I'm halfway finished with my 21-day Crazy Sexy Diet cleanse! Yea! I ate the same leftovers again today that I had yesterday and on Tuesday. Another Apple Sprout Smoothie for breakfast, Tofu Eggless Salad and a Green Salad with Agave-Mustard Dressing for lunch, and Mexican Pilaf with a Salad with Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette for dinner.
So I won't bore you with more leftovers pictures. Instead, I'd like to talk about the non-food parts of this cleanse. In addition to eating an alkaline-based diet, I'm also supposed to meditate daily, work out five times a week, dry brush in the mornings, and use a neti pot for my sinuses.
The working out part is easy since I've been doing some form of exercise, either at the gym or at home, for five days a week for years. And the meditation? Well, sitting still isn't really my thing. But I'm trying it. I'm sitting at an altar with candles and incense each morning before my shower, closing my eyes, and trying to forget the world for five minutes. It's tough.
Dry brushing is a habit I'll surely carry on after the cleanse. You just rub your skin with a loofah-like brush every morning before hopping in the shower. It brushes away dead skin cells and gets the circulation moving. Plus, it feels great on my itchy, dry winter skin:
And then there's the neti pot. I've always been scared of these weird plastic teapots that you stick up your nose. Something about pouring water into one nostril and seeing it come out the other side totally weirds me out. I know my nostrils are somehow connected, but I'd prefer not to think about it.
And then there's this article about a couple of people in Louisiana whose brains were eaten by zombie amoebas when they used unfiltered tap water in their neti pots! Oh yea, that gave me quite a scare. But I have the world's worst sinuses, and I thought I'd take Kris Carr's suggestion and give this all-natural cure a try. Of course, I'm boiling my water first so as not to be eaten by zombies:
Weird, huh? But it really works. Since I've been using the neti pot for the past week and a half, I can actually breathe through my nose at night when I'm sleeping. Before, I'd wake up every morning with a completely stopped-up nose, whether I was sick or not. Thanks, neti pot!