You knew it was coming. What’s a series about a cleanse without at least one post about fiber?!
With only one solid meal a day, it’s nearly impossible to get all the fiber you need to help your digestive tract push out all the toxins it has collected. And… without being too graphic here… I’ll just say it gets increasingly imperative to take fiber as the cleanse progresses (both for the constipation factor and the increased amount of toxins being eliminated).
What Fiber Has Worked For Me?
- In the first few days, I added course ground flax to my smoothies, and that helped.
- But pretty soon that wasn’t enough. So I learned I needed olive oil. I started with one tablespoon, and a few days later upped it to two.
- That worked for a bit, but somewhere toward the middle of week 2, I needed more. I picked up an herbal supplement called “Cleanse More.” It helped a bit, but not enough.
- So a couple days ago, I began taking psyllium seed husks. (We lovingly nicknamed it “colon blow” – oh yes.)
What works? All of them together. By the end of week 3, I suspect I’ll need psyllium seed husks twice a day.
A Few Words About Psyllium Seed Husks
First of all, I stayed clear of it for a while because I thought it was wheat. I was totally wrong. It’s a completely and utterly different plant, so those of us who are gluten free are a-ok.
Second, when the package says “Mix with 8 oz of water, and drink immediately” – it means immediately! I mean, down that glass in one fell swoop. A wee bit of psyllium husks will turn into a glass full of less than savory muck if you wait very long.
But it really, really works. I was dubious in the beginning, but now I feel the love for psyllium seed husks.
What Does Fiber Do?
- Improves the absorption of minerals, especially calcium.
- Reduces the risk of colon cancer.
- Reduces your risk for heart disease.
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Reduces your absorption of sugar.
- Adds bulk and softens your stool.
- Binds to toxins and helps you eliminate them, rather than allowing them to reabsorb in the body.
(Anyone more knowledgeable than I, please chime in!)
Blueberry Smoothie for breakfast.
Lunch and Dinner… sigh… see below!
Well Being Meter
A client who hadn’t seen me in over a month, walked into the door and said, “Wow, you’re glowing, you look really happy!” That was pretty darn awesome.
On the flip side, our clients are in town for all-day meetings today and tomorrow. They are very social clients to boot, so I felt pretty strongly that I needed to eat with them.
For lunch, we got the closest thing I could get to the elimination diet: Indian food. I ate white rice (gasp!), spinach, lentils, chickpeas in tomato sauce, veggies (with tomatoes), eggplant, and a couple bites of fish. There were several rules I broke. I didn’t have naan – do I get special points for that?? I suppose not.
For dinner, I had salmon with fennel and blood oranges. And water with lemon. The only rule I broke was the oranges. Oh, and the whole two meals a day instead of one!
How did I fare? It was the first cloudy-headed day I’ve had since the beginning of the cleanse. I felt bloated, and like I’d regained half the weight (maybe a slight exaggeration). I had a mild headache in the afternoon (though fortunately not a migraine). I was tired, and wanted coffee to get me through the day – the first time that’s happened since I began the cleanse. Overall, I felt a bit… blecky.
I don’t know what gave me those symptoms: the dairy it was all cooked in? The nightshade vegetables – tomatoes or eggplant? The white rice shooting up (and then down) my blood sugar? When I reintroduce foods at the end of the cleanse, I will have to pay particular attention to these.