In my last post, I decided to just focus this whole month on the cleanse since I get asked so many questions and I know how overwhelming and confusing it can be if you’ve never done one before.
The #1 question I get asked is – why the Clean Program?
The answer is simple – because you can eat!
It’s not a juice fast, or the Master Cleanse, which I truly feel anyone who does the Master Cleanse should receive a trophy and a parade. That is one thing I don’t think I could do. I did a juice cleanse for 3 days once. I bought it from a local company. It was made to be very easy – 5 juices a day, they were labeled 1-5, each one having specific ingredients that you would need at certain times of the day for your energy, etc. They tasted great and were filling. Day 1, I was fine – thinking “this is easy”. Day 2, I felt a little less excited and was kind of wanting to chew something. Day 3 – full on cranky and I felt like there was gallons of liquid sloshing around every time I moved. Not the cleanse for me, but for some people that’s the ticket.
So being able to choose from a huge list of foods that I CAN have seemed more my speed and I knew I could get Joe on board as long as we could still EAT. It’s always easier to do something like this when you have a buddy and someone to keep you accountable.
It’s also not one of those cleanses where you have to be camped by the bathroom. Anyone who has done Dr. Natura cleanse, you know what I’m talking about.
The nice thing too is that it inspires me to cook more creatively and it kind of changes my relationship with food in general. There are definitely things we stick with when the cleanse is over and things that sneak their way back in to our diets. My love affair with cheese will never die.
My intention this year is to keep up the creativity and mindfulness about what I’m preparing and we have both vowed to not go as crazy as we did this past holiday season.
We’ll see how that goes in December….