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The scale was way down today – yay!

Here’s my supposed last day of the cleanse and I am actually feeling pretty darn good. I’m not as tired as I usually am in the mornings, and am on the fence on continuing it (at least part of it). I mean, I do have half of a grocery sack full of spinach to use. I might also continue my abstinence of coffee for the rest of the week. Although, I actually do love the taste of coffee. I’ll let you know how that goes.

And we’re off! This is repetitive, so sorry. But not really.

8:00 am Breakfast: oatmeal and blueberries. Duh.

10:30 am Snack: apple w/ PB. Duh.

12:00 pm Lunch: spinach, pecans, chicken, edamame, lemon juice. Duh.

Sidenote: I miss flavor during lunch, so I added some dried basil to the salad.

4:00pm Snack: orange and fat-free vanilla yogurt. Been chuggin water all day.

7:00pm Dinner: yummy salad with quinoa again – I really do like this salad and am going to try to make it my daily lunch salad.

9:00pm Snack: 1/2 c low-fat cottage cheese w/ 1/2 c blueberries. I was a little hungry and looking for something sweet.

The Morning After

I actually feel lighter without having eaten any processed foods or refined sugars or flour. I’m not really craving carbs or sweets, and will continue part of this diet for quite a while. I did have one cup of coffee (well, almost a full one) this cloudy morning after the Cleanse, and it was SO delicious. But I think I’m going to try my damnedest to have only one cup, not 4, and then stick with tea for the rest of the day. It’s better for your metabolism anyway. =)

So that’s that. Thanks for following my brief journey/experimentation with a cleanse. And thanks to Women’s Health Magazine for sending it to my inbox. I will probably use it at least once a month from now on. I think that would be very beneficial, at least especially if I had a not-so-clean weekend.


Day 2 of my Women’s Health Magazine “healthy” cleanse. I’ve been getting questions of why I’m doing this, what I’m trying to get rid of, and if I felt any differences yet. And my answers are:

1) To experiment and see if there were any changes, on or off the scale, and to see if I felt “cleansed.” I wasn’t too keen on that insane cleanse with the maple/cayenne pepper lemonade drink. And coming from Women’s Health, I thought there was some merit to the advice.

2) Not really trying to get rid of specific toxins, just wanted to see what it was like not eating processed foods, refined sugar/flour, etc.

3) My energy level does seem more natural, without my “fake awake” habit to rely on. And that’s about the only change I’ve felt.  Women’s Health says eating every 4 hours will keep my blood sugar level up and, “This means you’ll be able to cut back without feeling cranky, exhausted, or hungry.” Well, I’m not that cranky, exhausted is a meh, but hungry – I’ve been getting hungry in between meals/snacks, but have just tried to satisfy it with another cup of tea or water.

So here goes Day 2.

The scale was a little up today from yesterday morning (only .4 lbs, but still up).

8:00 am Breakfast: Oatmeal and blueberries again. Green tea … Again. For some reason do not feel as full as I did yesterday after breakfast. Hmm. Maybe I’m craving something … oh, like COFFEE maybe?

I am surprised I’m not experiencing caffeine withdrawal-induced headaches. And I’m really not as sleepy as I assumed I would be sans-java.

My friend Jean just told me about Yogi tea, whose product line includes a few flavors of detox tea. I might have to try it out because I’m not the biggest fan of plain green tea, but I do like flavored teas.

10:30 am Snack: Apple and 1 TBS peanut butter.

12:30 pm Lunch: I remembered my edamame! And, again, 4oz chicken breast, spinach, pecans, and water with lemon. Very vanilla. Am wondering why can’t I have other/more veggies in this salad? I guess I could’ve opted for the asparagus instead of spinach. Tomorrow.

4:30 pm Snack: yogurt and an orange (which is a typical PM snack for me, so it’s familiar). Haven’t been drinking a lot of fluids today – got caught up in meetings!

9:00 pm Dinner: same salad as last night, but opted to not consume the cottage cheese/berries. I did have a small bite of my boyfriend’s polenta pizza he made, so I hope that didn’t throw off any progress I made.

Feeling pretty good, even after 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes training with Trainer Sam at the Quality Hill YMCA. Over my daily points by 3.5 (23.5 total points today) but another 6 activity points. Can’t wait till tomorrow.

I got an article from Women’s Health Magazine in my email a couple weeks ago about a healthy body cleanse – not like those fad cleanses that make you drink gallons of cayenne-spiked lemonade (um, yuck) – and I decided to try it. I’ve been wanting to do some sort of detox or cleanse for a while, and this is only for three days, so why not? What do I have to lose except for a couple pounds (hopefully) and a lighter sense of being?

Wait a sec, there has to be some sort of catch, right? Right … One thing that kind of put me off for a minute, at least slightly, was that coffee was completely absent from this cleanse. And, if you know me, I need my coffee. And I thought to myself, well, what about one cup a day? But, that’s still cheating, before I actually started the cleanse. *Sigh*. This might be harder than it seems at least, when it comes to productivity.

Day 1

8:00 am: Breakfast of 1/2 old fashioned oats (that’s before cooking) with a bit of cinnamon and 1/2 c. frozen blueberries; 2 cups green decaf tea (blech). The oats were actually pretty good with the berries. I usually have to sweeten my oats with brown or regular sugar and add some milk, but didn’t even put Splenda in it – I wanted to do this cleanse the “real” way. No cheating.

10:00 am: Snack of 1 Braeburn apple and 1TBS peanut butter. The cleanse calls for natural PB, but I didn’t feel like purchasing any since I had a big jar of regular at home already. 2 more cups of green tea gone. Have had to visit the ladies room 2 times already this morning.

11:00 am: Getting kinda hungry and on cup of tea #5. Hello again, Loo!

12:00 pm: LUNCH! Finally. A salad of 2 cups fresh spinach, 4 oz chicken breast, baked, seasoned with lemon pepper, 8 pecan halves (chopped), fresh lemon juice squeezed on top. And a tall glass of cold water with lemon slices. The cleanse calls for only 1 cup of spinach, but I wasn’t sure if that was packed, or what, because if not, that’s like, one leaf. Plus, I had forgotten my edamame at home. I had baked 3 chicken breasts last night, each seasoned with something different, knowing I needed one a day and so they’d be ready to go to work and when I got home late from the gym.

I decided that I should continue bringing fresh lemons to work – so refreshing! I might even make a fake lemonade, too, once this cleanse is done and I use Splenda.

12:30 pm: I’ve already consumed 13 points! (Yes, I’m also doing Weight Watchers). And I have 2 snacks and dinner to go, with only 7 points left for the day. *Sigh*

4:00 pm: Snacktime! Orange and 4oz low-fat raspberry yogurt. Om nom nom. Have visited the ladies room at least 6 times today, since I keep downing glass after glass of water with lemon slices.

WW Points left: 3.5… so confusing about which plan I should actually follow. I guess three days of this won’t be so bad, since I have those 5 points/day buffer. I am curious what the scale will say next week though.

8:30 pm Dinner: Am STARVING … 4oz baked chicken, salad of spinach, green pepper, carrots, green onion, parsley, 1/2c cooked quinoa, dressed with 1 tsp EVOO and about 1 TBS balsamic vinegar. I was supposed to also have 1 cup asparagus or artichoke hearts, but I didn’t feel like making anything else.  1/2c low-fat cottage cheese and 1c frozen blueberries made a nice, fresh dessert. Am full and happy now, not at all growly.

I’m 5.5 points over my goal (25.5 total today), but acquired 6 activity points with a 3 mile jog and 80 minutes of yoga. So, not too shabby. I didn’t really need the cottage cheese and blueberries at 9 pm – according to the cleanse it’s meant to be a snack. But, oh well. Just following instructions.

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