My first meal post-cleanse! Two things I couldn't have & was seriously missing!
It was a nice, successful, but long 3 weeks!
It was a great accomplishment, but I am happy it is over.
We had and created some great meals, but for the time being... I am so over smoothies!
I think that pretty much summarizes it. :)
But I will go into it in a little bit more detail. I won't go overboard because I know I have provided updates, recipes & highs and low along the way. And if there is anything I haven't mentioned that you are curious about, either regarding the cleanse or my experiences with it... as always, feel free to contact me. You can leave a comment or email me. Either way, I will definitely get back to you.
I definitely learned a lot about my body during the cleanse. With that being said, I think every metabolism is not created equal. What works for some doesn't necessarily work for all. And what works now, won't necessarily work always.
I think I struggled most with how much to eat and how often. I love snacking, I love making new recipes & trying out new foods. I also enjoy eating healthy and finding new ways to incorporate fiber enriched and nutritious foods into my diet. But I realized that even if I'm eating healthy, I can't have as much as I want. My eyes were bigger than my tummy... or bigger than I want my tummy to be.
I think having a healthy outlook on eating, definitely helped going into this cleanse. It wasn't such a shocker for my body to transition. The foods were fairly similar to what I was eating before- only a lot more smoothies and smaller portion sizes.
Although I haven't eaten a hamburger in over 15 years, I thought this was an interesting article I found on Pinterest about portion size.
I wasn't necessarily eating full burgers and a half a plate of french fries, with cheese, toppings & ketchup. But I realized I was snacking too often and possibly too big of snacks for my body. I think that is one thing I will definitely change post-cleanse.
Gluten-Free & Vegan have also been on my mind through this cleanse. I already removed milk from my diet about 5+ years ago. It wasn't jiving with my stomach. Dairy seems to do that to me. Although I love cottage cheese and frozen yogurt. I think I will just start testing foods out & introducing them little by little to see what does & doesn't work.
All in all, I felt great for the past 3 weeks. My stomach didn't hurt at all, I felt great about myself, lost a few unneeded lbs, and feel healthier than ever. If no one else has made it to the end of this lengthly post, at least I have that go to back to and remind myself of. :)
Happy Tuesday and cheers to a short week. I hope all of you lovely bloggies had a great weekend!