Before And After
I know it looks a little like those Weight Watchers before and after pictures, with the pictures in different locations (hall vs. kitchen) with different cameras (iPhone vs. 35mm). But even so, I think you can tell there is a difference. I just looked at these myself and was kind of shocked!
(Note: I wore no makeup in either shot.)
The Benefits of My Cleanse
As you all have watched over the last 3 weeks, I have some of the many benefits of the Clean cleanse to include:
- Sounder sleep
- More limber
- Weight loss – and more importantly puffiness loss
- Softer, glowing skin
- Greater energy
- No menstrual cramps or PMS
- Heightened mood
- Greater mental clarity
- Increased awareness of mental toxins
- The ability to function effectively without caffeine
- Clear sinuses for the first time in years
- Generally more in tune with my body
- Knowing what foods I’m really allergic to (to come – see below)
- I’ve found a common link to many of my medical issues
- I learned to put my mind over culture in order to give my body what it needs
- I’ve learned to love water, and drink it waaaay more often than I used to
- I’ve learned a TON about my digestive system, I’ve learned to love and respect my colon!
The Negative Effects of My Cleanse
- Funny dreams about Doritos and potatoes
- Restricted diet, making it more difficult to socialize at times
- Dry skin in the beginning (though it quickly went away after I bought the skin brush)
- Hyper sense of smell (it’s both good and bad, depending on where I am!)
- My talking about this cleanse with everyone who will listen!
What I Will Change After the Cleanse – Aka, My New Normal
- I created a Wellness Plan, and I’ll stick to it – I’m excited to reach those goals!
- I’ll be reintroducing the most common food allergens over the coming weeks, so I’ll know for sure how/if I react to any of them. That list includes wheat, soy, corn, eggs, and dairy. I’ll be testing a few other things as well, like rye (another gluten-containing grain), tomatoes (because of the bad reaction the other day, as well as some skin sensitivity), and raw cultured cheese (just in case raw is ok for me but pasteurized is not – raw has more enzymes to help you break it down).
- Less alcohol consumption.
- Little to no caffeine – I’m going to see where this takes me, but if I need caffeine I’ll first be reaching for the green tea.
- More raw foods – Dr. Junger suggests 51% or more of your diet should be raw, because of those fabulous enzymes that help you digest the food. Something to strive toward!
- Smoothies in the morning. I must admit, I never ever would have pegged me as a morning smoothie drinker, but I really love the way it makes me feel in the morning!
- Buy new clothes. I know! I had no idea that only a few pounds would shift my clothing size so substantially. But it’s rather ridiculous, so to the (thrift) stores I go!
Day 21 – The Final Day of Our Cleanse
Blueberry smoothie for breakfast.
Carrot, beet and celery juice at the farmer’s market.
Market fresh and fabulous local dinner (see below).
Well Being Meter
Are you kidding? It has been an absolutely amazing experience. Of course it wasn’t always easy, but it was jaw-droppingly informative and beneficial.
It has been cold, cloudy, and rainy here for many days on end, so we decided to treat ourselves to a mini vacation celebration. We drove up to Vancouver, BC and spent the day sightseeing in the sun. (About 2 hours north – the first time we’d driven much at all for some time.) It was fabulous!
We spent the morning perusing the Farmer’s Market, the early afternoon perusing Chinatown, the late afternoon enjoying the park and the sun, and the evening EATING. Eating fabulous local, organic food.
It just so happened it was “Dine Out Vancouver” (a part of a whole movement of restaurant weeks around North America – many are listed here). So we had a three course meal and wine pairing at an astoundingly low price.
I will say I was hungry. Not famished, not starving, not wasting away, but definitely ready to eat. I could feel my insides doing lots of stuff, since it didn’t have any digestion to do. That was a strange thing.
I still resisted the rolls – no wheat yet. Everything I ordered was gluten free.
I ate an amazing arugula and wild mushroom salad, then local white salmon with potatoes over a fennel/leek salad, a cheese course, and finally pumpkin creme brulee. And wine.
I know you’re supposed to very gradually reintroduce foods – dairy, sugar, alcohol in particular – but we needed a celebration for the hard work. (Don’t we deserve it??!)
What Were the Effects?
I didn’t drink one of the wines I had because it made me very flushed – from the oak or sulfites, I’m not sure. Otherwise, I felt pretty good afterward. Except for the sugar low on the way home – I fell asleep for an hour!