Hello beautiful people,
I really want to start this post by saying you do not need to cleanse… ESPECIALLY if you are doing it for weight-loss reasons.
My cleanse was NOT in any way about losing weight, or vanity at all.
This cleans was purely for my hormonal health.
It was not restrictive in calories, nutrients, or substance.
I ate when I was hungry.
I made sure my body was feeling ok, but most importantly- I made sure that I was ok MENTALLY.
If the thought of a cleanse triggers you negatively in anyway, please read the next paragraph and then exit out of this blog post:
Health has nothing to do with weight. Cleansing can be harmful IF your mindset is not right. If you are looking for a quick fix, a way to lose weight, or a way to change your body; you do not need to be cleansing through food. You need to cleanse mentally and emotionally. You need to cleanse your social media, and you need to evaluate the way you speak to yourself. You need to understand mental health is the most important thing.
Now, I want to talk to you guys about why I cleansed, how it affected me, and what I thought about it overall.
My hormones have been imbalanced for a while. I did not have a period for years, do to my eating disorder and being on birth control. I over exercised a lot during this time in my life, and developed adrenal fatigue as a result. When I started recovering and gaining weight, my period came back. I also took months to rest in order to heal my adrenals. (Basically adrenals pump hormones into your body, adrenal fatigue means your adrenal glands over worked and exhausted themselves. You can read more about that by clicking: here.
Before my ED, my periods were regular and healthy.. But ever since my period came back after recovery, I have had horrible periods. My emotions are crazy and to be honest, I’ve spent a week out of the past 4 months depressed.
I now know this is happening because of a hormonal imbalance. I have done quiet a bit of research on this. I know there are supplements I need to take, like prim rose and St. Johns wort, but more than anything my body just needs time to heal.
The thing about a cleanse is, your body gets hit with a TON of nutrients. Lots of vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy, nourishing foods.
If anything is going to help my body (especially after 3 years of restriction & lots of animal protein (chicken + greek yogurt were my diet during ED)) it would be vitamins, and a lot of them… This is why I decided to do a cleanse.
The cleanse lasted for 1.5 days.
I did not want to set a certain amount of days for the cleanse. I did not want to make any rules or regulations. Simply because this cleanse was about nothing other than my health. And that includes my mental health.
The first day of my cleanse I had watermelon, three 32oz juices, a smoothie bowl (with peanut butter), dates, strawberries, and pumpkin seeds. I also drank 1.5 gallons of water.
The second day I had 2 big (32oz) juices, a smoothie bowl, pumpkin seeds, and a cooked dinner. I was craving lentils and quinoa- so that is what I had. I also had 1.5 gallons of water.
I had a juice for breakfast on the 3rd day, but ate normal after that.
The goal was to eat completely raw, as much juice & fruit as possible. I also wanted to drink lots of water, to help flush out toxins.
I felt really good the first day, but a little bit more tired on day two.
I tried to get a variety of vitamins and minerals. Juicing: pineapple, beats/beat greens, zucchini, cucumbers, oranges, grape fruit, carrots, spinach, kale, ginger, turmeric, and celery.
My smoothies were jam packed with spinach, mixed berries & bananas.
On day 3, I felt really good. My body felt extra rested and limber, which seemed a little random.. haha! But over all I felt rejuvenated and revitalized. I know this mini-cleanse did my body well.
- my body was HIT with vitamins & minerals
- my digestive system got a little break
- I ingested a ton of fluids
- I listened to my body
I feel like this cleanse was an amazing experience for me. This might be the first time in my life I have ever done something purely for the health benefits.
It felt great listening to my body!
And doing something like this for myself because I love myself, not because I hate myself- was really powerful.
Let me know what you think about a mini cleanse like this. Have you ever done something like this for the health benefits?
Lots of love,