Days 9 and 10 were pretty easy. I had a good amount of energy and my body was used to the diet. These were the easiest days by far!! On day 10 in the afternoon I got a raging crave for ice cream. So I gave in. Me and my daughter locked ourselves in my bedroom with 2 spoons and ate Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby. It was so delicious! I didn’t feel guilty even for 1 minute :) With such a restricted diet for 10 days I needed something to indulge in. After the ice cream was gone it was back to eating healthy. For me, if I don’t allow myself an indulgence once in a while I go on this huge binge where I eat nothing but junk food and sweets for an entire week. I’m talking donuts for breakfast, ice cream for lunch and chocolate and wine for dinner. So I need a little something once in a while to keep my cravings at bay.
What I learned!
- Portion Control. I learned that I was eating way to much. Even when I was eating healthy, I didn’t need such a huge portion.
- I need to eat breakfast every day. Most days I just drink coffee all morning and don’t eat breakfast. I would get a huge burst of energy, then get shaky, then crash. Breakfast is very important!
- I don’t need to drink wine every night with dinner. Anyone with small kids knows that dinner time/ bed time is very stressful! I would always cope with this by having 2 glasses of wine with dinner. Then after the kids were in bed I would realize I didn’t actually enjoy my wine, so I would have another glass while relaxing on the couch. After 10 days of no alcohol I learned that I can cope with the stress in different ways. Any time you can cut alcohol in your diet you are making a healthier choice.
- Sweets and dessert need to be a special treat, not an everyday occasion. A piece of cake or a scoop of ice cream should be something I eat only for something special. I shouldn’t be shoveling cookies in my mouth every afternoon just because I want them.
- If I have healthy food on hand already cut up and easy to eat I’m less likely to grab for something bad. Think about it- you are so hungry you can’t think straight and all you want is food in your mouth now! It’s so easy to grab a bag of chips or some candy. But if you have the strawberries cleaned and cut, those are just as easy to grab.
- I need to think about myself more. Doing this cleanse forced me to think about my diet and my sleep and my body. I haven’t done that since having kids. I am always thinking about my family first. Because I put myself at a higher priority I feel better and I’m a better wife and mom. No one in my family suffered. My hubby learned how to cook a few meals. (I couldn’t cook spaghetti and not eat it) And he learned that he likes to cook.
- Drink more water. I didn’t realize how much water I should be drinking, but I wasn’t. Water is so important for hydration and to flush out the body. Drink 16 oz of water with every meal and snack.
Overall I lost 3 pounds (not as much as I had hoped) but everyone I know has noticed I look thinner. I feel better, more energy and my clothes fit better. I have been able to push myself much more in my work outs. I feel as though my mind is clearer and I’m able to focus more and get more done at work. Even though I had a really rough time for most of the cleanse, it was definitely worth it!