Confession Time. I know some people might try this cleanse after me and I feel it’s important to be honest about my experience. The first week was hard – and not because I crave McDonalds or pizza every night. It was hard because my diet is fairly restricted as it is – so adding to the limitations felt really restricting. I hate lentils and of all the recipes for week one, I only liked a handful. So it was hard. I was eating food I didn’t like and breaking habits I had grown so accustomed to.
I had small “cheats” throughout the week. A couple of Goldfish one day, a soy chai tea another. Don’t get me wrong, I was hardcore for the first 3-4 days but various circumstances let for greater cheating opportunities. By Friday – a pre-planned date night, I was ready to make an exception. I had a veggie burger and sipped on a Porter. Afterwards I felt SOO guilty. I had failed. I couldn’t even stick the cleanse out a week. From there, I had essentially given up and whatever excuses I let myself believe just let me deeper into Cheatin Town.
If anything has come of my poor diet choices the past few days, it has given me a greater awareness for recognizing how my body reacts to different foods. I will say this – while following the cleanse (even with minor cheats), I was starting to feel more energized, I felt healthy and the smaller meals were filling me up for longer. With the bigger cheats, I felt bloated, ‘backed-up’, and slower.
The cleanse is by no means over, but I acknowledge that I need to adjust things if I am going to keep strong. The meals that I enjoyed from Week 1 will be carried over (starting tomorrow – Tuesday). And I’ve included the meals from week 2 I think I might enjoy. I’ve included my meal plan for the week below.
If any of you have started your own cleanse or have been following along – I really hope you stick with it. Weekends and every social event is going to be a challenge. I think it’s important to acknowledge and accept there will be “cheats” and that’s okay. You’ll still be cleansing your system. Keep them limited and infrequent and you’ll be golden.