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 🙂 !  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…

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!

I’ve been asked by many people on-line and in person if this is healthy.  My response is to do the research for yourself to see if this is something for you.  I believe the answer is Yes, it’s healthy.  I have found it to be something that works for me. 

I have put together the benefits I’ve found when researching that I’d like to share with you.   A lot of these I’ve already experienced!

* Cleansing is a Total detoxification of the body

* It removes heavy metals from the body

* Helps identify food allergies

* The cleanse gives you more energy with increased vigor and stamina

* It can make your immune system stronger

* Aide in the ability to fight addictions (drugs, food, tobacco & alcohol)

* Can give you mental clarity

*A great way to kick-start a healthier routine and develop better eating habits

* Aide in the start of a weight-loss program

Here’s how:

immune-system-02_t728Strengthen Your Immune System – Cleansing impurities and flooding the body with high grade nutrients allows the internal body to strenghten the immune system.

 

 vital organs

Support Your Vital Organs – Gentle cleansing allows your vital organs (liver, colon, urinary tract, sweat glands, skin pores, lymphatic system, etc.) to perform their functions more efficiently.

Love Your Liver – A clean healthy liver supports metabolism and fat burning ability.

fast food Eliminate Unhealthy Cravings and Support Healthy Brain Chemistry – Cleansing and replenishing allows the internal body to convert nutrients and healthy brain chemicals that create an environment that craves nutritious food.

 

 

 

anti-aging2 Slow the Effects of Aging – Cleansing and replenishing allows our cells the ability to attack the affects of aging head on. 

Lose Weight and Feel Great – Cleansing aids in the body’s ability to flush fat and increase metabolism.

 If you have any questions as to my own experience with it, please comment and I’ll be happy to share with you!

I have had a very busy 3 days and have not had much time to correspond let alone get onto the Internet.  I’m in the middle of day 9 today whoohoo!   I’m so happy that I’ve been able to do this.  I still feel pretty good!  I have not done the Salt Water Internal Bath yet as I haven’t had the opportunity yet.  Hopefully soon! 

The benefits I was looking for are definitely coming to the surface.  I feel cleaner, my skin is very soft although my hands are dry these days.  I’m beginning to see food differently as I’m sacrificing it.  I’m having to face my ‘out of control feelings’  I have.  I turn to food when happy, sad, angry…pick a feeling and I’ll incorporate food into it somehow!   Being on this cleanse I’ve had to deal with issues in completely different ways, which can be painful.  At times I’m floundering as to how to deal with the emotions that come up.  The one thing I’m not doing is turning to food due the this cleanse.   This is a first step for me to break this emotional attachment I have.   I have a feeling I’ll need to do this cleanse for various times and reasons for the next couple of years.  I have heightened awareness of EVERYTHING around me, not just food. 

On Friday I had a retirement luncheon to attend.  It was at a Mexican restaurant and while the food smelled good, I really didn’t want it as I am committed to this time of cleansing and fasting.  The three gals at my table asked me why I wasn’t eating and admired the cleanse I was doing, said they should do the same thing. 

My committment to this cleanse seemed to have inspired two people in my office to want to join me!  They are doing it for various reasons and said they would both start it on Saturday!  I am curious to see if they did when I see them tomorrow at work!  They both committed to the minimum of 10days.  They both wanted to be off of it by the July 4th festivities! 

I attended a wedding yesterday 5 hours away.  We did the trip in one day!  I packed up my tumblers and away we went!  The driving there and back (10+ hours in the car) were fine, even when the girls got fast food and ate it in the car.  What was difficult was all the amazing looking food at the wedding!  All the food was pretty healthy and gourmet!  It smelled so good and I felt so awkward during the time of mingling when all I had was my tumbler of lemonade!  Most people didn’t notice or care except for the group at my table when we had dinner later in the evening.  I craved and wanted every bit of it!  Yesterday was the hardest time I’ve had sitting through an event so far.  I believe some of it came from not being able to share fully in the days activities of this joyful occasion.  Also, I LOVE to cook and create dishes.  Looking at and smelling the food was not satisfying enough to figure out the flavors and ingredients so I can recreate it at home.  The tri-tip looked amazing, the grilled shrimp was marinated and smelled so flavorful as well as the grilled asparagus and zucchini.  Rosemary was a part of the smalled red potatoes too.  Oh and the stuffed mushrooms my girls gagged on!  Hahaha!  I really wanted to try that because I’m sure I would have appreciated them and enjoyed the flavors of that!

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