Inquire within: My 40 day journey to WELLth

My fascination with all things green is at an all time high lately. Its crazy many people can go so long without seeing, eating, and acting "green". Some parts of the country arent able to access fresh foods nor do they have a craving for it as they have been deprived of them for so long they dont know what it feels like to be operating off mass amounts of green food.

Although I eat and (try to) live an extremely clean + green lifestyle, Im not one for cleanses. My appetite has always been ravenous ever since i can remember, even throughout the years I cheated myself and tried to pretend I "wasnt hungry." MOre on that front when Im ready to get real DEEP! CLEANSINGALWAYS APPEALED TO ME, BUT USUALLY I WOULD ONLY LAST A COUPLE DAYS BEFORE I REALLY KNEW I NEEDED SOME MORE SUBSTANCE, ESPECIALLY SINCE I CANT IMAGINE A WEEK WITHOUT FITNESS + MOVEMENT. THE THOUGHT OF CLEANSING AT THE CHANGE OF THE SEASONS GOT ME EXCITED, AS I WOULD HEAR MY FELLOW ASHTANGIS SMALL TALK AFTER MORNING PRACTICE AT THE STUDIO CONVERSING OF CLEARING THEIR PRANA THROUGH MONO-MEAL CLEANSING, JUICE CLEANSING, AND INTERMITTENT FASTING CLEANSES. IT WASNT AN OPTION FOR ME THEN, I WOULD RATHER JUST OPERATE AN ONGOING CLEANSE AND EAT 100% WELL ALL OF THE TIME. A MOSTLY LOW CALORIE, HIGH NUTRIENT PLANT FOODS DIET HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY MANTRA. UNTIL LATELY.........

AS I AM STARTING UP MY BUSINESS, MY DREAMS OF OPERATING A WELLNESS COLLECTIVE FILLED WITH MOVERS + MAKERS THAT KNOW REAL, ACHIEVABLE HEALTH, I CAME TO FIND THAT, SURE ENOUGH, I STARTED TO FOCUS LESS ON MYSELF AND MORE ON GETTING "THINGS DONE". WHEN I SAY THINGS, I MEAN A WHOLE TO-DO LIST OF MOSTLY TECHNOLOGICALLY INVOLVED TASKS THAT AN URBAN DESIGN + PLANNING MAJOR CANT EVEN FATHOM AN ENDPOINT. COMBINED WITH 40 HOURS A WEEK SERVING COLD-PRESSED JUICES + POWERING OUT ACAI BOWLS LIKE NO TOMORROW, I TAUGHT 6 CLASSES A WEEK + THEN WOULD WORK ON MY BUSINESS ON MY "OFF" TIME, DO MY MYSORE PRACTICE WHEN I COULD, AND MAKE SURE I GOT ENOUGH SLEEP AS THAT WAS THE ONLY THING THAT KEPT MY MOTORS RUNNING. OH, AND COFFEE. DID I MENTION COFFEE? COFFEE, OH COFFEE. THE SMALL CUP OF MAGIC THAT ENDED UP LEAVING ME TEMPORARILY ENERGIZED + RUNNING ON LITTLE FUEL BUT ULTIMATELY DRAINED AS MY 16 HOUR DAYS CAME TO AN END. DOESNT SOUND LIKE A BEAUTY BELLY TO ME!

I ALMOST ENTIRELY PUT MY SOCIAL LIFE ON HOLD AS I COULDN'T FATHOM WASTING ANY TIME DRINKING AT THE BAR + BEING HUNGOVER THE NEXT DAY WHEN MY TIME WAS SO VALUABLE TO ME. THE QUALITY OF MY PREVIOUS 6-DAY A WEEK MYSORE-STYLE ASHTANGA QUICKLY PLUMMETED, LEAVING ME FEELING WEAK AND DISTRAUGHT WHEN IT WAS ALL SAID AND DONE. ALL THE WILLPOWER,, CREATIVITY, AND DRIVE THAT PERPETUATED ME INTO MOVING TO PARADISE + FULLFILLING MY DREAMS BEGAN TO DISSIPATE THE MORE I KEPT UP WITH MY LITERALLY INSANE SCHEDULE I WAS OPERATING. ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS CAME ALL THE WAY OUT TO SEE ME FROM VIRGINIA FOR TEN DAYS AND ENDED UP LEAVING EARLY BECAUSE I WAS SO CAUGHT UP IN MY "STUFF". THAT KILLED ME!

IT WAS ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER, AND I SAW ALL OF MY PROGRESS SLOWLY BEGIN TO LOSE FORM...........AS WELL AS MY HEALTHY BODY.

THE ANSWER WAS ALWAYS COFFEE, MORE SLEEP, MORE ALONE TIME, MORE WORK TIME, LESS FUN TIME. UNTIL I DECIDED I NEEDED TO RESET, AND A SERIES OF EVENTS AND INTRODUCTIONS LED ME TO FINDING G R E E N S AGAIN. I STUMBLED UPON PURIUM-A COLLECTION OF LIKE-MINDED MOVERS AND MAKERS WHO WERE DETERMINED TO CREATE A MORE VIBRANT WORLD TO LIVE IN AND SHAPE THE WAY WE CONSUME FOOD. 

IT ALL HAPPENS IN THREES. BY THE TIME I MET THE THIRD PERSON WHO WOULD INTRODUCE TO ME AND, AT THE TIME IN MY EYES, "SELL ME" THE PRODUCT I EVENTUALLY GAVE IN AND CHECKED OUT A FEW VIDEOS + THE SADLY UNAPPEALING WEBSITE. NO OFFENSE TO ANYONE AT ALL WHO COMPILED THE WEBSITE, BUT THE IMAGES AND MESSAGE THAT THEIR WEBSITE GAVE ME WAS ENTIRELY ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS, AND NOTHING ABOUT THE CONNECTION TO THE FOOD THAT I WOULD SOON DEVELOP. I TOLD MYSELF THAT IF I DID THE CLEANSE,, I WOULDN'T TELL A SOUL IN FEAR THEY WOULD KNOW OF THIS "WEIGHT LOSS CLEANSE". HOW BAD IS THAT! AGAIN, PURIUM DESIGNERS, IM SORRY!

LUCKILY, IM A LABEL READER + I RESEARCHED AND WATCHED EVERYTHING OUT THERE ABOUT THE PRODUCTS PURIUM SELLS. NON-GMO + VEGAN + ORGANIC + NUTRIENT DENSE + PROTEIN LADEN + FIBER FILLED, OF COURSE........ BUT WHAT GOT ME ULTIMATELY HOOKED WAS WHEN I SAW THE AMOUNT OF MUSHROOMS + OTHER HEALING ADAPTOGENIC HERBS THE PRODUCTS CONTAINED. CHA-CHING, YOUVE GOT YOURSELF A CUSTOMER. ANY CHANCE I GET TO DIVE INTO MY OWN "WELLTH", I WILL.

IM EXTREMELY ACTIVE AND LITERALLY FEEL LIKE A CLOGGED DRAINPIPE IF I GO MORE THAN 12 HOURS WITHOUT MOVEMENT. THAT BEING SAID, I WAS HAPPY TO FIND THAT THERE WERE A TON OF OPTIONS FOR THE LEVEL OF CLEANSING AND END RESULTS YOU DESIRED.

MY BOYFRIEND AND I ALLOCATED THE FUNDS, HYPED OURSELVES UP + DECIDED TO EMBARK ON THE JOURNEY TOGETHER. WE CHOSE THE ATHLETES CLEANSE, WHICH SUPPLIED ME WITH PROBABLY MORE FOOD IN A DAY THAN I HAVE EATEN IN A VERY LONG TIME AND ALLOWED US TO KEEP UP WITH OUR ACTIVE SCHEDULES..

40 DAYS OF CLEAN LIVING WAS THE PROTOCOL. 10 DAYS OF FULL CLEANSING, 30 DAYS OF AS CLOSE TO CLEAN LIVING AS WE COULD FATHOM. WE'VE JUST HIT OUR 10 DAY MARK ON TUESDAY, WITH NO COFFEE + ALCOHOL + PROCESSED FOODS + DAIRY + MEAT (THIS ONES EASY FOR ME AS IVE BEEN GOING STRONG ALMOST 7 YEARS!) + LOTS OF SLEEP + LOTS OF EXERCISE + PROPER PORTIONS + AMINO ACIDS + ALGAES + MEDICINAL HERBS GALORE.

I WILL SAY THE FIRST 3 DAYS WERE ROUGH. I WAS COMING OFF ABOUT 8 MONTHS STRAIGHT OF STRONG COFFEE EVERY DAY, LEAVING ME BEDRIDDEN AND BLURRED ALMOST EVERY AFTERNOON OF THE FIRST 3 DAYS. 10 7 DAYS LATER AND IM craving MY GREEN SHAKE, AMINOS, AND SUPER XANTHIN. THE CIRCLES UNDER MY EYES HAVE DISAPPEARED, I'M LESS OF A BITCH IN THE AFTERNOON, I FEEL LIKE I COULD PRACTICE TWICE A DAY AGAIN, AND I HAVE REGAINED MY INNER LIGHT THAT SKYROCKETED ME INTO MY DREAMS I AM TRYING TO MAKE COME ALIVE. THATS ALL I HAVE WANTED THE WHOLE PAST YEAR, TO SEND A MESSAGE OF WEALTH, INSPIRATION, AND STRENGTH TO THE COMMUNITY I HAVE CULTIVATED. THATS A TRUE MOVER + MAKER + SHAKER IF YOU ASK ME.

WHATS MY MAGIC ANSWER AFTER TEN DAYS? FIND GREENS AGAIN, AND A LOT OF THEM.

MORE TO COME THROUGHOUT MY JOURNEY INTO GREENSXX

EK

 

ELI KEATON