I’m now a week away from the start of my Fresh Start retreat and cleanse. Last week I began adding more fruit, cruciferous veggies, raw nuts, and filtered water to my diet.
This week, I’ve begun eating a large bowl of greens each day (arugula, spinach, and butter lettuce), adding an apple a day, and chewing pumpkin seeds before eating in the morning. I’ve switched to sugar-free jam with my oatmeal in the morning. Tomorrow I’m going to make my own salad dressing using pureed raw cashews, olive oil, and lemon/lime juice as a base. (Vinegar is evil for some reason.) I might be able to add some flax seeds to the regime before I leave.
I am concerned about the day before the retreat, when I’m on the plane and staying at a motel overnight before catching the puddle jumper to Comox. It’s likely that I’ll end up carrying a bunch of food onto the plane with me.
As of today, I can say that I’m starting to feel the teensiest bit of change. It’s early days, but I’m feeling encouraged about the retreat.
The one part of the prep that’s not going well is the whole “early to bed early to rise” bit. Despite viewing my own mother’s ridiculously sturdy lifelong health, which may be due in part to her rigid adherence to the waking and sleeping hours that Fresh Start recommends…I am a night person. It’s what my body wants to do. And it’s fighting tooth and nail to stick with its night-loving ways. This won’t be an option once I’m actually at the retreat, where they’ll roust me out of bed for a daily 7am yoga class.
Wish me luck! Next post on Fresh Start will come when I’m on-site and diving into the program.