Day 4 of the Conscious Cleanse

hi friends! It was a busy busy day at work today. I came home, stuck my iPhone into my FlipBelt and turned on Audible (currently listening to Lean In) and starting cutting the grass. I actually find it pretty relaxing to cut the grass…I love being outside and being active, and it’s a good time to listen to a book or just listen to my thoughts. 

On Monday, I started the Conscious Cleanse. It’s a two-week cleanse designed to help your body detox, reduce inflammation, and identify any food allergies. When they reached out and asked me to participate in the cleanse (full disclosure: for free), I was excited to try the program because I’d been feeling especially sluggish and tired for weeks. There’s a huge focus on veggies with the cleanse, and I don’t think I’ve ever eaten more greens in one week. The three hardest aspects of the cleanse for me? No caffeine. No alcohol. No sugar. Which I discovered while reading the book, sipping a glass of wine. True story – ha! (I didn’t remember that detail when I first read about it on Holly’s blog. convenient memory there.)

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The first two days were ROUGH without coffee. Splitting pounding headache. But I’m feeling fine in the mornings now without my daily cup (or two).

Last night I went to dinner with some friends and they all ordered one of my favorite wines – Josh Cellars – and I asked the waitress for a bottle of sparkling water, a lemon and a glass with muddled basil in the bottom. It was honestly so refreshing, I didn’t miss the wine at all. 

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And The Conscious Cleanse has enough recipes for yummy snacks (with dates & such) that satisfy my sweet tooth that even avoiding the candy stash at work hasn’t been hard. Although, to be honest, I’m probably over-doing it on the little snack balls. Sugar is still sugar, even if it’s natural fruit sugar. 🙂

I stocked up on lettuce and kale at the farmers’ market this past weekend. Maizey approved.

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I used to think I wasn’t a smoothie person, but I think I just make really crappy smoothies on my own. They are always nasty and thick and goopy. But, uh, apparently if you follow a recipe, smoothies can be really good. 😉 I LOVE the smoothie recipes in the Conscious Cleanse book they sent me.

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This post is not sponsored by Google. But heeyyyy Google people, if you’re reading and you want to sponsor my blog, I’d let ya. For one milllllion dollars!

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You can do the cleanse just using the book, or register for a cleanse with a group. With the group, you get daily tip/encouragement emails, unlimited access to the authors to ask questions, and access to a group Facebook page to cheer each other on. I’ve been surprised how much I’m enjoying the group Facebook page – when my resolve was wavering last night looking at the wine list, I posted on the page and almost immediately people responding back encouraging me to stay strong and suggestions of what to order instead of a cabernet. 

Anyway, I wasn’t planning on going into all this tonight, but I guess I’m just pretty excited about it. Because today, I FEEL AWESOME. I have so much energy and I just feel…vibrant. Cheesy, but I don’t know a better word for it. Like I have mind clarity. It’s kind of hard to describe. My digestion was pretty rough for the first couple days and I felt sluggish and crabby and kind of in a haze. But I’ve learned those are all symptoms of detox. I can’t wait to see how I feel as I keep going. 

Alright, time to make dinner! Have a great night!

What’s your go-to drink when you’re not having wine or beer? Or if you never drink alcohol, what’s your favorite non-soda, non-sugar drink? 

Have you ever done any type of cleanse? What type?

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  • Reply
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs

    “No caffeine. No alcohol. No sugar. Which I discovered while reading the book, sipping a glass of wine” <— Ha! Too funny!

    But seriously, no caffeine? No wine? No fun! 🙂
    Way to stay strong — I don't think I could do it!

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    I just finished my first day of The Plan – it’s designed to help identify food sensitivities. I was wavering last night (after I’d bought all of my groceries for the specific menu…), and I have had a headache all day today, but none of the stomach upset I’d been having. And – I didn’t need any antihistamines today. Hmm.
    I like what you have shared so far about the Conscious Cleanse. I don’t drink much caffeine anyway, and alcohol even less often – but the sugar part might be tough! Keep us posted on how it goes!

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    Oh man, I would be such a grump without my coffee OR sugar. Kudos for sticking with it!
    I’ve been really into making flavored ice cubes lately–I’ll freeze lemon, berries, cucumber, and/or basil with water in an ice cube tray and add it to my water at meals. It’s a good way to make things a little more interesting!

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    Kay @ goaloflosing.com

    I use to drink a lot of pop (soda) when I was a teenager and it was a hard habit to break. It was worth it, though! I still have some from time to time. Usually when I’m eating something less than healthy. 🙂

    As for my usual, it’s a tall glass of H20.

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    Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed

    I’m doing a 30 day strict Paleo challenge right now called the Whole30. No grains, dairy, sugar, legumes, alcohol… I haven’t exactly been strict but I know the program can produce amazing results. I did 21 days in January and lost 12 lbs and felt better than ever. At the end you’re supposed to reintroduce each elminated item one at a time so you can identify how each thing affects you.

    Good luck with the rest of your cleanse and Happy Friday <3

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      ahhhh I’d been wondering what Whole30 was! I’d seen it in a couple places! It sounds pretty similar to what I’m doing – except I can have legumes…although I haven’t. 🙂

      Happy weekend!

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    Ja @Ja on the RUN

    My husband and I got started juicing. 🙂 We’re are on day 2. So far it’s going well. 🙂

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    I juuuuust read about the conscious cleanse! i want to do it!

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    I require coffee every morning to remain conscious AND cleansed, if you catch my drift…

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    loved this! so glad you are enjoying the experience.

    and now i want that lemony basil concoction! that sounds totally refreshing + amazing.

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    I just read this post and promptly downloaded the book to my NOOK. I just got back from a trip to China and have been struggling with jet lag and feeling awful. I’m hoping this may help out. Thanks for sharing!

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    Vegan Nom Noms

    Planning to start this cleanse soon, thanks for sharing!

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