So, here’s what happened with the cleanse. I suppose it’s still happening. The first week, which was the elimination diet week, where you don’t eat sugar, dairy, corn, eggs, red meat, wheat or nightshades, felt a bit…fragile…, and I seemed to want a lot of rest. The juices and the clean food, along with the fact that I wasn’t eating foods that were apparently inducing an allergic response, were doing their magic.
According to the book, after the first week, you move into eating a liquid breakfast, regular (clean) lunch and liquid dinner, eating the same foods you were eating during elimination week. I decided to stay with what I was doing, since I was already eating a liquid breakfast and it was all seeming pretty manageable. So that’s what I did, and I’m not sure when it was exactly that I realized I felt better. And I mean, better than I can ever remember feeling. I had Martha-Stuart-like levels of energy and suddenly a great deal of compassion for people who wake at 3:00 a.m. and start to design the labels for their new spice jar system. It has taken a bit of practice to manage it all.
But I can see that this is a new way of life. It requires a bit of planning because it is not so easy to go out to eat anymore as most restaurants menu items in this [part of the] country seem to offer a choice between wheat or corn, plus dairy. Oy. When I eat something like that, just to be sociable, I can feel the Debbie Downer plunge that happens in my body. Thus, the menu planning. Thus, the search for others who are eating this way.
If you are thinking about doing this cleanse, I would read through the whole book and take notes, download the free forms they have on the site, make sure you understand it all. I spent about a week planning and gathering the ingredients. The one thing I may have missed is the fact that you are taking in and putting out a lot of water and your electrolytes can become imbalanced. So maybe have some fresh coconuts on hand so you can crack one open and drink the water to restore them if you feel weak. (And you know this isn’t medical advice, right? It’s the other kind of advice, I suppose.)