Day 9-12: We Must Dig DeeperWednesday, March 20, 2013
Today is day 12 of my 21-day cleanse, which means I'm more than halfway complete! Yay! So in the past two days, my coworkers have been asking me how I feel and if I see/feel any changes. To be honest, I have to say that during Week 2, I feel like I've plateaued a bit.
I mean, I'm clearly a bit lighter as clothes that felt tight on me are now feeling a bit more loose. Also, I don't feel tired, but I also don't feel an extra surge of energy. The only thing I feel is that sometimes I get cravings a bit more. For bread. For cheese. For dairy. For some of the basic things in life, not even necessarily chips or other junk food!
So I'm looking to reevaluate how I want to finish off these last 9 days. In the words of Leo in one of my favorite movies, Inception...
We Must Dig Deeper.
And for those of you who are wondering, all of these foods ARE accepted in the cleanse, including chicken, duck, most vegetables, quinoa and brown rice. Not bad at all!
Confession time: I've been "cheating" on the cleanse
Soy-Sesame Cucumber Salad - except instead of soy sauce, I use tamari, and instead of sugar, I use agave syrup.
I know, when you're cheating on something this healthy, you're not doing half bad. BUT, we must dig deeper. After all, it's only 9 more days right?
Another meal I made, which I didn't take a picture of, is Chicken Adobo, which I once again, substituted soy for tamari, and agave syrup for sugar. Notice a trend here? I really love flavorful foods with a bite. However, I feel like consuming that much sodium is still not TOO cleanse friendly, so I have to try to tone it down a notch, even if the ingredients align with the elimination food list itself.
Time for internal cleansing with Supplements
As I mentioned in Supplements for a DIY Clean Program, I noticed a lot of cleanse kits being sold in the health aisles of the store. These kits really intrigued me as it mentions a lot of the same things as the Clean book and also aligns pretty well with some ideas of the Clean Kit.
A few things includes adding additional cleansing fiber into your body, so that once the toxins in your body eliminations, the fiber soaks it up and prevents it from being resorbed into your body. Another benefit is that it adds an extra layer of liver support, another thing that is highly recommended as you cleanse.
The Complete Body Cleanse from Whole Foods is a 2-week plan, which ties in pretty well with the end of my cleanse. I wish I started this earlier so I could have aligned getting on this kit during my last 2 weeks. To have a jumpstart since I am a few days late already, I took 8 - YES, EIGHT! - cleansing fiber pills tonight since the package's instructions says it's okay.
I'll post a full review on this cleanse kit as I continue my journey to be CLEAN. After all, if we must dig deeper, we might as well go all the way right?
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