It’s been almost one week since I ended the cleanse…I just got back from Hawaii and so far so good! Last Saturday was the first day after the cleanse and I was immediately put to the test at a birthday pool party filled with pizza, candy and cupcakes. But that wasn’t it…all my friends were drinking mimosas too! ARGH! You can’t get more off the cleanse then that. But I’m happy to say nothing was tempting to me. Well, maybe the cupcakes looked yummy…but I was so busy catching up with old friends and swimming with Lily that I didn’t miss anything 🙂
So all was well… until that night. My parents were watching Lily so Jason and I went out for a date to Buzz’s Steakhouse one the most famous and delicious restaurants in Hawaii. After 28 days of no refined sugar, wheat/guten, alcohol etc I was really ready to enjoy a fun meal. We had their famous calamari appetizer, fabulous “Freshies” (fresh margaritas), and perfectly grilled mahi mahi. ONO. But way too much for my clean little system… and by 1am I had a headache that would not go away. One of the main reasons I was on the cleanse was to hopefully improve the frequency of migraines. I hadn’t had one in over 2 weeks (yay cleanse!) and for me that is a long time as I usually get them every 4-7 days. I think it was a combination of the wheat/gluten in the calamari breading, possibly some soy was on the mahi, and then the margarita. You live and learn and now I know if I am going to have one of my possible trigger foods I need to eat clean the rest of the meal and even the rest of the day.
Since then I have been attempting to eat as I did on the cleanse with some success. No matter how long I go without sugar (my biggest challenge) I think I’m always going to want it and a girls gotta have a little chocolate. So now that the cleanse is over the challenge truly begins. On the cleanse I knew I wouldn’t cheat, I was too committed to doing it right. But now that I can eat what I want it’s much harder to resist. Reminding myself of how I felt during the cleanse…better mood, better sleep, less frequent migraines… is a huge motivator. I’m trying to be tuned into more of what my body wants instead of what sounds fun. It’s not easy… but either was the cleanse and I’m pretty proud of my accomplishment.
Would I do the cleanse again? Absolutely. Not only did I benefit from it, but my family did too. Anything that makes me a better, healthier, happier person..makes me a better mom and wife. Alooooooha! 🙂
Aloha from Hawaii and the last week of the cleanse! With the last day in sight (this Friday the 11th) I’m getting excited to see how it goes after it’s over. The last few days have been perhaps the most challenging of this 4 week journey. Monday was a travel day as I spent most of the day in airports, in an airplane, and in cars. I thought I had packed enough snacks for my travels but after having my shake, an apple, some almonds, and a larabar I was still hungry and the breakfast burrito they were serving on the plane was looking way too good.
Of course I didn’t cave in but that was sign of what was to come… I am definitely hungrier than earlier in the cleanse. Maybe it’s my mom’s cooking or being around some of my favorite foods ever (Buzz’s Steak House shrimp scamp spinach salad! Los Garcias ahi tacos!!) but I am sooo ready to eat full meals again. Fortunately most of what I want is cleanse-friendly, but I find myself wanting bigger portions than I have been content with during the cleanse. Last night after dinner of chicken and spinach salad, I was perfectly full but I could tell my body wanted something else… for the first time in weeks I was really thinking “hmmm, dessert sounds pretty good right about now”.
With only 2 more days on the cleanse it’s easy to resist temptation, but I will be interested to see what happens on Saturday… will I want to go straight to Starbucks and get my former favorite Green Tea Lemonade? Will I have pizza at the birthday party we are going to on Saturday? Will I have birthday cake? I’ll let you know… 🙂
With one more week to go on the cleanse, whats a girl to do but reward herself with a trip to Hawaii….
Yes… I will be on this beach by tomorrow afternoon, yahoo! But this trip was planned long before I decided to do the cleanse. I almost didn’t sign up for the cleanse because I thought it would be too hard to be on vacation and have diet restrictions. Well the last 3 weeks have made me realize that I have underestimated my willpower and my body’s ability to crave the things it REALLY needs. It used to want sugar and starch almost all the time, and now it seems very happy and content without those terrible two.
Just like the surprise benefit of being on the cleanse over Halloween, it’s nice to know that I won’t be tempted to eat horrible airline and airport food. I’ve already packed my shake, apple, larabar and almond butter packets. I will be finishing the cleanse in Hawaii (on Friday the 11th) and am both looking forward to being done but also wishing I could stay on this program for….maybe ever? I love the results and wonder why I should go back to eating the way I did before. I really feel like this is the best and biggest step I’ve made in improving my overall health….so thank you again Jocelyn. 🙂
Aloha everyone! More to come from Hawaii….
Is it genius that Halloween falls on a day in the middle of the cleanse? I say YES! Halloween is always a tough time for anyone trying to stay away from treats, let alone someone like me who is a chocoholic. But this year it was a non-issue and completely temptation free! Not only am I less tempted by treats because I haven’t had them in over 2 weeks and no longer crave sugar, but the fact that I CAN”T have them because I’m on the cleanse makes it that much easier. Thank you Jocelyn. 🙂
It really is amazing how something that you think you can’t do without (sugar/sweets in my case) is easier than you think to give up. I’ve always thought that the more sweets I eat the more I crave, so now I wonder if there’s a way to reintroduce them without reverting back to craving them? Well I guess I’ll tackle that on day 29….
Besides having my first candy-free Halloween last night, I had my first family dinner on the cleanse. This was the first time I was with all of Jason’s family for a big to-do (Halloween/family dinner) and was a little apprehensive how they would respond to my shake and minimal dinner. Since they were having enchiladas with wheat tortillas & tons of cheese, I pretty much only had some appetizers of carrots and red bells andthen my shake. Fortunately no one made a big deal of my empty plate and were impressed that I was keeping this up for 28 days. WHEW made it through that one.
Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!
I think one of the biggest misconceptions about a cleanse is that you have to give up your favorite things. Starbuck’s green tea lemonade is/was one of my faves but after almost 2 weeks without one, I don’t even think about it! I thought giving up refined sugar was going to be the biggest challenge for me, but I think getting out of the habit of having sweets has made me stopped craving them. WOW, that’s huge for a girl like me.
I do still LOVE my chocolate but on the cleanse I can have a new favorite…. Bija Omega Truffles. Soooo good you forget they are actually good for you! I am discovering so many new foods that I probably wouldn’t have tried if I wasn’t on the cleanse. Like my new favorite breakfast is Amande Almond Yogurt (coconut flavor) with Perky’s Crunchy Flax cereal, shelled hemp seeds, and walnuts.
Yum….so good I’ll be eating this long after the cleanse ends. That’s one of the best things I’m discovering about the cleanse. I’m eating foods that are good for my body and that I LIKE enough to keep eating when I can eat anything I want again. 🙂
With Week One of the cleanse completed (last Friday Oct 21st) we are on to Week Two! The first week went really well with a few bumps here and there when my energy crashed mid-afternoon. Turns out I wasn’t eating any fat with my afternoon protein/carb snack…thanks for the tip Jocelyn! Here is my favorite new find (thanks again to Jocelyn and Nourish), the most delicious protein/fat source ever:
Week Two has been a bit more challenging. We now drink 2 shakes a day in between small meals so it can feel as if I’m always eating or drinking. It has been a challenge to stay on schedule with the meal/shake/meal/shake/meal. Like today I had my first shake at 12noon and still need to have my 2nd shake and it’s almost time for dinner. Drinking all the extra liquid of the shakes and the water we need to drink (half our weight in ounces) has made me feel…puffy? water-logged? Not sure I can find a nice word for it…but I’m sure my body just needs a few days to adjust and I’ll be fine.
Overall with one week down and 3 more weeks to go, so far The Cleanse has exceeded my expectations. I feel GREAT. My mood is better and more even than ever. They say your skin glows when you cleanse and I think I’m seeing that! Love it. Looking forward to the next 3 weeks!