So as I menetioned in earlier posts, since I began my cleanse on a Sunday at 9PM I actually ended my cleanse yesterday at 9PM. Today I begin easing off the cleanse. My kids had off from school today so I made them some Goulash. If you're not familiar, it's a meat-based stew with noodles and vegetables. It smelled amazing. I stuck to some vegetable broth and Maximum Vibrance. In the afternoon/evening I made a fresh juice with kale, beets, carrots, celery, and cucumber. I made enough to drink for a late lunch and dinner. I also had some warm vegetable broth. The broth is so soothing and I swear, the most delicious thing I have ever tasted. The juice too. That's the great thing about the cleanse, it truly makes you value what you consume so much more. So often we shove a meal down our throats in the short time we have to eat, but after you cleanse…the idea of that seems very unappealing. I drank my fluids slowly, savoring each mouthful. I feel satiated and can feel my body begin to warm up more. I will continue drinking juices and broth, supplementing with Green Vibrance, Field of Greens, and Maximum Vibrance until day 3 post cleanse when I can have whole fruits and vegetables.
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Thank you for following my cleansing journey. Did you have a happy cleanse?
Tonight at 9PM marks the end of my cleanse. Tomorrow I will wake up and begin drinking fresh juices and vegetable broth. I can smell them already. I had a very good weekend with my family. Just relaxing and being together. The weather wasn't great, but sometimes that brings us all closer together. I cut myself some slack and took a break from exercise today. It's Sunday and I just want to lounge a little. I think I deserve it. Scratch that, I know I deserve it. I've been asked what changes I plan to make to my diet after this cleanse. Basically, I just want to eat cleaner. Incorportating more raw foods and focusing on organic and local whenever possible. I also plan to minimize my grain intake. Who knows maybe cut it out entirely, but I haven't decided on that part yet.
What changes will you make to your diet after your Vibrant Cleanse?
What can I say? It's been hard to figure out what I want to write because honestly, once I got past the hump in the beginning the cleanse wasn't that hard. Yes, I was a bit crankier than usual but I was (am) insanely busy at work. I make food for my kids, go to parties, behave normally and I am okay. Sure, I want to eat but I know that is an emotional response and that I don't actually need to. I am getting the nutrients I need in my cleanse and allowing my digestion to take a break. Make sure fellow cleansers, that when you break your cleanse you ease off properly. I can not stress this enough. I will discuss this more when I begin to ease off on Day 14, but just keep that in the back of your mind: if you want to keep the weight off, ease off.
2 more days – not even. I began my cleanse on January 5th at 9PM and I will end it on January 19th at 9PM. So my Day 14 blog will focus on easing off the cleanse.
Sorry for the delay in posting my updates. I can't explain to you what it takes to sit down and type out this stuff amid my day. Phew! It's a countdown to the finish ladies and gentlemen and I will proudly walk across that finish line. Life has still been hectic and busy, especially as Ted and I prepare to go to Dubai for an important trade show. I love the food there, not that I want to think about that yet. I don't feel exhausted, despite it all, and I have been exercising every morning. 1-3 miles on the elliptical and some squats (who doesn't love squats?!). On the days I feel more tired, I do less. Exercise is great because it helps to keep me warm, which can be a little difficult during a cleanse.
Despite my self-induced punishment of watching everyone eat, drink, and be merry last night, I feel at peace today. My skin is starting to really show a difference; it's clear and my eyes seem brighter. I'm really a bit anxious for the cleanse to be over so I can begin re-shaping my whole diet to keep me off of thyroid medication. Just being able to eat will be nice too 😉
Day 10. Last day of calls. I'm a glutton for punishment. Went out to meet some friends for a drink after work. No wine for me; just a glass of water with lemon. Kind of felt like I was a recovering alcoholic. So this is how it feels when everyone is eating and drinking and having a swell time around you. My husband ordered some fish tacos and a great salad with organic greens, Jicama (my favorite), and crumbled blue cheese. My friend Rich had, I don't know what, because I was trying to block out the food. The waitress walked by with truffle fries a few times and I swear I could taste the truffle oil in my mouth. After about two hours of chatting and laughing, I said enough of this happy stuff. I've got to get the HELL out of here. I drove home wishing it was Day 14 already. But my friends and husband tell me just how amazed they are at my determination and that makes me feel strong and capable of going the distance. I will do this and I am almost done.
Feeling like a 10 on day 10!
UGH! I have been on sales calls for days. No, literally, DAYS! I come home and I am so…done. Ted was begging me last night, "Please, please just eat something you're miserable." Poor guy, I'm really working out his patience. I know the stresses and long days of work are harder when cleansing, but this doesn't make me want to stop; it makes me want to persevere. Cleansing is on my terms, in my control, and that makes it special.
Everytime I cleanse I feel like I become a stronger person by proving and assuring myself that I can set and keep limits. It's a good practice for everyday life, to keep yourself in check emotionally, physically, and know you are your own boss no matter what.
So, if you're cleansing and working hard, and you feel like you could lash out at the next person who talks to you, that's normal. But, you should probably just sip on your cleanse, breathe, and remind yourself why you're doing this instead.
I've been asked how this cleanse differs from the last time. Well the last time I cleansed for this length of time, I recall being hyper and anxious. I attributed my feelings of anxiety to lack of protein to the brain. If you recalI, I was dealing with a thyroid condition that was quite taxing on my body and if I missed a meal, my blood sugar would drop precipitously causing all sorts of problems with focus. I would be unable to concentrate and complete a task. Adding Rainbow Vibrance, Joint Vibrance and Field of Greens this time around has made a world of difference. Mostly, my blood sugar has been stable and my hunger pains have been mild in comparison to cleansing with out these high antioxidant, anti-inflamatory and pH balancing supplements. Another bonus is that I've lost 5 ponuds! Well, I'm tired now and must go to bed. Tomorrow is day 9!
Today at 9 pm marked the halfway point of my 14 day cleanse. I've lost a few fellow cleansers and gained a few new ones since I began. I feel quite elated that I have inspired so many people to cleanse. In fact, my friend Richard, who had never cleansed before, joined me and lasted from Monday to Sunday. He chose to do straight Vibrant Cleanse throughout the day and added an apple cider vinegar flush to his program. He said it would help him expel mucus during the fast and was taking this solution three times a day. I think he may have had the strength to go longer if he were following my regimen. Nevertheless I thank him for his drive, commitment and company during week one of my cleanse. I believe I may be a slight masochist when it comes to cleansing. I went food shopping tonight at Mrs. Greens Natural Market in Wilton, CT. Now, you've all probably heard the sage advice: "Never go food shopping on an empty stomach." I can attest to the accuracy of this statement as I literally had to whip through the aisle and run out as quickly as possible. Even though I wasn't eating, I managed to buy 6 shopping bags of food. The fully cooked organic rotisserie chicken in the back of my car was all I could smell on my 40 minute drive home. I dreamt about chicken that night.
Hey Everyone! It's day 6 and we have only 8 days to go! You probably weren't sure we'd make it this far. But we have & I Hope you all are doing well and keeping focused on the reality that you can do anything you set your mind to do. I don't know if you concur, but I find it's much easier to focus on cleansing when I'm at the office. My work environment lacks the distractions and temptations I find when not working.
Case in point: My Saturday night. It was Jay's (my brother-in-law) birthday. Jay is truly a great human being – a great husband to my sister, great father to his two children, a great son-in-law to my mother, and a dear friend to all who know him. I'm a better person because he's in my life. I think you get the picture of how much he is loved and revered. With that said – my sister threw him a party Saturday night and my mother spent ALL day cooking Jay's (and my) favorite West Indian foods:
Curry Goat, Dal, Roti, Curry Chicken, Curry Shrimp, Brown & White Rice, Curried Salmon. My mom loves Jay so very much that she cooked enough food to feed a small army. The wine, Champagne, tequila and rum flowed freely throughout the evening.
And then there was me: sipping on my shaker bottle of Vibrant Cleanse while everyone enjoyed my favorite foods and libations. I made it through the evening – and honestly – I wasn't even tempted to cheat and that's pretty amazing!
The very first time I did this Vibrant Cleanse, I remember being on it with my husband and my friend Doris.
We were excited to cleanse together and we found that such a huge challenge would be better (less difficult) if you had company.
If I recall correctly, my husband lasted 7 days on his cleanse. This was quite impressive because,as those of you who know Ted know, he LOVES to eat. For Ted, not eating solid food for ten days took a Herculean effort.
Doris and I have children who are similar in age. Back when we did our cleanse, our children were best friends. So needles to say, we hung out a lot. We did everything together. We would take the kids out to dinner sometimes because it was just easier than cooking. I remember one night during our cleanse we took the kids to our local Italian restaurant and ordered pizza, spaghetti and calamari. We were hard core. We sat there amongst the delicious smells and just drank our Vibrant Cleanse like two fools.
People ask how I am able to cook and be around food while I am on the Vibrant Cleanse and I say, "It's mind over food. And trust me I love food just like the next person." You're probably asking yourself what motivates me. One thing that comes to mind is a lovely lady I met at a Natural Products Trade show who told me she once did the cleanse for 40 days. I figure…if she can commit herself for 40 days, surely I can last 14.