What to Expect During a Cleanse. Starting Week 2 Feeling Strong!

Well I am happy to share that despite one painful afternoon on Wednesday, I made it through my first week of the my 3 week cleanse in pretty good shape!

I start on week two filled with energy and about 6 pounds lighter than I was a week ago. Other than the debilitating migraine of Wednesday, I found the cleanse days to be pretty painless. I felt strong, did not get hungry, nor was I desperately craving real food.


By Saturday I moved in to my post-cleanse routine, which was basically the same as my pre-cleanse and very much the way I like to eat on a regular basis — clean protein, organic produce, raw seeds and nuts and a variety of gluten free grains,

This week will be much the same.  Fresh green drinks 4 to 5 times a day with small, healthy meals and snacks in between. Though I minimized the intensity of my workouts during the three days of cleansing last week, I’m planning on my regular routine of BURST, walks and aerial training this week.

Since I decided to be fully transparent with you about my journey on this cleanse many of you have asked questions about the process of a cleanse, what to expect, how to prepare and when to make the decision to go on a cleanse. You’ve also been asking about different options and how those compare to one another. I’ll do my best to answer these questions over the next couple of weeks.

First let’s take a look at what a cleanse is and what you can expect should you decide to commit to a cleanse of your own.

Why Cleanse?

The purpose of a cleanse is to rid the body of accumulated toxins. These toxins come from a number of sources, including past illnesses, toxins in your food and environment, household products and beauty products. Your body also stores traumatic experiences in your cells and you may experience of release of past emotional or physical trauma during or after a cleanse.  Think of a cleanse as a thorough house cleaning — you go deep into your cells to do a major clean up of everything that has been stored there for weeks, months or even years. Chances are there’s a lot of junk in there you never even realized was there until you decided to get rid of it all. Because of this it’s normal to experience a range of uncomfortable symptoms and feel a little (or a lot) sick, while you go through the process.

How does a cleanse work?

During a cleanse you eat or drink foods or juices specially selected for their cleansing properties. You generally start with a pre-cleanse during which you eliminate all known toxins from your diet. You get rid of caffeine, sugar, processed foods, and other unhealthy substances and eat only foods that are healing and nurturing to your body.

During the actual detox phase, the juices, herbs or foods you drink or eat, will go into your cells and dislodge all the toxins they can find. These toxins are then released into your blood stream and may very well make you a little sick. It is imperative to drink a TON of water to flush out these toxins as quickly as you can so that the chances of experiencing unpleasant symptoms are minimized.

What Symptoms Can You Expect?

No two people are exactly alike so everyone’s experience with a cleanse is a little different. To a large extent your response will depend on how toxic your body is. So if you eat a lot of foods that are harmful to your health, get sick a lot, and use products that are filled with harmful chemicals, chances are you will react fairly strongly to a cleanse. If you do the pre-cleanse you will start to purge some of these substances from your body ahead of time. So take the time to pre-cleanse!

Here are some of the symptoms you may experience:

  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Extreme fatigue/restlessness
  • Cramps
  • Headache
  • Aches, Pains
  • Arthritic flair up
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Sinus congestion
  • Fever/chills
  • Frequent urination and/or urinary tract discharges
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Skin eruptions, including: boils, hives, and rashes.
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety

Source: What The Body Goes Through During A Cleanse or Detox

Fun right?

No matter how mild or severe your symptoms are, remember that they are a sign that the cleanse is working! As the toxins are released into your blood stream they are having an effect on you. Don’t quit!

For this reason it is important to prepare mentally as well as physically for a cleanse.

The good news is that once those toxins are out of your blood stream you will feel better than you have in months or even years! Keep that in mind as you go through the challenging part of the cleanse.  Your mindset has a lot to do with how you experience your cleanse. Embrace the “yucky” phase knowing it is temporary and will lead to amazing energy, clarity and a loss of the cravings that lead you to eating the foods that are harmful to your health.

I hope this helps you in deciding whether a cleanse is right for you. Please let me know if you have more questions or would like my support in any way.



About Valerie 

Valerie Remy-Milora is the mother of 3 amazing girls, an author, public speaker, coach and founder of Scrumptious Moms. She is passionate about empowering moms to embrace self care and live a vibrant, joyful life with their loved ones. A health and fitness nut, she is an advocate for chemical-free living, real food and GMO labeling. She believes in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.

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  1. I’m getting ready to start a cleanse soon, too! Yours sounds like it working out well for you!

  2. Oh, I’m so glad to hear you are feeling better. Reading about your true experiences with the cleanse is helping me make a more informed decision about whether it’s right for me. 6 pounds weight loss definitely sounds right to me!

    • I was pretty excited about the 6 pounds Crystal! Even though weight loss was not my main objective it feels pretty darn good 🙂 I am happy to share. I know cleanses can be intriguing and a bit scary and most people are thrilled to tell you all about the benefits but forget to share the details about the process. Unfortunately, because of that, a lot of people quit their cleanse when they start feeling sick since they were not prepared for it and assume the cleanse is making them sick so it must not be working… when in fact it IS!

  3. I have never done a cleanse before, but I’ve been considering it! Our church is doing a 21-day fasting and prayer thing and I thought about doing something like this to rid my body of things that are harmful. Thanks for the information! I might just do it!

    • I love what your church is doing Amy and I think a cleanse would be a great compliment. There is nothing more rewarding than taking care of our body, mind and soul at the same time. Nurture them all 🙂

  4. I’ve never done a cleanse … mostly because I don’t want to experience any of those symptoms!

    • I hear you Sara. Who would purposely go through the flu right? But when you think about it, if those toxins are in your body they are having an effect on your health and robbing you of feeling your best. Although you may experience some crappy things during a cleanse, once you’ve gotten rid of those toxins they are GONE and no longer wearing you down. For me that is worth a little pain, especially since I know it is temporary 🙂

  5. I have never done a cleanse honestly because they terrify me. But I probably should do one!

    • If you’ve never done one it can be quite intimidating Ellen, and the truth is that the process of purging all the junk out of your system rarely is fun. But the way you feel afterwards…!!! So worth it! The crazy thing is you don’t realize how much those toxins are poisoning you daily and holding you back until you get rid of them.

  6. Cleanses sound so intense! I like hearing about your progress!

  7. Yikes! You’re right – it did help me decide about a cleanse. Not for me!

  8. Oh yes, you are strong. I did this for one week and thought I was going to lose my mind. Great job!

    • Aww thanks Raijean 🙂 Strong I am… but I also know that whatever discomfort I may feel is nothing compared to the amazing energy, clarity and vitality that comes from going though this process. I hope your experience did not discourage you from trying it again.

  9. I love to hear of progress! I love how I feel after a good cleanse. You are rocking it!

    • Thank for the support Avry! After one mega painful day I am feeling pretty fantastic! The key is to focus on the outcome… I know what awaits me and I am willing to suffer a little to gain so much in the end 🙂

  10. Stephanie Keeping says:

    This is great information. I haven’t done a cleanse yet, but I am debating it.

  11. Have never done a cleanse but know quite a few people who have. Very interesting. Glad to hear it is working for you. Thank you for sharing.

  12. I bet you feel soooo amazing afterwards! I just had a colonoscopy and felt pretty good ha!

    • I hope all is well Melissa and that your colonoscopy went well. I have not been through one of those but do not envy you. I love your sense of humor about it. Cleansing does leave you feeling amazing and the journey, no matter where it takes you, is well worth it!

  13. I can imagine that you must feel amazing afterwards. I’ve never done this but I know I need it. Right now isn’t a good time for me to try knowing I’d probably get pretty sick but I’m going to do it when I can because my body needs this!!

    • Awesome Karen! Yes I feel pretty good already 🙂 This week is all about getting back to super clean healthy habits, something I love and crave! Next week I will do a final “flush” of remaining toxins and then I should be ready to take on any and all challenges!!!

  14. alicia szemon says:

    I want to try to do a cleanse. I think it would make me feel great!

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