Monday, March 3, 2014

Cleaning Things Up for Spring with a Conscious Cleanse

I eat pretty healthy year-round, including during the holidays and on “special occasions.” But even after years of maintaining a pretty substantial weight loss and being mindful every day of what I eat, it’s easy for little “extras” to slip back into my diet. And those “extras” often don’t make me feel my best.

My “extras” are usually the following: a bit too much dairy (I LOVE cheese), a few extra pieces of dark chocolate (which becomes problematic once it turns into a bit too much of a daily habit), and condiments (ketchup and sriracha being my favorites – it’s scary how much sugar sauces can add…). And all these extras slowly but surely contribute to me not feeling my best.

I’m therefore looking forward to cleaning up my eating again a bit by doing the April Conscious Cleanse, starting on April 5th! 



When I did the Conscious Cleanse for the first time in January 2013 it was truly life-changing. I know that’s a big statement, but it’s true as I had been suffering from gluten- and egg-intolerances, which left me miserable after pretty much every meal and really affected me all day long and even my sleep. Eliminating numerous common allergens during the cleanse allowed me to confirm my intolerances to eggs and gluten when I re-introduced them at the end of the cleanse.

Before doing the Conscious Cleanse, I never thought I would do a cleanse as I didn’t like the idea of not eating. But the Conscious Cleanse is different as it is a food-based cleanse. Also, everyone can customize the cleanse to individual food preferences. That is, you can do the cleanse being vegan, eating grains or not, and even eating some meat and fish.

I have done the Conscious Cleanse several more times since my first cleanse, and while my results were never quite as “life-changing” again as the first time, the cleanse leaves me feeling great every time. I learn something new about myself and my body every time I do the cleanse, even if it is something “small,” like making and eating different cashew and other nut “cheeses” as a dairy alternative.

The cleanse is always a great time for me to work on my overall well-being, which goes well beyond food. For example, I make more time for journaling during the cleanse. Cleansing also always inspires me to clean up and organize my surroundings more. I think in a way spring is the perfect time for a cleanse as the urge to clean “comes with the season.” 

Registration for the April Conscious Cleanse starts today, Monday, March 3. Now through Sunday, March 16 you can get $25 off registration with code EBCC414. Click here for more information and to register.

Questions: Are you going to “clean anything up” for spring? Besides doing the Conscious Cleanse, I plan on cleaning out my closet, several kitchen drawers as well as some “miscellaneous” closets and storage areas in the next few weeks. Getting organized always makes me feel a lot better and feels very calming. In addition, I’m looking forward to getting our little garden ready for spring. I will definitely have to do some cleaning out there…

Be well,
Andrea

20 comments:

  1. I've never done a cleanse... I love food too much. :)

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    1. The nice thing about the Conscious Cleanse is that you get to eat food! :)

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  2. sounds like an exciting plan! I admire you being able to follow a diet for such long time.

    I like cleaning/organizing for spring, i might do some cloth organization soon. :)

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    1. Yes, organizing and cleaning things in spring feels so good! :)

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  3. hmmmm I wonder if the husband and I should join ye!

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    1. Yes, you should definitely join! :)

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  4. I appreciate how you focus on your overall well-being! Food is just a part of our lives; it's important to declutter other aspects of our lives occasionally. I'd made it a mission to journal more after last Fall and never did it - perhaps now is the time :)

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    1. Journaling can really contribute to your well being! I think now would be a great time! ;)

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  5. I really admire your discipline...
    As for the cleaning in Spring...I always do...it is nice to refresh things up around the house :D
    Have a great week Andrea!

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    1. Yes, cleaning things up in spring is wonderful!

      Have a great week, too, Juliana!

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  6. When I read CLEANSE before reading your post, I was prepared to start YELLING - but I AM SO GLADDDDDDD that this is a FOOD cleanse- you get to still eat. This is FAR MORE DO-ABLE and healthy!!! Phew! :) I am excited to read how you feel when it starts!

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    1. I know, when I used to hear "cleanse," I thought of big bottles of water with lemon and cayenne pepper and nothing else... :) But a food based cleanse is very different and a great way to find out sensitivities and how different foods make you feel. You eat so clean, so the cleanse is probably not that different from what you normally eat! :)

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  7. I have no desire to do a cleanse myself but am happy for you it works so good for you.

    I'm pretty organized so I never have to clean up closets or that kind of things. What I am going to towards the end of this month is change the winter clothes in my closet with my summer clothes.

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    1. I always try to keep my closets, etc. organized, but little things always keep getting "forgotten" and accumulate over time... That's especially true for spices and little leftover dried foods that end up being in there forever... :)

      Getting the closet ready with spring and summer clothes is exciting! :)

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  8. I don't do the cleanse thing as you know - I have to have my little treats that I like BUT I do need to declutter!!!!! :)

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    1. Decluttering always makes me feel sooo good! Can't wait for it to be done... ;)

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  9. I loves me some cheese too! I have a desk in the basement that is just a catch all and is so stacked with shit, I don't even know what's on it. My plan starting this weekend is to take 10-15 minutes a day and chip away at it. We'll see! Have a great weekend - I've asked for a FitBit for my birthday!

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    1. Yes, doing a little bit of cleaning up every day is a great plan! I'll be doing the same! :)

      I hope you'll love your Fitbit (once you get it) as much as I love mine! :)

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  10. I have done juice cleanses before and I feel really good after that (5 days was the longest). I want to do another but usually I wait until my husband is out of town because he doesn't do it (plus it's killer to do it when it's cold out). I need to declutter so badly. I just hate doing it so I'm having trouble making myself.

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    1. I've never done a juice-only cleanse, but I can definitely see that it would be hard to do when it's cold out. I once ate only raw food for a few weeks in the summer, and I loved it. But I'm sure it wouldn't have been that enjoyable when it's cold out...

      I think the hardest part of de-cluttering is getting started! :)

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