Everyone and their grandmother (including my grandmother and me!) tend to make crazy New Year’s resolutions, and often try cleanses. To say I was a skeptic of cleanses is an understatement – all I thought when I heard cleanse was “juice” and “starvation.” I thought, “of course people get skinnier during cleanses, they don’t eat any solid foods – I’m sure their weight goes right back up when they stop cleansing.”
Of course, as soon as I heard about The Conscious Cleanse, I had to eat my words. Real food, SOLID food, flexible plan, no starvation, just clean eating. Um, OK! This was a cleanse I could get on board with… so I did! I tried The Conscious Cleanse for two weeks in January.
The Conscious Cleanse was started by two awesome ladies, Jo and Jules, and stemmed from their experiences with food and the need for nourishing your body properly. With backgrounds in nutrition and health, they both have a lot of expertise and scientific knowledge that backs up all of the practices in the cleanse – they can actually tell you WHY they recommend things, which means a lot to me.
The cleanse started a few days early with “transition” so we didn’t go cold turkey. However, I was babysitting (overnight for 5 days, basically being a mom) right up until the start of the cleanse, so I wasn’t able to do much transitioning since a lot of what I ate was dictated by what the kids were eating! The great thing was, the Conscious Cleanse is SO flexible, and Jo and Jules said “just do what you can.” That flexible, do-what-you-can mentality came up a LOT and was really important in my experience of the cleanse!
Fundamental Ideas of the Cleanse
- Lots of fruits and veggies
- No sugar/ gluten-based grains
- Eliminate certain “problem foods”
- Meat OR non-gluten grain in a meal, or neither – not both.
- Only water and tea to drink! No coffee, no soda, etc.
- Eat things that are easy for your stomach to process! And in good combinations.
What I Ate
The Conscious Cleanse manual, basically the “bible” of the cleanse, had a lot of awesome recipes that I ate. I still make a lot of these recipes! I ate many smoothies for breakfast, fruit and veggies as snacks, salads with a protein for lunch, and meat and veggies for dinner! I ate SO well during the cleanse.
That salad makes me drool every time I look at it!
My Overall Thoughts
My overall feelings on this cleanse: It. Was. Awesome. The twice-weekly calls with Jo and Jules (full group conference calls) gave me such support for the two weeks – I couldn’t have done it without those phone calls. It seemed like every day that I was REALLY struggling with cravings or caffeine withdrawal, we had a call scheduled that evening, and Jo and Jules reaffirmed us all that what we were feeling was NORMAL and good signs of detox.
Another great feature of the cleanse was the Facebook group – also a source of support and collaboration. Other cleansers posted recipes, weird feelings they were having (i.e. YES, leg/sciatic pain IS a symptom of caffeine withdrawal) and Jo and Jules chimed in often to tell us more information if we were all asking questions.
About halfway through the cleanse, I had a breakdown. I was cranky, my legs hurt (sciatic pain from caffeine withdrawal, as I said above), I was a little depressed, and just not feeling my best emotionally. Physically, I felt awesome except for the leg pain. I realized I had been VERY strict with the cleanse guidelines (they are NOT rules, but I was making them into hard and fast rules) and hadn’t been feeding myself enough. The caffeine withdrawal was causing the leg pain and anxiety, and I just didn’t know if I could do it for another week. I emailed J&J in a panic, wondering what was going on, and Jules got back to me so quickly – she was worried about me, wanted to help, and said that if I loosened up a little it would NOT be a failure – I should “just do what I could – anything is better than nothing.” So, there it was again, the idea of “doing what I could.” Honestly, I have since wanted this to be my life motto. I can’t do everything, and I can’t be perfect by any means, but I can do what I can to be better. Hello, inspiration! Those emails saved me – I knew that I would be ok and it wouldn’t be a wash if I loosened up.
My main goal with the cleanse was to learn more about what type of food works for my body and to learn eating tactics that I can use in my everyday life even after the cleanse ends – and that’s exactly what I have done. I’ve found a plan that works for me, I am eating a LOT more fresh foods, I am indulging if I feel like it because I don’t have to be super strict, and I know to listen to my body. I lost some weight during the cleanse, and I couldn’t be happier with how I have felt since. I can’t recommend it to you all enough!
If you are interested in trying the Conscious Cleanse, check out more on their website! The next cleanse starts April 14th. You can get 20% off with the discount code RFCC912. If you have any questions about my experience, PLEASE ASK! I will give you my un-biased opinion, which this post is, as well!
I received a complimentary cleanse and book to review. All opinions are my own, and I will probably sign up for the cleanse again with my own money.