Everyone has different biorhythms and mine are a bit strange. I’ve always been like this to some degree, even as a baby — much to my mom’s dismay. My college roommates found it annoying as well. I’ll be posting several sample menus during my cleanse. Ignore the weird circadian cycles as I’m not a big fan of sleeping. It’s probably a genetic wiring hitch on one of my chromosomes. Or, more likely, an overly enthusiastic suprachiasmatic nucleus. That little BB-sized thingamabob in the hypothalamus (region of the brain) controls our patterns of waking and sleeping. Mine is afraid it’s going to miss something. With the exception of the first 4 or 5 hours of sleep, I could skip the rest. I find it boring.
Having said that, I’m also an advocate of lots of sleep because I have a fairly good idea of what’s going on while we’re off in la-la land. We need good quality sleep, at least 8 hours per night. Deep, uninterrupted rest helps restore the body and regenerate the mind. Not getting enough sleep is one of my downfalls and something I have to consciously (unconsciously?) work on all the time.
Melissa’s cleanse menu
Warm water with fresh-squeezed lemon juice and a small amount of stevia, followed by a cup of herbal tea
One sliced apple and with a couple of tablespoons of almond butter
One hour of yoga
Blueberry and goat kefir smoothie (I’ll post the recipe in the next day or so)
Fresh BIG salad (lettuce and napa cabbage, raisins, roasted sunflower seeds, raw beets, broccoli), detox tea
Avocado salsa (before photo above, after photo and recipe below) raw crackers (sea vegetables and flax seeds)
Detox tea, Bosc pear
1 cup burdock root and vegetable soup, “sleepytime” herbal tea with lemon and honey
Avocado Salsa (I made this up out of ingredients I had on hand)
1/4 cup shredded zucchini
2 tablespoons diced green onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped pumpkin seeds
1 small minced garlic
shredded carrot (about 1/2 carrot)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
squeeze of lemon
Celtic sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Mash and serve with raw crackers.
Serves — uh — uh — one.
Onward (without my coffee and coconut milk, whine-whine),