Our New Juicer!!
First off, I’d love to hear from everyone who decided to do the cleanse – how are you doing? Are you feeling good??! Are you learning about your body, and learning to nurture your body? I’d love to know!
Ok, are you ready?
First off: Weight. You all want to know, don’t you?
I wasn’t sure how this would work, if I’d stabilize or gain it all back. The verdict…
- Last day of the cleanse: weight 126.2
- Two weeks later: weight 124.8
Of course it’s not just about weight – I wrote about overall puffiness being the biggest change in me. I dropped 2+ pants sizes. Crazy, isn’t it? I think I’m an extreme case, so don’t expect all that from the cleanse if you try it. But wow, right?
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So – no cramps again. Wow. Just wow. And really nothing in the way of PMS, either. That’s huge, compared to my past.
Haven’t had any. I did have one cup of mate over the weekend, after kind of a long night the night before. But no coffee, no tea. I’ve wanted it on occasion, but decided to see what would happen if I didn’t drink it. Most of the time, I forgot I wanted it within a few minutes.
Reintroduction of Foods
We reintroduced the top food allergens slowly and methodically per my naturopath’s instructions. Briefly, if you do this yourself you should eat each food in its purist form (not mixed with anything else if possible), preferably 3 distinct times in one day. Then wait 2 days and record in a journal anything different physically or emotionally. After 2 days, move to the next one.
Here are my results….
Dairy (Raw) – We broke up our dairy experiment into two parts: raw cheese and pasteurized cheese. I have a friend who is terribly allergic to cheese but found recently that raw cheese provided enough digestive enzymes that she could actually eat a bit of it without feeling bad.
Result: Raw cheese is awesome, no reactions.
Dairy (Pasteurized) – We had some lovely blue cheese. Since then I’ve tested other pasteurized cheeses as well.
Result: Quite stuffy nosed, with a puffy face the next morning. Nothing that would keep me from it entirely, but I will try to limit my intake. My naturopath suggests not eating it more than one every 4 days to let my body recover.
Wheat – Yep. I was supposed to eat a piece of bread for breakfast, one for lunch, and one for dinner. But I didn’t make it past breakfast. First I had an asthma attack for the first time in several weeks. Then I became so depleted, I laid on the couch, barely able to lift my arms and legs. And it was all topped off with a nice migraine for the first time in months.
Result: I have a wheat allergy. It’s likely gluten. I thought so, but now I know so. My naturopath said, “well, you had the top two food allergy reactions – there’s no need to get tested.” Strict avoidance is key. Wah.
Corn – We had popcorn. It’s our fun evening snack while watching a movie. We buy organic, heirloom popping corn because it’s fun and a whole new level of taste.
Result: Just fine. Whew!
Sugar – We splurged one night and had frozen yogurt at a yogurt bar. It was fabulous and fun.
But it did hurt a bit later. It was a lot of sugar. I definitely sense the blood sugar spikes now, and am not thrilled with them - I will not see sugar exactly the same again. But I’d be kidding myself if I said I wouldn’t eat sugar again. I’ll be cutting down, but not cutting out completely.
Result: Definitely spikes followed by lows. The lows are the worst part.
Alcohol – Tested it a little too much this past weekend, if you know what I mean. I don’t do that very often. Fortunately, even hangovers are lighter after a cleanse!
Result: Some of it makes me stuffy, and all of it makes me feel puffy faced the next morning.
Eggs – I have yet to reintroduce eggs.
Soy – I have yet to reintroduce soy.
Tomatoes – After the reaction during the cleanse, I decided I do want to pay attention to this – but I haven’t tested tomatoes yet.
Overall Well Being
Both Matt and I still feel really good. We adopted the morning smoothies into our lives for a while, and then recently bought a juicer. We love our juicer!! I will post recipes – we’ve had juice every morning for the last several.
I’ve kept the weight off and seem to be dropping slightly still. I’ve also kept most of the energy, though reintroducing some of those foods has definitely taken a toll. By keeping at least one meal a day a liquid meal and to remain for the most part on the Elimination Diet, it has helped recover from those foods faster.
And finally, I’m more excited than ever to heal and nurture my body (and mind) and to continue on with the Year About Me. Please let me know of any suggestions you think I might try!
So, Have You Started The Cleanse or Are You Thinking About It?
I’d love to know!