After a month or so of complete indulgence over the holidays, I was feeling sluggish and depressed, I had a constant cough, and was at the mercy of my sugar addiction.
I had trouble getting up in the morning, my digestion was really uncomfortable and my energy was running out by about 10 in the morning.
So January rolled around (thank goodness!) and I used the new year as the motivation to make some changes to both look and feel better. First on the list was to kick my sugar habit! Mary and the folks I have joined here at ALIVE really like the “ Metabolic Detoxification” cleanse by Metagenics, so I thought I would give it a try.
According to Chinese Medicine, mid-winter is a sort of ill-advised time to do a cleanse. Your body’s energy is in hibernation and much of your energy is being used just to stay warm. But something just had to give for me, and I reasoned that the benefits outweighed the harm, so I decided to go for it. (Okay, it was the picture of the woman on the front of the pamphlet that pushed my decision over the edge, she just looked like she felt amazing!)
The Metagenics cleanse lasts 10 days, and as I read through the description, I realized what I had gotten myself into… in addition to a powdered supplement each day, here were the instructions:
Day 1, eliminate all the junk. No problem. I was so ready!
Day 2-4, slowly eliminate more inflammatory foods like eggs, dairy, gluten, nuts until I was eating only fruits, vegetables and legumes. Still no problem. Over the years I have accumulated a number of vegan cookbooks and excitedly dove into those to try some new recipes.
Days 5-7, the most daunting days to anyone doing the cleanse. The only allowable foods are broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, salad greens, spinach, brussels sprouts, apples and pears. Really, for 3 days? So I had to get REALLY creative. I had huge hearty salads with cauliflower sprinkles and had to chew a lot to make up for the lack of dressing. I made cabbage chopped to look like noodles, covered with a pureed spinach “sauce” and a side of broccoli, and a steaming baked apple for dessert.
It was at this point in the cleanse that I started to feel a bit weird, some dizziness, energy fluctuations and temperature fluctuations in the day. But my digestion was feeling really good and I was finding it easier to get up in the morning (maybe because I was so hungry!!) I stuck to it like glue, looking forward to the addition of more fruits and a bit of rice on Day 8!
Day 9 was the re-introduction of legumes and seeds and the flavors were exploding in my mouth. Everything was SO delicious, but I wasn’t having my usual addictive behavior towards it. I had slowed down somewhere inside and that spaciousness and peacefulness was a benefit I hadn’t anticipated.
Day 10 was the end of the cleanse, and when I checked in, I really did feel like the woman on the front of the pamphlet. In the past, at the end of a cleanse, I would gorge myself on the things I had been denying myself for the duration of the cleanse, which had the effect of putting me back just where I started. But this time was different, I felt clearer, clean and my addicted feeling was just not there. I continue to eat cleanly, even now into February and am feeling lighter. I have had some sugar, but have noticed I am fine to not have it for days at a time.
A personal revolution in just 10 days that is helping me rebuild a healthier body! I would encourage you to try it! Ask your practitioner if it would be appropriate for you.