WOW! Day 2 was a doozy! I woke up around 7:30 this morning without any kids to tend to or spin classes to race out the door for or clients waiting for me at SanaVita. My first meeting was a phone conference at 10am and so I did something I rarely do. I stood still. I took my time. I listened to my morning meditation in bed. And then I did something I have wanted to try that my friend, work partner and practitioner, Gabe told me about: oil pulling.

A tablespoon of oil—any oil, traditionally sesame oil (which I had handy!) —in the mouth and swish. First thing. Before anything else. Usually, the first thing I do when I wake up is drink my chlorophyll, but oil pulling took its place, moving it to 2nd place. For 20 minutes! Normally this would be a challenging feat for me. No speaking for 20 minutes while getting 2 kiddies ready for school would be more than challenging actually. Clark Kent meets Superman is more like it. But this morning I had the opportunity, so I went for it.

The oil, by the way, is supposed to pull the toxins that get released from the blood during sleep to the surface, out through the teeth and then you spit. Never swallow. We are talking oil-pulling toxins here!

So, 10 minutes into the swishing process my phone starts blowing up. So much drama all of a sudden. I won’t go into the details, but after 5 minutes of trying to handle the situation via text, I spit out the oil and made a call. (At least I got 15 mins in. I can’t imagine how I’d do it on a daily basis with the kids, but you never know.) There was an emergency and I was called to duty. I needed to be on site in 20 mins. I’m still in my undies, my whole morning routine ahead of me and now I have to get somewhere in 20. The ONLY way it’s possible is by riding my new bicycle, Lavarose at lightning speed. I picked her up on Saturday and she rides like a dream.

I get out the door and have about 7 minutes to spare, just enough time to get to SanaVita. And guess what? Both elevators are out of service. I have my bike with me because our basement is still quarantined since Sandy and Lavarose has to live in the apartment. I live on the 14th floor and will never make it without my bike. This is how my day turned.

I won’t get into all the other details, but it was a day of surprises and challenges and after each “episode” I was able to reset my button to 0 and not harbor the negative emotional state I’d find myself in after each demonic tornado hit. But then I’d be tested again. After a long day, I’ve finally arrived home.

I stuck with my eating plan. Kefir smoothie for breakfast. Salmon burger sans the bun with salad for lunch. Small kale salad for dinner.

All in all, it was intense, but a good Day 2!

Arul Goldman is the Founder and Director of SanaVita.