Sorry for the long hiatus, but it's worth it, I promise! The 21-Day Clean cleanse was amaze. Simply the very best thing Sweetie and I have ever done for our health and overall well-being. So here's the 411 (since you asked):
If you're contemplating a cleanse, I will warn you those first 2-3 days were brutal. We were edgy, unhappy, tired and completely ready to give up. However, cleaver, cleaver Clean has tons of support, including Wellness Coaches. I had chatted with one before we began. Then, I wrote that same couch in a total state of misery on the evening of the third day something barely comprehensible that boiled down to: OMG, will we ever feel better?
Luckily, by the time Ms. Couch responded the next morning we both felt insanely better already. More energy, no hunger, and clear-headed. Like night and day. And it only improved from there. In the end, the biggest benefits to me were increased energy, clear thinking, reduced anxiety, weight loss (!!), and a general sense of well-being.
Sold? I thought so. Now, a few tips on making the most of your cleanse:
1) Prepare, prepare, prepare. Know what you're going to eat, when, and go forth into the wide-world armed with cleanse-friendly snacks and, when necessary, restaurant choices. Overall, hit up a grocery store vs. restaurants. And on that note...
2) Eat in. It's cheaper, easier, and takes the guess-work out of eating out. There are restaurants that make it easier (and yes, most of them have a faint smell of patchouli oil), but overall it's easier if you center your socialization around something other than food. If you must travel (we did) see #1.
3) Go full-in. Don't half-do a cleanse, because you'll miss the benefits and prolong the "meh" stage. To avoid that, see #1.
4) Drink plenty. Water, cleanse-approved tea, juices and smoothies. It's incredible how great green juice can make you feel at 3pm.
5) Move. Don't start a kick-boxing class or marathon training, but regular walks and yoga round-out your experience and help you get a deeper cleanse. We tried YogaVibes.com. Not bad if you don't want to have to go to a class outside the home (see: two working parents + one 17 month old darling Muffin).
6) Meditate. This perhaps should have been my #1 piece of advise. Getsomeheadspace.com is where it's at for me. Everyone has 10 minutes, and those 10 minutes a day change everything.
So, right after completing our cleanse we went to San Francisco for the weekend. We decided we'd stick to the Clean foods, but that quickly devolved into glasses of wine and French cuisine. It wasn't pretty, and we both felt awful. But it really solidified for us that we should stick with the Clean guidelines as much as possible because once you feel that good you're like a good-feeling junkie and you have to maintain that high.
Next on my list? After reading through Gwyneth's "It's All Good" cookbook/book I've decided I'd like to pull a Julie/Julia and cook my way through her recipes. They look incredible, but a little overwhelming. I'm sure once I try them it'll be a new world. One can only hope.
So, if you're on the fence about a cleanse and thinking "oh that's so hard I could never do that" I'm here to tell you that honey, if we can do it, just go ahead and trust me that you can too. And you'll truly thank yourself.
To your health!