Here's what I've come up with.
- Preparation - I am most successful with a cleanse when I am well-prepared. If three days in I run out of lentils or ghee or spices, I'm really letting myself get into the danger zone. Today I prepared by stocking up on everything that I'll need for abhyanga and my diet for the next 14 days. Yes, I'll have to run out occasionally for veggies. But the basics are on hand.
- Timing - This is so intertwined with being prepared. First, I try to look at my calendar and schedule the ghee days and the liver tonic days. I make sure there are no birthday parties and work lunches, and menstrual cycles. If any of these come up, I have a plan in place for my meals. I also look at which nights of the week are tougher to get my lunches together. Monday night I know that I need to make food for Tuesday lunch and dinner and Wednesday lunch, because apprenticeship happens Tuesday evening.
- Support - I let my friends and family know what I'm up to. My husband knows that he's on his own (more or less) to make his own meals. He's there for me as I chow down on rice and legumes. Cleansing as part of a group is a great way to build in support for your cleanse.
- Flexibility - Should the above fail, you need to be ready to forgive yourself. My biggest obstacle during a cleanse if forgetting that I'm cleansing. Accidentally eating a piece of chocolate or getting half way through a cup of coffee before realizing that I was supposed to be cleansing. I just have to let it go and come back to the cleanse. Beating myself up or giving up on the cleanse over little slip ups is self-defeating.
Do you participate in seasonal cleanses? What are your tips for success?