Jed sat across from me at last night and said “You look different. Good. Not that you didn’t look great before but somehow you look really good.”
Some people say their skin improves when they do a cleanse. They glow almost.
Jed came downstairs in a pair of pants that I did not recognize until he told me the story. “I haven’t been able to button these since 2002. Do you remember when I bought these in Germany in 2001? Seriously, I saved these because they are so awesome. And now I’m glad I did.”
Just five days after starting our cleanse.
Five days earlier Jed told me I was crazy for asking him to do this with me.
Four days earlier Jed thought he was going to die from lack of food.
But on day five he started questioning why we did not do this earlier.
And now on day eight of our ten day cleanse – I have to say we both feel amazing. A bit surprising to both of us as I truly did not know what to expect.
Have you ever tried a cleanse before? I hadn’t.
So here’s what I have found and I hope it helps you if you decide to try one. Or maybe you decide to run the other way and eat a candy bar…which I also totally understand.
1. Make some goals. Why are you doing a cleanse? To detox? To lose weight? My goal with this cleanse was to detox and get myself craving better foods. The more I read about processed food and some of the stuff we eat I just really want to get our family reset to more raw and natural food. I don’t think Jed had any goals when we started except to survive and make me happy.
2. Decide what type of cleanse you want to do. Are you going to buy a prepackaged one? Juice cleanse? Dr. Oz? How long? I am not expert and honestly just took a friend’s recommendation. I wanted something that was easy with little prep work, not too expensive, was raw-food based and tasted good and this one fit the bill for my needs.
3. Do a cleanse with a partner, friend, spouse, mom, daughter, SOMEONE. It really helps to have someone to talk to and support you and knows what you are going through and it’s nice to have a cheerleader who understands you when you are craving a glass of wine and can talk you down. Even though Jed thought I was a little crazy for asking him to do this with me, I think he felt better knowing we were in this together. And I could laugh at him too – which was awesome.
4. It helps if you are not a parent! Ha – kidding kind of. The hardest part of the first few days was having to prepare food for my kids while I could not even taste it or lick the pan. So make a plan to have them cook for themselves or cook stuff that you hate. It’s great to talk about the cleanse with your kids though and the healthy reasons you are doing it.
5. You need to make it to day four. I’ll come clean here and say that days two and three kind of sucked. Day one was great because it was all new – but days two and three when you really can’t eat what you want and still have cravings are VERY HARD! But stay the course and remember your goals and on day four everything got so much easier as my cravings had already started to change, I was enjoying the green drinks and my energy level really peaked. And now I LOVE the taste of the drinks and feel amazing.
6. Surround yourself with healthy foods. Keep your kitchen stocked to the minimum and with only what you need for the cleanse. Jed was not a huge fan of fruits and veggies before the cleanse and now he craves and enjoys them.
7. There is no good time to do a cleanse. We did ours over Halloween, which was hard – but there is always something going on. Don’t wait to start it – just do it.
8. Exercise and be healthy. If you don’t feel good during a cleanse then I really believe there is something wrong – do you need to add more, do less, are you exercising. Maybe it’s not right for you. You should be feeling great. Be concerned if you are not.
9. Prepare to pee a lot. We did not do a cleanse that.ahem.flushed out your system and you felt you could not leave the house, but this cleanse did flush out toxins and water weight in the form of pee. For the first three days I peed ALL.THE.TIME.
10. Plan for your transition back to food. Continue parts of your cleanse and small, healthy meals. We will be eating a lot of raw vegetables and fruit and healthy soups and other healthy foods in smaller portions.
I have to say that I was skeptical when we started this but now I’m a believer. Jed has lost weight and I feel lighter(no bloat and my tummy doesn’t hurt) and have so much energy. Instead of craving chocolate I crave squash and peppers. I am not even kidding. I went to a school function on Friday where they were serving my three favorite food groups – sushi, red wine and chocolate – and it did not bother me a bit that I did not partake of anything but water. Your body will start to crave good things and honestly, my skin looks amazing and I seem to be losing less hair.
What cleanse have you tried and why? Did you love the results?
Disclosure: I have no disclosure – I wasn’t compensated nor asked or paid to cleanse or use any particular product. Although I disclose that being paid to cleanse would be awesome. I’m not a medical professional and I know different things work for different people just because I am people. I do disclose that on day four I considered pouring BBQ sauce over my cat, but did not do this…so PETA can lay off. Truffle Cat is just fine. I also disclose that I had to promise my husband more sex for him to actually participate in the cleanse. This is not a requirement of most cleanses though, so if you don’t like sex – well then don’t do a cleanse with your spouse. Also, Jed disclosures that he was really whiny on day two because of no food. I’m not sure if he wanted you all to know that – but too bad. I also have to disclosure that I did eat ONE Snicker’s bar on November 1st. I still feel guilt because I used to be Catholic. If I wasn’t Catholic when I was eight year old then I’m sure I would have no guilt nor would I have felt the need to admit my sins.