Last week I did a 3-day cleanse. It was the first “cleanse” I have ever done. Honestly, I’ve just not felt like I could do it and I didn’t see the benefits out weighing the sacrifice. However, something in me felt it was time and a necessary step in achieving optimal health. During the 3 days I had some very unexpected revelations and was able to break a few strongholds that were keeping me from nurturing my body and healing my gut. I wasn’t planning on sharing my experience with you because I wasn’t planning on having all these epiphanies but I think by sharing my experience, some of you will find it helpful.
The cleanse I did was from The Bikini Body Detox by Danette May. While searching for YouTube ab workouts I discovered her and I’m really enjoying her daily emails, workouts and healthy recipes. Her health philosophies jive with mine so I’m happy to have accidentally discovered her!
This cleanse consisted of an apple cider vinegar/cayenne pepper detox drink 2x a day, several smoothies, green tea and a couple of quinoa/kale meals. I was to drink 3/4 of a gallon of water as well. It certainly is not a detox where you are starving yourself, but one that included non-inflammatory foods that would nourish, heal and cleanse your body. Also, since you are eating way less then usual (in most cases) the 3 days gives your body time to catch up on digestion and liver detox.
Things I’ve Realized From The Cleanse:
- I comfort and reward with food.
- I don’t need to drink wine 3-4 times a week.
- I can avoid a caffeine headache by drinking green tea instead of coffee
- I carry A LOT of tension in my stomach and am way too self conscious about carrying extra belly weight which in turn is contributing to my stomach discomfort.
- Even though I can’t get ginger far enough away from my sushi, I really don’t mind it in my smoothies (it’s so good for digestion)!
- Cucumbers are lovely in smoothies!
- Poor quality coffee and wine are very likely the culprits of my stomach troubles.
- My cravings for sugar after my daughters go to bed are fightable. I can say NO!
During and after the cleanse I experienced a good amount of mental clarity and surprisingly not a ton of discomfort from hunger. I’m so happy I did the cleanse and will do it again. I’m contemplating doing it every month even!
I did lose 5lbs and continue to lose. Something in my mind reset. I was unconsciously eating too many harmful foods and indulging too often. I’m all about indulging but there has got to be a balance. To my delight and surprise my wine craving is gone. I haven’t had a glass in almost 2 weeks. Sugar is a bit tougher but I have more will power then I did. As for my stomach discomfort, it is much improved. That is the biggest victory and definitely gives me momentum to continue making better decisions.
I hope this post was helpful. Especially if you’ve been interested in doing a cleanse. There are a lot of harmful cleanses out there and Danette’s is not one of them. It costs about $8 to get the cleanse instructions and recipes and in my opinion, it was worth it. And just for the record-this post is not sponsored in any way. I have no affiliation with Danette May, I just highly recommend her cleanse if you’re interested! Go HERE to check it out.