We made it! After four days of pre-cleanse and eight days of cleansing, we are finally at day 12 of the Fab Uplift Detox Program. How Exciting! What a fun journey it has been. Today will mark my last journal entry of the cleanse, as it is Easter weekend and I will be busy! You can expect new recipes and food posts from me starting next week. For now, here is my full recap of the Fab Detox Cleanse.
Day 12: Cleanse Recap
Day 12?!? How did that happen? This last week and a half just flew by. Time flies when you’re having fun! Ok, I’ll admit not every day was easy-breezy, but overall I think the cleanse went very well. The Fab Uplift Detox is a 16-day transitional program, starting with a 4-day pre cleanse period, an 8-day elimination cleanse and a 4-day post cleanse wrap up. We started last Monday with the pre-cleanse, in which we slowly gave up the major toxic offenders in our diets- thing like meat, dairy, gluten, soy, eggs and the like. This was easy for me- I don’t eat that much meat/dairy anyhow, and I’m already off gluten, so by the time the cleanse started I was feeling good. We started the cleanse on Friday, right before the weekend. Talk about a challenge! But I stayed strong through the weekend, each day eliminating another food item that could possibly be irritating/allergenic for the body, like beans, grains, etc until Tuesday, which was our veggies-and-fruit only green drink day. Then it was adding things back, one by one until today- where we are back where we started on Day 1 of the cleanse. Plant-based and going strong!
In all honesty, I felt incredible the entire first half of the cleanse, even up through the smoothie and juice day. It wasn’t until after the juice day I really starting feeling some detox symptoms, aside from the usual (skin problems) that happens every time when I detox. I started feeling some intense lethargy and energy drops late in the afternoon, despite keeping my blood sugar in check and eating regularly. It was like a wave of tiredness hit me in the afternoon for two days straight. I also felt some intense hunger the last couple of days- nothing would satiate me! But all this has gone away now that I am back to eating a little more ‘normal’. I was actually surprised at how good I felt throughout. I think a lot of it had to do with the transition model of the program- I never felt deprived, I was never starving and I really didn’t have many cravings, or any desire to stop or quit, the entire program. I just kept plugging along, slowly eliminating items as the plan laid out. Even the green drink day was more fun than challenging! I mean, it wasn’t easy but it wasn’t hard either. I can’t say enough good things about the transition-type cleanse! It really is the best for anyone starting out, who wants to experience a detox, learn new healthy habits but without worrying about intense supplements, strong restrictions and daunting 60-day crazy juice fasts. This is easy, gives the full cleanse benefit and is user-friendly. Love!
I was very proud of myself for staying strong and I can honestly say I did not feel the urge to cheat or sway one bit! I stayed with the program the entire time, with the exception of realizing after the class I managed on Wednesday I ate some crackers with grapefruit cooked into them, which I hardly count as a cheat or swaying at all, as I didn’t really realize and- well, it’s not the end of the world. I even resisted dessert and my favorite mango chutney! That is dedication. I think my dedication was really a result of the great layout of the cleanse, combined with delicious recipes, inspiring emails and the incredible support of so many fab detox-ers on twitter and the blog- couldn’t have done it without you! It really was a great experience and I didn’t expect to feel so fabulous all the way to the end! Oh wait, maybe THAT’S why they call it the Fab Uplift Detox! If you’re interested in reading about my detox journey the whole way through, here is a compilation of all of my Detox Diaries post from the full fab detox:
That is all from me for now, Thanks to everyone who’s been following along my detox journey, and all of the fab detox-ers I have connected with on twitter! Please stay in touch! I am going to do my best to stick with the healthy habits I regained during the detox this Easter weekend, I already have a healthy quinoa salad and refined sugar-free baked good planned for dinner with the fam:) I hope you all have a fantastic Easter/Passover long weekend!