Thursday, April 30, 2009

Day 4....

The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain. The rain in Spain, falls on the Plain.

Day 1 of the actual “cleanse”….

Today started out just like any other day. I sat in my bed pressing snooze on my alarm clock for far too long only to realize that once again, I would be late to work. Hopped out of bed, brushed my hair, my teeth, threw on some respectable work-clothes & out the door. But, one more important detail I forgot to mention (purposefully). I had my first SBM of the day. And it wasn’t even 8am yet! Wow, how can I be so excited over a turd?!?

Whoever reads this, please apologize for my crass language and topic of discussion.

Step 2 of the Herbal Cleanse is a 5-day Liquid-Fast. Meaning you take a Toxin Absorber (TA) 5 times a day for 5 days. The TA is mixed w/organic apple juice (supposedly to make the taste a bit more palpable but also for the natural healing qualities for the body that are contained in apple juice). It’s really not that bad. A bit gritty like sand but it’s drinkable. The TA is drunk every 3 hours & if in between those 3 hours you can drink as much apple juice as your little heart desires. You are also permitted to drink teas (herbal only).

Usually around 9:30-10:00 I get a huge breakfast craving. Normally for breakfast I’ll have some yogurt and an orange or an apple. Simple. But some of the time I like to “splurge” and get myself a bagel. We all know that bagels aren’t great for you. Everything in moderation. But I was addicted to the morning carbs! I snarfed em right up! Only until hours after I ate my bagel I would be so sleepy & sedentary it was sad.

Not to say that the rest of the cleanse will be this easy but so far, today has been a breeze. I have two more TA’s to drink before bedtime & surprisingly I don’t feel the least bit hungry. Sure when I was walking around on my lunch break & walked by a CafĂ© the food smelled divine but really there have been no hunger pangs that are unbearable.

I feel energized too! Every day, literally EVERY day, I get an insane urge to sleep/close my eyes/rest. This urge happens around 3:30-4:00. Today I didn’t have that urge. I still have the urge to daydream but I don’t think that’s going to stop without some serious meds. ;0)

Let’s hope I feel this motivated & good the rest of the evening & into the rest of the cleanse!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Day 3: One more day of food that's it?!?! WTF?

Today is the last day of the “pre-cleanse” before the 5-day liquid fast. Let’s just hope it goes by fast and not liquid-y. eew. I’m feeling decent. We are supposed to cut our B, L & D down to a ¼ of what we normally eat. A 1/4th?? Yup. So if you eat a container of yogurt & an apple for breakfast, you only really take like 1-2 bites of yogurt & 4-5 bites of apple & then finito? Crazy talk but I did it.

Depending on the types of food you eat (in general but especially the days before the cleanse) it will determine how strong or mild your ‘cleanse’ will be. I was supposed to avoid cheese during this pre-cleanse too. Cheese? My favorite thing in the whole wide world? It’s been 2 ½ days since I last had cheese. That’s a freakin long time for me.

Surprisingly with the lack of food I’m not feeling too shabby. I had my typical morning slump and again my typical afternoon slump where closing my eyes would be oh so lovely. Being on a ‘restricted’ diet the past few days has made me realize how MUCH crap is in certain foods. I was trying to avoid processed foods at all costs (ie, crackers, cookies, even soups!) and did an okay job. I’ve been eating raw veggies like they’re going out of style and the amount of water I’m drinking? Let’s just say I could fill an Olympic-size pool.

I never really cared what I was putting into my body as my ‘brain’ just wanted the yummy, cheesy goodness of whatever I put into my mouth but now I am actually conscious of it all, it’s kind of a weird feeling. Tomorrow begins the adventure & I’m nervous but excited about the whole thing. I have never really ‘tested’ my body like this before and if the results are anything what people have said from experience, I’m looking forward to it. Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Day 2 : Pre-Cleanse

FYI: I’m going to talk about shit. Yes, smelly, dirty, fecal matter.

Day 2 of the Cleanse….So I kind of cheated with my cleanse already. Well I’m not sure if I’m cheating the cleanse or if the cleanse is cheating me. I was SUPPOSED to start today (Day 1) by eating ¾ my breakfast, lunch & dinner although last night when my gf brought over my kit while I was working, she jumped into it & said, “let’s just start tonight!!”.

We began by taking Digestive Stimulators which I mentioned in my Pre-Cleanse blog yesterday. Based on how many ‘bowel movements’ you have on a daily basis determines how many capsules you need to take each night before bed to “gear your system up” for it’s movements the next day.

Let’s call them SBM (Soft Bowel Movements). 2 Hours after taking the Digestive Stimulator Capsules (DSC), you drink your first Toxin Absorber (TA) which is gritty and grainy & tastes somewhat like cement. (Not that I eat cement on a regular basis, it just seems that if I were to be eating cement, it would taste exactly like the TA). The TA is a packet of powder containing different herbs & clays that adhere to the mucoid plaque that lines your colon. By mixing this powder in the specialty “Shaker Jar” (which basically is a rinsed out jelly container) with half the container filled with Organic Apple juice, you are now ready to drink/gulp/guzzle/force down your very first TA. It wasn’t horrible, let me say that but would I drink it if I didn’t have to? No.

As I was trying to fall asleep I was FREEZING. I mean, FREEZING! I never get cold. I chose the Peppermint flavored cleanse as my other option was Ginger & I despise Ginger. Apparently Ginger is for people who are cold all of the time, Peppermint for those what are warm. But I think what happened was the Peppermint really does cool you down to the point where you are actually cold! I guess I would have a cold sensation than the ginger heating my body up to who knows what temperature. So, trying to sleep, not happening. My body, especially my back was in so so so much pain. I have NO idea if the back pain was related to the TA I had just drank or what, all I knew is that I was tired, cold & uncomfortable.

This morning I woke up feeling fine, a bit of gargly-ness action happening in my stomach but I assume that is natural. Based on the Users Guide for the Cleanse, I am supposed to have 2-3 SBM’s a day. A day! I shouldn’t start the Main Cleanse until I am up to that number in order to get the most benefits (ie; excessive mucoid plaque removal). I’m up to a deer pellet BM. WTF. I’ve been loading up on H2O, Broccoli and I’m about to go stuff straight fiber down my throat so I get things moving. I’ll be updating as the updates become available, or interesting for that matter.


Monday, April 27, 2009

Goin on a Cleanse!!

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday April 27th 2009 I will begin my ‘cleanse’. Colon cleanse that is. What a fun adventure to tackle right? I’m hoping so. First of all, let me just inform you of what happens to your body during this ‘cleanse’. It starts off with a 3-day period of ‘prepping’ your body for the 5-day liquid fast. Anything that needs ‘prepping’ automatically frightens me. But I will never know if it is beneficial to me/my body unless I try. The 3-day prep period consists of eating certain types of food but in smaller & smaller quantities leading up to the fast. I will also be taking “Digestive Stimulants” during this time which I can only assume are locomotive laxatives for my ‘bowel movements’. During my 5-day liquid fast, it will be quite the experience as I like to eat food, a lot. Many people say the emotional ups & downs can become overwhelming, often with ‘bitchiness’ being an attribute that rears its ugly head. We shall see won’t we. Updates on my cleanse will be posted daily.