It was like giving ourselves a big hug! Ten days of detoxing our bodies was a tremendous gift to ourselves and I believe we each gained some invaluable insight in to our own individual bio-dynamics as well. I’d like to sincerely thank Christy Halvorsen-Ross for leading us and cheering us on as we rid our body of toxins and spent loads of time taking great care of our bodies and our minds! She was a marvelous guide and teacher. Also, the stories, recipes and encouragement from the group was wonderful. As Christy said: “it takes a lot of willpower to hold off on the things (we) love – wine! coffee! cheese! – for ten whole days, but it really is a benefit to (our bodies). It gives it a break, provides an opportunity for (our) cells to regenerate in the healthiest possible environment, and teaches (us) new, valuable, healthy habits.”
A few of the things that I learned along the way:
- The cleanse was incredibly easy and satisfying for me to stick with. I filled myself up with healthy and delicious food and never felt starving. Since I am in the kitchen regularly, I love to cook, and I already eat a lot of the “allowed” foods (dark, leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, etcetera), this was not a difficult switch in my diet. However, I do love all of the “unallowed” foods (dairy, sweets, good bread, pasta, meats in moderation, caffeine and alcohol) and the only real cravings were for beer and wine. (I’m taking a closer look at this now!)
- I learned that I may need a cup of coffee in the morning to give me the energy I need to have a great run or a strong yoga practice. Although I felt more lucid and energized overall during the 10-day cleanse, my exercise routines were not as powerful. I do have very low blood pressure and the extra stimulant may give my body that extra boost I need to get me going.
- I learned how to soak certain grains overnight to make them more digestible. This is a habit that will stick.
- I believe that my hubby and I will do a cleanse quarterly and are tentatively scheduled for January 12-22. Come along and join us next time!
- I also now make my own almond milk! I didn’t think I liked almond milk, but made at home (less than 5 minutes of total prep time) changed that. I am using it to “cream” up my morning oatmeal (or brown rice or quinoa), lighten up my one cup of coffee (I used to drink 2 or 3 cups), and to make this delicious treat:
Recipe: Banana Almond Breakfast Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 heaping Tbls. almond butter (try Trader Joe’s)
1 c. homemade almond milk
A pinch of ground cinnamon
Put all the contents in a blender and whir until smooth and creamy. Yum!
Here is a helpful chart of the foods to eat – the rankings our based on their nutrient density: