The last two days have been pretty uneventful. I’ve been catching up on a lot of desk work so I’ve been at the computer working from home. I have taken the last two days off from exercise, as my body is truly exhausted. My sleep hasn’t been too good since Saturday night and feeling just kinda heavy and a little down.

Now that I know I am expecting my period in a few days it all makes sense and I am being gentle with myself. Life is not about being “perfect” every moment, every day. Another lesson I’ve always known but feel like I have finally gotten through this cleanse. If I don’t meet my very high standards for myself each and every day it doesn’t change me or make me a “bad girl” one day and a “good girl” another. It is an ebb and flow and it’s imperative to ride that cycle, WITHOUT getting on the roller coaster! The seasons change, as they are right now, and as a woman we go through our cycle each month. My cycle is aligned with the Equinox this month, along with Yom Kippur, which has always been a deeply felt holiday for me.

After temple today we will be having break fast at our house, about 30 people or so. Yesterday I did all the shopping. Got all the bagels, whitefish, salmon, etc. I have to say, being at Ess-a-Bagel smelling all the hot everything bagels definitely made we hungry for traditional Jewish comfort food! I did try the whitefish but was able to stay away from the bagels! After this cleanse, my goal is to give up gluten entirely and possibly dairy as well, although I don’t have much of it as it is and mostly keep to sheep and goat products. I’d like to try eliminating dairy, as coconut is a much better and more readily available substitute than ever before. Ultimately, I plan on doing some Zyto testing to see which particular foods I am most suited for. We are developing Zyto testing at SanaVita and hope to provide this service to our clients in the next few months.

In observation of the holiday, I’m back on just juice for the day. Wishing all those marking the holiday, a happy and easy fast.

Arul Goldman is the Founder and Director of SanaVita.