Thursday, June 11, 2015

Six Weeks to Wellness

I’m doing the Kaeng Raeng (Be Healthy, Be Strong) cleanse. In planning to detox, I decided to do a focused, intense health and wellness program. What does that mean? Well, everything.  People, I’ve fallen off the wellness wagon. I haven’t been meditating like I used to. My body hurts. I’m tired all the time…and more than a little irritable. My pores are showing and my skin is breaking out. Sexy, right? I’ve also started sneaking a little meat into my diet. A little turkey bacon here, a lot of seafood there.  And the junk food? Don’t get me started. There was a night last week when I had sour cream and onion chips and a beer for dinner. NOT KIDDING. And don’t get me started on my relationship with the gym. We’re damn near divorced.

SO…at the end of my self-imposed program, I hope to have a better sleep schedule, more energy, less junk food cravings, better skin and a full on romance with the gym. I started the process yesterday with a big grocery trip.

I’ve been trying to go to bed earlier so I don’t have to set 5 alarms in the morning. My goal at the end of this program (6 weeks) is to have enough energy to get out of bed shortly after the first alarm. Last night I went to sleep around 1 AM. Late for most (ok, admittedly late for everyone) but about an hour early for me. This morning, I killed the first alarm, but I was up with the second. Then, I opened my Headspace app and did day 1 of the 10 day meditation sequence. My thoughts were all over the place but I got through it. Welcome to Day One.

Next, I whipped out my skin brush and went to work. I do that fairly regularly so it was a pretty quick process. If you want to know how, there are tons of videos on YouTube. I like this one

Before showering, I started oil pulling with coconut oil (I've used sesame oil as well). It takes about 20 minutes so I was swishing oil for the rest of my morning routine.  After the swishing was done, I brushed and it was off to the kitchen. I had a cup of my turmeric tonic (coconut water, fresh lemon juice, turmeric, cayenne), which I sipped while putting together my first Kaeng Raeng smoothie.

I started my day with the juu juu “into the blue,” packet, which is a blueberry banana mix. I’d read enough reviews and seen enough YouTube videos to be prepared for something that didn’t taste so great. Instead of going hard core (just the mix and 24 oz. water), I decided to work with flavors that compliment the product. I added 16 oz. of water, 8 oz. of blueberry pomegranate juice, ½ a banana and a handful (about ½ cup) of frozen blackberries. I also added a ½ scoop of the Step Up Fiber Supplement. The finished product filled the 24 oz. blender cup that came with my order and about half of an 8 oz. cup. I took a timid sip out of the overflow cup preparing for the worst. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

The smoothie is NOT sweet and juu juu is filled with little seeds. That didn’t bother me but, it may bother some. Now, full confession, I've done juice cleanses before (Dr. Oz/Joe Cross 3-Day Cleanse) and I have a smoothie most mornings that consists of fruit, chia seeds, maca root powder and unsweetened almond milk. Occasionally, I’ll add a scoop of vegan, unflavored protein powder but I’m not a huge fan. Those smoothies aren’t particularly sweet either so the lack of sugar in Kaeng Raeng doesn’t bother me…after all, this is supposed to be a detox.

I'll update with my afternoon and evening experience in the next Six Weeks To Wellness post. 

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