Time to recap the detox. It is over, for you inquiring minds. I did it for 10 days. Three days of the elimination diet and one week of the cleanse. It is meant to be a three-week cleanse but the good doctor says it’s fine if you only do one week for your first time.
These are some things I learned from the cleanse:
- I CAN survive without fast food. (This was a problem for me before.)
- Smoothies are a yummy breakfast that can be packed with antioxidants, protein, and fiber! (The hand blender my parents bought me for Christmas was just perfect for these. Thanks Mom and Dad!!)
- I can actually cook and learned to love my kitchen through my experiments.
- Taking time to prepare my food makes me more mindful of what I am putting into my body.
- To be in the present with all things, not just food.
These are all valuable lessons that I will carry with me as I go about my normal life post-cleanse. People think I am healthy because I run. When it came to food, that was so not the case. I am excited now to be able to eat healthier and therefore live life feeling better, which was the main reason I did the detox. I knew that I had put nothing but crap into my body for some time now. It was time to remove that from all of my systems…because, you see, they all work together. A great example of teamwork. I learned so much about the human body from this book. I love learning new things! I am a dork. A dork full of (normally) useless information.
It was difficult. No lying here. After a few days it got easier though. I found it not so difficult to find things to eat. I even went out to eat while still on it! Yes, it’s allowed. I ate at Barberitos so I could see and specify exactly what was going into my salad.
I did not feel deprived or hungry most of the time. I felt just right. (Which is how we should feel, right?)
Now for the things I would do differently.
- Discover what to eat so that I can run as fast and as hard as I’m accustomed to. (I just didn’t have the energy I needed and wanted when running.)
- Find more dinner (soup) recipes and always cook them rather than trying to eat raw pureed vegetables. (Not good.)
- Lower the prices of “good-for-you” foods. (I spent a fortune on groceries in those 10 days.)
- Ease myself back into eating other foods so that I could identify my “triggers”.
- Do this at a time when I can and want to take a break from running for a while. (Maybe after my next marathon.)
If you are in the right mind-frame (non-training) mode, I would highly recommend the Clean detox. It allows you to have solid food, which a lot of detoxes don’t. I feel much better now that I have cleaned out my system and am going to keep up this clean thing as much as I can. Bread is making a reappearance in my life but I don’t believe that I have a gluten-allergy so I think we’re cool on that one. I need my carbs so that I can just… keep… running.