Or As I call it . . . Spring Cleaning!!!It seems that everywhere you turn these days, someone else is talking about or participating in some sort of cleanse or detox. Juice cleanses, fasting cleanses, raw food cleanses all with the purpose of either getting healthy, losing weight or just wanting to get rid of the toxins that are in our bodies. I knew I had to do something soon, because even though I adhere to the 80/20 rule (eating RAW 80% of the time and cooked for 20%), with all the holidays that start in November and end in April -- my 20% of non-raw food was growing larger and larger!! The holidays start at Thanksgiving and end around Easter with many birthday celebrations in between. These holidays are centered around food, desserts, chocolates and LOVE! And to make matters more complicated -- I live in a Southeast State where during those "winter" months, friends and family are drawn to the sunshine, warmth and great restaurants that Florida and "Goot 'ole hospitality" have to offer. So, I live my 80/20 rule religiously, but I living the 20% LARGE!!!! I knew I had to do something and FAST! Enter . . . Nwenna Kai! Nwenna is one of the pioneers on RAW food living -- or as her book clearly is named . . . The Goddess of RAW Foods!! I had the opportunity to volunteer on a project that Nwenna was working on and in exchange for my time, I was given The 7 Day Raw Food Cleanse to use at time that was convenient for me. Well -- NOW WAS THE TIME THAT WAS CONVENIENT FOR ME!!! I signed up for the Cleanse that was starting April 17-21 (Sunday through Saturday). I truly believed that in my heart, this was going to be a cake-walk! I mean -- I've been living RAW now for about a year and a half. I've got this covered. And I'm going to succeed and I'm going to feel great and look better at the end of it in 7 days!!! Well!!! I forgot about the part where you have to give up caffeine!!! AGH!!!!! [caption id="attachment_1729" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Caffeine Withdrawal[/caption] Now, here's the thing! I still had to go to work every day, which is tough when you have no energy and a dull headache. I will admit however, being that I drink only tea and not coffee, my headache was not as bad as I thought it would be. It was just constant. I also couldn't take any pain reliever for it because I was doing a cleanse, and pain relievers were another item that I wanted to cleanse myself of during this detox. Nwenna does give you breathing techniques and other solutions to handle the "detox" headache and I used them -- constantly!! They definitely helped!! I found this note on my desk one morning. I guess they thought I needed either caffeine or needed to go someplace else to "kick the habit"!! [caption id="attachment_1731" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Coffee Rehab[/caption]
Here's a little synopsis about the 7 Day Raw Foods Cleanse:About a week before the starting date, I received an email from Nwenna explaining what was yet to come; what emails to expect and what to do pre-cleanse. I received 106 page document that outlined so much more than I ever expected to receive and that was it . . . I was off and running! I was so excited! I couldn't wait to begin! The principals, theories, exercises and explanations were written so "user-friendly" that everyone could understand them. Her recipes were to die for. I got so excited just seeing the great, simple recipes that I have never made before and couldn't wait to try! And there, in the midst of these wonderfully delicious recipes lurked the "dirty 'd'" ones!! The DETOX recipes. A couple of them made my eyes pop out! However, I am not one to give up. I'm in this 100% and I'm going to succeed at this! Here are some of the delicious recipes I made! Fast forward day 2 . . . it was not as easy as I thought it was going to be -- especially because you are going to go through some sort of detox discomfort, which is not enjoyable, BUT it's not as difficult as I thought it was going to be either. Getting some of the "special" detox cocktails down in the morning was difficult, but I did it and they did not come back up! Mission accomplished! The food was some of the best raw foods I had and simple to prepare. Nwenna does a group call every morning and if you could not be on the phone with her live, you can always go on to the recorded version just minutes after. Nwenna makes herself available to you if you have questions, or problems or successes either by email or through FB so you're not in this alone! Some people go on this cleanse to lose weight. Nwenna has said that some people could lose up to 14 pounds in 7 days. I knew that I would not lose that much weight. I lost about 5 pounds but also knew that I would gain those back as fast as I lost them once I reintroduce a little more food into my diet. I did continue to work out to Zumba, but cut it down to 2 days instead of the 3-4 days, and I found that I tired quickly, probably due to the lack of caffeine that I had and the dull headache. But I do believe in Sweating in order to detox the liver so I'm glad I went -- headache and all! I went on this cleanse to rid my body of the 20% of cooked or processed foods that I ate during the winter months. I was also hoping to be able to give up caffeine for good -- but it's now a week later, and I have to tell you that I just went back to having a cup of tea during work. I just couldn't do it. Not this time anyway.
Would I recommend The 7 Day Raw Food Cleanse?Absolutely! I learned some valuable lessons on this cleanse and it reinforced my passion and commitment to living a RAW Lifestyle! As a matter-of-fact, I would most likely do it again, if the opportunity arises! What doesn't kill us makes us stronger!!! Nwenna should give out tee shirts! "I made it through The 7 Day Raw Foods Detox"! If you're interested in joining one of Nwenna's Cleanses, you can check it out either on her website http://www.nwenna.com/ or her FB Page "The 7 Day Raw Foods Cleanse". In my opinion, it is one of the most affordable cleanses out there. Especially for a 7-day cleanse. I must reiterate, as I mentioned before, I did not pay for this cleanse. It was my remuneration for taking part of a forum that Nwenna was heading! She has a detox scheduled once a month, so you can definitely find a time that would be good for you. If you decide to try The 7 Day Raw Foods Cleanse -- keep this in mind . . . . "If Michele can do it, you can do it". And when you do sign up and begin your journey to health and wellness . . . the one thing you must do during the full 7 days (detox headache or not) is to . . .