Maybe it was the picklebacks my boyfriend made me drink last night at the Super Bowl party,* or the fact that my horoscope told me it was a good time for a detox,** but I woke up today contemplating cleanses.
Truth be told, I’m not a fan. I’m of the (well-researched) mind that our bodies, properly treated, do a very good job ridding themselves of “toxins,” and that good nutrition means eating three squares and snacking—not starving yourself with expensive juices, raw foods, or packets of mysterious powder.
It’s not to say I don’t like expensive juice and raw food, and back when Alexandra and I lived together in our little bachelorette pad in Montreal, we would occasionally do juice cleanses with our two other roommates. The four of us would loll about reading magazines and talking about how hungry we were, and when the three days were up, we’d feast on vegetarian food. I did it because they were doing it, but I’ve not done one since, and that was more than 10 years ago.
Forgetting for a second that some cleanses are downright dangerous, am I missing something here?
It’s not that I don’t get the impulse. Like finally donating that pile of jeans you don’t wear or deleting exes from your phone, the urge to purge can be a healthy one. It’s a way of saying to yourself I’m done with that, it’s time to start fresh. I’m not really in that headspace right now, but since we’ve been talking a lot about what it takes for us to feel our best, I’m going to start my version of a cleanse: Committing to doing the things that make me feel my best—and actively avoiding the crap that doesn’t.
Because let’s get cheesy for a second: It’s not just about feeling your best, but also acting your best out there in the world. For me to do my best work, to be kind and patient with myself and others, to write blog posts that don’t suck and be present and happy in my day to day life, I need to take care of number one. Probably, I’m thinking, so do you.
So here’s my cleanse idea: A plant-based diet with a little fish (but definitely not this one), lemon water, lots of sleep, consistent meditation (tips, as always, are here), dark chocolate, as well as three whole pieces of fruit, daily—but also I’m going to do things that I find fun—because that’s a big part of it, too. I’m going to do this for a week, maybe two, and see what happens.
See what I did there? I came up with a cleanse where I get to eat a lot and have a ball. What about you? Do you do cleanses?
Do you like them? Tell, tell.
* If you have never had one and you do drink alcohol, do yourself a favor and get on that. Also, he didn’t really make me.
** Obviously this is the real reason.
We want all of you who comment and the many more of you who lurk (we see you! we love you!) to come out of hiding and name one thing you love about your looks right now, today, this second. Go!
I did this with people I barely even know last week, and then again last night at dinner with our friends Anna and Erika. Groan, groan, groan, I know. It’s super corny! But it also feels nice.
People seem to spend an awful lot of time saying they need to lose weight, or their skin sucks, or how they wish they had curly/straight/blonde/brown/black/red hair, how their smile lines are deepening—you name it. We all do it, and that’s fine. But part of the message of our book, and our message here, is that chasing the beauty dragon makes you feel bad, and we want to find ways to feel good, and embracing your natural beauty is part of that and…
Oh never mind the reason. Just do it! Tell us something you love about you! (We’ll do it too, in the comments.)
We are certifiably obsessed with astrology, and this week something very important happened in the land of planets: Venus went direct.
Not surprisingly, Venus is the planet that rules aesthetics. When it’s in retrograde, as it has been so stubbornly for the last while, astrologers caution not to do cosmetic procedures or spend big money on anything related to your appearance.
The other thing Venus retrograde can do? Just generally make you feel crappy about the way you look. We were both totally feeling this. Were you?
But now that Venus is in forward swing, we can all rejoice. To celebrate this shift we’re asking you this:
What do you like about yourself physically? So often women are asked what they would change—we’d like to know what you’d keep.
Have a great weekend and yes, go get that pair of jeans.
Hello! I’m Virginia of Beauty Schooled, a blog where I investigate the price of pretty. I’m so excited that Alexandra and Siobhan asked me to guest post, because I am obsessed with their book to the point that I carry it in my purse when I go to the store to stock up on conditioner and face wash (that’s not weird, right?) and also, they are totally awesome people.
A little while ago, I bullied these ladies into guest posting on my blog, and we started talking about how cleaning up your beauty routine can lead to you also feeling maybe a little bit free from all those “you MUST look like [insert-whomever-in-Hollywood-here]” beauty standards that we all hold ourselves to, often to a pretty major degree.
And it was a little bit of a light bulb moment for me.
Well hello, sleepyheads, I have just finished tabulating responses to our sleep survey. Here’s what we found:
—On average you are sleeping 7 hours a night. Not too shabby! Though studies have shown that people tend to overestimate how much they sleep…
—About 40% of you go to bed between 10pm and midnight. The exact same number go to bed after midnight. Only 10% go to bed before 10pm (so much for Ayurveda!). The rest of you have more complicated patterns that could not be measured. Many reported a lot of time in bed, with not so much time asleep.
—Congrats to the 54% of you that have zero, zip, no trouble sleeping. Unfortunately that leaves 46% who do. Stress was a big factor in falling asleep, and many of you reported waking up frequently in the night. There were a few nods to dogs, babies, and men (the last both helping and hindering).
A lot of you report waking up to pee as well. If that’s a big problem, try avoiding liquids after 8pm. For other tips on how to get a better night’s sleep check out our recent post about it here.
Overall these results seem okay, though many of us could stand to improve our sleep life a bit, no? One last question then for the poll: Do you feel rested with the hours you get? (A simple yes or no in the comments section would be great!)
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