Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Emperor Has No Cleanse
This week, with my yoga teacher training group, I'm participating in a 10-day cleanse. We're doing the cleanse from the book Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger. As cleanses go it isn't particularly extreme, you can have food, you just eliminate many common allergens, wheat, dairy, soy, peanuts, nightshades as well as beef and pork, alcohol and caffeine. It's about the health benefits of alkaline vs. acid foods - or some sort of mumbo jumbo like that. There is a looooong list of foods you can and can't eat.
I hear people rhapsodizing over their "clarity" how glowing and healthy the skin and nails are, but I honestly have to say I feel not a thing. So now I have to face a tableful of rah-rah true-believers and say "Great. So glad you are loving it and it worked for you, but I feel nothing." Or I could just go along to get along and pretend I had some sort of cleanse epiphany too. Especially since I was very vocal about not wanting to do this during Crew season because of the very early morning practices - I keep thinking they are just going to dismiss me with a "Sure you don't feel anything because you didn't want to do it." But isn't the only answer to that, "Well then how are you sure it isn't just working on you because you wanted to do it?" And when I point out the inconsistency in people's arguments is when things usually get testy.
But I can't help myself. I feel like Rizzo in Grease singing, "There are Worse Things I could Do." Agreeing with people just to get along isn't a thing I can do.
We are on Day 4 (started on Sunday) and I feel not a damn bit different. I've had some kale shakes, some cauliflower soup, quinoa, greens and cold-water fish salads, a lot of almonds, lentils and white beans with chicken, and nada. I feel not one little tiny bit different. It isn't bad, it's just boring. Other than missing my coffee when I go to pick up the Crew kids at stupid o'clock in the morning, and my glass of wine with P in the evening, I feel nothing.
I haven't lost any weight, I haven't gained any weight. I sleep the same. My allergies aren't better or worse. Everything is the same. We're supposed to be doing this cleanse until Halloween, but I can't see the point. If something doesn't feel much better by Saturday evening, I'm going out to the Crew team dinner at Outback Steakhouse with my husband and son and the whole team and eating like a normal person.
And I'm telling everyone at teacher training the truth about my experience. Life should be about enjoyment and balance.
Happy Halloween to all. Hope you eat too much candy, act too silly and have too much fun.