Day seven of my detox ended at about 2 p.m. for me. I was extremely pleased at my results and everything that I had accomplished during the process. Although I experienced some challenges, I was able to obtain encouragement from others as well as, muster up enough to encourage myself.
When I made the decision to go on a raw food detox, it was because I recognized that in the past three years, I was unable to discipline myself to do just about anything. You can say that I was pretty much in a rut. I had little will power and often used my situations as a crutch to not do better and be better. This year, something in me just did not resonate with settling in my then condition. I was unhealthy, unhappy, and very much so dependent on the opinion of others. At some point recently, I arrived at my "enough is enough" place.
At the completion of the detox I noticed that my energy levels were much better and so was my goal planning. I got the clarity that I'd been seeking. There were so many outstanding questions that had not been answered that I gained perspective on. Some relationships ended while others began. I found myself releasing some people within my life that took years to let go of due to past hurts and trauma. I can honestly say that I feel more lighter and freer than I have in a while.
Beside the emotional and spiritual benefits that accompanied the detox, there were also physical ones, of course. I had a weight loss of 9 pounds! Yes, 9 pounds! During the week, I had enough energy to keep up with my workouts, they actually increased.
All in all, I'm very happy with my detox results on all levels. They exceeded my expectations. In the future, I plain to make regular detox apart of my everyday lifestyle. I hope that you will as well. Abundant blessings.
Can you say, "We're almost there?" Today I can honestly say, workout wise, I pushed myself the hardest. Strength training is difficult but when you haven't been very active in years, cardio can be a monster. I found myself pausing the stream a few times because I didn't want to skip any of the exercises but that's okay. I finished!
For lunch I had a delicious hearty salad (I will post pictures on day seven). After I completed my workout, I had a strawberry banana smoothie with a tablespoon of green machine powder. Of course, I had my almonds as a snack throughout the day.
I noticed that I haven't been doing a lot of journaling this week, which I intended to. But I have been doing a lot of self-examining and meditating. During while I discovered that at a certain age, you just become more accepting of who you are.
On to day seven!
Day five was filled with smoothies and almonds. I didn't have much of an appetite on this day. After getting off work at five, I pretty much spent the day in bed until I decided to do a short 20- minute workout.
Although during the prior day, I spent some time questioning if I should finish the detox on day four, I'm glad that I bounced back. I had to take an honest look at what I was trying to accomplish. I have spent the past few years consuming whatever it is that I wanted so to expect immediate results and no kickback, was pretty unrealistic. Kudos to those who were able to complete seven-day detox's without any glitches. As for me, I had to push through despite how many different cravings I had. Sometimes it takes a little pain to have a little gain.
On to day six!
Day four did not go as planned. Just being completely honest, I cheated horribly. Some work situations arose that got the best of me along with a few personal issues. Usually I would just end it here and take the "L" but I don't want to. I always push others and now it's time for me to push myself. Day five will be better.
Falling is sometimes apart of the journey and so is getting up.
Proud is the first word that comes to mind when reminiscing on today. If I'm completely honest, I haven't been able to stick with something that has challenged me this much in a very long time. My sleep has been sounder, I feel better in my body, and my mind is clearer. There is no point in kicking myself for not embarking upon this journey sooner, so I'll just appreciate where I am in it now.
Today was better than the first two days although this was my first day back to work since I started the detox. There were some irritable moments during the day, but they did not linger.
Closer to midafternoon, I became really hungry. Not just wanting to consume fruits, I went to Chipotle and got their raw vegan bowl (I missed the cheese and sour cream a little). I had my regular serving of almonds because they are my favorite and a green drink towards the evening. In the morning, prior to my workout, I drank a 2-fluid ounce shot of Vive Organic Wellness Rescue. It was a shock to my palate due to the cayenne pepper but it was worth it because we know how cayenne pepper can aid in digestive health. The other ingredients included oil of oregano, elderberry, and ginger root.
Well off to day four!!!
Day two of my seven-day raw detox came and went with a few hiccups. There's one thing in particular that I've noticed about fasting and that is to keep your environment, meaning the personal space in your head, as serene as possible. Agitation can have the most negative impact on fasting. My resolution is to do a little praying and meditating to help refocus your attention towards what you're trying to accomplish during the detox.
I didn't consume as much food as I should've today. I started the morning off with some lime steeped in water and ate almonds throughout the day. Around lunchtime, I had some gherkins and pearl tomatoes. I also made sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day in order to stay hydrated and ward off headaches.
Emotionally, I felt like I was on a bit of a roller coaster. I would have some up moments and some downs ones where I questioned exactly why I was doing the detox in the first place. Thankfully, I was able to overcome the lingering doubt. Mental clarity, strength, and will power. As far as my energy level goes, I've still been able to muster up enough to work out without any dizziness. There was a time in the day that I did grow a little tired and took a nap.
Day two down...on to day three!
People have several different reasons for starting a detox, it's the mental clarity for me. For the past couple of years, I have made several promises to myself that I haven't kept due to an unhealthy lifestyle. So perhaps these next seven days will get me on the right track towards a better and healthier lifestyle.
Today I mostly consumed fruits starting my morning off with an apple and a pear. Later I ate another plate of fruit that consisted of watermelon, black berries, cherries, mango, and a serving of almonds for a little protein. I made sure to drink plenty of water in order to flush away toxins and to remain hydrated.
I was content with not eating any cooked foods but there were times when I felt pretty hungry. Thankfully, I was able to stay the course and forge ahead. At around five or six I started to get a little bit of a headache which was able to be slightly remedied by drinking more water.
Overall, today wasn't as bad as I anticipated. My energy level wasn't affected but when I felt a little tired towards the end of the afternoon, I took a quick cat nap, which on other days, I most likely would have ignored.
I also wanted to challenge myself spiritually, so I decided to focus on the book of Proverbs for the next seven days. My plan is to read all 31 chapters to aid in my intent to develop more wisdom and clarity. My sense of direction hasn't been at its' finest lately and I've been experiencing some doubt and regret concerning old decisions that may be the result of some of my current discomforts. One day down, six more to go.