Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.

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Yesterday Kevin and I began Day One of what will be a 2 week cleanse, which means I have now been hungry and unsatisfied for over 24 hours.

This isn’t one of those crazy cleanses where you don’t eat for 2 weeks (I could never do something like that – I once tried to do a three day juice cleanse and I lasted about 14 hours). You do eat. Quite a lot, in fact. You just don’t eat any of the crap you are used to eating, things like bread and sugar and chocolate and basically everything that I enjoy. No sugar, no alcohol, no caffeine, no gluten, no dairy… basically if I like it, I can’t eat it. If you know me in real life you know that I don’t really like vegetables, so having a vegetable based diet for the next two weeks is going to be a struggle.

I’ve wanted to do something like this for awhile but never could find the time due to social commitments. We finally had a couple of weeks where we didn’t have a ton of stuff going on and decided to go for it. Kevin and I have basically cleared our calendar for the most part. As a self proclaimed carb monster, it’s hard for me to imagine going a full day without bread let alone two weeks, but I’m going to try my very best. I started to wean off caffeine last week, and it was not pleasant. And alcohol? Well, I’m planning on being completely antisocial the next two weeks to avoid any temptation, because put me in a room with wine and bread and it’s all over for me.

In addition to the eating part of the cleanse, there is a whole mind/body connection that we are supposed to focus on as well. This includes aspects such as mindful eating, breathing exercises, mediation, and movement. For example, each morning you are supposed to wake up and do something to get your body moving almost immediately, by doing something “fun” such as putting on one of your favorite songs and dancing to it.

So this morning Kevin and I woke up, put on some music, and danced around the living room for about five minutes. We felt absolutely ridiculous in the moment, but you know what? It was a rather nice way to start my day!

Unfortunately, there are also some parts of this that are not so fun, like the whole mindful eating thing. We are supposed to eat without distraction (as in no tv, phones, music, books, etc), and chew each bite 25 times.

Dude, do you have any idea how gross it is to chew a mouthful of kale 25 times? Ugh.

I’m not so sure how well we are going to do on that front, so as long as I dance in the morning and stick to the diet, I’ll consider it a success.

I love food, and going out to eat and having something mouth-watering is one of the great pleasures of my life, so I don’t see this being something I adopt long-term. However, I’ve never done anything like this before, so I’m excited to see how my body reacts to this and learn more about my food-body connection. Right now my body is not so happy with me, but I’m hoping that it will get easier. The first few days are the hardest, right?

Let the adventure begin!

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Patty McClainJuly 24, 2012 - 11:44 am

Good luck with your highly challenging experiment! I bet you will see some beneficial results.

RachelJuly 25, 2012 - 1:04 pm

I think it’s time for an update! Day 4?!

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