Today marks a quarter of the way to the finish line – 60 days of just juice.
I have more energy than I know what to do with. I’ve completed projects that I’ve procrastinated on for the past year and half. I’ve been practicing Bikram Yoga daily. I’m running at the gym. I’ve even entertained extreme ab exercises with the help of Crunch fitness super-hero, Jake. (Even when I was in my best shape ever, with a 6 pack, I routinely avoided ALL ab strengthening exercises.) Oh… And, I continue to work my normal 7-day a week schedule at the restaurant. Truly… I am doing ALL of this with ease and just juice.
Fasting, juicing, detoxifying… these practices are not new for me. My body has a lot of experience cleansing and I’ve always had remarkable results. However, I have not cleansed my body like this since opening Sun In Bloom and frankly, I was terrified.
How am I going to possibly have the energy to make it through my days at the restaurant and manage all the other balls in the air just drinking juice?
But, while on this quest to re-align with my true essence, body, and happiness, I followed the calling to just do it.
This past week has been particularly fulfilling for me. Before juicing, I hid – not just from the world, but from myself. I had stopped exploring the world, I did not maintain my physical activity, nor did I have any desire to fill my brain any more than I felt it was already full.
But, I’ve always been a voracious reader and seeker of information on topics that I am passionate about, anything that will support me to live my best life possible. So, hiding and my lack of curiosity was just part of the deep depression I had allowed myself to fall into.
This past week was amazing. I’m in awe of what I’ve accomplished. A bit taken aback as I write it because I haven’t been keeping track, I’ve just been in action.
I went to the movies with a friend, took Jodie (Sun In Bloom’s new extraordiary and very special front of the house manager) on a tour of raw food stores in Manhattan during the massive rain storm on Tuesday, read OSHO’s essay on Courage, watched CNN’s program called “The Last Heart Attack” and studied 3 documentaries – Forks Over Knives, Deconstructing Supper, and biography: Ben & Jerry. And I recommend you watch these too! Not because I want to tell you what to do, how to live your life, what’s best for your family, but because I think we’ve been grossly misled to believe today’s food practices are normal and yet, our beliefs and attachment or addiction to food is what is killing us. Yes, it’s the cause of dis-ease and emotional imbalance. And I just want you to know what your options are.
Today, there’s heaps of accessible information (books, films, blogs, people’s personal experiences, research, yes… loads of both clinical and laboratory research that show us the effects of all the toxins we are eating every day.)
And I know for many this feels overwhelming. But, we all have the power to create change. Everyday, with every purchase, we vote with our dollar.
The more knowledge I arm myself with regarding non-organic and GMO foods, the more energized I become to get involved in the politics to protect our organic foods and to get real food onto the plates of our children.
The most exciting news I received this week was when Luria Academyconfirmed they will offer parents the option to have Sun In Bloom’s gluten free, allergen free, vegan school lunches delivered to their children at school. This is just the first of many schools we plan to work with in creating school lunch programs. And it was just a dream of mine two years ago. Now it is reality. Yes, dreams come true!
Wishing you the strength and courage to make choices that support you to live the life you truly wish to experience! And always look forward to seeing you at Sun In Bloom.