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Many of you remember the cleanse I did a while back. It was the first time I’d ever done anything like a cleanse — before that I didn’t think that anyone could survive on fruits and veggies alone. Amazingly, I made it through the cleanse without passing out, getting angry or raiding the 7-Eleven down the street like a ravage wolf. Even more crazy was that I enjoyed it. I felt good, healthy, happy and strong.
It’s been almost 2 months since I finished the Standard Process Cleanse and I’ve had many people ask me what I’d been eating since then. Did I rush back to my love affair with cheese or suddenly become a vegan? And what about all the weight I lost? Here’s a little update on my life after the cleanse…
I shocked myself by drinking a smoothie — the very smoothies I was SO tired of — the day after I finished the cleanse. Smoothies are the easiest way to get a lot of fruit and veggies in my day so I’ve actually kept drinking them. Not every day, but almost every day I mix up a smoothie for breakfast, lunch or a snack. I even put the fiber and SP Complete powders and spinach in my smoothies, only now with the added bonus of almond milk. I got used to my smoothies not being super sweet so I still use water instead of juice. Who’d have thunk it?
I didn’t discover any food allergies while on the cleanse or in the days after the cleanse, but I did come to realize that I have one super annoying sensitivity…to sugar. At first I thought maybe I couldn’t handle sugar since I hadn’t had any in 3 weeks, but it’s been almost 2 months and I still get a stomach ache when I eat lots of sugar (as in more than a taste). Bummer. Honestly, I think my stomach has always struggled with sugar intake. As a kid I couldn’t go to a party and eat ice cream and cake without getting sick to my stomach. I thought maybe I’d grown out of it, but after taking a break from sugar in my diet, it’s become apparent that sugar and I just don’t get along. Don’t get me wrong… I keep trying. Frozen yogurt…. cookies… pastries… all of them are ok for a taste but after that, stomach ache.
So what do I eat other than smoothies? Well, I like to think I eat pretty normally. I still eat bread, although WAY less than I used to. I still eat meat, but not every day, and while I’m not afraid of dairy, I don’t crave cheese like I used to. What is different is the quantity of grains, meats and dairy that I eat. I came to discover that I didn’t love these things as much as I thought I did and I don’t really miss them when I skip them for a few days. I eat a lot of whole foods — brown rice, quinoa, fruits, veggies and nuts. I’ve swapped my lunchtime sandwiches for salads or plates of veggies with hummus, apple wedges with peanut butter and a slice of cheese. For dinner… like I said, nothing too unusual but I do make an effort to make the veggie to main part of the dish instead of just a side. I still eat spaghetti over zucchini and mushrooms more often than pasta, and I still make my salad dressings from scratch (they just taste SO much better and take about 2 minutes to make). The cleanse really made me feel so good that I don’t want to go back to that feeling you get when you eat things that are heavy.
And the weight loss? I was hoping to lose a couple more pounds after the cleanse and I think I did. Honestly, I haven’t stepped on a scale in about 6 weeks so I don’t know where my numbers are BUT who cares. All of my jeans fit…and even have some room to spare, including the ones that I considered my “way too tight — probably should just give up on them” jeans. Yay for that!
If you’re still debating doing the standard process cleanse because you’re afraid you can’t do it — trust me, if I can do it, you can do it. And the way it will make your body feel is SO worth it!