The cleanse has been over for a week, so I think it's worthwhile to check in with some updates about what I've noticed since the torture ended. With bullet points!
- Firstly, and most importantly, I seem to be sensitive to dairy. To make a long story short, here are the symptoms I've encountered: Acne, nausea, exhaustion, gas, constipation. I would never have thought myself sensitive to dairy whatsoever -- it's one of my favorite things ever. This is an unwelcome discovery to say the least.
- Drinking lots of water in the mornings keeps me on course for drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This helps with so many things -- skin, poops, hunger, alertness. The most important thing I've realized as it relates to water is that being well-hydrated gives me a lot more stamina when I'm exercising. (duh)
- Processed grains are like glue in my system. They gum everything up and are the root of all evil.
- The more I exercise, the more I want to exercise. Which is weird.
- I think the key to optimal health might be one big salad, every day. Unfortunately, eating a big salad every day gets old real quick.
- Eight hours of sleep a night is life-saving.
- Coffee is not evil. Coffee is my friend.
- Weighing even a little bit less than I did before gives me a self-esteem boost. I don't feel bloated and hideous.
- Meat is necessary in moderation. As soon as I started eating "normally" again, I got a boost of energy. I'm not eating meat every day, but maybe every other day.
More than one person has questioned my sanity as it relates to my tendency to embark on torturous cleanses and diets like the 21-day cleanse I just completed. I argue that every once in a while, I need to press the "reset" button on my eating habits. Too much processed food and not enough vegetation does not a happy body make. Once you are forced to cut out the bad stuff and eat only the "good" stuff, it forces self-reflection and realizations.
Ideally, this results in better eating habits once the torture is done. Sometimes it just results in a terrible binge. I think whatever happens is directly correlated with the level of personal reflection during the diet/cleanse. And so far, I believe I'm on a better track than I was before.