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Cleanse: Day 4 and 5 - Olive Oil

Tablespoon of Olive Oil

Drinking Olive Oil During A Cleanse

Someone very wise told me recently, “you can do anything once.”

On day 3 of the cleanse, our bowel movements were a bit… less than fluid.  Still present, but not quite what they should be (“like peanut butter”) according to Dr. Junger.

Side note: I never, ever thought I’d be writing about bowel movements in public view.  LOL, how my new normal has changed!

I had been adding some flax to my smoothies, morning and evening.  That helped, but wasn’t enough.  So… one night Matt and I decided to take the plunge: Olive Oil.  Straight up.  Before bedtime.

Ick, right?  Kinda goes against our instincts.  A. Drinking oil seems icky.  B. We try to minimize oil intake to minimize fat intake (knowing you need some fat, of course).  C. It seems weird… and icky.

So we got out the olive oil, poured it into our tablespoon, and… stared at it.

Olive Oil... for drinking?

Then we laughed.  “Who are we?  What are we doing?”

“Ah well, you can do anything once,” I said, and I took a deep breath and downed it.

Then I quickly grabbed my lemon water and chased it down.

It was… oily.  And a bit spicy.  And a bit icky.

My husband downed his next and made a funny face.  Then we laughed together.

“Well, that was an adventure,” Matt said.

So… Did it Work?

Yep, the next day and the following day:  like peanut butter.

The Cleanse Day 4-5

Blueberry smoothie for breakfast.

Lentils, brussels sprouts, rice for lunch.

Tropical Smoothie for dinner (mango, pineapple, coconut milk, agave syrup).

Blueberry smoothie for breakfast.

Smoothie at a juice bar for lunch.

Salmon, brown rice, greens at a restaurant for dinner.

Tropical Smoothie

Well-Being Meter

I love it so much, I’m already telling everyone about the cleanse – is it too soon to be touting this?  What will happen in week 2 and 3?

There’s this hill I have to climb every night on the way home from work.  Some people just fly by me, walking up that hill so fast and seemingly without effort!  Are they younger than I am? No. Are they lighter than I am? No.  Are they more fit than I am? Doesn’t look like it most of the time.  So what then?

I found out today.  They have ENERGY.  And now, so do I.

Suddenly I’m the one passing other people while walking up that hill.

Feels good.

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12 comments to Cleanse: Day 4 and 5 – Olive Oil

  • I found that the first week you are hopped up and then towards the end of the second week, things aren’t as happy go lucky. I think it has to do with your body not getting enough calories and saying enough with it all.

    Also, your smoothie picture and the peanut butter bowel reference weren’t well place :)

    • Interesting about the second week. I’m totally fascinated by the fact that I feel as good as I do right now. I thought I’d feel just awful at this point. So I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that it wouldn’t be all roses.

      LOL, good point – moving that image now!

  • Oh, hey, one more thing. All the fish you guys are eating can have heavy metals. I don’t know what your end goal is, but I would look for other lean sources of protein rather than relying heavily on fish. Salmon is definitely better than others, but there are still amounts of contaminants in these fatty fishies.

    • Yeah, having a difficult time with that one. I don’t even normally eat fish – I was a total vegetarian until very recently, when I stopped eating wheat (another story). Beans and lentils are ok, but otherwise we’re having a tough time with the protein.

  • ctdaffodil

    what about putting the olive oil with a splash of lemon in a shot glass…a little more ceremonial? Mind over matter….

  • LOL! What did I walk into here. Hi Melinda. I’m pleased to see you blogging again and to know you and Matt are well, and will soon be cleansed and healthy.

  • I’m laughing. You know, I have these conversations at work all the time…but I work with young children trying new foods for the first time. :)

  • This made me laugh! I eat a very low-fat diet (almost vegan, mostly grains and veggies), and unless I add olive oil to *everything* I get super-dry and have major, uncontrollable sugar cravings. Olive oil is my wonder-food!
    I even bring olive oil along with me when I travel: it works far better than plain old water at keeping one’s body hydrated (which is, of course, essential for healthy bowel movements).

    Good luck! Happy to see you back and writing :)

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