Thursday, May 26, 2016

Conscious Eating and Living to Deal with Stress

Life has continued to be stressful over the past few months with a busy job, a kid who is involved in many activities, a young adult with “interesting” ideas, and aging parents with too many health problems to list and a certain level of stubbornness.

Unfortunately, I haven’t taken care of myself the way I should for a while now. I don’t eat enough vegetable and fruits, drink too much coffee, and take very little time for myself. As a result, I haven’t been feeling my best.

A Conscious Cleanse to Reset Everything

Those who have been reading my blog for a while will know that three years ago I was introduced to the Conscious Cleanse. At the time, I decided to do the cleanse at the spur of the moment after learning that it is not what I had imagined a cleanse to be (no or little food, basically a crash diet). Rather, the Conscious Cleanse focuses on whole foods. The results I got from the cleanse were truly amazing. I slept better, had clearer thoughts, little aches and pains went away, I was calmer, and I lost some weight. 


The results of the Conscious Cleanse were life changing as I felt better than ever before. And the way to get there wasn’t that hard (except for giving up caffeine, which was tough; I did really well without caffeine for two years after my first cleanse and really don’t know why I let it creep back into my life as I always end up drinking too much caffeine once I start…).  

But I’ve continued many of the principles I learned during the cleanse up to this day (warm lemon water to start the day, green smoothies, interesting salads, delicious vegetable soups, etc. - the Conscious Cleanse comes with a manual as well as the Conscious Cleanse book and both contain many, delicious recipes). 


 
The Conscious Cleanse felt very doable because you eat real food and there is no measuring, rather you eat until you are satisfied while paying close attention to your hunger signals. The key for me is to do some prep work on the weekend and every morning while I do the cleanse to always have something to eat around that’s cleanse-approved. And that’s really also the key to living a less stressful life for me.

There are some foods and beverages you are asked not to consume during the cleanse (caffeine, gluten, added sugar, dairy, eggs, etc.) because they are common allergens and many people cannot digest them properly. After the cleanse you can reintroduce them back into your diet one by one and see how you feel.

 

Support Makes all the Difference

I’m going to do another Conscious Cleanse starting on June 8. Having done the cleanse numerous times over the past 3.5 years, I certainly know what to do. But sometimes doing “the right things” when it comes to food and taking care of yourself isn’t all that easy.

I have found that support makes it all doable. And if you participate in the Conscious Cleanse there is lots of support:
  • five live tele seminars where you can ask questions (or listen to the replays on your own time)
  • a private Facebook group where other cleansers share struggles and ideas and Jo and Jules (the founders of the cleanse) and their team answer questions
  • daily email support where you can get all your questions answered
  • daily “love notes" that highlight one area of well being you should focus on for that day

One element I always enjoy about the Conscious Cleanse Facebook groups is that people participating in the cleanse are from all over the world. It’s fun connecting with cleansers in different countries and learn a bit about them, the food they eat, and their countries in the process...

 

A Gift to Myself

Life is busy as I said above, and when I considered doing another cleanse I thought “Do I really want to add something else to my plate?” And the answer is “yes” because taking care of myself has to be a priority. Only if I take care of myself will I be able to take care of others. I’m still following many of the Conscious Cleanse guidelines I learned over the years, but several things that are not the best for me have crept back into my diet. I know that doing another cleanse and really focusing on what I eat, how it makes me feel, and doing things for myself will be very beneficial to how I feel.

Here is some information in case you are interested in the cleanse. The next Conscious Cleanse starts on June 8, and registration closes on June 6. You can get $25 off the registration fee with code Andrea25. Click here for more information and to register for the Conscious Cleanse.

I have written about the Conscious Cleanse numerous times over the past few years. Here are some of my old posts, so you can get an idea of the process and what I have learned.

Questions: What do you think you should “clean up” in your life? Among other things, I know it will be good for me to stop drinking so much caffeine. What should you add into your life? I need to make the vast majority of my food vegetables and fruits again. I also need to be more consistent when it comes to exercise. The barre studio I used to go to closed down, and I’ll have to find a replacement.

Linking up with: WayWow, Inspire Me Monday, Sweet Inspiration, Blogger's Pit Stop, Thursday Favorite Things, UpsDaisy

Be well,
Andrea

[Disclosure: I’m a Conscious Cleanse ambassador, and I will earn a commission if you sign up for the cleanse using one of my links in this post. As always, the opinions in this post are 100% truthful and my own.]

38 comments:

  1. Sorry to you hear that you hadn't had time to take care of yourself. I understand that when life gets crazy, our wellness is the first thing to go, but you know that it's not the best way to go for your long wellness. Glad you realized that you are actively doing things to get back to your normal. Good luck with the cleanse.

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    1. Thanks, Coco! Yes, it's so easy to let go of our own well being when we take care of others, but it really doesn't work long term...

      Hope you are doing well!

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  2. Life is just so busy these days. My dad has been having quite a few health problems this year and it is hard to deal with, especially juggling all the after school activities, etc. Whew. You def. need to take a break and take some time to yourself. I am going to try to start eating better next month... wish me luck. I eat horribly!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Yes, recently the term "sandwich generation" makes so much sense to me! :-) Good luck with cleaning up your eating! At least it's a bit easier in summer as there is so much delicious fresh produce available (at least that's what I find most of the time...).

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  3. Good luck with the cleanse. I've been drinking a green smoothie every morning for months and have noticed the difference!

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    1. Thanks, Pam! That's great! And, yes, a green smoothie is a great way to start the day and really changes how my whole day goes...

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  4. It's hard to stay on the healthy path sometimes, so a good cleanse is always good for you. Out with the bad, in with the good!
    Greetings for the Blogger's Pit Stop! :)
    -Fabi at wonderfabi.wordpress.com

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    1. Yes, it's easy to go off the path... Thanks, Fabi!

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  5. I hope you are feeling netter real soon. Good and healthy voor is so very important. I see friends skipping breakfast, eating prepared food and always are tyred blaming their work. Good luck with the cleansing!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! And you are so right, food makes such a difference. Good food and taking care of ourselves properly really needs to be our number one priority every day!

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  6. Taking care on yourself is always a good idea and your health plan sounds very good indeed! You will be feeling better soon!
    I always include vegetable and fruit in my diet...

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  7. I try to eat clean most of the time, and it's amazing how better I feel on the days that I do compared to the ones that I splurge on! It's a lot of prep work, but the added energy is worth it alone! Good luck on your cleanse!
    Rachael
    www.threadsforthomasblog.com

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    1. Yes, the added prep work is worth it! Thanks, Rachael!

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  8. Being a parent can indeed be stressful -- I speak from experience hence healthy eating is so important! Such a great post and gifting yourself is always a good idea!
    Wishing you a Happy Weekend!!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! You are right, gifting ourselves is a very good idea! :-)

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. I find the start of a new eating regime is wonderful. It's the keep at it that becomes a challenge. Thanks for this post.

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    1. Great point, Shirley! What I find is that bad habits creep back into my routine little by little. That's what happened with coffee for example. After not drinking coffee for over two years, I had just one cup every day on vacation. I had told myself I would stop after we got home. But that didn't happen. And one cup became two. Until I was up to four cups (sometimes more to be honest) a day! And that's just not good...

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  10. It is so easy to get into the bad habits little by little, and so hard to change! Just like working out!!
    I've actually never done a "cleanse"---I'm probably too lazy!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Yes! So easy to add bad habits little by little but so hard to change!!! I actually find following the cleanse easier than cleaning up my eating by myself... I think all the support and other cleansers are really inspiring me...

      Have a wonderful weekend, Jodie!

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  11. Gosh I can relate. It's so easy to let life take over (my 10 year old has been in flute, baseball, and math club). My parents are both gone, but my stepdad hasn't been well, and I remember when my husband's grandparents were aging. Stubborn isn't quite a strong enough word for it!

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    1. Thanks, Marcia! And, yes, when I chose "stubbornness" I purposefully chose a nice word! :-)

      Hope you'll get to relax a bit over the long weekend!

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  12. I've always been tempted to do a cleanse. This one sounds easy! I agree it's too easy to get wrapped up in stressful situations and my health is always the first thing to go. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Yes, I find it easy to do. The key for me is to make sure to do prep work so you are never without healthy options.

      Have a wonderful weekend, too!

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  13. nice post :) I love to read your blog! :)

    http://itsmetijana.blogspot.rs/

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  14. This is a good way to take care of yourself Andrea! I can understand how life sometimes is so busy and we take care of our family first and put ourselves last. I drink way to much coffee... especially during busier times. This sounds like it's do~able and easy to manage too!

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    1. Yes, it's a great way to get back on track. Coffee just gets out of hand so quickly for me once I start. But if I don't drink it at all, I'm fine!

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  15. This sounds like a well balanced cleanse. Good to hear that it make you feel so well.
    Thanks for letting the readers of the Bloggers Pit Stop know about this cleanse.
    Kathleen

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    1. Yes, I'm really looking forward to doing it this time around! And thanks for hosting the pit stop, Kathleen!

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  16. I think I need to do this...thanks for posting, Andrea!

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    1. I've had wonderful results, Pam! Let me know if you decided to do. We can support each other...

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  17. Life is so busy and hectic lately. I've been wanting to do some sort of a cleanse and this sounds very doable! Thank you for sharing this!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Yes, it's very doable. I did my first cleanse during a very busy time, and it really helped me feel better.

      Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, Jill!

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  18. Will be following along on your repeat cleanse. We are doing 21 DF and got off the band wagon this weekend but it really felt awful eating junk again and I don't feel good, either!! Amazing how eating better makes you feel better all over.

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! I already made some changes and am already feeling better! And, yes, it is amazing how much what we eat affects how we feel!

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  19. Life gets so busy, and yours sounds extremely full. I hope that this helps you to get more on top of things, or at least helps you feel less stressed. Now that I am more conscious about what I eat I do feel so much better. I miss gluten, especially in pastries, but I am learning to fill that craving in a healthier way. I love summer for good, clean eating. I crave fruits and veggies so much more when it's hot out. Good luck with your cleanse, look forward to seeing your results!

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    1. Thanks, Nikki! Yes, eating can make such a positive impact on how we feel (and not eating well has the opposite effect...). I'm getting off caffeine right now, and that's been challenging... But I am also drinking warm lemon water, more water in general, and have been consistent with green smoothies. I've also already added a lot more veggies back into my diet, and I feel already a lot better.

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