Cleanses. Detoxes. We burden ourselves with overindulgence so we can in turn eradicate it over 12 days, or 21, or 30 – whatever our magical number may be. Starting today, I’ve decided to do a 12 day Herbal Vegan Detox where I get to take strange looking pills twice a day, drink a (most likely) fouling smelling and tasting extract of various herbs and restrict my diet to the simplest of forms. Simple is good right?
It all started with…
You’re probably thinking why on earth are you doing a herbal detox? Weeeeellll…it all began with a very yummy delicious looking cupcake that I thought I would treat myself to this past weekend. You know the sort – those giant gourmet cupcakes with oodles of heavenly whipped topping with caramel drizzled everywhere and a cake to die for. Did I mention I have a dairy allergy? You can guess what happened next…. sheer and utter torture. I. FELT. LIKE. CRAP. No, really, I felt pretty disgusting after eating this deathly heart attack in whipped disguise cupcake. I even broke out in these itchy hives that are still, today, driving me crazy – on my face no less. I won’t get into any more detail than that. Needless to say, my brain had associated PAIN and DISCOMFORT with said cupcake/junk food/food I know is bad for me, and finally the switch was flipped to “I’ll take no more of that please.”
What do Cupcakes and Cleanses have to do with Finance?
Quite a lot actually. Not only will my finances benefit from my restricted diet, therefore, restricted grocery bill; but there’s also a clear lesson to be learned. Overindulging in something too often will eventually make you feel like crap. Shop too much and then feel guilty about the debt? Yep, told ya cupcakes had something to do with it – shopping is your cupcake; debt is the bad feeling you get afterwards.
Associating discomfort and negative feelings with something is a VERY strong motivator to get us to change and do the exact opposite behaviour. For many, we focus on debt to the EXTREME negative and start in on the negative self talk instead of taking corrective action. We’ll tell ourselves “I’ll never get out of this hole. The debt is insurmountable. I feel like there’s such a heavy weight”. Sound familiar?
What you need to do is remember the associated negative feelings of debt and use those as a motivator to do the opposite. Like this: I’m tired of feeling like I have such a burden on my shoulders. Every time I shop, I feel worse when I see the credit card bill.
Now take action! Like so: I can’t take this awful feeling anymore, so I will CHANGE my behaviour and slow down or eliminate needless shopping so I can pay back what I owe.
What we forget to do is associate our discomfort and negative feelings with debt and then create new opposing habits to get us the heck in the opposite debt free state.
I had been debating doing a detox for a while, and the cupcake was the icing on the proverbial cake to get me to leap. I found the Wild Rose Herbal Detox on sale at a local health food shop, asked a few questions and thought what the hey, why not? Can’t be worse than the cupcake. ICK.
For 12 days, twice a day I take EACH of these three pills and drink water with the extract in it (yep, one of those says Laxaherb – fun stuff). My diet is restricted to a simple, natural, whole grain, healthy diet.
I must eliminate:
- ALL DAIRY,
- NO Flour products, I may save more than I think – can’t have any Starbucks pastries!
- NO Peanuts,
- NO Fermented foods (Wine, Beer, Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Black tea, Miso) EUREKA! Savings again! NO WINE! Err, and Sushi too…now that’s a bummer.
- Also a few weird foods that have yeast on their outer skins (Grapes, Mushrooms, and oranges);
- No Seafood/shellfish (Fish only).
Thankfully up to 2 cups of coffee and Green tea are permitted so I won’t be a complete loon by the end of day 2.
Day 1 starts now! I’m excited to see how I feel after a few days and I’m hoping by the end I feel amazing. The awesome news will be finding out how much I can save on my grocery bill. Stay tuned for an update of Week 1 on Friday.