I feel the need to warn that in lieu of more photos of the food I ate (been there done that), I’m including the most recent pics I have on hand. They just so happen to be of the cruise J and I took to Mexico last weekend. We had such a great time, but to completely contradict everything I write in this post, I have to admit we ate nothing but sinful cruise food for three days straight. Now, on that note…
Phew. Am I happy those 21 days are over! Actually, to be honest, while naturally I had the occasional craving to curb, it wasn’t all that bad. It’s amazing how your body can really adapt to something if you just stick to it. Don’t get me wrong, ending on my birthday may have not been the best idea considering I wanted nothing more than to dive into a Red Velvet Sprinkles cupcake, but all in all I came out ok! That energy and overall “clean” feeling I described in my first post (after my initial “detox” period as I like to call it) truly stuck with me through the entire cleanse. I felt very steady and could actually tell my sugar levels remained consistent throughout the day. I had no headaches, mood swings, or any overall sluggish feeling after meals.
I know there are a few things that I have no intention of maintaining, but there are a lot of aspects of the cleanse that I’d like to keep as daily habits. Sugar is definitely something I’m more mindful of, as well as adding lots and lots of fruits and veggies, and less carb-y foods. I will absolutely still indulge in a delicious veggie pizza from time to time, but also have no problem neglecting breads and tortillas. I’m all about picking the “guts” out of a sandwich or wrap, it really is just as good-just way less filling!
Considering my love and devotion, I was shocked by how little I craved cheese. I had to get used to not using it during cooking because it’s so easy and can really add something to a sandwich or salad, but once I was, I didn’t even think about it. Omitting it from your meal is an easy way to reduce calories, and I found the flavor was easy to make up for with different seasoned veggies.
Coffee was also something I surprisingly didn’t miss. I found I actually missed the experience of a Starbucks more than the actual 400 calorie drink itself! The smell, holding the warm cup on a chilly morning, and the mental high I’d get knowing the caffeine I was ingesting-but the coffee “buzz” I could really do without. I think as time goes on it will become more of a treat, or a desperate “night before a big final” situation rather than a daily necessity.
Having a glass of wine with my man is something I certainly won’t give up, but I think I’ll really listen to myself. Not that I’m even a heavy drinker, but I know some nights I didn’t need that drink with dinner. Now having experienced going without it completely, I’ll be more inclined to turn it down when the occasion presents itself.
I think all and all, while I’m not a changed woman-nor did I drop a dramatic amount of weight, I’m happy I did it. It was nice to know I can, and I’m glad that I stuck with it. I won’t be in any hurry to challenge myself with another one any time soon, but for now I feel great and can’t complain!