When times are good and you have plenty to celebrate, then you should, and not hold back, because to do so, would rob some of the joy from the experience. And instead of killing yourself over the inevitable weight gain that comes from eating too much and exercising too little, stop for a moment, re-connect with your body, and then take positive steps to get back on track.
Today, I did just that. After 10 days of living without worries about what or when I ate or drank, it is now time to stop. I felt that my body didn’t feel the same anymore, and I was missing that special feeling I get when everything is just right—energy, body feeling, weight, flexibility. I wanted to get back in touch with my body. That starts with getting my weight back to what I consider the correct level.
Thankfully, a lot of the weight we carry is food waste, especially after a period of over-indulgence. First step? Detox cleanse.
I drink hot filter coffee with a ton of hot pepper mixed into it. About 1 tablespoon per litre. This spiced coffee delivers a kickstart message to the gut to shift things along, because the heat in the pepper irritates it enough to kick it into high gear.
Then, a massive run. Indeed, I had been trying to work my way up to a distance run, but had never come close to running all the way, so I settled on a compromise—doing the entire 28 km circuit, but only beating my personal distance record by a bit, and allowing myself to walk for the remainder if I needed to. And indeed, I made 21km of run without stopping and then ran-walked the remaining 7km.
Then, back home, tons of water, more spiced coffee, and some very sour, unsweetened homemade kombucha to chase the coffee into the gut.
As all of this physical workout and liquid does its thing, I begin going back to a gut-focussed diet of pro- and pre-biotics. Vegetables, fibre, that sort of thing, but only slowly. Intermittent fasting and easing my way into fasting. I will radically cut down the food intake and while I wait for my body to heal after this long run, I will spend two days just focussing on stretching—in the morning when I get up and before I go to bed, and on getting my body back in balance. I will not start eating “normally” again until I am firmly 2 kg below my cruising weight (to compensate for food in the system). That will likely take 4-5 days.
During that time, the only thing I will eat will be fruit, organic, and very watery—watermelon, tomatoes, other melons, and some lettuce salads with only the simplest homemade vinaigrette.
And then, I will be able to enjoy being in my body again. And I am sure she will look forward to having me back. The body is a temple. Self-love begins with your gut.