“Water is the driving force of all nature.”
-Leonardo da Vinci
Day 1 is done, and here’s what I’ve learned so far:
Lesson 1: Water (and salt) is your friend
When you’re cleansing, you NEED to stay hydrated. For one: because you’re eating less food, you’re not getting as much water from that food, and thus need to supplement with water.
Water also helps lubricate your body and move things around. When you’re cleansing, your body doesn’t have to do as much processing, so you need to keep everything moving with water.
I add salt to this list because I also found on my first day that my headaches receded when I did include some salt in my water, so I wasn’t just flooding my system with water, I was also balancing it with needed electrolytes.
Long story short: KEEP DRINKING WATER. All the time, and especially if you find that you’re getting headaches.
Lesson 2: Minimize your to-dos (and organize the ones you have)
This lesson is one of the hardest ones for us to do. The recommendation and best way to cleanse is to take full days off of work, so you can concentrate on rejuvenation and relaxation. If that’s not possible for you, you should at least try to dramatically reduce the number of items on your schedule. This is both to get the best benefits of the cleanse, but also to keep your stress at bay as you go about your cleanse.
What I’ve found is that it’s best to organize tasks around the times right after I’ve eaten, when I feel a little more energized and peppy. Trying to complete a huge task at 11am or 4pm probably won’t feel all that great. So make post-meals your most productive/active times.
Lesson 3: Be open to what you find
When cleansing, your brain and heart are in a different space. Be open to the messages you’re sent. On the one hand, I try to not take opinions too seriously on a cleanse (brain fog/grouchy isn’t the best place to make decisions). But on the other hand, I found that the need to simplify when on a cleanse can allow me to see things in a different light.
So rather than brushing off every thought you have as “crazy cleanse brain”, be open and receptive to what you find. You might just see aspects of your life in a new light.
In general, the cleanse is going well so far. As you read above, I did have some headaches yesterday. I’m still calibrating my portions, and my goal is to drink enough water to decrease my headaches for day 2, but in general my body is feeling really good.
If you want to keep up with the cleanse over the next two days, keep following along on Instagram!
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,
Samantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.