Well here we are. The end of the cleanse. Call me crazy, but I’m not ready for it to be over. It just feels too good to be eating clean again. Eating REAL food. I’ll keep it up.
I actually found the blogging part most challenging. Taking photos of food when I was starving and eager to scarf it all down. Feeling the pressure to cook tasty and attractive meals and write about them every day for nearly two weeks. It was a lot. I feel a little relieved that it’s over… but mostly excited. I really did enjoy chronicling my cleanse. I finally jumped the hurdles, put aside the excuses, and just started the blog – and that feels great. I have so many recipes waiting in the wings, and lots of how-to ideas for things like making your own almond milk and sprouting. I’m looking forward to posting more leisurely, once or twice a week, and seeing how that goes.
I’m also really thrilled to reintroduce fermented foods into my diet, along with a big dose of probiotics. I’m thinking tempeh, homemade sauerkraut and pickles, apple cider vinegar. I really missed vinegar. And I can’t wait to taste maple syrup again… and dates. A squishy, melt in your mouth date. Perhaps dipped in raw chocolate and sandwiched between two pecans. Swoon.
I actually have some concerns that I might be intolerant to some of the foods I was eating over the past couple of weeks. I had a few days with major digestion issues. I won’t elaborate (you’re welcome), but even after cutting out everything I did, I still had some trouble. I have a feeling it might be nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, etc.) because eating huge amounts of them resulted in subsequent tummy upset… but I’m not entirely sure. I’ve been wanting to get a food allergy blood test for a while, and the reactions I had while on the cleanse really bumped it up to a high priority item for me.
Aside from a few digestive issues, the major positives I experienced were high energy levels throughout the day, great sleeps with early morning no-alarm wake-ups, noticeably less-dry skin, and significantly diminished cravings for sweets.
Now back to the topic of real food… do you eat your asparagus raw? If not, you should definitely give it a go! Eating asparagus raw is oh so satisfying. It’s tastes like Spring to me. Fresh. Crisp. Real. YUM!Continue reading...