Cleansing…Ahhhhhhh… All right…my cleansing diary begins. Here we go!
I’m participating in Jocelyn’s spring cleanse. It’s been over 5 years since I’ve been able to do something like this because I was breastfeeding up until last week! Ha! So I jumped on board Jocelyn’s program…knowing that if I let this train go I’d be unlikely to hop on another any time soon. I am ever curious about nutrition and the workings of the body. I am also a skeptic around ‘wellness lore’ that hasn’t been adequately studied, because I’m wary of the financial motivations of the wellness industry. So I probably wouldn’t have done this kind of thing through anybody else. Thanks Jocelyn!
I’ve made it through the weekend. I have to say I’m making it sound a little more dramatic than it’s actually been. My first day I ate too little, and drank too little of the 2 cups of black tea I’m extremely attached to. I wound up with a throbbing headache and that nauseous feeling I get when I eat too little. In the middle of the night I woke with the headache, and the realization that despite my careful listening, I had failed to follow Jocelyn’s instructions.
I usually eat 3 square meals and a snack (and sometimes dessert). So even though I heard Jocelyn say we were to eat 4-5 small meals…she held up her hands in the shape of a small bowl…I somehow decided on that first day that she meant 3 small meals and 1-2 snacks. So my calorie intake on day 1 must have been about 1/2 what I usually eat. (And I’m an eater!) I was expecting to feel bad, and I did. That night I asked myself, “why did I think this was a good idea, again?”
The second day was better. I was more organized, ate as instructed, and allowed a little more caffeine into my tea cup. Today (day 4) I am headache free and settling into the new rhythm easily. I think I’m down to a little less than a full cup of tea, and headache free. I’ll be done with caffeine by the end of our week. In terms of food I feel satisfied, but I get hungry more often (because of smaller meal portions)…Then again, I get to eat more often. So that’s not so bad! I’m not really missing wheat and dairy. I like soy milk, and I have a healthy habit of alternative grains to bread and pasta already. I imagine those things might be harder for people who like sandwiches.
I usually drink about 20 ounces of green ‘smoothy’/ day. I blend up greens, avacado, a little apple juice, and sometimes some fresh herbs like ginger or cilantro in my Vitamix. Because I’m not sure where to fit that into a ‘meal’ and still keep it small-bowl-sized, I have not been getting in those extra helpings of veggies. In that way I’m actually eating less vegetables/day than I usually do. I’ve been feeling more secure with stick-to-the-ribs choices in my meals like beans and grains. I’ll probably try to change that ratio some in the next weeks.
I purchased a selection of rice crackers, and gluten free breads…packaged foods I don’t usually like to buy, but going off wheat was feeling scary. It turns out I eat a lot of grains, veggies, and legumes in my diet anyway, so I haven’t been dipping into that supply as much as I thought I would.
So far the cleanse has been (dare I say it) fun. I’ve only been mildly uncomfortable a few times. My energy is good, and it’s nice to focus some attention on taking care of my body by feeding it consciously. I mean, we eat every single day. And though I think I’m pretty good at the internal housekeeping, I reach for food for plenty of reasons other than nutrition —reasons like boredom, addiction (to sugar and caffeine), and the ever popular stuffing of emotions! It’s nice to give those impulses a rest for a while.
I’m not sure if I’ll keep cruising so comfortably…but I’ll keep you posted.
Please feel free to comment! I’d love to answer any questions you might have about my experience as the days tick on…