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Decluttering from the Inside Out: Crazy Sexy Diet 21 Day Cleanse

It's been a long time since I have hung out here, but that doesn't mean I haven't been continuing my path towards less clutter (or at least needing to focus on it just as much). I am now compelled to think more about white space and less of...pretty much everything in my life for a number of reasons.

Most importantly, I need to mix things up, strip away negative unhealthy unhappy things in my life and figure out how to re-build.  The easiest way for me to think about any of these major changes (or anything, really) is to approach it through food.  And so for the next 21 days, I will be embarking on a cleanse to do just that. Clean out everything from my diet and re-build.

I just read Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr as part of the virtual book club I found on twitter.  This group focuses on reading healthy living books and discussing them monthly together on twitter.  A handful of group members decided to go whole hog and try the 21 day cleanse that Kris Carr outlines in her book. I'm not one to turn down a challenge and so, here I am!

I've been slowly weaning myself off meat and dairy for the last few days (although I also let myself enjoy some last blast pigging out at Oktoberfest and the Atlantic Antic this weekend), and plan to go ahead tomorrow and start eliminating meat, dairy, gluten, alcohol and sugar. Yes, a list of all of my favorite things.

My nutritional philosophy is actually fairly opposed to the vegan, nearly raw diet presented in the Crazy Sexy Diet cleanse.  This has been my biggest struggle when looking for motivation.  If I believe that good quality meat, dairy and gluten-containing grains are part of my personal best diet, why am I doing this? Excellent question.

For years, I've been trying to limit meat and dairy to only those food stuffs that I can feel confident come from a good clean place.  I love meat, milk and cheese. But I know that these products can come from some awful sources if we're not careful. So, I'm using this cleanse as an exercise in mindful eating as much as anything else. I'm taking everything out and when it's time to put things back in, I'm only accepting the best.

I'm going to write about this challenge here, rather than at Brooklyn Forager, because I want to track more than just what I'm eating. I will post some of the new recipes that I'm trying over there when it's appropriate. Last but not least, I'm counting this challenge for food blog posts for my 101 things because I want the numbers and this is all about food, even if it's not about cooking or recipes.  So I've got a lot going on this month, but I'm excited to see how things go!

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