Happy Wednesday beautiful humans. Honestly, more than anything I wish there was a way I could meet you/talk to you in person. How cool would that be? Anywhoo if you ever find yourself on Nantucket (in the next 6 months) definitely let me know.
You might already have heard through the grapevine (aka Instagram or Snapchat ‘georgiemo’) that this week I’m doing a 5-day supported juice cleanse. I know. I know. It’s definitely not something ever expected to do, but one of my life mottos is “surprise yourself” so I never like to take options off the table without giving them a try.
To be honest, in the past I’ve been really skeptical of juice cleanses because I saw them as a “diet” and a health fad without much basis in science or reality. I just didn’t see the point.
So why the change of heart?
The reason I decided to give this a go was through that good ‘ol fashion connection we talked about on Monday. Since moving back to Nantucket I’ve met some amazing women who inspire the crap out of me. Rachel and Evie are two of them. Rachel runs a new juice bar and healthy food take out place on Nantucket called Lemon Press, you’ll love following their insta.
We had met a couple times, but really bonded during a sleepover event hosted by Holly from Nantucket blACKbook. Rachel was my roomie and we instantly connected. I was so inspired by her serious hustle in running a cafe and her passion for the juices and her overall bad assery. When she told me that Lemon Press was doing a 5-day supported juice cleanse at first I was like “hmm that sounds nice for someone else.” But the more I learned about what the “supported” side meant the more and more I wanted in.
And that’s where Evie comes in. I actually grew up with Evie but as she’s a couple years older we never connected until I came back to Nantucket recently. I don’t have words to describe how amazing, grounded, refreshing, inspiring and totally wonderful this lady is.
Kristen from @borderfreetravels plays with light in the most ethereal way ✨🌿 I love that this captures a feeling more than a look.. Because at the end of the day it’s how you feel that matters most. We spend so much time talking and thinking about the way our bodies look. We have been taught to build our identity even around our body. With all of this external emphasis, it’s easy to forget that our bodies purpose is not to be decorative. It is not an object to be criticized or categorized. Your body is your home. It’s what allows you to live and breathe and exist in this world. Without the pressure to constantly alter and change and control it, would you be able to make more loving choices for your body? I don’t like the idea of eating and exercising to manipulate our bodies. In my experience it has caused so much added stress and pressure that I end up feeling anxiety around all food choices and never feel like I’m doing enough. But when I’m able to SHIFT my mind into thinking in a new way- to make choices that truly nourish all my trillions of cells with the best nutrients and enzymes and vitamins, then I find ease and enjoyment in living healthy. It becomes not about restriction and denial, but instead about adding in all the amazing things that make you feel good and energized and alive. Realize that this is a unique and imperfect formula that will change with time. There’s no perfect way of doing anything. As much as you can cultivate a sense of curiosity and intuition about what makes you FEEL best. This will give you the freedom to truly enjoy every little choice you make. And went you want to treat and indulge, truly enjoy the bliss of it. If you’re feeling shame and guilt, you’re missing the whole point of indulging to begin with 😉. It’s about being balanced and happy for life, not just for this one day or week or moment. Choose to love yourself and your choices. That’s where all the magic happens ✨ More on this tomorrow in the #mindbodydetox 💕
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Evie teaches yoga on island and beams with positive energy and self love. Every conversation I have with her makes me smile from the inside out. When I learned that this cleanse was about reconnecting with your body and mind and focusing on not only a physical but a mental detox, I realized that it was something I had to try.
I love the concept of being spiritual, connected, present, mindful and all that wonderful jazz but in reality I’m more of a go-go-go-CRASH-BURN-sleep-for-3-days-then-go-go-go kinda gal (and it’s not my favorite). I have a feeling that this could be a combination of a lot of small “busy habits” clogging up the good ish. So a reset felt like a good way to sloooow down when all I want to do is go until I crash.
And finally, I wanted to try the cleanse because as previously mentioned I’m stubborn as hell. I wanted to give my self a physical and mental challenge. Could I cleanse my body and mind? Could I become more curious, more in tune, more present and more connected to my life right now instead of constantly living in the future and dwelling on everything I can’t change? … Because that would be awesome.
What the Mind Body Detox is:
- A physical and mental reset
- A guided 5-day cleanse complete with restorative yoga, intention setting, daily journaling prompts, support from your fellow cleansers
- Each day provides you with 6 juices and plenty of warm lemon ginger water (which I’m obsessed with)
- You’re encouraged to take the week to allow your body and mind to relax from its normal pace which includes incorporating meditation sessions
What the Mind Body Detox isn’t:
- A diet
- A quick fix
- A way to lose weight
How’s it going?
I’m almost done with the second day of the cleanse. More than any food, the biggest change was in my caffeine. Working at a coffee shop and being obsessed with coffee had my caffeine tolerance somewhere in the range of 3-5 cups daily, depending on the day. So shutting off that source of borrowed energy was a big adjustment (I stopped drinking coffee 3 days before the cleanse.) I definitely plan on reintroducing coffee after the cleanse but being more conscious of it and how much I’m drinking.
Surprisingly, I haven’t really craved any foods. I think I mentally prepared for these 5 days to let myself not have to think about food. Even as someone who loves food, I mean I write a blog about, it is nice to not have to think about what I’m eating for 5 days. Sometimes food thoughts, even after recovery, can be overwhelming and add layers of unwanted stress.
The first day I was really foggy and just moved and thought slower than normal. My thoughts felt scattered and fractured, but today I feel pretty normal. Nothing amazing, nothing awful. I took a two hour nap which felt ay-may-zing. The restorative yoga sessions have been one of my favorite parts of this experience. I leave feeling clear, centered and connected with myself in a way I haven’t been in months.
disclosure: I was given the Mind Body Detox Juice Cleanse in exchange for an honest review of my experience, as always all opinions are my own
- Have you ever done a juice cleanse before?
- Do you have a favorite way to reset? Mentally or physically?