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.
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…
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!
I am an alternatively inspired skeptic of alternative medicine. I believe in all sorts of ‘out there’ kinds of things. I speak of chakras, believe in ghosts, buy organic, and set intentions with a capital ‘I’. The psycho-spiritual, bio-energetic teachings of yoga are right up my alley. I used to work in a vegetarian restaurant behind a juice bar and touted the benefits of wheat grass, spirulina, and bee pollen. I’ve been vegan, vegetarian, and raw. I’ve fasted, enema-ed and I’ve peeled.
I birthed my babies at home and have stood on my soapbox and preached natural childbirth to anyone who will listen. At first I was inspired by Western Medicine’s seeming insistence on invading my body with drugs, appalled by staggering C-Section rates. Later I became absolutely armed with every evidence-based reason to avoid most things medical around birth (given an healthy pregnancy) and this feels better. You can see my leanings.
I also feel that we (humans) tend towards adolescence in many things. We are bright, forward-thinking, creative, beings who are also easily fooled, sloppy, indulgent, and self-centered if given the slightest chance. I have been on earth long enough now to have watched alternative fads come and go. I have been one of those who jump on the bandwagon of things recommended by friends who’ve seen ‘results’, only to feel like a fool later. Now, in my dawning middle age, I am an ever more sophisticated fan of science. Especially when science supports my leanings. And I’m no longer willing, to believe every little study. These days I’m a skeptic, and I want to see peer reviews analyzed by an expert representing an organization I trust. You see, I have never been taught to read studies (few have), so I know I need someone to interpret results for me.
I’m tired of being convinced I’m not ‘whole’ or ‘healthy’ by a supplement industry that is now largely owned by pharmaceutical companies. And I’m not interested in spending my money on the illusion of ‘wellness’. I thoroughly enjoyed Ben Goldachere’s book Bad Science. It’s a touch extreme, but a great read if you appreciate a little sarcasm. I’m telling you all this so you can get an idea about the healthy skepticism I hold for many things alternative these days. I know science isn’t perfectly unbiased nor accurate, and I know in general, almost always, ‘more studies need to be done’ about almost everything ‘alternative’. But as far as I can tell, it’s the best thing we have from which to make decisions. Especially about what to put in our bodies, and what to avoid. I tested Jocelyn a lot during my first consultation with her. I wanted to know that she hadn’t been hoodwinked by the snake-oil salespeople. And, probably much to her annoyance, I am always asking about the science behind what she’s recommending.
I thought you might appreciate this video about the supplement company that Jocelyn carries at Nourish. They are the makers of the shakes and pills that have been supporting my poor old liver in this detoxification. They made the video, so I am not presenting you with an unbiased look at the company by any means. But I’m optimistic. I’m happy enough to leave the tough questions to Jocelyn. I know she does her homework.
I have been amazed and impressed at how ‘gentle’ (to use Jocelyn’s word) this cleanse has been. It has been easy to follow, and with the shakes my daily eating routines have been simplified. There are, of course, those moments when everyone I’m with wants to go out to eat and I have restrictions, or when I go over to someone’s house for dinner. Yesterday was the first day I found myself counting down to the last day; and the reason is that I’m starting to enjoy the shakes less. I’m going to write Jocelyn for suggestions (she encourages contact by email or phone whenever we feel the need, which is a nice service to offer on her part). For me the thing that’s getting to me is the sweet. They’re not all that sweet, but they’re mildly sweet, and twice a day. I’m starting to get the feeling I used to get when I worked at the cookie shop in College. I stopped wanting to eat cookies. At all. Actually, going into the shake (when I’m hungry) feels OK. But afterwords I’m left feeling a little sweeted out.
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.