So, yeah, I’m doing a cleanse. Before I tell you about that though, I want to say thanks for all the well wishes last week. The graduation and prom both went off beautifully and even my dashing between East Coast cities was accomplished without a hitch. It was a proud mama day for sure.
Now, about that cleanse….
For the record, I have never believed in juice cleanses. I can’t get onboard for anything that doesn’t include food. I need to chew. I also need protein and many of the juice cleanses that I have seen don’t include protein. So I have never considered it an option for me.
The cleanse that I chose is from the recently opened Organic Pharmer in Rye Brook, NY. Organic Pharmer is co-owned by Dr. Susan Blum, the woman who wrote the book that guided me to cure my autoimmune disorder. If you missed that story, you can read it here.
The Organic Pharmer cleanse that I chose includes both food and protein, so I felt comfortable giving it a try. You can sign up for one to five days and each day includes a breakfast and mid morning juice, a small lunch salad, a mid afternoon juice, a large dinner salad and a dessert almond drink concoction followed by an aloe shot. There is a lot of volume and you eat/drink something every two hours.
The cleanse is gluten, soy, dairy, sugar, corn and animal product free. Everything is 100% organic. Being on these healthy prepared juices and salads cleans you from the inside out. By putting only clean, green fuel into your body, the cleanse is designed to make you sleep better, awaken more easily and maintain high energy throughout the day. The more highly processed your diet, the more resulting energy you will feel from this cleanse.
I should also add that the food and juices are very varied and almost all delicious. There is an occasional juice that isn’t the best, but they are all palatable and many are outright wonderful.
Why am I doing a cleanse in the first place? Well, um, (heavy sigh) I have put on some weight. Ugh. It’s not a lot pound wise, but being only 5’2” it is enough that many of my summer clothes don’t fit and what does fit is decidedly snug. It’s not a good feeling.
When I realized that I had gained some weight that wasn’t budging, my internal voice started making excuses. “You’ll be 45 this year, maybe it’s just natural to put on weight as you age.” “You’re stressed out about the move.” “You just aren’t exercising consistently enough.” “Don’t worry, it will come off on it’s own this summer.”
And then I called bullshit on myself. (I call my clients out, so I need to do it with myself too, right?). The reason that I have put on weight is because I AM EATING TOO MUCH. Plain and simple. I may be making healthy choices, but when I am going back to the nut tin five times or becoming a regular at the Whole Foods olive bar, things are bound to go astray.
I realized all of my portions have gotten too big. I have tried to reign it in, but with life being busier than normal right now, it hasn’t worked. So I decided to try something different; thus the cleanse.
I am currently on day two and going strong. It feels strange to not eat breakfast, but I know it is only short term. Having something every two hours keeps my blood sugar even and so far I have only had a few hunger pangs.
I am also doing the cleanse with two of my good friends. It is always helpful to have people to compare notes with and who can understand what you are going through. The accountability is good too.
Overall I feel great. I have lots of energy and am not feeling deprived at all.
Honestly, I think that this is the easy part. For the next few days I will be told what to eat and when. I am a disciplined gal and feel confident that I will stick to the regimen. The more challenging and important part is what happens after the official cleanse is over.
As we all know, keeping weight off is often more difficult than losing it. I am not sure how much weight (if any) I will lose from the cleanse alone, but my plan is to use it as a jumping off point. Once finished, I will have lessened my food intake, gotten my body used to good, pure food and shrunk my stomach. When I come off the cleanse I will give myself a very specific plan to follow. If I go back to the same thing I was eating before, my efforts (and my cash outlay) will have been in vain.
I certainly don’t want that.
So for the days and weeks following this cleanse, I will plan healthy smaller meals. I will portion out my afternoon snack (or try to live without it altogether). I will plan my exercise and stick to the regimen as strictly as I am now following the cleanse. This should allow the extra weight to come off in a steady, healthy way.
The idea is for my smaller portions to become the norm again. I would like to have one trip to the nut tin, or a few olives as snack and be satisfied.
As is often the case, I am using this forum as a way to keep myself on the straight and narrow. I know that I will need to check back in to let you know how I’m doing, so that will be one more motivator for me to stick to the plan. That and the bathing suit I am determined to wear this summer.
If you want to know more about the Organic Pharmer cleanse or want to come up with some strategies for how you too can lose those unwanted pounds, you know I am always here. Please contact me and we can set up a time to chat.
What have your cleanse experiences been like? Please comment below.