Since I am a Young Living Independent Distributor, of course I'm going to try out their 5 day nutritive cleanse! https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/new-5-day-nutritive-cleanse
I didn't intend to start the cleanse until after my birthday, but when I weighed myself last week, I cried, then was angry at me, then accepted that it is what it is right now, and it's time to FIGHT. On Saturday 9/30 I started the cleanse. Basically it is 3 shakes and 3 snacks a day, plus 3 shots of Ningxia Red, YL's awesome whole body supplement, packed full of antioxidants and essential oils, and a "Digest and Cleanse" gel cap 3 times a day. The only bad thing is the aching head the first 2 days, presumably from the lack of caffeine. I typically used to drink a pot of coffee in the morning, and sweet tea the rest of the day. I will not go back to the daily coffee, because that involves too much creamer and sugar. I could take in 300-400 calories in a morning just in the coffee. That has to go. I will have the occasional treat of a non fat iced white chocolate mocha, or in the cooler weather a nice hot skinny caramel macchiato. The sweet tea will be less sweet and less frequent, but still a part of my life!
On Day 1 of this 5, I went to bed early and missed the evening snack (not recommended!). I emotionally felt like I did the first few days of being off of cigarettes; I wanted to just sleep and escape from the cruel world! I can't eat what I want so why be awake? (or smoke, when that was the thing)
Day 2, I went to church, and after the service walked out into the lobby to the coffee and snack table, and had my fingers almost to the point of gripping a slice of pumpkin bread, so beautifully displayed in the authentic Tupperware container. Oh no! I remembered, and pulled my hand back to me, gripping it with my other hand as if it had a mind of it's own and would try for the bread again. I made it out of the church while remaining compliant with the plan!
Day3 I had an achy back .It was achy the day before, but worse now. Felt like a messed up electrical current from my neck all the way down through my hips and into the upper legs. I started in with a homemade cream I made with my oils (coconut oil base and drops of essential oils mixed in), and used a blend called Valor on my spine from top to bottom. I did this several times throughout the day! By nighttime, I was comfortable and slept well!
Day 4 was uneventful. I worked, took a nap, and worked some more. Ha!
Day 5 is today. I'm glad. I'm just a smidge bored with the eating of the same thing every day. The shakes are good, and I have been adding some citrus oil to each one. Lime has been my favorite. I have also used lemon, tangerine, and orange. But for real, I'm ready for some food to chew on besides fruit and carrots (Just because carrots have been the only raw veg I eat totally by itself)! I have definitely used this time to plan grocery shopping from here on out, and I will be pinning lots of healthy recipes (follow me on Pinterest!).I really want to try the cauliflower "mashed potatoes". Has anyone tried that? I'm a little scared, but I like cauliflower.
One habit I have gotten into this week is water. I will continue to drink plenty of water! Good advice for all :-)