master cleanse


Well, I broke my cleanse!¬† I only made it 10 days instead of the 21 I was going for ūüė¶

I have not been in a good space for some reason, which really sabotaged this cleanse.¬†¬† I was not mentally into this one and felt like I was doing back to back to back to back cleanses!¬† I also was SO SICK of drinking the drink.¬† I was only drinking like 20 oz a day, not good.¬† That was not enough.¬† Dave and I are talking about doing a different type of cleanse next time.¬† I’m willing to look into that but I’m waiting until the end of this month or the beginning of March.¬† I want to mention how afraid I was to tell Dave I went off the cleanse.¬† I txt him and his reply the next day was, “ok, take it¬† easy on yourself and we’ll figure things out on Tuesday”.¬†¬† He knows me and figured I was beating myself up for quitting…he was right, I was!¬† So I didn’t make the goal of this one.¬† Not a big deal right?¬† It’s not always going to be that way.¬†

¬†In my last post I put down my workout goals.¬† My bike ride was 20.5 miles instead of 25 miles.¬† I didn’t workout on Sunday because I was sick.¬† I will be working out tonight and seeing Dave tomorrow as usual.

I loved eating my fruit¬†this morning and some carrot juice!¬† Two of my favorite things!¬† For lunch I had some cottage cheese with fresh blueberries¬†and some walnuts!¬† Love this too.¬† Tonight I can’t wait for a great spinach salad with crabmeat!¬† I love flavors of food and finding new combinations that make my mouth water and palate happy!

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I’m cleansing again for another few weeks.¬† (The Master Clease) This one will help me get through this plateau¬†I’m on.¬† I’m at the weight now I was for at least 5 years or so.¬† My trainer and I don’t want to lose the momentum in the weight loss so here we go again!¬† I’m also hoping this one will bring me down a solid 12 to 15lbs¬†so I can really start to run more during my cardio work outs.¬† I want my knees to be back to normal soon.¬† I wonder how much more weight has to come off for that?¬† Or if they will ever be back to normal where I can hike again, run again, have agility to play tennis better and SO much more!¬†

My last cleanse was more of an emotional detox then¬†anything else.¬†¬† I was able to cleanse¬†a lot¬†my emotional relationship attachments.¬†¬† I’m still¬†working¬†the relationship I have¬†with¬†food too.¬†¬†¬†Every time I do a cleanse I learn more and more.¬† You’d think that wouldn’t be true since I’m not eating solid food on a cleanse.¬†¬† However, when I’m not eating I have to walk through all of¬†what life brings me and not use food to cope or celebrate.

I find it interesting how my close friends, co-workers or even strangers react when I tell them I’m on a cleanse.¬† I have a few friends who get mad because our plans can’t revolve around food.¬† I realize food is a big part of the way society celebrates and seems to be the focus of fellowship with each other.¬† But perhaps that’s why American’s are the biggest we’ve ever been!!¬† Everything revolves around food.¬† I’m learning to look at food as nutrition more and more.¬† I don’t know if I’ll be able to look at it 100% that way because one of my favorite hobbies and creative outlets is cooking.¬† The Food Network ROCKS!!!¬† I know if I had the thought of becoming a chef when I was a kid, I’d be doing that today professionally!¬† That’s how much I love flavor combinations and love tasting really yummy foods.¬†

With that thought, I love photography too!¬† Perhaps I can combine my two loves someday and write a healthy cookbook and take all the photo’s for it too!¬†

Ok, back to cleansing….¬†Here’s a list of¬†17 benefits from cleansing that I’ve seen and experienced:

  1. Zero Inflammation in my body (especially my knees)
  2. Very Soft Skin
  3. Sleeping much better
  4. Blood Sugar Lvls are within normal range (I’m a diabetic)
  5. Great way to start a healthier routine and develop better eating habits
  6. Weight Loss
  7. Eliminating Unhealthy Cravings for Healthier Ones
  8. Feeling So Clean Inside
  9. Total Detoxification of the Body
  10. Removes Heavy Metals
  11. Immune System Becomes Stronger because it Cleanses Impurities like Bacteria, Parasites, Pollution, Viruses, Fungi & Toxins
  12. Cleanses Vital Organs such as the Liver, Colon, Urinary Tract, Skin Pores, Sweat Glands to allow them or do their functions better
  13. Energy Levels and Stamina are Higher
  14. Aides in the Fight Against Additions (for me food)
  15. Detoxing of Emotions
  16. Spiritual Fasting
  17. Brain Chemistry (improved memory and my thoughts become crystal clear)

I had several personal goals and reasons for doing this 20 day master cleanse in each area of physical, mental, emotional & spiritual.  I achieved and learned much in each of these categories.

Let’s start with The Physical:

  • I lost 18 1/2 lbs and 10 inches total by day 20 (If I gain anything back due to eating again, it should only¬†be a couple as I’m continuing to eat healthy & take in less than I’m expending in exercise)
  • My tongue is a very pretty pink color (no white film indicates the detox worked)
  • My skin is so soft
  • I have very little if any inflammation in my body
  • I feel ‘clean’ inside; the detox worked
  • I’m only craving healthy & nutritious foods
  • My energy level feels great and higher, as long as I get the proper amount of sleep
  • My knees feel normal, I can bend them with zero swelling (unless I stand or walk too long…inflammation¬†is still an issue but not as bad as prior to the cleanse) For those who don’t know I have¬†Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome & Arthritis in my knees/hips
  • I’m a type 2 diabetic who does not take insulin, when checked, my bs numbers where below 100 most of the time
  • I seem to be wanting to drink water more (prior to cleanse I never thought about it therefore a¬†difficult thing for me to¬†to accomplish)
  • The other physical benefits I won’t know until I get the blood work done through my doctor in August.¬†

Coming off the cleanse experience:¬† I really liked squeezing my own oranges for the OJ ūüôā !¬† All I had on¬†Friday was the fresh OJ.¬† It certainly acted like a diuretic so I’m sure on Friday I lost at least the other 1/2 lb to be at a 19lb loss.¬† Saturday morning I had OJ again and began cutting and preparing all the veggies for my vegetable soup.¬† I’ve never made it before so this was a first for me.¬† I didn’t follow a specific recipe but looked at many and took what I liked from various ones to make up my own.¬† Basically here’s what I did to make the soup…

Ingredients:¬† All fresh from Henry’s and a lot of it was organic.¬† This is off the top of my head, I may be missing some of the ingredients.¬† My camera is not working or I’d take a picture of it.¬† It came out great and I loved it!

  • Organic Leeks
  • Sweet Onion
  • Red & Green Peppers
  • Minced Garlic
  • Organic Celery
  • Plum Tomatoes
  • Organic Zucchini
  • Organic Crimini Button Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Corn cut from the Cob
  • Small White Potatoes
  • Parsley¬†
  • Organic Low Sodium Veggie Bullion Cubes
  • Distilled Water
  • Olive Oil
  • Veggie Mix of Organic Dried Barely, Lentils, Split Green & Yellow Peas
  • Sea Salt & Pepper

I sauteed the Leeks, Onions, garlic first with some olive oil in the pot for about 7 to 8 minutes, then slowly added the other veggies except spinach and parsley.  In the mean time I dissolved the Bullion Cubes in hot water.  When the veggies were becoming soft I added the veggie broth and distilled water as needed.  When it came to a boil I began adding dried mix of beans/peas then the spinach & parsley.   Let simmer for an hour or so, adding more water or broth when needed.  I kept trying the broth for flavor.  Adding the salt & pepper to taste.  Loved it!

I was able to eat some of the broth by 11:00am and then have the full on soup with the soft veggies by 2:00pm!  Had another bowl of soup later around 6:00 or so.  My system took it very well.  No problems.

Sunday I woke up and had the last of my freshly squeezed OJ and some honeydew melon a nectarine and a few grapes.  It was heaven!  I had fruit and soup most of the day.  Last night I tried my first raw salad with some oil & vinegar.  It was very good.

Today so far I’ve had some fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapes and nectarine!¬† Had a snack bag size of unsalted roasted and raw cashews, almonds, peanuts, pistachio, hazelnut & filberts with a little raw shaved coconut!¬† Been munching on that most of the day.¬† Had a salad just now with balsamic vinaigrette.¬† I think I ate too much salad as I became full.¬† I also put too much of the balsamic on it.¬† I will scale that back next salad.¬† I haven’t felt full in 24 days!¬† Opps…I’m learning.¬† I even used a smaller bowl than before the cleanse.¬† Guess still too much.¬†

In an upcoming post I’ll share the emotional & mental aspect of what I went through and learned during this cleanse.¬† This is the harder post to write as I seem¬†to have had the most benefits in this area.¬† I want to be able to articulate what I’ve learned as the¬†emotional eater that I am!

Wow!¬† I can’t believe I did it!¬† 20 days, who knew?!¬† I feel amazing physically as well as proud of myself.¬† I’ve got my grocery list for buying the ingredients for the veggie soup I can have while coming off the cleanse.¬† Coming off the cleanse is very important as to not upset your digestive system and get sick.¬†

Here’s my plan for the¬†next few days:

1st day:   oranges

  • I’ll be drinking Fresh Squeezed OJ, slowly and lots of water.¬† I can have the lemonade if I choose….I’m guessing, not.¬†
  • I’ll be making my Veggie Soup tomorrow as well.¬† It will be hard to make and smell it without eating it until Saturday.¬†

 

   2nd day:  Veggie Soup1

  • Morning – Fresh Squeezed OJ, slowly and lots of water
  • Afternoon¬†– Veggie broth only
  • Evening¬†– Veggie broth w/all the soft veggies…YAY!!

 

3rd day:   salad1

  • Morning – Fresh Squeezed OJ & Fresh Raw Fruit
  • Afternoon – Veggie Soup
  • Evening – Veggie Soup with a Raw Salad, dressing will be a little Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

 

4th day:  Outback

  • Morning – Fresh Raw Fruit & Nuts
  • Afternoon – Raw Salad with salad beans and Oil & Vinegar Dressing
  • Evening – Outback Steakhouse!¬† I can’t wait to eat a good Rib-Eye Steak!¬† Of course my stomach is the size of a peanut now…hahaha…I’ll only be able to have like 3 bites of it or I’ll get sick!

 

So that’s the plan for coming off of the cleanse.¬† I have so many thoughts about what I’ve experienced in the last 20 days.¬† I can’t wait to share them all with you in future posts!¬† What I can say to you now is, it was a total success in my eyes.¬† I grew spiritually, emotionally, and physically (well not grew, lol I shrank! but gained¬†knowledge).

These last four days are killing me!¬† Hahaha.¬† When I first started I knew I needed to just settle in as it was gonna be a long ride, therefore the great mindset and attitude.¬† Now that I’m so close to the finish line…I’m anxious for this to be over!¬† This means I’m a tad more grumpy…

Had a great workout both Friday and Sunday!¬† Friday I did 35 mins between the elliptical and the recumbent bike as well as 45 mins in the pool doing laps.¬† Sunday I did 50 mins between the elliptical and bike with 35 mins in the pool doing laps!¬† I tried my under water lap, which I haven’t done in so long.¬† Not there yet but getting closer.¬† I’m able to swim on top of the water and get all the way across with no breaths (25 meters)!¬†

I had a very emotional bad day on saturday.¬† Fought with a friend, which left my heart heavy.¬† Going through this cleanse for 20 days has taught me, should I say forced me, to not go to food to relive me from my emotions….UGH!!!¬†

Short post, just wanted to say I’m looking forward to eating some good healthy foods.¬† I’m craving beef, salad with everything,¬†watermelon and raspberries!¬† I kinda want a baked sweet potato too…oh and some nice grilled smoked salmon…oh yea that would be nice!

Ok, I have to stop thinking about food…

Sorry I’ve been a bit lax in¬† posting the last 5 days.¬† I’ve been quite busy with work and outside activities then wiped out when I get home.¬† I can’t believe I’m at the end of day 15!¬† Wow, I’m amazed that I’ve been able to do this.¬†

The last few days I’ve been really struggling with wanting to eat.¬† It’s been frustrating and irritating.¬† I’m not hungry as the drink sustains me, it’s all the psychological crap of trying to deal with these feelings other than turning to food.¬† Even though I’m craving healthy food and not “bad” foods, it’s still a habit that needs to be broken.¬† I’ve noticed so much of society’s events revolve around food.¬† Nine times out of ten, people have been very uncomfortable with me not eating around them.¬† Even when I wasn’t on this cleanse and eating healthy foods, I would still hear that ole phrase, “one is not going to hurt you, come on!”¬† The “come on” part can be delivered several ways.¬† The two most common is the emphasis on “on” with an added eye roll, or it’s a “come on” as come over, it’s ok, don’t worry about it so much, type attitude.

Why are people uncomfortable with those who eat differently then them?¬† Why do people tempt you with food they know you can’t/don’t want to eat?¬† Why does everyone claim to be the expert in nutrition and fitness without knowing your specific individual needs?¬†

Today I tried the Internal Salt Bath to help move things along.¬† I won’t go into any more details than that accept to say that it worked and was not as bad as I expected to be.¬† It’s been a few days since things have moved out of my system and I was starting to feel sick.¬† My drink tasted way too sweet and I wasn’t drinking enough of it.¬† I feel better today and am drinking enough as well.

Five more days!¬† Can I last?¬† Yes but I’m so done with this it’s not funny.¬† However I like the benefits of the mental and emotional so far.¬† I’ve had a few¬†spiritual awakenings as well.¬† I’ve been meditating with great success.¬† Two of them I’ve done on my own and one with my counselor.¬† I’ve had a couple of visions that were cool and needed for validation.¬†

The physical benefit besides losing 15lbs so far has been good too.  My skin is so soft, I feel clean and I love not having any inflammation in my knees and hips!  I do flare up when I stand too long, like today and walking too fast.  I get no flare ups when riding the bike,  elliptical or swimming!

That’s it for now…counting down the days till I can have OJ and Veggi Broth!

I’m on day 10 of my 20 day cleanse!¬† Whoohoo, I made it half way!¬† I have to say today is the first day I’m grumpy and don’t want to be on this anymore!¬† Last night I got pretty frustrated, irritated and angry at a few trivial situations.¬† My mood¬†was worse I think being on the clease because I couldn’t go to food!¬† Good news is this, as an emotional eater since I was on the cleanse I couldn’t go to food.¬†

I went to the gym to see if that would relieve some of the stress.¬† I really didn’t want to go as it was getting late and didn’t have the amount of time I normally want before it closed.¬†¬†I wanted to make sure I had¬†pool and sauna time with my workout.¬† I did 30 mins on lvl 4 of the elliptical and bike at high speeds.¬† I also swam for 35 mins freestyle with my pull-buoy.¬† I got in about 15 mins of the sauna.¬† Pretty much had a bad attitude during the whole workout as I couldn’t find my MP3 player that I was sure I put in the gym bag!¬† No music….AHHH!¬† Fortunately a friend called and talked with me for 25¬†minutes!¬† That really helped to distract me.¬† He was telling me all about the exercise he’s now doing and the foods he’s now trying to stay away from.¬† I seem to be inspiring those around me with my new choices and by seeing the results in me with my weight loss.

Speaking of inspiring others, I was so excited to find out how my two co-workers did on starting the cleanse today.¬† They both caved on day two!¬† One went to the Big San Diego Fair on Day One and did just fine.¬† I thought that was brave of her.¬† She caved on day two, Father’s day, because she was cooking all the food for the BBQ that was at their house.¬† She was fine until she brought out the homemade baked beans and deviled eggs she had just made.¬† Apparently her favorites.¬† She couldn’t do it and ate the baked beans and eggs!¬† The other co-worker said he did great on day one and drank a lot of the lemonade.¬†¬†Father’s day on Sunday was the culprit for him as well.¬† The event he attended gave out this really big delicious looking sugar cookies to all the dad’s.¬† He said it was staring at him on the drive home on the passenger seat of his car.¬† He caved and ate the cookie!¬† They both want to try again another time perhaps.¬†

This cleanse is definately not as easy as some say.¬† I can’t tell you exactly why I’ve been able to do it execpt that I made a committment to myself, to God and my trainer that I would do this.¬† Also because I want¬†the benefits I’ve talked about in earlier posts.¬† I have the right mind to accomplish this task for sure…..without it I would have caved as well, I’m sure of it.¬† The only reason I’m not giving up is that I’ve gone 10 days and don’t want to stop now even though I want food now please!

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