We can start fresh every single day. Every single minute. Every single second. We don’t have to wait for the start of a new year to bring about change and personal growth; however, the start of a brand new year seems to be hard-wired in each of us that it’s the best time for new beginnings. To transform. To morph into the best version of ourselves. Resolution setting has a high failure rate, though. We set our resolutions based on our desires rather than on a probable outcome. To truly meet a goal, our minds must be strong and healthy. We can succeed when we find the mental strength to allow the change to happen and when we take all the necessary steps to ensure that the resolution will be accomplished.

Desire for change isn’t the same thing as formulating a plan to bring about the change and addressing any possible challenges that could prevent a successful outcome.

OK, so what does this actually mean? It takes mental strength to bring about change yet when we’re talking resolutions, the change we’re typically looking for is physical.

It is very difficult for a strong body to exist without a strong mind. The two don’t live in silos, they co-exist together in a beautiful and balanced state. During the holidays, even the strongest minds can take a hit and succumb to all the indulgences of the season, leaving the mind/body balance off kilter. This happens to me every single year. I lose all discipline and I stop taking extreme care of myself.

Every year on the second week of January, I put myself through the brutal challenge of eliminating food from my diet for 10 days and only consuming fresh pressed organic vegetable juice from Temple of Juice. It really doesn’t have much to do with my physical body, although, some weight loss does naturally occur during the cleanse. It’s really because after the holidays, my mind/body balance is completely out of whack. I’ve been saying yes to too many indulgences, I lacked discipline which led to a sugar addiction. It simply takes entirely too much time to try to improve this situation gradually. Sugar addiction is real and it’s super challenging to get over the withdrawal symptoms. It truly is a drug and has long been compared to cocaine!  

Because I’ve given myself the freedom to just let go and enjoy pretty much whatever I felt like for the past 2 months, I know that it’s time I put the brakes on. Time to pay the price for the fun. Time to go cold turkey and get back to balance, back to good decision making and back to nurturing and nourishing myself with the things my body needs not wants. The cleanse allows me to push quickly through the withdrawals and get back to feeling in control of my mental health and strength.

It also proves to me that I’m capable of anything. Most will only make it through the first couple of days. Getting to day 10 is an unbelievable testament of mental strength and stamina and I use that victory to help me conquer bigger challenges and tasks in my life. To live a truly extraordinary life, you must do truly extraordinary things.

In every aspect of my life, I constantly question my perspective on things. I think about what someone else may be going through, what someone else had to endure in their life. During my fast, I take my mind to very difficult places to make it to the finish line. I imagine what it must be like to be a prisoner of war and then I think about the gorgeous, organic produce that went into my juice and the talented hands that created it for me, and then I feel a bit like an ass for whining about living without food for just a little over a week.

I know that there’s always someone willing to do what it takes to get what they want. Am I willing to do it? If the answer is yes, then how am I going to do it? What’s my plan? How will I support and love myself through it and how will I get to the finish line?

When something is proving too difficult we look for excuses, reasons or people who will let us off the hook, to justify our quitting before the finish line. There are many reasons why this happens. Our accomplishments can make others feel uncomfortable or question their own strength. Get uncomfortable! Put the blinders on! Find your tribe or your person who believes in you and tune out the rest. Find your mental strength. You’re going to need it to make your dreams a reality. Keep loving yourself through it. You will get there. One foot in front of the other. One breath at a time.

How to:
If you are interested in upping your discipline game and giving your body a much needed digestive break, contact the juice GOD, Greg Gould at Temple of Juice, and he can get you started. It is always best to consult your physician before undertaking any sort of restrictive diet.
For me, I drank 5 juices a day, and if I found myself hungry, I go for 6. I also have an awesome soup recipe that breaks up the monotony of drinking cold juice.
Disclaimer:
Heating the juice can kill the enzymes, but the nutrition is still present. Only heat up 1 juice a day and no more.

Recipe:
½ bottle of Immunity
½ bottle of Spicy Green level 3
Heat in sauce pot until warm (do not boil… try to save some enzymes)
Add cayenne, cumin, onion powder, cinnamon, turmeric and ginger to taste. No salt!

Enjoy!