21 days ago, I went to the cleanse and detox program, where I had to give up sugar, coffee, alcohol, meat, carbs, gluten, grain, and couldn’t even have nuts or any other food suggestions. Mainly, everything had to be organic. During the cleansing process, I consumed different supplements.
Today, after when I look back, I feel great. I would always like to remember why I went to attend the program and also would love to inspire others to do the same.
While I consider myself quite a healthy person who eats well, sleep and exercise on a regular basis, something was off for the last couple of months. I was feeling constantly tired, and no amount of sleep would help. It was then when I saw Nancy’s Facebook post about her visit to a cleanse program and quitting all the unhealthy food. At the beginning of the post, I thought that it was crazy and can’t be done. But there was something in her post that caught my attention. She mentioned that she had attended the program many times before, and every time she feels more energized and light afterward. The last sentence caught my attention, as I was going through something similar and wanted to feel the same energy once again. So, I messaged Nancy and asked her if I could attend the same program with her.
The reason why I’m sitting here and writing this, after attending the program is because I feel full of energy and I’m delighted about it. I admit I was scared of taking the decision, as I feel I’m quite addicted to a lot of habits I have established in my life so far. Having a glass of wine at the end of a tiring day has always been my best companion, as I simply love wine and enjoy drinking. I love it and I still do. Taking a piece of chocolate after 2 p.m. to pick my spirit up a little. My love for cheese and the quest for my fancy coffee.
While I have always cherished all these habits, I had a strong feeling that I needed a break from them. I could feel heavy and tired, not just physically, but I could feel it in my bones, making me scarce of energy.
Before going on the cleanse program, I did a couple of things:
- Hired Nancy: You need to work with someone who is a healthcare professional and has completed the same program herself. Don’t undergo the entire session alone, as you might need a lot of encouragement, support and motivation from others. Here is Nancy’s info.
- Give yourself at least a month to get ready emotionally and physically for the change. Alter your lifestyle a bit and slow down with it, at least 10 days before the cleanse.
- Quit alcohol and coffee at least a week before the program, so you do not have to quit it all at once, as it can get a bit too drastic.
- Plan your life accordingly. For instance, I didn’t go out for 2 weeks before the commencement of the program. At first, it was a bit hard for me to go out and not have a drink, but now after a month, it feels completely doable.
- Be ready to cook a lot. Yes, it would take some time, but it will be a great change to your lifestyle, and you might need to bring a lot of adjustments in your life with it.
During the cleanse a couple of interesting things happened:
- I slowed down.
- I was taking care of myself, something which I have never done before. I almost felt guilty for the amount of love and care I gave myself.
- I could finally understand why I had to have that glass of wine every night, and dealt with some unplanned emotions and sentiments.
- I learned a lot of delicious and healthy recipes.
- I started making new healthy habits.
- I realized that coconut oil makes everything perfect.
- Apparently, I was more addicted to sugar than alcohol (we all know there is some quantity of sugar present in alcohol, but you know what I mean J)
- Last but most importantly, I started gaining energy. I started feeling energized on the fourth day, and it was a new discovery which made me feel getting better every day.
I know, it might sound very easy, but it was quite hard, especially in the first week. I had to undergo quite an extensive headache for the first couple of days and felt really weak.
I could smell coffee from a far away distance and missed my best friend – wine, terribly. I missed going out to restaurants and the will of eating anything I want. There were a lot of things I missed.
Now when I look back, I feel great. I will be slowly adding some of the food I have quitted, but I will surely stay away from sugar, coffee, alcohol, gluten, carbs, and heavy milk products. I miss each and every product that I have left behind – all together and individually.
I decided to do another month without many favorite foods I used to love as my new gained energy is too precious to give up. I am not sure I will be able to content this life style. I will go one month at a time and see where it takes me.
After all life is just an experiment.