Well friends my cleanse ended yesterday! I made it to the end! You may have had no doubt, but I definitely had my moments. Like anything worth doing, this wasn't without its challenges, but I'm really happy I took the plunge. I hope you've benefited from these blog posts. There were many more things I could have written, but the time just got away from me. Where to from here? Well now I think the more interesting part for me comes: adding foods back in. This morning I had my first egg.
So far, no ill effects have been noticed. I'll eat it again tomorrow and see how it goes. Once that's clear, I think I'll add tomatoes back in next. And each thing will be like that over the next couple of weeks. Here are some questions from the book Clean that one should ask as they add foods back in:
"How do you feel immediately after eating it? Are there any sensations in your belly? Does anything happen shortly after you eat it? How are your energy levels? How are your bowel movements the next day? How did you sleep that night? How does your skin look, and how are your emotions the following day?"
Junger, Alejandro (2009-05-12). Clean (Kindle Locations 3188-3194). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
I'll be keeping these questions handy as I reintroduce things. Would you like to hear more about that process? Let me know in the comments.
Finally, I realized that I never had a chance to share with you some mantras that are good to use with food. I've had the pleasure of studying Sanskrit with Manorama a few times and she tells a wonderful story about using mantra with food as taught by her guru. You can read that story here. I've found that a similar experience has happened to me. I tend to think about mantra over and with food more when I'm making something to be shared at the studio. The results are astounding. So here are a couple of mantras you can use with food.
Before eating you might take a moment of pause and chant this mantra three times out loud or to yourself:
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all being everywhere be happy and free and may my words, deeds and actions contribute to that happiness for all.
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Another longer mantra that I learned from my teachers and was chanted over the food at Ananda Ashram when I was there was this one. It's sometimes called the Togetherness Chant:
Om Saha Navavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu, Saha Viryam Karavavahai, Tejasvi Navadhitam Astu, Ma Vidvisavahai
Om Shanti, shanti, shanti.
Om. Accept us both together. Protect us both together. May our knowledge and strength increase. May we not resent each other.
Om peace, peace, peace.
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Both of these mantras can also be chanted while you prepare your food. The energy of the mantra will be infused into the meal and make it that much more nourishing for your body!
Have you ever noticed that your mood while cooking changed the taste of your food? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks again for reading this blog series! I hope you've enjoyed it and found it valuable for encouraging you to think about your food in a new way!