Day 17 of 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse . . . oops!

Day 17 (Jan. 17)

Morning Weight: down 1.4 lbs, with a total loss of 9.8 lbs since Day 1.

At this point, I would like to talk about detox. I haven’t been experiencing any headaches or my skin changing too much, but my bowel movements have been different.

I know, it’s not the most glamorous topic to chat about, but when it comes to your health, the quality of our bowel movements is important because of the connection to the colon. The body often focuses on getting rid of the unhealthy stuff from the colon, first, before beginning to heal other parts of the body.

I have experienced the following in the last two weeks: constipation, very loose stools and also the type of bowl movement that is rather pasty. I know…gross.

At first I was surprised by all this, thinking, what’s up? I’m eating lots of fibre and good food. But I realized I needed to be patient with my body as it deals with the toxic build up in its own way.

I started my morning with a workout on the treadmill. I did a 30 minute HIIT with incline walking instead of running. After, I did 25 tricep dips at the end of my stairs, followed by 15 Lat pull-downs at 40 pounds. I finished off with 45 oblique crunches, both sides.

I had my usual fresh juice in the morning, followed by a far of smoothie.

In the late afternoon, before going out, I made a delicious salad of: curly kale and purple kale, arugula, tomato, red onion and avocado. The dressing was blended mango with parsley.

I also had a bowl of raspberries, blueberries and a chopped pear.

I went out to a fundraiser tonight and made sure to eat my salad and fruit shortly before going out, so I wouldn’t be hungry. While there, the people around me ate steak, potato, cooked corn and peas and Caesar salad. I didn’t want to not eat and bring attention to myself, so I had some Caesar salad and some of the corn and peas.

So, this is the first time I went off the items I allow in my cleanse. I really didn’t think the cooked corn and peas were so bad, but I was truly indulging and fully cheating when I ate the Caesar salad. It was devilishly delicious.

What was interesting, is that within an hour of eating this salad, I noticed a couple of red splotches on my face. Based on my past experience, I believe this was my body’s reaction to the oil and all the processed ingredients that were in the dressing, along with the parmesan cheese.

Physically, I felt fine.

Throughout the evening, I drank club soda, with a little bit of cranberry juice…no wine! So I can pat myself on the back for that.

I don’t feel guitly, or bad, for veering off course for a short amount of time on my cleanse. This is what journeys are all about. The triumphs sit in the same company as the blunders.

Wishing you a healthy journey.

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