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.)
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.
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.
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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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?