I am still beaming about going the whole 21 Days without any chocolate….
Anyway, I thought I would do a quick little summary to kinda highlight some of the key points in my cleanse and share some of the products I used.
If you haven’t read any of the other posts about the cleanse and would like to, here’s where to start!
It all started on May 19th – first day was a piece of cake…. no wait, let’s go with a slice of apple instead.
Day 3 was torture! It got a lot better from day 4 and on.
Some of my favorite things I ate during the cleanse were:
- portabella mushrooms – sautéed and stuffed (yum)
- lentil soup
- strawberry and rhubarb with honey (boiled)
- asparagus (steamed and sautéed)
- sweet potatoes (sautéed and baked – so good)
- chickpea and kale stew
- greek salad with tuna
- I really loved all the veggies and fruits I ate to tell you the truth… Wait, I take that back, I am not much of a celery person, and I didn’t really care too much for the jacama, but I will give it another shot…
I really really did not like the powder that I had to add to each smoothie, it kind of ruined the wonderful mix of fruits and veggies and made the drink super chunky and did not taste so good.
Taking all those supplements at one time was a bit challenging, but I got used to it after a while.
Like I mentioned yesterday, my nails are stronger, my hair is healthier and my face has cleared up a lot! I also lost a little bit of wait, about 5 lbs – I was not in this to lose weight but instead just to feel better and get rid of some toxic junk in my system, but losing those pounds was a nice little bonus. Plus my favorite pair of jeans fits better now, so Im happy.
My first day off the cleanse (yesterday) I only had a little bit of chocolate, and that was dairy, nut, and soy-free chocolate chips that I melted with coconut oil and drizzled over my homemade protein bars, so I did not have very much.
Surprisingly, I didn’t have an “oh my goodness have I missed you my beloved chocolate” moment, I actually didn’t really care so much for it and kinda wished I had made the protein bars without the drizzled chocolate on top. A-MAZE-ING! I am a self proclaimed choco-holic, and for (I think) the first time in my life, I didn’t really want the chocolate.
So over all, I really enjoyed just eating healthy foods, even when it got crazy because I had festivals I was working at, with fried food and fudge calling my name, I was still able to stick to the plan and only eat the good stuff.
Along with watching what was going into my body, I took an extra step to be cautious about what I was using on my body as well.
I did not wear any make up, except for mascara (couldn’t quite give that up).
I used natural personal hygiene products/ made a few of my own
and I use essential oils often for multiple different things throughout the cleanse.
Here’s a list of the personal hygiene products I used:
- coconut oil – I used this for removing my mascara instead of store-bought make-up remover, works like a charm!
- shea butter body lotion (Everyday Shea by Alaffia – unfortunately this lotion does have an ingredient in it that is not so great for you, but I could not find another lotion around here that didn’t have that and I didn’t get around to making my own. Oh well, I tried)
- Indian Healing Clay (calcium bentonite clay) – this stuff is great, I used it a couple time per week (especially right after yoga) – wonderful for cleaning out pores and tightening your face.
- I made my own oil cleansing method (OCM) for my face wash and an oil moisturizer using blends of essential oils and carrier oils (recipes from the wonder CrunchyBetty.com)
- The Seaweed Bath Co. Shampoo and Conditioner – ok, this stuff is a little bit pricey, but I love love love it! So worth the price, it is made of lots of wonderful ingredients and is gluten-free (which makes me happy) – I have the lovely eucalyptus and peppermint scented ones (scented with essential oils, not fragrances ).
- handmade goats milk soap – I met a wonderful lady at the Ithaca Festival who makes this awesome goats milk soap with all natural and wonderful ingredients, many of which she grows on her farm, and the goats milk is from her goats. I love buying and supporting local and it’s a super plus when the local products are high quality and good for you!
- essential oils – I diffused them into the air, I put them on cuts, I put them on my face, and whatever else was bothering me, I found an essential oil that could help! So many ways these will bottles filled with magic can be used!