Cleansing away…I am. I’m more than 1/2 way through now. My body seems to have stabilized on the shakes, with a little dietary adjusting from Jocelyn resulting in less general gas. I was just starting to get into the rhythm of things when I came down with a little GI virus. It seems to be passing relatively quickly. But I’ve been feeling pretty crummy the last couple of days.
Some of the others on the cleanse are clients of Jocelyn’s with weight loss as one of their overall nutritional goals. I started the cleanse at a comfortable weight for me. So weight loss has not been one of my personal goals, but I thought you might be interested to know it seems like I’ve been losing about 1-2 lbs. per week. During my consultation with Jocelyn this week we talked about what my caloric intake should be with regards to my particular nutritional needs, level of physical activity, and goals with regard to weight (which are to maintain). She prescribed the number of calories I should eating in each of my 4-5 small meals/day and it seems in that first week or two of cleansing I was probably under-eating. That sounds great, because I haven’t been feeling hungry, or like I’m missing out on the foods I love. But I’m happy to eat more too! Probably just cutting out the ‘discretionary’ eating I was doing was enough to lower my calorie intake to weight loss levels. (Eating out of boredom, feeling munchy, after dinner snacking, chocolate…etc…). And…honestly, I’m happy to let go of a few of those pounds.
As I mentioned in previous posts, the types of food choices I’m making on the cleanse don’t feel that restrictive to me. I eat a lot of whole grains, meals without bread, cheese or red meat, tons of vegetables, alternatives to sugar, and I restrict alcohol in my diet anyway. So for me the process of letting go of a different way of eating hasn’t been so dramatic. I’m not the best example compared to someone who has maintained a very different way of eating. Shifting to the shakes as meal replacements has been challenging though. Not because the shakes are gross, or I’m not feeling full or good after I drink them. But more because it just feels weird to survive on foods that come in powder form out of plastic tubs. I am aware of the purpose of them and their role in supporting my body in the cleanse, but they’re sweet enough, and of a texture and flavor (I chose Vanilla and Chocolate…Berry is also available) that psychologically makes me feel like I’m not doing the best thing for my body.
You could surely survive on these things —balanced nutrition in a cup. They have adequate proportions of protein, carbohydrates, and fat plus omegas-3s, greens, and fiber, as well as the herbs, amino acids, and other complexes that support liver function. Along with a multivitamin I’m guessing one’s body could function quite happily on little else. But I have to say, there is something about preparing wholesome food for yourself, and sitting down to savor it that makes me feel happy. I am blessed to live in a place where I have access to a variety of organic, mostly local, mostly unprocessed, usually fresh, whole foods. (I spend a fair amount of money on groceries for this privilege). These foods look and taste like they came directly and recently from the earth. They have all the flavors, colors, and textures of nourishment. And though I still get to eat them twice a day now, I can’t wait until I can let go of the scientific concoctions in my blender, and get back to those other glorious meals.