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With a matcha latte in hand, the new John Mayer album on repeat in the background and my puppy snuggled by my feet I decided to take some time to reflect back over the past month. Summer has officially come to an end and with it fall has decided to invite a cool morning breeze through my bedroom window. The days have become shorter and with that invites a seasonal shift in my daily routine. Before the month started I decided to set meaningful and achievable goals for myself to work towards. Its important for me to note, that these were goals not rules. In the past I used to set restrictive rules for myself such as how much I should exercise every day and how to control myself from not eating any foods I deemed “bad” (ya right?). I would probably get one week into the month before giving up and binge eating on all the “off limit” foods I could get my hands on. This ultimately would leave me feeling completely defeated before the month had even fully began.
Something that I’ve been really striving to work towards over the past few years is self love. Developing an unconditional love and respect for myself in all areas of my life. Learning that perfection is not attainable, nor should I actually want it. Sometimes when life throws us a back handed curve ball that smacks us right in the stomach, its important to learn how to pick ourselves up, learn from the situation, let go of any attached emotions, and above all love and forgive ourselves. Being able to invite whole heartedly the concept of non attachment into my life has been a powerful tool to have in my mindfulness tools box.
As the title of this blog post is called Sober September, I thought I would start with explaining what sober actually means to me. Now i’m assuming you are all thinking that I simply decided to cut out drinking wine on Friday nights and tequila shots at the bar for an entire month. This is, in fact, true I did decide to cut out alcohol this month not because I actually even drink all that much to begin with, but because I felt an inner calling to reestablish an authentic connection with my body. Sobriety represents to me a detachment from negative thought patterns, stimulants (coffee), or depressants (alcohol). It means removing excess clutter from my life and holding space for only that which truly serves my divine intention.
Un: ELIMINATE inflammatory foods from my diet to support digestion & balance hormones.
| gluten | dairy | refined sugar | beef | coffee | soy | corn | eggs |
Deux: EMBRACE minimalism. Declutter & remove that which no longer holds a purpose in my life
| clothes | shoes | kitchen supplies | furniture | decor |
Trois: INVITE detox rituals into my daily life to support my body’s natural ability to remove toxins
| dry brushing | sauna | b vitamins | fibre rich foods | filtered water |
Quatre: TRANSFORM negative thought patterns into positive & supportive affirmations
| meditation | pranayama breathing | reduce screen time | daily intention |
Struggles & Successes
Now that you know what my monthly goals were for September, I thought it might be helpful to share with utmost honesty some of my personal experiences throughout this past month including both the highs and the lows. I will also share some of my tips on how to invite new healthy habits into your daily life while still being adaptable and open minded to change.
This was my first time completing a 21 day elimination diet, as a result, I knew I would be confronted with daily challenges that would push my levels of comfort. The reason I chose to do a cleanse in the first place was because I was determined to reset my body back into balance. After a high stress summer of wedding planning, over indulging in trigger foods, lack of routine, over drinking coffee and under sleeping my body was ready for some healthy fall lifestyle changes.
With the coming and going of every season our body’s naturally undergo an internal transition. This month’s cleanse gently supported my body to let go of a fast passed summer mindset and invite warming and grounding fall practices back into my daily routine. Its important to honour seasonal change rather then resist it, this allows time for daily check ins and routine self care.
I chose to eliminate the top eight inflammatory foods from my diet to help heal my digestive system, reduce cravings, and regulate my cycle through hormone balancing. I made a consicous effort to make hydration more of a priority by always bringing a water bottle with me, whether I was going to work, yoga, or a quick drive into town. Im not going to lie and tell you that my water bottle would always come home empty, but I did notice a substantial improvement in upping my H20 intake, and for that I am proud. This is defiantly something I’m excited to continue working on next month!
Late night snacking, need I say more!? It’s so easy to mentally check out after a long day at work and find yourself melting into the couch with a platter full of snacks. Whether you are munching on healthy food or not, mindless snacking is something I really connected with this month. I got the opportunity to become more aware of how often I turned to food as comfort or boredom when in reality I wasn’t hungry at all. It was so empowering to be able to separate myself from a craving, take a breath, ask myself am I truly hungry and make a decision from a place of strength and not judgement. This might sound crazy, but coming from someone who struggled with binge eating for many years of my life its a very satisfying to actually experience the feeling of authentic hunger.
I must say some days I struggled, I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t. The actual elimination of the foods was not nearly as hard as a I anticipated because I usually don’t consume these foods on a regular basis anyways (eggs being an exception). I chose to begin eliminating coffee from my diet gradually throughout the last week of August to gently ease symptoms of withdrawal. I must say I loved drinking matcha lattes all month long because although matcha is caffeinated, it’s a much cleaner source of energy without experiencing the jitters or anxiety.
The real struggle for me was following the cleanse diligently while still being able to participate in social functions. Learning to make healthy choices for my body and not care what other people think has been a huge learning curb on this journey to health and happiness.
I started reincorporate meal prepping into my weekly routine which was an absolute life saver on days when I worked late and came home starving. It kept me motivated to stay on track because I was eating healthy food that actually tasted amazing. I focused on eating mainly whole foods and steering clear of processed and refined foods as much as possible, as a result, my body now feels absolutely amazing! I feel lighter, energized and more focussed since completing the 21 day cleanse.
What were your September Goals? …
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