Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cleansing Again

a big ol' pile of kale

It's that time again. Cleanse time. 

The semester got rolling, and Ted and I started falling back into old habits - (1) eating out and (2) not exercising.

We're always 'Too tired! Too busy! This one soda won't matter…' Except that one soda leads to craving more soda and so on.

So we're trying the Conscious Cleanse again, this time on our own (rather than signing up for the group cleanse). You may remember that we did this back in September, with some success and some failure, but we were interrupted halfway through by a family reunion. We just weren't strong enough to cleanse through family time.

Quick Cleanse rules recap:

  • no alcohol
  • no caffeine
  • no sugar
  • no common allergens such as gluten, dairy, soy, nightshades, eggs…
  • lots and lots of veggies
  • lots and lots of water

We're currently on Day 3, and I'm writing this post right now because I'm feeling weak! Not weak in my body from lack of nutrients, but rather weak in my mind because I really want to eat some bagels and potato chips!

The book talks a little bit about detox and what it feels like to remove foods that you love from your diet. So I think what I'm experiencing today are the effects of detox. And I know exactly what my bod is detoxing from… gluten.

And maybe potatoes.

But back to gluten. I love me some gluten. Bread, bagels, tortillas, naan, pizza crust - you name it, I'll eat it as long as it contains gluten.

And don't get me started on potato products - chips, french fries, hash browns, mashed potatoes, tater tots (one of my students offered me a tater tot this morning and I almost accepted)… I love potatoes.

Anyway, I thought writing about my cravings might help. I already tried going for a walk (too cold), distracting myself with the final season of Breaking Bad (just released on Netflix! Don't tell me how it ends - I've still got a few episodes to go), and eating a baked chicken breast. None of it takes the place of a crunchy pita chip.

To deal with detox, the book recommends:  rest, drinking lots of water, a hot Epsom salt bath, a dry brush scrub, jumping up and down(???), and getting a massage.

I think I'll try the Epsom salt bath tonight.

If that doesn't work I guess I'll jump up and down. And fantasize about Monday, March 10th, when I can finally eat a potato chip again.

'til then...


  1. My friend and her husband made zucchini chips - they sliced the zucchini very thin and laid it out much like you do with kale and some seasoning and there-you-go. I am going to have to see it they put a little olive oil on it to make the seasonings stick. Is zucchini a nightshade?

    1. Zucchini is not a night shade, and we eat a lot of it on the cleanse! I actually tried making zucchini 'chips' from the Conscious Cleanse recipes. Raw zucchini, sliced thinly and rubbed with olive oil and sea salt. The flavor was too raw for Ted's and my taste - it tasted just like you would expect raw squash to taste. I put them under the broiler for a minute or two, which made them softer rather than crispier, but at least they were edible after that.