Thursday, October 2, 2014

Living Consciously this Holiday Season

Summer used to be my favorite season. I love the beach and the pool and usually work a lot less in July and August. But then, seven years ago, the kid was born in the fall, and fall quickly became my favorite season.

Whenever I go for a walk, and I see all the fall colors, I am reminded of those first walks I took with the kid in a carrier. He was barely 5 pounds when he was born, and people often asked if there was really a baby in there as he was so tiny that it was hard to see him. I also love pumpkin, cooler temps (still waiting for them here!), and reading a good book by the fire place. Plus, there are soups and stews and homemade apple sauce.

Yet, fall and the holiday season that follows can also be a source of stress. There are countless parties, often with few healthy food options. The days are shorter yet there is more to do with back-to-school activities, fall sports, and parties. It’s no wonder that we often look for the “reset button” on January 1.

Last year, I approached the holidays differently. I had done my first Conscious Cleanse - a food-based cleanse where you eat real food customized to your needs and preferences - in January and loved how it had positively changed my life. I had lost weight, slept better, had better skin, and felt more centered and mindful. For the first time in years, I didn’t have stomach pain and discomfort.

When Jo & Jules, the founders of the Conscious Cleanse, offered a pre-holiday cleanse, it made a lot of sense to me. Why wait until January to feel my best?

The pre-holiday cleanse helped re-affirm a lot of the positive changes I had made but had started to let slip a bit. I recommitted to starting every day with warm lemon water followed by a green smoothie. I got rid of all condiments and everything with added sugar. I gave up chocolate and anything with caffeine.

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Since I had followed the Conscious Cleanse guidelines most of the time, the changes weren’t radical but rather little tweaks here and there that left me feeling great.

One aspect I love every time I do a Conscious Cleanse is that it helps me to be more mindful in general. As recommended, I start each day by journaling for 10 to 15 minutes. It’s a great way to clear your mind and focus on what’s really important. I also always declutter my surroundings when I cleanse - from the kitchen to my closet to the garage. It feels great!

On January 1, 2014, I was at my lowest weight in 10+ years and felt great. I had had a great holiday season and felt ready to tackle the new year.

The 2014 pre-holiday cleanse starts on November 1, 2014. Right now early bird registration is underway, and you can get $25 off with code EBCC1114. The code is good through October 12. Click here for more information and to register for the Conscious Cleanse.

For those who are interested, here are some posts about my experiences during and after the Conscious Cleanse, including the foods I ate and how I planned and prepped cleanse foods. [Note: The posts are in reverse chronological order.]

Question: What are you going to do to be more mindful and present during the holiday season this year? Even one little change, like journaling for 10 minutes first thing every morning, can make a huge difference...

Be Well,


  1. Fall is by far my most favorite season. I love the colors, cooler weather, and cooking slow & low in the oven.

    1. Yes, slow cooked fall meals are the best!

  2. Really interesting information here - I went back to your older posts and read through them. I like your "shortened eating window" - I think it's the only one that would work for me too. I'm an early riser, but I cannot skip breakfast and a very low calorie day would not work for me at all.

    I've never actually done a cleanse. I did do a 3-day cleanse-type eating plan (vegan). Which was nice to get into the swing of things.

    1. Thanks, Marcia!

      Shortening my eating window really works for me, but only when I eat breakfast and stop after a late lunch.

      The Conscious Cleanse isn't what you think of when you hear "cleanse" as you get to eat real food. It's a great way to focus on making healthy choices all around.

  3. I need to declutter my computer area - it's getting way out of control with recipes/papers/bills, etc.

    I love your idea of setting 10-15 minutes to yourself each morning! Have a great weekend. For the record, our temps are supposed to go down to 35 tonight and I may see some snowflakes tomorrow. Too soon!

    1. It's actually amazing what a difference little things like journaling for 10 - 15 minutes each day and decluttering a few areas can make.

      Your temps are too low! And it's too hot here - 92 today!!!

      Have a great weekend, Biz!

  4. I tend to eat the same all year round BUT for me it will be more about being present & with friends & family. :)

    1. You are a great role model for doing what works for you consistently throughout the year. Being more present during the holidays is a great goal! :)

  5. Anonymous10/08/2014

    Fall season in the Bay Area, California might as well be called summer! But nonetheless, your knowledge is much appreciated... And yes, a clean room = a clean mind... Do you have people that you cleanse with? Like friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors?

    1. We usually cleanse as a family, but modify it slightly for our son.