I Googled "side effects of a cleanse", and everything similar to that, this afternoon because I was starting to think that I couldn't take it much more. There is a lot of crazy stuff out there. All kinds of cleanses and all kinds of ideas about them. I found on the Mayo Clinic site that they don't think they do any good. I also got a peek into the vegan world and it was interesting to read the positives and negatives. No one seems to have a subtle opinion about this subject.
When Chris found out that I was sick all day again he questioned my sanity. He agrees with many of you that I should have eased into this, but then we had a discussion about drug or alcohol addicts. Cold turkey is always the way they stop. I have a tiny glimpse into how it must feel to be suffering through a hard drug withdrawal. I explained again that this wasn't a diet, but a cleanse - a chance for my body to take a break and rejuvenate. It's also a chance for me to think more thoroughly about my food choices. After shopping for items that fit into this cleanse, I have learned so much. There is so much junk in our food.
For example, Chris ate beans and rice with me tonight, but added a leftover breast of chicken and then had some ice cream for dessert. He read the side of the carton and told me that it was "Sugar Free", but I reminded him that I couldn't have artificial sweeteners or dairy. As he started reading the ingredients, he came upon "sorbitol" and this is what it said as a disclaimer "Sensitive individuals may experience a laxative effect from excess consumption of this ingredient." I think that got him thinking a bit.
I also want to think about cleansing other areas in my life. I'm too tired to get into it tonight, but there is a great chapter in the book Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston about how to balance your entire life. Eating has always been an issue for me. I'm hoping this cleanse will allow me to find some answers in that area. However, organization and efficiency are also large barriers to success for me. I'm hoping to utilize many of Kathy's ideas to help my life become more balanced and peaceful.
Today I started cleaning under my bed. You have no idea how much crap is under there. It's a start.