“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
– Thomas Paine
10 pounds and 10 days later, it’s officially over! The last three days were by far the hardest for me. For a lot people the first three days are the hardest. I think that’s because the first three days are all about overcoming cravings and learning self-control.
The last three days for me proved to be the most difficult emotionally and physically. I think this was due to the fact that my body was undergoing the biggest changes during this time. I found myself to be more prone to mood-swings, exhaustion and some stomach pains.
BUT, either way, I finished the full 10 days without cheating. (Woot!)
Today I started my day off with the suggested fresh orange juice and water. I did breakdown and go grocery shopping though. I decided to make a fresh sweet potato and vegetable soup (pictured left) tonight instead of tomorrow.
Tomorrow I’ll start my day off with orange juice again with more soup for lunch and then finally a delicious salad for dinner at Nourish to celebrate! If you like raw, organic, delicious food, you absolutely must go there. It’s amazing.
This is the recipe that I followed (rather loosely) for my soup. Instead of chicken stock, I used vegetable broth and I subbed in kale for the corn. I found that it was a little bit lacking in the liquids, so I added two additional cups of vegetable broth to off-set the amount of veggies. All in all, it was pretty delicious!
So, the real question is, now that the cleanse is over, how will I change my diet so that I can maintain a healthy lifestyle? Before the cleanse, I didn’t eat all THAT unhealthy, but I did have some vices that caused me not to be quite as healthy as I would like.
Here are the dietary rules that I’ll be (loosely) following now that I’m done with the cleanse:
- No dairy (other than dry cheeses and feta, because well I’m just addicted to feta)
- No fast food
- No juices/sodas/fruity
- No fried food
- Only lean meats (turkey, chicken, eggs)
- Limited carbs
- Limited sugary treats
- Limited alcohol (yes, the only thing I can promise is limited)
I’m sure there will be other rules that I come up with along the way, and I’m sure I’ll probably break these rules at some point. The most important thing is that I’m on the right track and looking forward to cooking up some awesome new recipes with my new diet!