things i learned from cleansing

When all was said and done- 30 days later- there were definitely things I learned- things that made the process easier, more efficient, more manageable, etc. So if you ever find yourself considering a cleanse, hopefully this can be a resource of sorts. I can tell you from personal experience that if you dig in deep and stick to the plan as closely as possible, there’s a good chance you will look and feel great as early as the end of week 1. :)

Now for the things I’ve learned:

So there you have it. I’m carrying a lot of things with me going forward (especially that of consuming more greens). If you’d like more info about the cleanse I did, contact Yahweh Yoga through their website

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I have NO idea how 15 cleansing days just went by?! That is a GOOD thing, and it also means I’m at the half-way point. I feel great (and I’m not just saying that). It could be a total placebo effect, since I know exactly everything I’m eating, and that it’s all super healthy, but regardless I think I look and feel like I did the day I got married almost 7 years ago (minus a few wrinkles, freckles, postpartum hair loss, etc etc – you get the idea).

I slacked on the documentation for week 2. Most of the time I was too busy eating to worry with taking pictures. But above was my juice/smoothie from this morning: kale/spinach/romaine/celery/cucumber/apple/lime. I made a juice with the celery, romaine, and lime, then blended in the rest. I know those ingredients might sound weird, but I think you’d be surprised at the flavor… I love shocking people with the unexpected good taste of green smoothies (am I right, mom and dad?!). :)

My will-power has gotten stronger… I also think my body has just adapted to this new normal. I had one day last week where all I could think about was chips and salsa, and a complete batch of Chocolate Covered Katie cookies, but I talked myself down and felt fairly empowered by that. :) Only 14 more days to go. . .

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A few images from the last 7 days of cleansing…

I’ve been surprised at how delicious the recipes are! Although my sister’s convinced I only think so because I was already eating a plant-based diet to begin with. I disagree, but I guess we’ll never know for sure until she agrees to try them… ;) I believe Yahweh Yoga is releasing a book (soon) full of these recipes and direction for completing the cleanse yourself. Until then, you can access cleanse info through their website

It’s been up and down, with good days and harder days. Wait, who am I kidding- every day has its harder moments that require large amounts of mental discipline. :) I will say, it helps to celebrate and commiserate with others (thanks, Kendra!). On the whole, I feel good, though. Lighter somehow, and surprisingly energized. It’s been totally worth it.

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Surprise surprise, this has not been easy! I naively thought it would be smooth(ish) sailing since it’s not a juice-only cleanse. But yesterday I was lethargic and crabby, and had a low-grade headache majority of the day. Ah. I nearly threw in the towel every hour!

Today is day 3, and day 3 is a more optimistic day. My juice (smoothie*) this morning was satisfying and lunch was delicious! I’m telling myself all kinds of metaphors about how and why detoxing is a good thing, and totally worth it (I should probably tell Nate these too since he has to live with me). :) Only 27 more days to go.

*I blended all the juice ingredients in a vitamix – for extra nutrients and fiber…

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In a last minute turn of events, I committed to a 30 day cleanse facilitated by Yahweh Yoga. On the whole, I eat pretty healthy. I’ve maintained a plant-based diet for 3 years now, with some exceptions while pregnant, because sometimes I just really needed that piece of pizza! (growing a baby wasn’t a cake walk :). And speaking of cake, while pregnant, I think I became addicted to baking. Big time. Now this was vegan baking, mind you, but what I’ve come to learn is that excess – in all forms really – isn’t great for you. And I’ve definitely gotten used to a little (read: a lot of) something sweet after dinner (also lunch). ;)

A friend of mine posted on Instagram that she was doing this cleanse, and of course, as all things food usually do, my interest was piqued. I wondered if it was reasonable and doable. There are so many of these things out there, and I read about them and think there is NO way I could do that. But this one… it’s reasonable. I’ve never done it before, but I’m committing to seeing it through in a very reasonable way. Re-centering, recharging, and renewing – for optimal health – with juices, smoothies, giant salads, and a plethora of fruits and vegetables…