Day 8: I can see the finish line(almost)

It’s hard to believe that this is already day 8 of our consciousness cleanse. At times(especially on day 4, for me) , the time dragged a bit but overall, the last 8 days have gone by quickly . Many of you have made it to this point without sugar, caffeine, alcohol  and ‘whites’. Others have made it for 5 or 6 days , only to take a quick break and get right back on it. Some of you have chosen not to completely eliminate caffeine, as the potential side effects of caffeine withdrawal are too much to take on right now. Candace has chosen to gradually eliminate caffeine, as she mentioned, so that she could ease into her Master Cleanse this week.  All she will be drinking is maple syrup, lemon juice and cayenne so she took her time detoxing first so that she wouldn’t suffer from those dreadful headaches.

Now that the rest of us are almost done, remember to finish strong the next 2 days. Try to eat organically grown fruits and veggies, choose organic, hormone and antibiotic free dairy, meats, eggs, etc and continue to drink several cups of ‘detox’ tea daily as well as the golden elixir(or a version of it with lemon, honey, and herbs). Hopefully your energy level will have improved overall and your sleep will be more restful.

When Thursday morning comes, re-do your measurements(weight, waist, hips, thighs, etc); try on your ‘skinny pants ‘ and see if they fit just a little bit better(maybe less belly fat? perfect as this equals a lower risk of diabetes and heart disease!). Go back to the questions that I asked you before you started: about your mood, your energy level, your sleep, etc and answer them again and see what has changed and what might not have. Be sure to share some of these observations with us and we will do the same.

Most importantly, think about how you are going to ‘break the cleanse‘. Will you jump right back into old eating patterns, perhaps by downing a sweetened latte , maybe some crusty French bread at dinner, happy hour with friends, a piece of chocolate for snack or dessert? Better yet, think of new ways to satisfy and nourish your body and try to carry forward some of the things you have learned.  It is fine to go back to enjoying some of the things we have eliminated but do it in moderation! Don’t immediately undo all the wonderful benefits you worked so hard for during these 10 days.

THINK before you drink or eat something! You want a nice full-bodied glass of wine one evening? Lovely but try to keep it to one or 2 glasses. That chocolate you have missed? Have a small piece of the darkest, organic and highest quality of chocolate you can find and ENJOY it! And don’t forget to have more days than not where you continue to eliminate the four groups we have.  You have made some amazing changes in how and what you consume during these 10 days. Feel proud of yourself and know that you CAN make small changes in many aspects of your life and realize huge rewards and benefits. You are moving closer everyday to health and balanced living and we are right here beside you on our journey as well.

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5 responses to “Day 8: I can see the finish line(almost)

  1. Good Morning, Kyle and all! I am very happy it is coming to the end but I did better than I had hoped. For me, it was good to just stay with it. What I missed most was ice cream, morning caffeine coffee, and nighttime cocktails. And do remember we are not in “Portlandia” land where we could run out and get vegan ice cream as a quick substitute! Thanks for the ride!,

    Love,

    MJ

    • MJ: You must feel great that you did stay with it. I agree that in certain parts of the country(and the world, hola Maggie!) it can be more challenging to find the kinds of whole foods we are talking about. But even in Portlandia(and how right you are about that!), on the cleanse I stayed away from ALL sweets with added sugar. When I felt the need for something sweet, I ate some unsweetened dried pineapple or apples; one night I had a small handful of unsweetened carob chips, which I love, although I realize not everyone does. Again I found that eating whole foods throughout the day, as well as avoiding caffeine, helped to even out my blood sugar and I ended up craving sugar a lot less. It also really helped to drink tea, many types, throughout the day and also to sip on several cups of the ‘golden elixir’. I even felt the beginning of a sore throat yesterday and I do think the ingredients in that drink is helping to keep things at bay: fingers crossed!!
      So congrats to you for getting this far and thanks for joining in ‘the fun’.

  2. Susan Agoglia

    Hi Kyle,

    I am happy to say that we got through this without any big problems. As I have said before I do not drink anything with caffeine and rarely drink alcohol and never drink wine ( I like wine but it doesn’t like me….we parted ways 30 years ago) so most of the really difficult things were easy for me. Now having said that, I do miss my sweets but managed quite well with oranges and other fruits. But tomorrow at 4 pm- my witching hour- think of me biting into a lovely piece of chocolate. We have learned so much and, yes, Kyle we will be very careful about how we eat. This was long overdue for us. Thank you so much. Maybe someday I will do a master cleanse…but not today. Love Susan and Larry

    • Well done both of you. So glad you joined us and stuck with it for the entire time. It feels really good to know that you CAN do without those things for awhile. In addition, this kind of ‘cleanse’ raises your consciousness about all of the hidden ways we do consume sugar in particular. From this point on, we can avoid those foods/beverages and concentrate instead on eating healthier foods throughout the day. When we do choose foods that contain some sugar, like chocolate(particularly dark) and even baked goods made with primarily whole grains and some sugar, it will be in moderation and balanced by all of the good things we are consuming. I will post a recipe for peanut butter cookies that has ONLY whole grains and coconut sugar and you will be amazed at how great they taste.
      I agree: the Master Cleanse is something a lot bigger and more difficult than what we have just done but in the end, we have done our bodies a wonderful favor and the payback will be better health. That is truly a priceless gift.
      Congrats to all of you who made it for however long you did(many stopped at 5 days: ah life does throw its curveballs!) and major kudos for the 10 day folks: you are wellness ‘rockstars’.

  3. Kim Hartman

    Kyle…this was just what I needed! I feel fantastic. Yesterday I had the best swim workout in months! I dropped 5 pounds and a total of 5 inches. I can’t believe it! I made the golden elixir last night-finally- and found another new love. My sweetie and I are going to start drinking those together as he drank half of mine:) I am going to indulge in some caffeine today-but will have tea instead of coffee. I plan to stick to this regime as I have another 20# to go. It really isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. CHOICES-that’s what it is. I keep telling myself that absolutely everything I put in my body affects it -so let’s make it a positive effect. Thank you for all the positive encouragement-I really appreciate you!
    I found a cookie recipe that I made when I was craving sweets that my entire family loved. No eggs, no flour -and made with bananas to reduce the fat:
    preheat over to 350
    3 large ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
    1 t Vanilla
    1/4 c coconut oil (barely warm -so it isn’t solid-more like softened butter-this makes it easier to blend w/bananas
    2 c rolled oats
    2/3 c almond meal(I made my own by pulsing raw almonds in my food processor-to the consistency of corn meal)
    1/3 c coconut, finely shredded & unsweetened
    1/2 t cinnamon
    1/2 t fine grain sea salt
    1 t baking powder
    6-7 oz carob chips (or choc chips if you prefer)

    in large bowl combine bananas, vanilla, & coconut oil, set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, coconut, cinnamon, salt & baking powder. Add dry ingredients to the banana mix and stir until combined. fold in the carob chips. The dough is a bit looser than a standard cookie dough, so don’t worry about that. Drop dollops of the dough, approx 2t in size, an inch apart onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 min(my oven went 15.) makes approx 3 dozen bite size cookies.

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