Last week, I started a seven day cleanse. Some of you may have followed along with my results on Facebook... I've received a lot of questions about my experience and thought it may be useful to put them in a post for you.
First off, I've been asked why I decided to do this? Well, Grace started school last week so I'm trying to get back into the routine of getting to the gym regularly. I thought the cleanse would be a good jump-start to working out 4-5 times a week.
Here's the guide that I used for last week - What do you think of the GM diet? The link has the food schedule for Sunday - Saturday with a recipe for a special soup and then some other guidelines and things to consider.
So, onto my daily diet:
Sunday - all fruits except bananas
I loved the first day! I ate a ton of melon, some grapes and two fruit smoothies - I love the Naked smoothies. This day I drank over 90 ounces of water.
By the end of day one I was down exactly 3 pounds.
Monday - all vegetables
This was a hard day for me. I started out with the recommended baked potato for breakfast - I put a tiny bit of butter and salt and pepper on top. For lunch I grilled a mix of onions, garlic, mushrooms and tomatoes - a batch I ate throughout the day. By about 4:00 I was extremely weak. So I went out and got the ingredients for spaghetti squash marinara and felt much better after dinner. I drank about 80 ounces of water and 2 cups of black coffee.
Tuesday - all fruits and vegetables
I had 2 more of the Naked fruit smoothies, and the leftovers of the spaghetti squash marinara and the grilled vegetables. I drank about 80 ounces of water and 2 cups of black coffee.
Wednesday - bananas and milk
I started the day with 2 cups of coffee with a splash of 1% milk. During the day I drank 3 glasses of 1% milk and ate about 4 large bananas. I drank about 80 ounces of water and had 2 cups of black coffee. Surprisingly I felt full and satisfied and noticed my cravings for salt and sweets start to fade.
Thursday - feast day - beef, tomatoes and lots of water
They call this feast day. I think I would give it a different name! By day four, I was ready for some protein, although I could not eat the amount of beef they recommended. I made three hamburger patties made from ground sirloin, a little salt and pepper and some sun-dried tomatoes. I ate 2 bowls of vegetable soup. I had about 3 tomatoes with some onion salt on them and drank over 90 ounces of water. I also had a glass of unsweetened iced green tea.
Friday - beef and vegetables
Again, not my favorite day. Although I felt full, I remember wanting fruit on day 5. On day 6 I sauteed some beef tips with salt and pepper and a tad of oil. As for vegetables, I ate some more tomatoes, corn and green beans and also had a bowl of vegetable soup. I drank over 90 ounces of water and had 1 cup of black coffee.
Saturday - brown rice, fruit juices and vegetables
I was excited about the last day! On day 7 I made a batch of brown rice and had peas, carrots, mushroom, green beans and tomatoes. I also had one Naked fruit smoothie. I drank about 80 ounces of water and had 2 cups of black coffee. That night, I slipped and had a McDonald's cheeseburger for dinner.
By Sunday morning, day 8, I was down a total of 8.6 pounds!
Some things I've noticed this week is that my cravings for sweets has really gone down. I'm also drinking a whole lot more water than normal - trying to maintain about 80 ounces a day. I may consider doing the cleanse again, but most likely will choose a few days a month to just eat fruits and vegetables.
On the link above, it gives a recipe for "special soup". Nothing about it sounded good to me and I heard that it tasted horrible. So my special soup consisted of vegetable broth, onions, carrots and tomatoes. I put in some salt and pepper and a few bay leaves and let it come together for about 45 minutes.