I lasted 6 solid days on the cleanse. On the 7th day I awoke with feverish chills and barely made it to my kitchen without passing out and shoved an apple in my mouth as fast as I could. Now, I don't want to say this to discourage anyone from trying the cleanse. I really actually feel like I benefited from it. So much so that now I'm nervous to completely go off of it because I feel like my body will just completely revert to its pre-cleanse self in a minute!
My main goals for the cleanse were to see if it helped my focus, mental clarity and my skin. I believe it did all three. Plus, my stomach is the flattest its been in years...crazy. On day 7, I started adding food back into my diet, but still steered clear of alcohol, sugar and carbs as much as possible. I ate veggies, fruits and protein and still made myself drink a juice. So, for the remainder of my 10 days I continued doing that. Juicing, and only eating raw foods and proteins, and just a little teensy bit of bread here and there. I have to slowly re-introduce the more complex man-made foods back into my diet so as to not completely lose everything i worked for in the past week and 1/2.
Now, though, I'm finding it challenging because my head is so worried that everything I put in my body will do extreme damage, that I'm scared to eat. Don't get me wrong, I am eating. I love food. But, I'm being very picky and very slow to put harmful things in my body. I guess this is a good thing...? I just hope maybe it'll eventually become second nature and that way I won't have to think about it, but instead it'll just be instinct to choose the better options.
Sometimes I feel like a robot now, I look at a piece of food and in my brain calculate it's beneficial aspects vs. it's completely useless aspects and depending on how useless I avoid it. Nuts. I thought I was healthy before, but I suppose there are always ways to be even healthier.
Huh...would you ever try a juice cleanse? I highly recommend it!