I have made fun of all my friends as they follow the latest cleanse trends. The colon cleanse, the juice cleanse, Dr.Oz’s cleanse. So today I will gladly eat my words (if they are gluten-free, casein-free, lacto-vegan, organic local fair trade). Tonight at 5pm I finish a 7 day detox cleanse.
I was convinced by my mentor, Deepak Chopra, whose ayurvedic pratice calls a 7 day detox Panchakarma. (It certainly sounds more fun than colon cleanse) My brave husband joined me. By day 2 I realized how addictive my morning Nespresso is. By day 3 I thought the stories of my husband’s trips to the john might fall outside the legal definition of for better or for worse.
At the end of it all I am left with the question, was it all worth it? The yoga and meditation loving health nut in me wants to say yes. But the scientist in me is looking at the facts. I don’t feel more vibrant or youthful. I probably lost some weight so that is a bonus. It remains to be seen if that is a lasting effect. My skin is clear. I spent 3 days in a headachy withdrawal. I was no more energetic.
I live my life being really present. At the end of each day I like to ask myself if that day was my last would I have done everything I wanted to do and said everything I wanted to say. On my Panchakarma I missed the wine and pasta and steak and creamy sauces and …you get the idea.
So when spring hits and ayurvedic health nuts everywhere are busy ordering their herbal supplements, fiber shakes and essential oils will I be on the bandwagon? Probably not. But it was great to see the pigs fly once and know it was enough.