Last week, I participated in a Ayurvedic Fall Cleanse. I also had strep throat. It was a fun week, let me tell you. For the background on this cleanse, click here for my overview. I have two specific topics that I wish to address in this post: my thoughts on the cleanse AND my thoughts on YOUR opinions about what I do in my life and post about on this blog.
My Take on This Cleanse
Honestly, I consider myself a pretty well-rounded, realistic person. I wasn’t expecting much, but I’m open minded. My constipation issue has been rearing its ugly head again, and stool softeners given to me from my doctor weren’t going to fly. I’m sick of doctors fixing the symptom and NOT the problem. I was hoping to maybe get the pipes moving again and destress. I wasn’t expecting this cleanse to “change my life,” and make me regular forever. Although, wouldn’t that be nice?
The reason why I decided to do this specific cleanse was because it wasn’t a fasting cleanse (except for about 8 hrs the last day), it seemed easy to follow, and it consisted of only using simple culinary spices (turmeric, ground ginger, cumin, mustard seeds, etc.) in my cooking (NO freaky medication or pills). Plus, the 4 group meetups that met last week were wonderful. They held you accountable, and it was nice to know that someone else was gagging as they drank their ghee or flaxseed down every morning.
I feel renewed and refreshed.
- My stomach no longer feels bloated. Although I’m not sure how long this will last, I’m enjoying it for now.
- My acne has cleared up. Again, I have no idea how long this will last for, but I’m loving this!!
- I’m actually more flexible. I know this sounds odd, but it is true. I was told this was because some of the toxins had been removed from the body. Whether or not this is the reason, I LIKE it!
- BIG RESULT: I was reminded about how important it is to take time for myself. Part of this cleanse was to sit and meditate for a certain amount a day whether it be for 5, 15, or 30 minutes plus baths and self massages with sesame oil. It felt good to do something for me. My mind is ALWAYS racing. I’m always thinking about what I need to do next. I’m NEVER bored because there is ALWAYS something to be done. It was nice to just sit and clear my mind. Plus, who doesn’t like an epsom salt or a bubble bath?
Since our move from Germany, I feel like I’ve been running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. Grad school is nearing its end so lets just say things are extremely stressful right now. I feel like this cleanse sort of hit a “RESTART” button for my body AND mind.
With a heavy heart, on to the next topic…
I’m a pretty straight forward person. I don’t have anything to hide from anyone. I live my life as honestly as I can live it, and I try to reflect that on this blog. I also leave my posts open to comments as you know. I’ve gotten supportive comments on all of my posts including a few constructive criticisms which I LOVED. I like it when people can write in and say, “If that isn’t working for you, have you thought about this?” and so on.
That was until last week when I received this comment which I responded to, then she responded back.
I don’t see anything constructive in these comments. The author seemed to aim at minimizing my intelligence in making the right decisions for my body based on my experiences instead of “being concerned.”
I didn’t join an Ayurvedic “cult” because of this cleanse, and I didn’t drink the Koolaid. I’m a grown woman making my own decisions. I didn’t lose any weight nor did I feel hungry on this cleanse because I was able to eat as much vegetables and kitchardi as I wanted. This was NOT a starvation cleanse. I’m not defending my choice to participate in this cleanse anymore than this. I didn’t even need to to begin with, but since my blog is considered a “healthy living blog,” I thought that I would make that distinction.
If you don’t like reading my blog and you feel that I’m an idiot who follows all the “trends” blindly without any intelligent thought involved, please don’t read my blog and please, please, take your negativity elsewhere.
As for my loyal supportive readers, thank you for always supporting me in my life choices and not putting them down. Take everything I and other bloggers say with a grain of salt. Everyone’s body is different. In the end, you have to do what is best for YOU. I’m simply sharing my experiences with you, and you are making the conscious decision to click on my website and read my content.
To close, I will leave you with some cute puppy pics to lighten the mood. 😉