I wanted to take a minute to recap how my 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse went (thanks for the reminder, Susan!).
I felt it was a success, as I lost almost 15 pounds….BUT, I got sick at the tail end of it, so that last five pounds was not really related to the cleanse, I don’t think.
I am now up a few more pounds, but since the cleanse started on Jan. 1, I am still down about 8 pounds.
So, is it a good way to kick start your weight loss? Absolutely!
I think that a 2 or 3 week cleanse would do the same thing, however. It really just gives you a boost.
If I were to modify the 28 day cleanse, I might do something like this:
Week 1: Eliminate all animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) and processed food
Week 2: Continue with above, and also eliminate all added oils and sugar
Week 3: Keep going with above, and eat only raw fruits and vegetables
Week 4: Continue with above and eat only smoothies for the first 4-5 days, followed by fresh pressed juice for 2-3 days
Health and How I Felt on the Cleanse
Here is how my Year-long Goals Sheet looked at the end of January.
How did I do?
My top row, exercise/move everyday, was on track until I became sick.
My green row, the plant-based goal was solid, for every day of my cleanse!!
My cleanse goal, the third and yellow row, of eating only raw fruits and vegetables was awesome too. Four days I drank a homemade broth, when I was my sickest, and on the last day, I had chickpeas in my salad. Still…pretty good!
The last row is related to my mental health, which is to work on my blog. Now, I don’t expect to see that filled in every day, but I want to see some effort there. I can proudly say, that yes, I put forth an effort to either do research on blogging or health or to actually write a blog post.
I really felt terrific during my cleanse! In fact, as soon as I started to eat cooked food, and to eat some dairy, my mood altered…it dipped. I did not feel as good. Did that stop me from eating more unhealthy food? No.
It is amazing how easily I left the raw food that made me feel great, to eating food that I categorize as unhealthy (pizza, cheese etc.) What is up with that??
I think that as long as we eat unhealthy food, we just want more. It may be a cold turkey thing. Eat none of the crap, and you won’t crave it. I just haven’t been able to pull off the cold turkey thing yet!
Thanks to FoodCourtComics.com, for this great picture!
I continue to struggle to eat the way my mind and heart wants me to. I will not give up.
Wishing you, and me, a healthy journey!