Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Weekend Fun and Final Thoughts on the Conscious Cleanse

We had a busy but good weekend, filled with cleaning, soccer, a last-minute get-together, a visit from the older kid, playground fun, a sleepover, and a trip to Happy Hollow. On Monday night, we took the kid to his second San Jose Giants game.







Final Thoughts on the Conscious Cleanse

The Conscious Cleanse ended last week on Sunday, and we have been reintroducing the food we cut out during the cleanse since. In fact, hubby started reintroducing food a bit early as he wanted to make sure he took the time to really test the different foods we had been eliminating during the cleanse. So far everything he has reintroduced (wheat, dairy, corn, tomatoes, strawberries) sits well with him. Next, he will reintroduce eggs, which we think he may have some issues with.

I reintroduced dairy and initially found I had some problems with cheese. I have since experimented with different kinds of cheese and seem to be okay with small amounts of some cheeses. I am definitely eating a lot less dairy than before the cleanse, something I knew I had to work on.

Since we finished the Conscious Cleanse, I had one bad reaction to food. I ate some beef and black beans my mother-in-law made, and I had forgotten that the soy sauce she used in both dishes had wheat in it. I was very, very uncomfortable and will pay more attention in the future.

During the cleanse, you are supposed to pay attention to how you combine foods to aid digestion. That is, grains and protein do not combine well as they slow down digestion. You can either eat a protein with vegetables or a grain with vegetables, but not together. Ideally, you are also not supposed to mix different proteins and grains. This principle really makes a difference in how we feel after a meal and is the way I continued to eat after the last cleanse and is something we plan to continue after this cleanse.

Since I already ate pretty much according to the principles of the cleanse, I didn’t notice too many changes during the cleanse (except for some detox symptoms, probably from dairy, during the first few days), but I did lose 5 pounds. The Conscious Cleanse really encourages you to look at all aspects of your life, from cleaning up your surroundings to nurturing/repairing relationships to taking some time every day for yourself through journaling. There are constant reminders to be mindful and tune into your body. You are supposed to pay attention to how you feel at all times.

The cleanse was a great reminder to make vegetables the main part of our meals and add little extras, and we definitely went through even more produce than usual. I also paid even more attention to when and how often I reached for my “sweet treat,” usually dates (which are allowed in moderation on the cleanse). Since I also didn’t eat dairy or chocolate and monitored my consumption of avocados and nuts, I know I ate fewer calories. While I believe I am pretty mindful already, I was even more mindful when I ate and didn’t reach for food mindlessly.

The Conscious Cleanse also makes you look at the “soul food” in your life. Jo and Jules believe that if you don’t have satisfying soul food (physical activity, fulfilling work, relationships, and spirituality), it’s very difficult to have a permanently good relationship with food because your food choices will be influenced by what’s missing in these areas of your life. I think this point - that it’s never just about the food - is so important and so many programs don’t address it.

Overall, we are very glad we did the Conscious Cleanse. Doing it a second time made it easier as I was already eating according to the Conscious Cleanse principles for the most part. Yet, I was able to fine-tune quite a few things, mainly what kind and how much dairy I eat as well as my date, avocado and nut consumption. Hubby had been eating many cleanse-friendly meals before the cleanse, but it was good for him to completely cut out sugar, wheat, and dairy for two weeks. It definitely helped with his sweet tooth.

Questions: What are some highlights from your weekend? Are you as mindful as you should be (when it comes to food or life in general)?
 
Be well,
Andrea

22 comments:

  1. That was a really good re-cap of your cleansing diet. Sounds like you made some good improvements. I always feel like even though I eat well there is always room for improvement.


    Over the weekend we got outside chores caught up. Nothing really fun but things that needed to be done.

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    1. Thanks, Tami! And, yes, there is always room for improvement.

      It feels good to get done what needs to get done, even though it's not fun... :)

      Have a great week!

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  2. I have been going completely sugar-free in February (which we are away from home) for the past three years. Not hard at all when I am not around my own cupboard, but gosh I wish it would carry over for longer than the total of about 6 weeks I can usually hold out! Your blog is an inspiration, Andrea -- and that picture of you with the Big Kid? Pure gold :-) Little guy riding the meerkat is mighty cute too!

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  3. Even though I'm not sold on everything this cleanse seems to be teaching (such as the protein and grain thing.....if anything the vegetables would slow down digestion, when combined with protein, not grain!).....I've been recommending it to those who ask me about cleanses. I've appreciated your thorough posts on the cleanse and so far it seems to be the most sensible one I've seen. Glad to hear it's helped both you and your husband be more mindful (who knew soy sauce contained wheat?! I didn't until I started working in a grocery store with many celiac patients!).

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    1. I'm not sure about the science behind food combining, but I know that I feel a lot better when I don't combine grains with protein - less heavy and I have more energy. With all my digestive issues, I used to not feel like doing anything after a meal. Since cutting out wheat and eggs and following the food combining rules (most of the time), I feel great after a meal.

      And, yes, that soy sauce contains wheat is very surprising...

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  4. Those bouncing trampolines look like fun! I also like the pic where the kid is like "let's go, Mommy!" ;)

    I love the concept of "soul food". I think many people neglect that part of their lives, or think it's not as important as the more physical parts of life, when fulfillment is often more of a spiritual than a physical experience. I still struggle with mindfulness, and much of what will help comes from within.

    I hope you're having a great week, Andrea!

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    1. Yes, "soul food" is so important and so often neglected.

      Hope you are having a great week, too, Jessie!

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  5. I am glad you were happy with the results of the cleanse. Looks like you had a fun weekend.

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    1. Yes, the cleanse was definitely a good experience again.

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  6. Hi Andrea! Every time, I see photos of your son, I recall good memories of my own children doing their enjoyable kid things they used to do. I love those 2 little buddies photos especially up there.

    I really changed my eating when it became apparent to me that some of my favorite aspects of life were mostly about overeating. That's sort of an insult to my kids, husband, dog, friends, home, books, flowers, trees, etc.... So yes, I believe in "soul food," as you explained it above. It's not all about mindful eating, as much as it is about mindful living.

    :-) Marion

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    1. Kids group up so quickly...

      And, yes, it is about mindful living! :)

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  7. I love your family pics always!!!

    Very interesting how the cleanse helped you vie food & your relationship with it & how your bod felt - all good things!!!

    I am pretty mindful BUT I don't think I want to do this unless a doc says I have to. I know it would be good to learn these things but after all my years of being careful - the way I am - I just don't want to give up the healthy foods I like right now. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jody!

      I think you have clearly figured out what works for you!

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  8. thank you for your thoughts on the cleanse. I wonder if you could be more specific about what do you mean when you say you/hubby don't digest well one particular food, what do you feel, what are the symptoms?

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    1. I have a range of symptoms from abdominal discomfort to pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea. I also noticed that I have a lot less energy after certain foods/food combinations.

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  9. Way to go, hubby (and you, of course), for finishing the cleanse! I can't believe how big both boys are in these pictures...wow!

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    1. Yes, they are growing up very, very fast...

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  10. So interesting! I eat a TON of avocado. I don't think I could cut it down. Too yummy!

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    1. I certainly eat my fair share of avocado. But cutting back a bit (along with dates and nuts) really helped keep calories down.

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  11. Andrea, I wish I could be as disciplined as you are...one of this day I will try the cleanse...just need to find the right time.
    I always enjoy seeing your weekend pictures...
    Have a great week ahead :D

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    1. I definitely think the time needs to be right to do a cleanse.

      Have a great week, too!

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