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…
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. . .
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…
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…