Jenny’s diary: 7 DAYS OF ME, the cleanse ends…
Well the last day has been and gone and overall the week cleanse was a positive experience for me. I saw changes in my body and general well being that I didn’t think would be that obvious and found it very achievable while living a busy life with a family and working as well. The set menu was amazing to have and very easy and flexible. We also found that it wasn’t expensive to buy the groceries and there was no wastage which is always a bonus in our household as we like to be as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible.
After completing the cleanse I feel amazing. My skin is clearer and my eyes brighter. I wasn’t concerned with weight so not sure if I lost any, however it was amazing to know that there have definitely been centimetres go and my clothes are feeling like they should (they had been getting a bit tight!). I feel great, I have lots of energy and am sleeping well. When I wake early in the morning it is lovely to wake feeling refreshed and not sluggish! Below is a picture of me this morning, the day after my cleanse is finished with no filter!
There food was delicious and I loved all the recipes. For me the favourite this time was probably the broccoli and tuna salad or the salmon parcels. To be honest, it is a bit hard to give a favourite as they were all yummy and super easy to prepare which is always handy!
To those who are planning to do the cleanse or thinking about it, I say, go for it! Be kind to yourself and set small goals as you want the change to be lasting! Remember to be mindful and listen to your body during the cleanse, notice what it is telling you; most importantly rest and relax as often as possible! Try to focus also on the mind and other parts of the cleanse that go along with the change in diet like the dry brushing and thinking positively as I found these in their own right had an impact on my health and experience that week. On the hard days stick in there as the feeling at the end is worth it!
There were many aspects of the cleanse that I carried on with after the March cleanse such as herbal tea instead of decaf, eating tuna, dry brushing and overnight oats. This time I am going to carry on with all of the above as well as aperitif once a day, including brown rice in meals, less snacking at night, better portion sizes and eating more raw veggies which is easier coming into summer. I think the raw veggies was something I definitely noticed a difference with as over winter we eat all cooked veggies as we find salads a bit cold on a winter night, so now is a great time to bring the raw veggies back in salads etc now it is getting warmer.
Lastly, I am being kind to myself and coming out of the cleanse. Last time I found my digestive system and bowels didn’t cope coming out of the cleanse so well and this time I am doing things a little differently. This week I will keep taking the aperitif but only two times a day as well as keep some of the meals from the cleanse in there as there are lots to choose from in the back that I didn’t do, as well as the breakfasts. Then the week after I will go down to aperitif once a day and then keep eating in the style of the cleanse as this is something we want to keep up as much as possible from now with lots of raw veggies since it isn’t winter anymore!
I am so pleased with the results of the cleanse and would encourage you all to give it is go! The great thing is that every time you do it you notice new things and you pick up new habits, its not about getting it all right the first time but allowing yourself to make long lasting change to your diet and lifestyle. Bring on March 2016 – I will be ready!