Yahoo! We made it! Twenty-eight days without sugar, caffeine, alcohol, white flour dairy or processed/refined foods. I know there are community cleansers who participated on varying levels of commitment, anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Regardless
of our initial goal, we should all be proud. I’ve come to realize that many wouldn’t consider embarking on this journey at all. Many people have said, “I could never do a cleanse. What on earth would I eat?” As we all now know, there’s an abundance of healthy foods we can eat – on and off – a cleanse.
Now I can’t say that I didn’t struggle a few times over the past month. I almost capsized the cleanse-friendly canoe when my Canadian family rolled into Napa. But I maintained The Will to Power Through and made it across the finish line. I must admit, I’m a little afraid for today. I don’t want to undo all the good I feel I’ve done for my body. I also really like my new trimmer look. My mind is clear and for lack of a less new agey description – I feel more grounded. I feel better rooted in who I really am; without the highs and lows.
My visitors have been inducted, well more like forced, into a milder version of the cleanse because they’ve been staying with us for the past week. I’m happy to report they all love green smoothies and everything cleanse-friendly (of course they’ve been taunting us with cheese and wine). But I know they’re happy the cleanse is over so we can finally participate in a proper toast. Although we’re all excited to go out to a few restaurants this week, they’re already pre-planning our next cleanse-friendly dinners. They’re hooked on good home cleanse-friendly cooking.
Yesterday my friend who powered through the cleanse and fell out of it one day early wrote to me, “Broke the cleanse with a cappuccino.” A few moments later she wrote, “”Yeah wooowho oh no coffee might make me kookie and I only had half of it.” About one hour later she texted, “Note to self: cappuccinos make me sick. Hmm or it could have been the amazing local Mac and Cheese with crab. Argh…Me feel sicky.” The last text concerning all this was, “Seriously. But was it the coffee or the cheese?”
Since we’ve done all this cleansing work, it’s a good idea to reintroduce the more irritating foods we’ve eliminated like coffee, alcohol, chocolate, sugary desserts, ice cream, cheese, milk, white flour and anything else you can think of, one at a time. For example, I told my friend to stop drinking coffee for the next four days and continue to eat cheese. This should help her determine the culprit food. If she continues to feel sick from the cheese, then she could omit cheese from her diet (perhaps for a long time) and try having a coffee (without the milk). If this doesn’t irritate her stomach, she could then try another cappuccino with milk. Chances are if cheese upsets her system so will milk. If we add all these foods back in at the same time and have a reaction (such as a stomach ache, bowel issues, headaches, irritation, dizziness, hives, rashes, congestion, excess mucus production, or my favorite – complete lethargy) we won’t know which one is causing the problem. We should be able to figure out intolerances to most foods by rotating them back into the diet in four-day intervals.
I want to thank-you all for participating or reading during the past four weeks, and thank-you for all your supportive and entertaining comments. I will continue to blog at least once a week. The plan is to run another four-week Community Cleanse beginning in January from the 4th to the 31st. Here’s to our first successful cleanse all you Healthy Junkies!