And I've gotta say....I'm tired! lol You can find the Body and Soul Challenge here, and the first week consists on a slow and lovely detox, which means cutting back on caffeine! Dear me, can I do it? Last night, when I set up my coffee pot to make only 1 cup of coffee, I was quite upset. That tells me that I need to cut back on caffeine! However, having only one cup of coffee, combined with the continuous effort of watching my crazy teenage students and keeping them from trashing my room, has left me exhausted!
This week, I will be cutting back on caffeine, abstaining from alcohol and junk food, limiting my sugar to that which is found in fruit, and eating a low-fat, vegan diet. As we speak, I'm baking a Chickpea-Broccoli casserole from my current fave, Vegan with a Vengeance. I'll also be doing a bit of a media detox, limiting my TV, internet, and newspaper habits. This won't be that hard, since I'm generally so busy that by the time I get P to bed, there's only enough time to keep the house from becoming a hovel and preparing for tomorrow before I collapse into bed.
I have done the Master Cleanse before, where all you drink is a strange (and strangely GOOD) lemonade sweetened with maple syrup and spiced up with cayenne pepper, and while that detox was AMAZING, I can't afford the time and side-effects of that kind of a detox right now (side effects including fatigue, moodiness, and lots of time on the toilet!), so I'm very excited about this gentle detox regime. This is also one of my 101 goals, so scratching another goal off the list always feels great! :)
I'm currently relaxing with a cup of herbal tea, and I feel very serene and like the hippie I strive to be. So, go brew your own cup of tea, cuddle up to your lap top while I keep you posted, or, better yet, join me in the challenge! What have you got to lose?