Thinking back it's got to be at least two years. Yikes. A year ago January I did my first ever juice cleanse and of course being on Tracy's Dynamic Eating Plan had me doing a "food detox" every other week for over three months. I think I'd had it with the cleaning.
Getting off the sugar last summer went a long way in helping me feel... less than forty years old, but the yo-yo-ing of the past few months had taken their toll.
My eyes were cloudy and red, my skin was spotty, I was bloated and tired all the time. Still, I'd convinced myself that I was okay. Just working too hard. Had my daily glowing green smoothie, gave my digestive system its mandatory twelve hour rest each night, I was exercising (doing dance cardio even) and getting plenty of water and fresh air. Why was I dragging my ass?
Last weekend, I decided some sleep was in order. I got an early night and slept in. I logged a solid eleven hours and still I was feeling crappy. Enough was enough, I was going back to a tried and trusted method, my good old herbal detox.
I agree with Kimberly Snyder when she says we've got to detox daily to look and feel our best. Just as we've got to do the dishes in the sink on a regular basis. But sometimes the house needs more than just the dishes done. On occasion we've got to get in the corners, clear out the cobwebs and do the windows. That's my two cents anyway.
With 8 days sugar-free, I should have been feeling better than I was. So yesterday I started the cleanse.
Wild Rose offers a wonderful cleanse that includes a variety of supplements to aid in digestion and work like a chimney sweep on your innards. It also includes a list of foods that you may consume and those you need to avoid.
It's a very simple diet that is for the most part vegetarian, but if you're a carnie you can have fish or chicken. What's interesting are the foods to avoid. Things that you might not think would be toxic, like mushrooms, tropical fruit or seafood, and it's pretty much gluten free because you are not allowed any breads, pastas or pastries.
It seems really soon, perhaps it's just psychological, but my head feels clearer. The patchy skin on my face feels smoother and I just feel calmer and more relaxed. I didn't get much sleep last night - I was detoxing a lot. That usually only lasts for two or three days, then I hope to get some serious zzzzz's.
I'm nearing the end of Continuity 2.4.2 so I'll have a review for you soon. I'm up to my eyeballs in a rewrite that's proving to be my biggest writing challenge yet, so while I haven't been writing to you, that doesn't mean I've not been with you in spirit!