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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Graduation Day - What's Next?

Congratulations, Cleansers! It's the final day of the 21-day cleanse!

There's something rare and mysterious about finishing anything. It brings a sense of accomplishment; it can often give us a sense of calm, if only momentarily. But it always begs the question, "What's next?" As soon as we finish one thing, we begin another - it must be a law of nature. So when we finish cleansing, we must begin another way of eating and that's not always easy.

Whatever you decide, know that you have mastered an essential aspect of your life, your health, and your overall well being: Your diet. You have proven to yourself that you have control over what you put in your body. You’ve shown that you can face temptation and overcome it. And you’ve taken charge of – and responsibility for – your choices. Isn’t that empowering?!

Chances are we'll all go back to certain aspects of our previous eating patterns. How far back you go is up to you. In the past, some cleansers went back to eating meat but didn't care for the taste and texture as much as they did before. Others started purchasing only organic or free range animal products. Some people continued to eat all their meaty favorites, just not as frequently. And many started incorporating more meatless meals into their weekly menus.

Try things on for size and see what works for you. Maybe you'll eat fish and poultry regularly but keep beef and pork to a minimum. Maybe you'll continue to use agave or stevia instead of sugar or other sugar substitutes. Perhaps you love real butter and want it back. Fine. But maybe you'll continue to use soy or almond milk instead of cow's milk. These are things you can test and tweak along the way. See how you feel after you eat some of those old favorites - you're more in touch with how food affects your body now - let its widsom guide you as you make your choices.

You don't have to make all your decisions right away - this is an evolutionary process. And there's no right or wrong; whatever you choose to do is up to you. It's all in your very capable hands. Isn't it interesting how our choices seemed so limited when we started this cleanse? And now that we're almost done, we have more choices than when we began. That, my friends, is abundance at work!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this cleanse - it's never easy and it requires dedication and determination. You've brought something into your life that can you can enlist at any time to serve you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually - how empowering is that?!!  Thank you for being a part of this process and for sharing your thoughts and experiences as you've gone through it. It's always better with buddies... Thank you all for being my cleanse buddies!


  1. It's been fun! And I accomplished another goal I had for this cleanse: I learned to make my own sprouts! It's fun and easy, and makes me feel like I've "grown" something. No garden here in the big city, but this gives me a great feeling of accomplishment. Try it!

    Thanks, Ivy for all the time, love, and support you put into this process. I always feel more empowered, enlightened and, well, CLEANER after a cleanse!

  2. Yee haw, Jeannie! Love that you're growing your own sprouts - I have vague memories of doing that in college but don't really remember how. I'll have to check it out. And I know what you mean about feeling so great after a cleanse - I love your choice of words! Thank you, Jeannie, for always having such inspirational, informational things to say - I love that you're a part of our cleanse group! Here's to the next time, here's to the Rangers taking it all, and here's to you taking a well-deserved vacation after it's all over! Big hugs to you!!!

  3. I can't believe its been three weeks already! Congrats to everyone on completing the cleanse! I thought it was great fun too! I feel great and want to try to take some of the lessons I've learned about mindful eating and my connections to different foods to make more healthful decisions on a daily basis that will effect my whole self. My goal during the cleanse was to also meditate every day. I totally forgot one day, but other than that stayed on track.

    Also want to second the special thanks to Ivy for all effort you put into guiding us through the process. I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated all your wisdom and inspiration!