In the video blog version of this update, I'm doing that little "happy dance" which is half hula and half Pee Wee Herman.
I DID IT!
For the past 21-days, I have been living a completely healthy life. I've focused on a diet which is free of caffeine, alcohol, sugar, gluten and animal products. (I've also been meditating and exercising as I was before the cleanse.)
Here are some other things I "gave up"...
* Seven pounds -- good riddance!
* PMS symptoms -- none at all this cycle which my husband will tell you is especially noteworthy.
* Fatigue -- this has been the greatest side effect of all. I have so much more energy!
I also gained a huge amount of awareness. From my own attachments and changing desires to other people's reactions.
At the beginning of this trial, I explored the Big 5 in detail and shared some thoughts. I thought it would be fun to revisit them now that I'm at the end.
Alcohol: On a day-to-day basis, this actually wasn't the most challenging. Shocker, I know. I guess I just knew that my boys, Robert (Mondavi) and Kendall (Jackson), would always be here for me. Similarly, there was never any question I'd be back for them. It's true what they say, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." My intention now is to have more appreciation; a focus on quality vs. quantity.
Caffeine: I thought this would be the easiest but it was physically the most difficult. I'm going to do my best to stay away from this one moving forward. Anything that makes me feel that crappy when I first stop it, can't be good for me. Adios!
Sugar: The most difficult part about giving up sugar is finding out that so many foods have sugar in the ingredients. This is food that looks nothing like a cookie or a piece of cake. Still, I know that a big reason for my weight loss is probably my diligence in avoiding the sweet stuff. Again, I'm going to focus on awareness and appreciation. If I'm going to get sugar calories, I want it to be an actual dessert treat vs. the dressing on my salad or my morning cereal.
Gluten: This is one I'm going to discuss with my doctor at my annual physical next week. My plan is to stay away from it until then and until I get my bloodwork done. In addition to having my ANA, RF & EBV checked again, I'm going to see if I can be tested for Celiac Disease. I'm pretty convinced that gluten is an issue for me, but we'll see. Should be interesting!
Animal Products: My last post pretty much covered it. The bottom line is I have zero need or desire to go back to eating meat. For now, not necessarily completely "vegan," but I'm going to lean into it. Vegetarian works for now. If I find I can live long-term without dairy and eggs, we'll go from there.
In summary, this has been much more than I bargained for -- and only in the best of ways. I highly recommend Kathy Freston's, "21-Day Quantum Wellness Cleanse."