Today I started my purification cleanse program. This means I cannot consume coffee, processed sugar, tea, dairy, wheat,grains, or legumes for next the next 21 days. My meals will consist of mostly shakes, unlimited fruits and vegetables, some quinoa, lentils, and brown rice. Starting day 11 I can add 3 oz of clean organic meat. I will be taking specific whole food supplements every day that help increase phase 1 and 2 detoxification and the proper elimination of toxins. All of this is important so as to detoxify in a safe way.
*Even though I only drink one cup of coffee a day it is still difficult to give up. Because of this I gave up coffee the week before the cleanse to make things a little easier.
My breakfasts on the cleanse will be fruit and vegetable smoothies with SP complete powder. Today my smoothie contained kale, spinach, chard, kiwi, strawberries, mango, and banana. This is a good one for any smoothie rookie since it gets some good sweetness from the fruits.
* To make this easier I buy prepackaged frozen organic produce blends from Costco. The greens in my smoothie come from one called Power Greens in the open cooler section. The fruits come in a big plastic package in the Freezer area.
My Lunch is a smoothie similar to breakfast but with less fruits and added sweet potato.
*taking in sugars earlier in the day as opposed to later is better for you
How Will I Know it Works?
In order to know how effective a cleanse can be you really have to experience it. Things like energy, cravings, mood, appetite, etc…. are subjective and not the easiest to quantify but most people feel benefits in those areas. There are some measurements that are more objective and easier to see such as weight, body fat%, and BMI.
I will try to give as much information on me now to compare to the me after 21 days.
Energy: I’ve noticed decreased energy lately in the last month. I usually have one cup of organic coffee in the morning but this last month I’ve been craving an extra cup between 2-4 PM. While I used to go to bed at 11pm I’ve been going closer to 10pm the last 2 weeks.
Cravings: Afternoon coffee, sweet and savory foods.
Mood: Irritability has been increased in the last 2-3 months.
Appetite: My appetite has gotten much bigger. Food portions that used to make me feel full no longer do the trick.
Now here are some objective measurements.
Weight: 190LBS Body Fat: 21.4 % BMI: 28.9
Using a Fit 3D Scanner at the Neurofitness Center where my office is I have current measurements all the parts of my body. After 21 days I will take another set of measurements to see what changes have occurred.
Height: 68 Neck: 16.08 Chest: 43.01
Weight: 190 Waist: 39.3 Hips: 43.52
Biceps (R) : 14.63 Biceps (L): 15.03
Forearm (R): 11.99 Forearm (L): 12.17
Thigh (R) 25.81 Thigh (L): 25.62
Wish Me Luck!
Dr Jacob Karl D.C.