After several months of evening wine and snacks, plus a tasty trip to California my body was crying out for some TLC. Being gluten free already (food allergies - not by choice), there are a lot of ingredients I naturally avoid, so the thought of doing some sort of cleanse was not too far out of my comfort zone.
I did some searching around the internet and knew that I didn’t want to go ALL raw, do a juice diet or anything too extreme. Just needed to hit the reset button on my eating habits and jumpstart a little weight loss.
The simplest and tastiest sounding option was the annual GOOP Detox. GOOP for those of you who don’t know is Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company. The detox is simple to follow, and the recipes are tasty and actually contain some protein to keep you feeling full.
I am using some of the GOOP Detox recipes and adding some of mine, and thought I would share my progress.
I decided to use a cleansing supplement from my local natural food store to make the most of my 7-day cleanse. I am using Renew Life First Cleanse Kit (note is my affiliate link) - it is noted to be good for a first-time cleaner (me) so I thought it would be best to try something gentle the first time around. The kit comes with two weeks worth of supplements, so I will keep them for the next time I want to do a cleanse!
The detox I am doing, eliminates gluten, dairy, soy, corn, nightshade vegetables, added sugar, caffeine & alcohol.
Here is my daily schedule - each day, I used the following routine & recipes to keep me full and functioning:
7-Day Cleanse Routine
7AM - Wake up & drink hot water with lemon + took supplement
Snack - Rice cakes with almond butter or hummus
Lunch - Variations of salad greens with a small amount of protein (egg. 1/2 a chicken breast, 1/2 fillet of grilled fish) with dairy free light dressing.
Snack - Veggies with hummus
Before bed - Drink hot water & lemon + took my nighttime supplement.
So, how did I do?
Day One and Two were a breeze! I was full of energy and doing well. Day Three, the HEADACHES and fatigue started. From Day Three to Seven I had a raging headache from 3PM until I went to bed. The first couple days, I tried to just fight it off without Tylenol. I drank water, tried to ignore it. By Day Five, I gave up and took a couple of Tylenol. I was seeing results with my weight so I wanted to keep going.
I found I was less hungry than usual which was great. My biggest issue was energy. I was completely exhausted by 8PM and most days were asleep by 9PM. This is odd for me, I usually stay up until 11 or 12PM, so it significantly shortened my day. Add to that I was a little more irritable than usual.
In total, I lost 9 pounds but more importantly, I jumpstarted to plan to eat a little more healthy. I had gotten into a bad habit of not eating enough during the day, then eating too much at night and enjoying too much wine. I am hoping to start a better pattern of eating a health with this cleanse.
Planning to do it again before the summer to get ready for summer clothes & beach season.
Have you got ideas of great smoothies or cleanse recipes? Leave them in the comments below!