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!
Although I am positive that I can think of many more reasons why Nourish is a happening place, I thought I’d offer 3 to get us started:
1. The Staff- Working at Nourish is unlike any other employment experience I’ve had; each person who works at Nourish genuinely enjoys being there. How many people can truly say that? My fellow receptionists, the yoga instructors, the therapists, our rock star nutritionist… everybody takes a real interest in not only their own well-being, but also in wellness of every person that walks into Nourish.
2. The Health-Conscious Atmosphere-In my experiences, the place you work is not a place to find solace or solutions to your (physical or mental) ailments. On the contrary, working in deli’s and restaurants had driven me to smoke cigarettes simply for the opportunity to temporarily escape work, and to think of nothing more after work than whether or not there was cold beer in my fridge. Being surrounded by health-conscious, fitness-seeking individuals has had a very real impact on the way I think about food, fitness, and well-being in general. Now, my moment of “escape” from work comes in the form of savasana, and I savor the thought of a frozen Bija truffle (who knew getting your daily omega could be so fun and tasty?) in my kitchen rather than a stiff drink.
3. The Variety- Ah, the very spice of la vida. This one may not be so obvious to Nourish students and clients; working at Nourish is the perfect combination of routine and challenge in the workplace. Every task has a process, each process is clearly defined and detailed. The receptionist position is not one that is menial or boring, both of which are unfortunate aspects of most entry-level jobs, and ones that I have endured at every other job I’ve had. Victor and Jocelyn are adept at discerning the individual talents of Nourish employees and applying those individual’s skills to projects that benefit Nourish. The result is that we employees can take pride in the work we do, rather than feel like an invisible cog in a corporate machine.
I’d love to hear reasons that anyone may have as to why they enjoy Nourish, or how Nourish has affected your everyday life in general. Until next time, Nourish Santa Cruz…
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Tonight was the final meeting, and the end of the 28th and final day of cleansing as a participant in Nourish’s Spring Cleanse. It was fun and inspiring to listen to the hurdles and successes of others in the group. It reminded me how elemental eating is. It also reminded me how eating is one of the things that brings us closer together in the most obvious ways, such as when we sit down to a meal with friends or family. Or when we make choices about the food that we share with our friends and family when we’re hosting a dinner party or filling the family refrigerator with healthy options for everyone. What we don’t often do is come together as a group to casually discuss our experience with food. I found this part of the cleanse process affirming, encouraging, and enriching.
I’m prone to taking issues around healthy dietary choices to the extreme; My husband might call me a food Nazi, insisting on the benefits of this and that, being particular about where we eat dinner out, and insisting my children finish their vegetables. But I also love an indulgence here or there (probably more here than there!) In my opinion the way we eat makes a strong statement about how we feel about ourselves and our precious, oh-so-temporary life. Those of us with a choice (how fortunate we are) are making a statement about how we feel about ourselves, not just physically but psychologically, and in some cases spiritually, every time we take a bite. When we choose to put all of those strange and delicious substances into our mouths we are choosing based on hunger, but also from a place of emotion, desire, and self-esteem, as reward or punishment, out of fatigue or convenience, with mindfulness or without. If our inside and our outside experiences are indeed related, then it would follow that when we choose to take an active role in taking care of our insides with something so foundational as how we eat , our outlook on the world around us will change inevitably. Being a part of a group willing to and interested in exploring the possibility of making such a shift —in some cases a dramatic shift—was absolutely inspiring.
I send thanks to the others in the group who shared their questions and stories with us tonight. Also, thank you Jocelyn for sharing your insight, knowledge, and wisdom. And finally, thanks for reading!
Well, I’m down to the last few days. I have to say, I feel pretty great. I’m sleeping better (except when the kids wake me up), I’m down a few pounds, my energy is great, and I don’t miss tea. I don’t know how I could possibly not miss tea, but I just don’t. It will be nice to be able to have an espresso every now and again, and to enjoy a cup of tea here and there, but I have no intention of going back to my habit. I feel liberated. It’s nice not to be a slave to caffeine anymore. Also, I’ve replaced that habit with fresh ginger, lemon, and cayenne in hot water with a touch of Agave syrup. So now, when I’m enjoying my hot beverage, I also know I’m supporting my circulation and decreasing inflammation —tending to my various aches and pains. Not that I wasn’t conscious of nutrition and my diet before, it’s just nice to feel like all my food and beverage is…for the absolute lack of a better word….Nourishing me.
I feel like I made it gracefully through all the little humps and hurdles. Today I was at a pizza and cake birthday party for a 3-year-old friend in a park. I had to scramble out of the house in a hurry without much thought as to what I’d eat for lunch. I packed a paleobar (allowed) in my purse in case there was nothing I could eat. I remembered there had been veggies and hummus last year, and thought that would be fine. There was no hummus, which would have been nice; but I ate big plate of salad —sadly I had to skip the dressing because it had gorgonzola— and my bar. I felt plenty satisfied. I’m not saying the pizza didn’t smell incredible…because it did…but not indulging in it felt fine too. There is something about having committed to cleansing that makes all those moments of choice making easier. Eating pizza or cake just wasn’t an option today. I think I might not be so easily satisfied next week.
I’m looking forward to thinking about what I want my diet to look like over the coming months. I really liked the 4-5 small meals rhythm. It felt much more natural than my usual 3 squares and a snack around 3PM…maybe because my snack no longer included a daily indulging in dark chocolate and a cup of black tea, so that just feels better anyway. (Believe me, I have nothing against chocolate. I love it too much!) I’m also interested in reducing wheat and dairy on a more regular basis. I eat mostly whole grains, with the exception of pasta and the occasional french bread with soup or pizza on occasion. I would like to do more research on the more subtle effects of wheat, gluten, and dairy. Research has been coming out on wheat’s inflammatory effects on the joints for example. I’m curious if the studies looked at whole grains vs. refined, etc… I have never been particularly sensitive to any of them, and don’t suffer from any allergies or other sensitivities. Though I haven’t missed wheat, I can’t say I’ve felt much different off of it on the cleanse either. It will be interesting to pow wow with Jocelyn on these subjects Wednesday night: Our final meeting and the last day of the our detox!