If food is our medicine then I am certain that I have been poisoning myself. I am the first to be honest and admit that I haven’t been watching my food allergies as I should. Sometimes when you get to a place of health you begin to think that you are fine now and it’s okay to slip in this food and that food, and then before you know it you are back to some very bad habits (along with some new ones). I have watched my body get sick again. Sick like I was prior to starting this blog. It has gotten pretty bad in the past 6 months. Nothing too alarming, just the same ol’ same ol': massively bloated belly (I can barely fit into my jeans now), stomach pains in both my lower and upper abdomen (for me, pain in the upper means dehydration; pain in the lower means it’s something I ate), excess of gas, feeling lethargic and more flabby, and worst of all I am just not comfortable in my body.
When I started to see this I really tried to go back to the good habits that use to keep me healthy. We started eating all of our meals at home with the exception of a few meals out. I was making going to the gym a priority. I saw a few changes but not enough to feel better. My stomach was still raging war with me. I was perplexed because I always knew what I needed to do to get back on track and now even that wasn’t working. So call it serendipitous, call it perfect-timing–whatever you call it, I was so grateful when Jo and Julie contacted to test out their cleanse.
Let me be clear if you do not already know this about me. I am not a cleanse kind of person. If you were to rummage through my fridge you would think that I eat healthy–full of leafy greens, almond milk, and good-for-you produce. I buy more fresh fruits and vegetables than processed foods. In fact, I make the majority of my food from scratch. However I don’t like to drink smoothies. I don’t drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning. I don’t consciously try to avoid sugar though I also try not to over-indulge. I don’t do juice cleanses. I don’t like cleanses. I just avoid anything in the extreme.
Which is why I loved the sound of this cleanse.
For two weeks you eliminate a list of foods including sugar, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, and dairy. You can eat as much as you want, when you want. It doesn’t require an all-liquid diet (I like chewing my food!) or anything crazy that I know I would have a hard time adhering to in my daily life. Plus you get easy access to your health coaches, an incredibly helpful manual and book to guide you, conference calls, and access to a Facebook support group to connect with amazing people in the same boat.
It’s already been Day 4 into the Transition of the Cleanse (I love how they gently lead you into the cleanse five days prior) and already my stomach has gone down and I feel lighter and fresher (despite these headaches from not drinking coffee, ha). I’m not going to lie, this is going to be hard for me. I’m already experiencing resistance which I find funny because, well, of course I am resisting this! That’s me to a T. But already I am discovering how I can talk myself out of something before even trying it so I am going in with an open mind. Who knows, maybe Fork and Beans might shift a gear or two after this…
Follow me on Instagram where I am doing a day-to-day overview of what I am eating, recipes, and how I am doing. I would love to see you over there! And also go check out the Conscious Cleanse site and see if this is something that maybe you would like to do as well.
Wish me luck!
**Please note that I have not been compensated in testing out the Conscious Cleanse. Everything I experience and say is directly based off of my own personal opinion.