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.
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
- Extreme fatigue/restlessness
- Aches, Pains
- Arthritic flair up
- Sinus congestion
- Frequent urination and/or urinary tract discharges
- Drop in blood pressure
- Skin eruptions, including: boils, hives, and rashes.
- Mood swings
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.