I wasn’t prepared for this! Cleanse Update – Day 1


Yesterday was the first official day of cleansing and detox of my 21 day cleanse.
Remember the first 2 days were a pre-cleanse and consisted mostly of eating clean whole foods, with the addition of a green drink 15 minutes before every meal.

That part was easy.

And so was the first half of yesterday.

My regimen for the day was to consist of many servings of green drink, a couple of protein shakes, TONS of water and a soup for dinner.

I never made it to the soup.

I started feeling great, full of energy and not one bit hungry. I was a little cold and decided to add a cup of detox tea at the end of my morning. The tea is a delicious blend roots, flowers and herbs, and I thought it would be wonderful.

Shortly after a massive migraine struck and within an hour or so I was completely out of commission, vomiting violently and praying it would all pass fast.

Was the tea the trigger? Perhaps. It wasn’t supposed to be part of my day.

Or was my reaction basically normal since my body was obviously going through the process of detoxing?

Perhaps a little of both.

Detoxing is not a pleasant process for most of us. After all during a detox toxins that have been stored in our cells for months, even years, are dislodged, release into our bloodstream and flushed away. It is not at all uncommon for people to experience of wide range of symptoms that remind them of a vicious virus they caught at some point in time. Flu like symptoms are pretty normal as are a mild headache and nausea.

I knew all that going in to it but somehow I didn’t expect it would hit me that hard.

I am generally healthy and pay attention to what I eat, and though I slipped a little over the holidays I thought I would essentially cruise through this cleanse without pain and come out feeling better than ever.

Well the good news is, after a lot of sleep I feel back to my old self today, with a hint of a headache lingering and a little weakness but nothing more. And I am continuing with my cleanse. πŸ™‚

After all my reaction is proof that the cleanse is working and that I needed to do this. Hopefully I have seen the worst of it and it’s all upwards and onwards from here. I’m not adding the tea on actual cleanse days anymore. I don’t think that was a good idea and don’t want to go back through the hell I went through yesterday.

In all it was short lived, half a day and a good night’s sleep and it’s behind me.

So moving on. After today I have one more day of full on cleanse then a post-cleanse protocol which is basically the same as the pre-cleanse so I think I will do just fine.

Stay tune for another update in a few days.

In the meantime stay happy and healthy!



  1. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better, although the second half of your day sounds like misery. Do you think cleanses are right for everybody? I’m curious if it would be the jumpstart I need.

    • Thanks for the kind thoughts Crystal πŸ™‚ That second half of my first day was pretty miserable and I am grateful it was short lived. The rest of the actual cleanse was pretty painless. I felt energized and satiated all day. As for whether everyone would benefit from a cleanse, I think so, as long as you get medical clearance from your physician. We live in a world that is filled with toxins and flushing them out is a great way to get a jumpstart on a healthy journey. I personally hope to cleanse once a quarter. I don’t get sick much but with 3 kids I get exposed to viruses and though I try to eat super clean I consume foods that are less healthy once in a while. Cleanses not only help flush out the toxins and restore balance to my hormones, they also help reduce or even eliminate cravings for foods that aren’t healthy so I personally believe they are a great thing that anyone can benefit from πŸ™‚

  2. This cleanse is certainly going to be an adventure. I look forward to hearing how you feel after a few days!

  3. Wow – that does not sound like the fun way to spend a day! I’ve been curious about cleanses and will continue to follow your journey as I make my own decision.

    • It definitely was not fun Jeannette and I am grateful I work from home and have an amazing family that was willing to pick up all the pieces, give my the space and rest I need and take care of meals, etc. I hope you find y journey helpful with your decision making. Happy to share πŸ™‚

  4. I’m sorry you had such a rough day. I hope that the rest of the days aren’t as difficult. Thank you for your honest input on this journey. Especially since I have considered doing it, but am equally as scared of it.

    • Thanks for the support Crystal. Though that first afternoon was no fun, the rest of the cleanse was pain free. I think it’s important to know that you might very well go through a “sick” period if you are planning a cleanse as it is a fairly common response to your body dislodging and flushing our toxins. Some of those toxins have been stored in your cells for years and when you move them to get rid of them you are essentially waking up a virus that has been dormant in your body for some time and getting sick because of that. The good news is that once you get rid of those toxins you feel a million times better than you ever did. And when you think about it those toxins are there, whether you deal with them or not, and having an impact on your health. Personally I am happy to get rid of them even if it means going through a crapy few days.

  5. Stephanie Keeping says:

    I need to do something like this but I am nervous!

    • I totally get that Stephanie! I think it’s important to know what you are getting into when you plan a cleanse and have your support system in place. Also plan your cleanse for a time when you will be able to get plenty of rest and incur some down time if you do get sick. Remember it’s temporary and chances are once you get through it you’ll feel so much better and have such great energy you’ll easily make up whatever lots time you might have had.

  6. I’ve always wanted to do a cleanse but not sure ever when the time is to do it since I don’t know how it will go. Sorry you had a tough day. I hope it gets easier!

    • Thanks for the kind words Karen. Scheduling your cleanse at a time when you can take some time off is important, because you want to be prepared for the worst so to speak. I started my pre-cleanse on a Monday because I knew I’d hit the actual cleanse during the school week when the girls are away most of the day and would be able to crash if need be. If you have little ones who are not in school or home school you may want to arrange some time with a friend for extended play dates or exchange baby sitting services. It’s well worth it and if you are considering doing a cleanse I encourage you to research your options and find the right one for you. Then go for it! There is no perfect time but when you choose a time and commit, it’s awesome!

  7. I have always been scared to try a cleanse. I like my food and don’t want to be starving.

    • I haven’t felt hungry at all Nolie. During the pre and post cleanse phase you eat real food, just super clean organic vegetables and grass fed or pasture raised meat, wild fish or beans for protein. So lots of fabulous and tasty options to choose from and ultimately you can eat what you love as long as you follow the protocol and add the green drink before each meal. The 3 cleanse days you drink greater quantities of greens throughout the day, along with a TON of water, 2 shakes and a delicious food. Everything is paced so that you never really get hungry. At least that has been my experience. πŸ™‚

  8. Sounds like you had a titch of the flu bug that’s been going around! Boo! I love a good cleanse and good for you for sticking with it!

    • Quite possibly Avry, though I think it’s my old migraines that reared their ugly head as I probably had residual junk I needed to get rid of. I’m glad that was over fairly quickly and the last 2 days of the full on cleanse went by fairly quickly. I’m now looking at a solid 10 days of super clean eating before another 3 days of cleansing. I feel what I will gain from sticking it out will far out weight the discomfort I have to go through πŸ™‚

  9. Detoxing is not pleasant at all but worth it in the end. I once did that grapefruit epson salt detox. I seriously thought I was going to die. The next day I felt like I was on cloud nine. Don’t think I can ever do that again though. I think I need something less drastic. lol

    • That sounds insane Digna! But you’re right, the pain is worth the reward… though I do think some cleanses are better than others. I love grapefruit but in reasonable quantities and I don;t know about Epson salts… I love soaking in them but that’s about it πŸ™‚ I hope you five it another shot. Maybe this protocol would be a good choice for you.

  10. alicia szemon says:

    i have always wanted to try a cleanse but i dont think i could do it!!!

    • You would surprised Alicia… I would encourage you to start with a 2 to 3 day cleanse and see how you do. The following time try a 1 week cleanse. The shorter cleanses feel amazing and you don’t really feel deprived in any way.

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