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Cleanse Day 4: by Neissa

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

This cleanse has been very interesting, to say the least. I have made huge connections between food and my emotions, and while I’m pretty perky in the morning and do not necessarily need caffeine, by mid-afternoon I tank.  And honestly, I continue to desire it. With young children who require all of my attention, I have actually even been nervous about sustaining my energy in the mid to late afternoons without it.  Then, there’s the literal craving for a little dark chocolate snack (dang sugar!) after both lunch and dinner. I had no idea I was so reliant upon my treats! I also don’t think I am enjoying the feeling of deprivation, as it’s been something I’ve finally gotten over after years of depriving myself of delicious indulgences.

All in all, I’m feeling great and have only had a few dull headaches (but nothing major) and hydration has not been an issue, though when fatigue or stress sets in (stress meaning dinner/bath/bed time) I’ve noticed that my emotional “go to’s” are caffeine and chocolate.

I am loving my Apple Cider Vinegar each morning with hot lemon water, and it’s working.  Also, because the Apple Cider Vinegar is so good for us and anti-mucous, I’ve even been sneaking it into my children’s drinks too, as they are both super snotty and why not?! They don’t notice at all.

Breakfast is my favorite meal and I’ll actually repeat it again during the day. I love the Omega-rich eggs from Whole Foods and stacking one on a bed of Alfalfa Sprouts with tomatoes, avocado and an organic turkey sausage is delicious (organic tomatoes are on sale at HEB).

I wanted to avoid carbs in the form of bread, crackers and granola all together, but I realized I was feeling deprived (and needed crunch) without them. So, I found this healthy, low sugar and gluten-free granola at Whole Foods. You can also get it at Sprouts. Then, adding it to a cup of coconut yogurt and berries (organic strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are on sale at HEB) and it is the perfect snack.

I’m super grateful for this “experiment,” as it’s providing me with some pretty fantastic information. And, it’s holding me accountable to getting more sleep!  As for Epsom Salt baths, I’ve had two and love every second of them!

Moving from Deprivation to Balance


Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not! (Anonymous)

Action Item:
Recognize when you’ve worked hard and selflessly given your time and talents. Then, gift yourself an indulgent treat that allows your mind to escape and reiGnites your body and spirit.

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

Let’s just say I’ve come a long way. There was once a time, not too long ago, when I considered a granola bar to be my indulgent treat of the week! I was a young personal trainer and my daily caloric and fat intake consumed the majority of my thoughts, and of course I was a fanatical exerciser too. Ironically, to all of my clients I preached the importance of “balance.” I expressed that it was ok to have dessert and miss a day of exercise, as long as this was the exception to the rule. Then, of course, they would ask me the question, wondering if I walked my talk: Did I indulge on dessert and enjoy a day of rest? Of course not, but I’d always give my best politically correct answer which was… “I don’t crave dessert and if I do eat dessert I can’t stop, so I just avoid it all together, and if I don’t exercise (run at least five miles) everyday, I feel lethargic.” What a great role model I was! I am sure my clients appreciated my obsessive answers, as I was so relatable! …Yea right!

Thankfully, I am proud to say that I have since gotten over myself and can now absolutely enjoy a big fat piece of chocolate cake. Marriage (enjoying indulgent moments with Russell), iGniting with you (having to walk my talk and being around such superb role models) and pregnancy (needing to consume fatty foods in order to not feel sick) have thankfully helped me achieve more balance and I’ve never felt happier, healthier and more balanced.

In addition to allowing myself to indulge on dessert, I am also finding it necessary to indulge in other ways too. I strive for a monthly facial, pedicure/manicure and massage. Some months I’m able to fit in all three and other months not, but I now understand that when I allow myself these treats, much like dessert, my body, mind and spirit feel rejuvenated and I am much better personally and professionally.

All in all — and I know you already know this so thank you for reading — life can’t always be about work and no play. We all need moments of pleasure and indulgence or else we’re not balanced. Just like taking time to iGnite, we’re not being selfish, rather we are treating ourselves with the gift of health, happiness and balance. Should you always put exercising, your pedi, mani, dessert, massage and other indulgences first above all things? Of course not. That would be over indulgent which would be extreme.

By not depriving yourself, you will avoid getting resentful, burnt out and crabby (which is how I feel when I deprive myself).Recognize when you’ve worked hard and selflessly given your time and talents. Then, allow yourself an indulgent treat. Maybe it’s a mocha latte, time to read a book, a massage, an iGnite workout, lunch with a friend, a mid afternoon nap, a matinee, bubble bath or glass of your favorite wine—anything that allows your mind to escape and reiGnites your body and spirit.

Finally, while you aspire to indulge, don’t get too crazy like the women in this week’s video. Crazy late night snackin’ could lead to some crazy late night activities. Check it out. I know you’ll get a laugh.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION- Where in your life could you feel more balanced?

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