The 3 Week Cleanse

Here is a post from April 2012 that outlines the cleanse I do a couple times a year.

Today I am finishing up my second week out of my 3 week long cleanse and I feel GREAT!
My cleanse does not involve cayenne pepper or lemon juice or any pills. It is a purely plant based food cleanse designed to remove inflammation from the body and get it running smoothly again.

Why am I doing this?
I have a couple nagging injuries that just refuse to go away. My ankle has been hurting for at least 2 months now and I suffer from chronic neck pain. Inflammation is the culprit for both these injuries. Taking 3 weeks to let the body heal and re-set is good to do 2-4 times a year, particularly when the seasons change.

What is the cleanse?
I have talked about it on here a couple times before, it is from the book Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston. In her book she writes about how making changes to our diet and life will some day result in a “Quantum Leap”, and you won’t know when that will happen or what it will be. I first did this cleanse 4 years ago and sitting here today I know I have made my leap. My life is profoundly different than it was 4 years ago. I absolutely love my life and it all started with this little 3 week challenge. I set out just to do this to test my toughness and ended up changing my life.
The Cleanse:
No sugar
No caffeine
No alcohol
No gluten (including oatmeal)
No dairy or anything containing casein
No meat
No animal products of any kind (including eggs, butter etc)
No foods that contain any of the above ingredients

Is that tough to do? YES! Especially the first time I did it!

On a side note, if there is something you don’t want to give up/can’t give up, DON’T GIVE IT UP. Just do the rest of the cleanse. I personally do not give up coffee any more because I always go back to drinking it because I love it! Coffee is much more than a morning pick-me-up, it’s quality time I spend with my husband. I have quit coffee many, many times, but I always go back so it’s not worth the pain and agony of quitting it! And also, if you “mess up” during the 3 weeks just get back on track with the next meal. You don’t have to quit or start over. Any positive change is a positive change.

The past two weeks I have been living off my Green Smoothies for Breakfast, Tomato Basil Pesto Pasta for lunch, Hummus and carrots for a snack and my Avocado, Strawberry Quinoa salad for dinner. So I’m hardly suffering!

Giving up caffeine and sugar all together is really hard. Every day I have to turn down a brownie or cake or some yummy treat. It’s tough, but after 2 weeks I am feeling really great!
I have been waking up before my alarm and my neck is starting to feel better. My body just feels happier overall and the longer I keep it up the easier it is to turn sweets down. Coffee on the other hand, I can’t wait to get back to enjoying :)

So what do you think? Does this sound like a fun challenge? What’s the worst thing that could happen? You could start to feel really great and have more energy?



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