Yesterday, it all began.
My first day going liquid-only.
Will-power wise, I think it did pretty dang good! I was hungry between breakfast (juice) and lunch (smoothie), but other than that, I didn’t really feel any physical hunger, which I found to be pretty amazing. However, I did notice that my cravings were all over the place. And I wasn’t really craving anything unhealthy, just my normal “rabbit food”. But I think we all just have this mindset that we need to eat solid food, and we crave that sensation. Joe has noticed that as well, although he’s convinced it means he needs to eat what he’s craving, which is basically fast food. I don’t think he’s really grasping the point of the cleanse.
Physically, I didn’t feel great. After a sauna sesh the night before, I woke up with a headache (my own fault…who doesn’t hydrate after the sauna?) that lasted the entire length of the day. Worked 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a splitting headache, which made me want to curl up in bed and not move for the rest of the day. And really, I didn’t move until it was time to make “dinner”, which turned out to be an absolutely delicious smoothie (recipe below). After that, I felt a little better, so Joe and I decided to go to the humane society to look at kittens, since he wants to buy one. Being around the animals was like serious therapy. I forgot all about the pain in my head when all I could think about was how badly I wanted all these animals to get adopted. I think I’m going to submit my application to volunteer for them when I have time off.
Headache got a lot worse after I got home, so I decided to go to bed early. I didn’t want to take ibuprofen and disrupt my detox process, but when I was still awake at midnight, I couldn’t do anything but bite the bullet. I couldn’t justify losing sleep the night before a work day.
Today was a lot easier. Still no cravings, and no killer hunger so far. I’m definitely less energetic than normal, but I don’t have the intense need for a nap like I did yesterday. I’m planning on taking a walk, since I’ve been skimping on my exercise, then maybe a little yoga! Tonight I’m seeing Zac Brown Band, which is going to be amazing!
One thing I do love about this cleanse is skin brushing. When you release toxins, some escape to the surface of the skin, so it is important for you to get rid of those by dry brushing your skin with a natural bristle brush or loofa before you shower. I’ve been doing that, in addition to hot/cold plunges (in the shower, 1 minute of hot water, 1 minute of cold), and it makes my skin feel AMAZING. I feel so invigorated and my skin gets really soft. I’ve also been moisturizing with coconut oil instead of lotion, which not only feels heavenly, but makes me smell like the beach. I highly recommend it, even if you aren’t cleansing! I’m definitely going to add it to my normal routine.
As promised, I’m going to include recipes, so here is the delicious smoothie we made last night…it’s perfect for people who like spice!
Peach Almond Cardamom Smoothie
1/2 c. unsweetened vanilla hemp milk
1 c. O.N.E. coconut water
1/4 c. raw almond butter
1 1/2 c. frozen peach slices
1 c. frozen blackberries
1 tsp. ground cardamom
Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy!