You may have noticed the headlines blowing up your newsfeed lately, "Lose 5 lbs in 3 Days!, New Juice Cleanse will restore your body, Slim Down in 3 Days!"
Whatever the slogan, you have to admit, it's all pretty catchy. In fact, so catchy that something caught my "anti-lose-weight" eye and found me standing in front of my bathroom mirror scantily-clad "sucking in" while turning side to side, puffing out my chest and saying, "Maybe I have gained a few pounds..."
I decided to step on the scale (something I NEVER do because quite frankly, I've always felt pretty comfortable and confident with my body). I'm not nearly the 106 lb, 18 year old, blonde-cupcake cheerleader I used to be. In fact, I'm quite the opposite, 119lbs with purple hair to boot.
All in instant it seemed like I'd somehow gained 13lbs overnight. What surprised me the most was how quickly I was letting my mind wander down a road I've spent my entire career teaching others not to go down. And so there I was, completely ignoring the fact that the last time I was at 106 lbs was almost more than ten years ago, and here I was the strongest I've ever felt and eating healthier than I ever have.
I hated to think I would sucuumb to one of America's marketing shams like the slogans above. I was intrigued though, and decided to set out on a "detox" journey that would help me see if the "weight" I had gained would slip away on one of these miracle detoxes. I did some serious research, and went with something that resonated with my philosophies---Bonus: I had also previously emailed with the author of this book and she was super helpful!
The 3 Day Detox comes from "THE PLAN" by Lyn Genet (You can read more here)
This detox is a 3-day “anti-inflammatory cleanse” developed by Lyn-Genet Recitas, a holistic nutritionist. The philosophy is that certain foods can be reactive in our bodies, so by eliminating all potentially reactive foods and slowly reintroducing them, we can determine what foods will be tolerated in our bodies. It should also be noted that there are NO supplements, no "miracle" shakes or pills. You are given certain foods that are less reactive in the body and purchase them from the grocery store. (All in for 3 days cost me about $75 due to not having all ingredients in my cupboard) It should also be noted that I didn't exercise until Day 3 (Lyn actually says exercising can totes mess with your results and advises you NOT to...but I could never let my MBB peeps down!)
Here's what I found:
Day One: 121 lbs. Unable to drink coffee, not even decaf. #ihateeveryone and I mean #everyone... I had the worst headache, I felt like I was coming down with a flu and spent the entire day on the couch. Anytime I would get up, it felt like the entire room was spinning. Is this what drugs feel like? The Plan keeps me full, I'm not hungry one bit, but my craving for sugar is out of this world. #iwillnotcave
Day Two: 119 lbs. Still craving caffeine, but thankfully today no headache. I make it through the entire day, but it's my sister's birthday and I totally cave in and eat cake. My entire world lights up and my taste-buds explode in delicious satisfaction. Now I'm a sad-sally and feel like I've done something "bad".
Day Three: 117 lbs. How the hell is that possible? I've literally done "nothing" in the past few days, and I cheated. (I must say I did have a reaction to adding sugar back in like that the night before, feel free to ask me!) I decide to finish the day and feel the best I have felt in a long time. No bloating and no headaches.
It felt great to see a correlation to the foods I regularly eat and how they were making me feel. Eating foods should be something we do consciously, to enjoy--not eating rice cakes to stay thin. I must add that while I did drop a few lbs, I usually fluctuate between 118-120 with exercise and eating foods I still love anyway. What was most interesting, was understanding how I FELT on these "detox" foods vs. more "reactive" "healthy" foods I love (eggs, granola, strawberries and fish).
It does seem that Lyn is really onto something. Eating food should be enjoyable. In fact, she encourages cheese, wine AND chocolate--but it's important to learn how our bodies react to the environment and the situations we make by CHOICE.
So, I'm sorry to trick you into reading this article, making you think there is some miracle detox that will change your life in 3 days. The truth is, there is no miracle cleanse, there is no miracle workout. It takes knowing yourself on a deeper level and creating a pathway for communication with your mind, body & spirit. Each of us are on an individual journey, and what may work for one person may not work for another. Your body is one small piece of the puzzle. So I stand by my anti-weight-loss attitude and reassure you that if your energy is in a balanced space, your mind will be, and when your mind is balanced, your body will be too. It's a cycle that cannot fail you.
All in all, I feel great--and I needed a kick in the ass to make me understand and realize that I truly love my body and that I am going to live every moment and make decisions that feel good in my body that will be long-lasting--not some miracle fix or fad workout because my newsfeed told me so. I'm keeping my energy clear.
Many of you know I come from a background and upbringing of metaphysical, holistic and spiritual thoughts. If you have ever taken our classes, you have experience our signature Reiki Healing Cool Down™, you’ve heard my end of class musings and you have possibly even had an intuitive reading from me (I can’t help it; sometimes my guides step in and sort of “take over”)
Someone asked me the other day, “How do you stay so centered? So calm? So, “in tune” all the time?”
The answer is, I don’t. I’d be lying if I told you I did. I think that’s the biggest hurdle that people need to get over when coming to Mind Body Barre™, they think we are the just the “calming-spiritual-fitness-place”, where if they go, they will suddenly know and understand all; and when you find yourself getting angry, frustrated or fearful about something you feel guilty or even more angry about it.
Here’s my secret: We are all on a different spiritual path, and when we find ourselves having those “human moments”, it’s important to ‘Check Yourself Before you Wreck Yourself’
With that said, I believe that we are all spiritual beings having a physical experience, and not the other way around. We are here to have this human experience and to share it with each other. When you start your spiritual journey, you begin to see how connected your mind, body and spirit really are.
When you begin to value your link to the collective consciousness and your opening to your own divine inspiration, you begin to see how incredibly connected we all are; how our limitations in which we create are the only illusions that separate us.
Here is an example:
This past Christmas I went to New York and as we were walking the crowded streets, we saw several homeless people picking through trash. I remember feeling sad, as I do when I see it in our own city and thinking, “How am I any different from that woman digging through the trash?”
The answer is simple, I am that homeless woman. And if I am that homeless woman, than I am also someone who is out there working very hard struggling to feed their family, I am part of everything I have ever disliked, disagreed with, been frustrated with or felt saddened by including contributing to the pollution of our planet; In essence, I am everything that is wrong with the world today simply because we are all energetically connected.
Now if on some level this sounds confusing…It is when you think left brain about it. Forget what you have learned about being analytical, practical and decisive for a moment and open up to the idea that what you say, think, do and believe holds an energetic vibration, and when you put it out into the world (you do whether you know it or not!) it affects the world around you, people, trees, plants and any other living organism.
We are all undoubtedly going to have those “human moments” where you do something out of fear, anger or frustration (feeling hate for someone or something, worrying that there will never be enough jobs, you will never have the perfect relationship, having an attitude that someone is always out to get you or that you will never have enough money or time to do the things you love). For as long as you are human, you will have those moments of judgment- but you will always have the power and control to shift your energy to a loving place. To actually have love and compassion for everything that is wrong with world today. When you start to shift your awareness, you are able to raise the vibration of energy so that we can all prosper together. There is no such thing as “never having enough”, if we are all connected than we are all in this together. Know that each time you feel angry or hateful toward something, you are not only affecting your energy, but everyone around you.
Learn to acknowledge your feelings when you are angry or frustrated, hold yourself accountable, be gentle with your feelings and most importantly, send love to those who have hurt you or angered you. Most importantly, when you find yourself resonating on a low energetic frequency, “Check Yourself, Before You Wreck Yourself” in an energetic spiral! After All, LMFAO says, “Stop. Hatin is bad!”
You spoke up and you were HEARD! Friday 9:30am barre classes (Beginning May 11th) have been added with our motivating instructor Marisa!
Congratulations to our two NEW instructors Maryellen and Tina who will be completing our teaching training very soon! More to come…
We are so excited for the upcoming events happening at the studio:
We are helping lead the March of Dimes Warm up this coming weekend, thanks to our friend Julie Sweet!
Mind Body Baby Classes are going to be happening very soon!
Want to help us raise money for the Gloria Gemma Foundation? Find out more here.
A very special shout out to Elizabeth Guardia over at the Lululemon Athetica Providence Showroom for helping us put together a Trunk Show for the Open House on May, 26th!
Also, Guess who you will be seeing more of in the upcoming weeks? KAYLA! Kayla has made the decision to commit her time to Mind Body Barre™ and we couldn’t be more excited and supportive! Congratulations on making your dreams a reality.
Lastly, Stay tuned for a *GIVEAWAY*
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