So its been three days since I completed my BluePrintCleanse and I think I’ve let enough time past to give you a clear idea of both the process (although you’ve seen my recaps) and the final outcomes.
The first day of the cleanse was by far the hardest – I wanted food, not out of hunger, but out of habit. You’d be surprised by how dependent you are on the simple act of chewing. After doing some quick research online, I learned that recent studies actually show that obese people spend less time consuming their meals, and chew their food fewer times than people who are not overweight. Chewing stimulates the satiety center of the brain, making us feel satisfied. So while I was never hungry during the cleanse, I also wasn’t as satisfied as I am when I eat real food.
The cleanse entailed 6 juices a day, which came to about 1200 calories. Even though 1200 calories is a good bit less than what I usually consume, my energy didn’t wane. I was able to run and do core fusion throughout the cleanse. I had the most energy Tuesday and the least Wednesday, but that has more to do with lack of sleep than the reduction in calories. Which brings me to another important point, throughout the cleanse I had more trouble sleeping than usual. Insomnia isn’t unusual for me, but this has been the worst its been. I was waking up every few hours and ultimately only sleeping about 5-6 hours a night.
Three days has passed and what I notice most is a change in my attitude and approach to food. I’m more aware of what is going into my body and put more thought into the foods I’ve been eating. I did lose weight initially, about 2-3 pounds, but that slowly came back in the past 3 days. Not that I mind, I didn’t do it to lose weight. Also I think the weight loss could have been a more sustainable if I had truly sticked to their recommendations following the cleanse. Finally, I felt lighter (not in weight, but in my overall body and mind) all around. It was a really good feeling. Although it wasn’t the easiest thing in the world, I actually found myself enjoying it towards the end and I definitely liked how I felt afterwards. Will I do another cleanse? Absolutely, but next time around I might try a different version, such as Cooler Cleanse.
And now, since I haven’t been posting consistently this week, some eats:
Friday night we had a “family dinner” to welcome our new roommates. It was a Mexican theme and included chicken enchiladas, Mexican chopped salad, Mexican corn and Tres Leches Cake. My plate consisted of a small helping of enchiladas and the chopped salad. I was still trying to eat clean, but I didn’t want to be rude to the chef.
I forgot to take pics of breakfast, but it was a HUGE bowl of blueberries and some almonds. Still following the post -cleanse plan.
Lunch was at Whole Foods and I actually tried to remake my Macrobiotic Meal. It was a pretty close copycat. Although I tossed in some bread. The naan looked so good I couldn’t resist.
Jeff and I spent the rest of the day for our move. We are leaving Soho in 3 weeks for Union Square. I’m so excited, we’ll be living just one block from Whole Foods and three blocks from Trader Joes. Plus there is the weekly farmers market.
That night we had dinner with friends. A glass of sparkling rose to start. Oh wine, I’ve missed you most.
Jeff and I shared Shrimp and Chorizo skewers for our app, I didn’t eat the chorizo but the shrimp was awesome.
My main was an arugula salad with beets, oranges, walnuts and goat cheese.
Lots of fun ensued following dinner. Bag-pipes were involved.
I don’t know where my brains at but I forget to take a photo of breakfast again. This morning was a big bowl of watermelon. I haven’t had watermelon all season it was delicious. And more almonds.
We had lunch out a friends restaurant while watching the World Cup. I ordered a Cobb salad without the cheese and only kept the bacon for the Chubster. It was WAY too big. I ate maybe 1/2, Jeff had 1/4 and the rest we left behind.
We were so full from lunch, that we decided to do another salad for dinner. The two of us shared my version of a Greek salad. I was perfect on such a hot day.
That’s alot of salads and the longest post ever. Haha. I didn’t even realize. But at least I got in all of my veggies and fruits.
In regards to exercise and my Core Fusion challenge, this was a great week. I ran a total of 28 miles, biked 20 and did Core Fusion 4 times. I hope this coming week is as successful as the past.
Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!!