A cold walk on a misty day. Avoiding glassy puddles. Watching the steam from your breath create fog. Now that I’ve been getting back into my practice, even these gray days walking (sometimes running when I’m late) to yoga seem to be imbued with meaning. I don’t know if this is the case with all mindfulness practices, but I find that the time just before and just after doing my asana practice just happen to be more crisp and aware than the rest of my day. Maybe it’s my brain flooding with happiness chemicals in anticipation of all of the good feels that yoga creates in my body/mind. I don’t know. Some people call it the “artists mind.” It’s the same feeling that I get when I go deep into creating art — usually music or creative writing. It’s this clear awareness that makes it possible for inspiration to fill me, the empty jug, with pure expression. I’ve never written anything successfully without that artists mind. And since I’ve been coming to the mat, practicing every day, I feel like I can access it more frequently.
If you’ve ever had writers block, you know the pain of not being able to get into that creative flow. You show up to do your work and nothing comes out. Or you do the writing and it’s all sh*t for months. And it feels like some distant memory, the last time you got into that flow. The last couple of years I’ve barely been in it, but I now realize that part of that is due to having dropped out of my mindfulness practices. And now that I’m back into it, I feel like slapping myself on the forehead. Of course there’s a correlation. Of course.
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I don’t always make doughnuts. It’s sort of a rare thing around here, lately. I don’t think I’ve made a batch since these delicata squash babes! Dang. That’s a long time to go without doughnuts. Except that I did eat some doughnuts. At Babycakes NYC when we went to New York before Christmas. So I got my fix. I even got an eclair fix while I was there — which in the case of Babycakes I know is essentially two doughnuts with an EFF ton of coconut oil icing squished between them. I DON’T EVEN CARE. Gimme more.
I always sort of had an aversion to doughnuts. Logan and my bff Angel and I all got into it last night about our memories of Dunkin & Krispy Kreme. Logan’s eyes got all chocolate glazed over talking like this one time I had one right out of the fryer. I swear his face turned into a hearts-in-its-eyes emoji. And Angel was all if someone gave me a dunkin donut right now i would definitely stuff it right into my doughnut hole… er… mouth. And all I could think of was the dime-store doughnuts my dad used to get us when we lived at the beach. There was only one market (no stoplight, no movie theater, no nothin. just all of us hermits and the beach). So if you wanted doughnuts or cake or a sandwich you were relegated to whatever the local on staff felt like making that day.
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Doing a couple of days of detox is such a vital practice. It’s restorative. Which seems the opposite of the words that come to mind when you think of fasting (depriving, giving-up, and starving pop into my head for some reason). But it’s none of those things. It’s a very personal retreat wherein we decide to be very kind to ourselves. We drink lots of water, do restorative yoga and stretching, take naps, drink tea, read, write, go for walks, and notice with greater awareness or bodies, our thoughts, or surroundings, our natural or consumed patterns. It’s a wonderful practice for breaking out of old habits and into new ones. If you’re transitioning into eating a cleaner diet, a fast is a great tool. If you feel you need some emotional or physical healing, fasting can help speed up the process. I find it helps me to perceive what’s happening with my heart and body more clearly, and thus work through any pain I might be experiencing.
Whether you fast for one day or 3 (or more?!) you can be sure that you will feel different (and better) the second day, and definitely afterwards. It’s nice to stock your fridge with lemon water, cold pressed juices, and maybe a big green smoothie. In fact, with a schload of juices and smoothies on hand the challenge is far less than what we build it up to be in our minds.
Prepare for your fast by eating only plant based foods for the days leading up to it. I also like to go grain free the day before and after a fast.
Start the day with an herbal tea — yogi detox teas are really good. I also go for echinacea or dandelion root.
Drink at least 1.5 liters of water. I like to fill up a bunch of big mason jars with water and drink them all throughout the day.
I prepare some energy bites to have on hand if I’m feeling really extremely peckish. These halva date energy bites and these soaked almond-apricot chia bars are my go to’s. During my fast I believe I only ate half of a halva bite. The fats and flavor packed into each of those recipes are really satisfying.
Keep ripe avocados on hand. A quarter of an avo and a bottle of green juice got me through that mid-day, high-fire digestion cycle.
Drink warm miso soup. Get yourself some fresh, mellow white or yellow miso and stir it into hot (not boiling) water. The salty, savory flavor is really comforting and the heat is great for a Winter detox. Plus think of all of those good probiotics!
Drink Kombucha! Probiotics are often neglected in our normal lives, and I find that they are especially important as support during a cleanse while you’re flushing toxins out of your system. Support your gut biome!
Turn off your television & computer. Do some restorative yoga, go for a walk or hike (if you’re feeling ecstatically energized!), meditate, nap, dance, take a warm bath or a sauna. Be good to yourself.
This is a great time to do things like skin brushing (followed by rubbing yourself down with coconut oil).
Go slow coming out of your fast — smoothies and salads are more than enough for the day after a mostly or all liquid fast.
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Nothing will make you love and appreciate a simple snack so much as a day of fasting. This past weekend my husband and I both did juice cleanses courtesy of Fruitive (more on that later this week). So, in an effort to approach my fast from the perspective of nourishing my body and giving my digestive system a break I made these little halva coconut bites. What I mean is, I prepared this most snackable of treats to have around in case my body started crying out for food and I needed something to take the edge off.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a bite of something nourishing on a fast or cleanse — preferably something with fat in it to calm the nerves and tell your brain that you’re not starving. A bite of avocado, a spoonful of almond butter, or one of these guys. I’m a big proponent of fats, especially in a vegetarian diet. Fats nourish our brains and nervous system and produce healthy hair and skin. And they help our monkey-brains feel satiated. So, a bite of this particular treat, during my cleanse, was all I (and my man) needed to keep on keeping on.