neighbors and helped her make her first batch of kitchari as she is joining me on the cleanse. Having a cleanse support system is key. Cleansing is a bit disruptive to your routine so having people along for the ride makes it easier.
I then went to a yoga class around 11:30am taught by a new friend I met which fit my slow, sluggish mood perfectly as it was more of a gentle flow. I didn’t get home until 1:30pm, however, and my headache was out of control because on top of detoxing I was hungry. It was an important reminder to not let yourself go too long without eating – on a cleanse or otherwise.
My 2pm lunch worked wonders on my headache and I then took a long afternoon walk with my dog followed by a dry brushing, abyhanga, shower, mediation, some work, a 6pm dinner, TV and reading before my 9pm bedtime. I went to bed excited I made it through the day and hopeful tomorrow would be better. While I like knowing the toxins are freeing themselves from my body – I don’t like the headache and dullness that goes with it.
Now you may be reading this thinking, this is great that she can cleanse, go to yoga, take long walks, and do oil massages every day but I have to work. I get it and have done this cleanse while working too. I am just relishing in the fact that this cleanse coincides with five days I don’t have to go to work.
You can cleanse while working as well, you just need to plan ahead and make sure you don’t overschedule yourself. This may result in you having to cancel plans or lunches for those few days; going home right after work and getting to bed early; and even giving close colleagues a heads up on what you are doing. Everyone you have to postpone and advise will admire you for your efforts – and it helps keep you accountable.
You can do a cleanse at any time, the important thing is to plan ahead and commit to it by clearing your schedule and making your cleanse – and yourself – a priority.