The day is finally here!!! I did it!!! I really did! I never thought in a million years that I would be able to do something like this, but it goes to show you that if you put your mind to something, anything is possible. I am so so proud of myself for completing this, not giving into temptation and following this cleanse to a T.
I only have 3. 5 more hours of this cleanse (my Mom asked if I was going to wake up at midnight and eat!) and then when I wake up in the morning I can eat some delicious eggs and a tortilla. They are patiently waiting in my fridge for me to consume them. Oh, I can have a cup of hot regular coffee too! Ahhh....it's going to be delightful. I went to Costco today and spent way to much money but I think I was just happy that I could eat this and I could eat that and I wasn't restricted. Being restricted sucked, but I gave my body a rest, I cleansed it, I detoxed it and now I'm ready to go. I'm not going to rush out and get a cheeseburger, fries, pizza, beer and ice cream tomorrow (even though they all sound SO good), but over the next few days I may indulge because....I can. I deserve it. I am supposed to re-introduce the foods I have avoided over the past 3 weeks one at a time and slowly. That part I can't promise.
I do feel good overall, but it wasn't as if I had any "issues" going into this cleanse in the first place. This cleanse is meant for those who have gut problems, brain fog, headaches, indigestion, gas, bloating, decreased appetite, diarrhea, etc. I get none of those symptoms when I eat food. This cleanse was more of a mental thing with me vs. food. Knowing that I can do without certain foods for three weeks and not give into temptation, having to politely decline when offered something to try, not taking a sample from the sample lady at Costco, watching and not partaking in friends eating cake and cookies was what I got out of this cleanse. Food can be like a drug, it's addicting and our brains condition us to want certain foods when we necessarily don't need those foods.
Here is my final "what I ate today" on this 21 day cleanse:
Breakfast: 1 final smoothie with 1 scoop OptiCleanse GHI vanilla protein powder, 1/2 cup organic berries, 1 cup organic baby spinach, 1 scoop OrganiX Phytofood, 1 tbsp chia and flax seeds. (I will continue to have smoothies, but not on a daily basis and it will be back to whey protein...I can't wait to have my chocolate, peanut butter and banana protein shake!!!)
Lunch: I treated myself to Chipotle after I was done at Costco. I could have had lunch at Costco taking all the samples, but I had to decline. Every. Single. One. Ugh. So I got a chicken bowl with brown rice, pinto beans, lettuce and guacamole. It was delish.
Afternoon snack: 1 grapefruit and the rest of my guacamole with gluten free toasted sesame crackers.
Dinner: Amy's Organics Split Pea Soup. It hit the spot!
After dinner snack: 1 brown rice cake with 1 tbsp almond butter and a drizzle of honey. 1.5 chicken patty's for my protein snack before bed.
Like I said my fridge and pantry are stocked with all my favorites, healthy stuff that is. Zevia, eggs, organic tortillas, bell peppers, skinny pop popcorn, rice packets, hashbrowns, green chile sauce, Kodiak pancakes, tomatoes, yogurt, waffles, bananas (I've missed bananas), orange juice (I read about this in my eating w/ lymphedema book) and other things that had some ingredients in them I had to avoid while on this cleanse.
So, what did I learn from this?
1. I can do anything I put my mind to.
2. I don't need caffeine.
3. I can be vegan.
4. I can say no to food.
5. I can resist temptation.
6. I'm an avid label reader now.
7. I know all the "bad" ingredients and those to avoid.
8. It's almost impossible to be on a low carb, high protein diet if you are vegan.
9. I never want to drink protein powder every single day again in my life.
10. I lost 4 pounds and 1% body fat.
11. Weird, but I didn't really miss alcohol.
12. I feel for those who have food allergies, are gluten sensitive, lactose intolerant, etc. But if I were, I know I go without these foods.
13. I have never been more excited to eat breakfast in the morning.
That's all folks! I'll update tomorrow to let you know how the day after goes. I'm eating out at least once tomorrow (for a meeting) and maybe a lunch w/ my Xymogen boss for sushi so we'll see how that goes. I am taking this week "off" from counting calories and just going to eat what I want. I will still remain healthy for the most part, but I may indulge a little bit (don't tell Phil at Team Afterburn on me!)
Thanks to everyone who followed me on this cleanse. I hope you learned something!!
And here's my disclaimer one more time--
Disclaimer: I am not a physician or a health care practitioner. This site is not meant to provide medical or health advice of any kind. Do not misconstrue any information that you read here as medical recommendation, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided here on this blog is intended to serve as a communication of my experience as a medical student and to share articles and public material pertaining to health that I come across. It should in no way be interpreted as medical advice of any kind. Please consult your healthcare professional before beginning a detox or cleanse of any kind.