It's time for the first cleanse of 2011. Well, actually I'm almost done with it. This time around I did the Ecopolitan 10 day cleanse using UltraClear, mental toughness, and apples. I'm on day 7 and have, so far, dropped 7 lbs. It's nice, even though most of the weight will come back. I cleanse about 4x a year and each time it gets a little easier in some ways and a little harder in others.
Today I stayed home to let my body catch up with the mental stamina of cleansing. It is hard work, no question. Managing cravings that will help me figure out where my weaknesses are, eating when my body says I need to rather than when my job or schedule allow, etc. can all take a lot of time and energy. But, cleansing is ultimately very worth it. It offers a clarity that no diet can. And, what I'm cutting out is mostly what's bad for me. As I build my diet back to "normal" in the next few days, I will inevitably add some of those bad things (coke, pizza, nachos, the amazing fried rice from Big Bowl) back in, but that's okay--I'll be cleansing again in May and need something to get rid of :-)