Are you thinking about doing a cleanse?
Here’s my thought process and some of the reasons I decided to do a 21 day cleanse. Please do your own research and make sure you find a system that is designed to get the results you’re seeking.
For the past month or so I’ve been eating really poorly. I’ve been working a lot and just really busy in general and I used that as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted and to basically throw my health right out the window.
I’ve been eating tons of carbs and sugar without even thinking about it.
Packets of cookies. Tons of bread. Pizza and takeout. ETC
There’s nothing wrong with indulging in food but I stopped eating vegetables and drinking water. My energy levels rapidly dropped and I started feeling worse and worse.
I’ve been focusing on becoming the best version of myself this year and my eating habits just weren’t aligned with who I’m trying to evolve into. You can hear more about it on the podcast episode I recorded (see below).
I’ve been taking a lot of naps in the afternoon because I don’t feel like I have the energy to make it through the day and my productivity level has rapidly dropped.
My body is also hanging onto a ton of water weight and I feel uncomfortable and bloated. Overall I’ve just been feeling really lousy.
I wanted to do something about it but to be honest I was finding it really hard to get back on track and to start eating healthy again. I would try for a day and then just fall back into my old habits.
I knew I needed to do something to reset my body and to get back into the swing of healthy eating again.
My body was constantly craving processed food and eating vegetables tasted really gross to me. I felt like I needed to do something dramatic to reset my body and my taste buds. I’m pretty sure my body is addicted to all the junk food I’ve been eating.
The other day one of my friends was telling me all about a 21 day cleanse she just completed and it was like the lightbulb went off above my head.
I knew this was what I needed to do.
She explained that it was hard but at the end of it she felt amazing and was so glad that she did it. For 21 days you eat mostly a plant-based diet.
That means no meat, dairy, caffeine, sugar or alcohol. In addition to eating clean, you also take supplements that are meant to help your body cleanse all of the toxins it is hanging onto and to get all of your organs functioning optimally.
I knew that if I invested the money into buying the cleanse I would be much more likely to stick to healthy eating then if I just tried to eat healthy on my own. Plus I really felt like I needed the supplements to help my body function optimally and to get my energy back.
I’m also excited to challenge myself to try cooking and eating way healthier than I usually do. I’m hoping I will get better about meal planning and prepping food during this process.
My friend said it is a pretty intense process but I’m excited to do something really good for myself. She also lost ten pounds and said that she feels great. I’m pretty happy with how my body looks so I’m not very motivated by weight loss.
However, I really hope that I’m able to feel less bloated. My body has never felt this uncomfortable before and I really hope that will go away when I go through the cleanse.
How it works:
I ordered the cleanse and they are going to send me a recipe book to follow as well as all the supplements I need to take during the cleanse. It is broken down into three phases and each phase comes with special supplements to take to support your body.
Week One: Reclaim. This week is about reclaiming your bodies natural functions and restoring balance to all of your systems.
Week Two: Release. This week focuses on detoxing and cleansing out all of the toxins that have built up in your body.
Week Three: Restore. During the final week of the cleanse you restore your body back to optimal functioning.
I was surprised to hear that you don’t exercise during the cleanse. Only light yoga or walking is advised. I haven’t been sticking to my workout routine so this is more than fine with me. I’m hoping to get back into my workout routine after I finish the cleanse.
I’m really hoping I will feel better after the 21 days and it will motivate me to keep up a healthy lifestyle again.
Overall I’m just really excited to give this a try. I know it will be challenging and 21 days is a long time to complete a strict diet plan but I feel like I need something structured to stick to. My body has been feeling so crappy lately and I feel like I need a hard reset.
This cleanse sounded like the perfect thing and I’m excited to give it a try. If you’re interested in finding out more information or purchasing the cleanse you can check it out here.
If you want to follow along with my experience be sure to come and follow me over on Instagram.
I’ll be posting daily updates and my experience on the cleanse on my stories and I will make sure to save them in the highlights section in case someone else is interested in the details of the cleanse.
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How I’m Setting Myself Up for Success
Planning ahead: There are some special events on my calendar (birthdays, BBQs, etc). I’m going to see how I feel closer to these events. Since this is a temporary diet I’m following I might just skip these events. I am honestly really bad at not cheating so avoiding those situations might be what I need to do to complete the cleanse. I suggest before you start the cleanse you identify any events or situations that might be difficult for you and make a plan ahead of time.
Cleaning out my kitchen: I went ahead and made a drawer that will have all of the food I bought for my cleanse. This way I won’t go into the pantry and be tempted by all the other food. This cleanse has a really strict meal plan that you follow and I’m going to try really hard to stick with it and not cheat.
Telling friends: I let all my friends know what I was doing and why. I let them know that I’m not going to be drinking alcohol for the next 21 days and won’t be going to happy hour or out to eat. My friends were very supportive and telling them deepened my commitment to completing the cleanse.
Know why: I think having really clear reasons for doing the cleanse is important. For me I know I can’t show up for my life and business when I’m tired all the time. I really want to have more energy for the things I care about and I know that changing my diet will help me do that.
Why I’m Doing The Cleanse
To start eating more intentionally: I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of thoughtless and mindless eating lately. I am hoping this cleanse will help me start being more thoughtful about what I’m eating.
To break addictions: I feel like I have a lot of food addictions like sugar and coffee that I want to break. Anytime I eat a meal I immediately crave sugar afterward whether I’m hungry or not. I want to do this cleanse to detox and break my food addictions.
To create new habits: My eating habits are pretty bad right now. I feel like I need to do a HARD reset to break my bad habits and replace them with healthy ones. I am hoping sticking to this meal plan will help me start forming the new healthy habits that I want to build.
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