Well, I guess it is clear that there is a pretty good chance you will lose weight eating this way. This was a huge deal for me because I've been stuck at a plateau for way too long. Shaking up my eating has changed the way my body works. I eat more often now, eat a high volume of alkaline foods and eat foods that are easily used by my body for fuel. My body is working way more efficiently now and I feel amazing. It will be so huge in my Tough Mudder training and I'm so happy about it!
Another really great physical benefit I'm experiencing after this cleanse which I briefly mentioned yesterday is that my skin has cleared up a lot and is glowing. I'm not a huge fan of heavy makeup and I rarely wear makeup at all, and now I don't feel so self conscious about not wearing it.
I think you can tell in this photo? It's just the black and white version of the one I posted yesterday. It is amazing what a few small changes can make!
I think the biggest changes that I've experienced in this cleanse are actually the mental/emotional changes that I've made and the soul searching that I've done through Kris Carr's exercises. Before I started this cleanse I felt stuck in my situation and now I'm dreaming bigger and I'm believing that if I work hard I can achieve whatever I want. I'm allowing myself to acknowledge what I want, not feel guilty for wanting something different and to take steps to achieve it. This is a really huge revelation for me.
I've learned that life won't stop for me so I just have to get on board and roll with it. I need to make the most of my time now and that is what I intend on doing. I need to be good to myself. I work VERY hard and rarely do anything for myself and that needs to change. I deserve it and I owe it to myself to enjoy the free time that I do have because even if it's a few hours or even a few minutes, I'll never get that time back.
After combining proper nutrition with physical activity I'm finally starting to realize that if I put the time and work in, I can achieve anything. I'm still afraid of Tough Mudder, but I truly believe that I will be able to do it. It will probably be the biggest test of will that I've experienced but I'm ready for it! :)
If I ever hit a wall with my running I'm going to look at this picture. Great motivation! :)
Finally, one of my favorite things that I'm taking from this cleanse is that I now crave foods that are good for me! Healthy eating has now become a habit for me and I crave fresh fruits and veggies and I love that! I'm so excited to experiment with my dehydrator and it has even changed my thinking on what kind of business I'd like to have one day!
I guess you can tell that I am so happy that I did this cleanse and that my life has truly changed from it. I plan on trying to keep up the high raw lifestyle. I have no intentions of going 100% raw but I feel great and I want to stay this way. I highly recommend the book and the cleanse to anyone that is looking for a change. When I started this cleanse I felt like crap all the time. Now I have energy, my mood is better and I'm craving healthy foods and an active lifestyle.
That being said, I am definitely not going to promise that I won't indulge once in a while. I will just make sure to balance those indulges with alkaline, whole foods :) I'll probably still have one decaf coffee a month as well. Because coffee is delicious.
So on a totally different note, my friend is going to be in town at the end of the month when I'm house sitting for my brother and I told her and her fiance to come over and I'm going to cook a nice vegan dinner for us! I'm so excited because I miss her and it'll be nice to cook a delicious meal for everyone. I'm really looking forward to it and I think I already know what I'm going to make :) Just have to pick a dessert recipe. I think I want to try a raw dessert from Ani Phyo's dessert cookbook.
That's all she wrote on the cleanse! I'm glad I actually made it through this time and didn't get bronchitis. I have to work a wedding today and plan on being productive tomorrow. I have to get groceries and plan on trying more dehydrator experiments! Hopefully they come out better this time and I'll have recipes to share!
Have a great Saturday!