3 Week Cleanse – Day 14

So…..we ended the cleanse at 2 weeks. Surprisingly, I don’t feel too defeated by that though.We discovered new recipes, learned how to eat without dips, lost the junk food cravings and conquered the caffeine addiction! I lost almost 10 pounds and my skin is all cleared up. The weight loss wasn’t a goal, but it sure was a plus. We didn’t change our exercise routines at all. I also feel like I have so much energy!

The reason why we ended the cleanse early (I refuse to use the word “quit”), is because we really just felt like we got all that we could out of it. Another reason is that we missed going out to eat and drink with friends! It was hard to turn them down all of the time. Also, 2 weeks is a very long time to live off fruits, veggies and beans! Continue reading

3 Week Cleanse – Day 9

Well, Nic and I made it through week 1 and are now on to week 2. It was a challenge though. We were very weak at the beginning and it made┬áexercising┬ádifficult. I went for a bike ride and had to stop and rest a lot. I usually never stop along the way, but my body was just not wanting to move. By the end of the week, we were both feeling back to normal. I think our bodies were just in shock without all of the sugar, caffeine and carbs. I was hungry a lot for the first few days. I was snacking on everything that I could. It is funny how my body adapted to the cleanse though, because by day 4, I was full from eating just an apple. One night, I came home late from work and ate some sauteed green beans and I was so full that I couldn’t even finish them. I feel like before this cleanse, I would have been able to eat 3 times that before I was full. Maybe my stomach is shrinking. Continue reading

3 Week Cleanse – Day 2

It is day two of our 3 week cleanse and I am starving. My energy level has significantly dropped. Yesterday (Day one), Nic and I woke up to a cherry, peach, banana and honey smoothie. It was really good. We snacked on sunflower seeds and apples with peanut butter. Our food co-op has a peanut and almond grinder in the store. We have completely weened ourselves off nasty corn syrup-peanut butter over the last couple years. I don’t think I could go back to Jif. For lunch, we ate salads. For dinner, I roasted zucchini and carrots. I tossed the carrots in balsamic vinegar and they were awesome. We also snacked on kale chips (straight from the garden) and more apples and peanut butter. We felt OK yesterday, besides a little headache. We were guessing that it was caffeine withdrawal…

Right now, I am sitting in my office at work and my stomach is just GROWLING. I had some applesauce and a peach for breakfast. I have been snacking on raw carrots, but I am very hungry. I need something of substance for dinner tonight. I am thinking sweet potatoes with corn, peppers, avocados, lime and homemade salsa. I really wanted to make polenta, thinking that it would count as a vegetable. It is just ground up corn, right? According to my research online, it is a grain once the corn is dried and ground. ­čśŽ Some sites even said that corn isn’t a vegetable! I also want to try making sweet potato chips to dip in guacamole and salsa, since tortilla chips (cornmeal) isn’t allowed until week 3, with other grains.

Let’s hope tomorrow is easier!!!

3 Week Cleanse

Nic and I have decided to do a 3 week cleanse, starting this coming Sunday. We have multiple reasons for doing this:

1. We have an endless supply of vegetables right now; between my garden and the CSA that we participate in.

2. Nic is doing a few bike races this summer and he wants to be in tip-top shape for them.

3. I would love to lose a little bit of weight. I am not by any means fat, but I could trim off some excess.

4. We eat way too much cheese, starch and drink way too much beer! Our bodies deserve a break.

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