I did a 12 day green cleanse a month ago. I had wanted to do one for a while. When I proposed the idea to my partner he was fully supportive, so he decided to do one with me.
A cleanse is a lot of preparation work. Making sure you have fresh fruits and veggies that are cleaned and ready to go because there’s no going to your favorite snacks. Dairy, gluten, sugar, alcohol and caffeine are all out. There is a preparation week prior to the cleanse where caffeine is reduced and vegetable intake is increased. Legumes and grains are permitted for some days of the cleanse.
A few days in my partner and I both experienced symptoms. He felt like road kill and I felt nauseous, all a result of toxins leaving our body. Better out than in. There were days when I wanted to throw in the towel when my partner would come home pale-faced and I was worried I was not feeding him enough.
I had a lot of emotions come up. I know I have lots of feelings around food. I’ve gained and lost weight since college. There were days when I was sad or frustrated and wanted to give up but my partner proved to be my rock through the process.
I was provided with recipes and access to online coaching. The vegan lifestyle is a whole other world: hemp and flax seeds, tamari, millet and quinoa. Phew!
Since the cleanse I have integrated certain elements into my daily diet such as hot lemon water, a green smoothie and a zucchini hummus.
I can’t say I felt better, most of the time I was obsessed with thoughts of food and was hungry a lot. The weekend after the cleanse I went skiing and froze so badly I thought I had hypothermia, it was a miserable experience.
The period after the cleanse is about food reintegration and can be done in 6 to 8 weeks to determine allergic reactions. Unfortunately I had a pre-booked Valentine’s dinner so that went out the window. I do have allergies and was looking forward to getting some answers.
Cleanses are not for everyone, however, when we mentioned we were doing a cleanse everyone seemed to have a story. I will probably do a shortened version of the cleanse once a season.