Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cleaning Up My Eating, Drinking and Life for Summer

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that I like to clean up my eating, drinking and life with a Conscious Cleanse - a food-based cleanse with plenty of delicious food to eat -  a few times a year. I like the Conscious Cleanse because it’s nothing extreme; you eat real food until you are full (but not stuffed), but you eliminate known allergens and give your digestive system a break from things that are hard to digest. And this year, the pre-summer cleanse comes at the perfect time for me as several stressful weeks led to some not-so-good eating and drinking, which in turn haven’t left me feeling my best.


Disclosure: I’m a Conscious Cleanse ambassador, and I will earn a commission if you sign up for the cleanse using one of my links in this post. As always, all opinions in this post are my own.

Benefits of a Conscious Cleanse

This year, the Conscious Cleanse* changed its cleansing schedule. Instead of a June cleanse as in the last few year, there is a May cleanse. I like the change as it will allow me to clean up my eating and drinking before summer. While I try to eat according to Conscious Cleanse* principles year round (with 20% leeway for “extras”), lately my eating and drinking have not been the best.

I visited my parents in Germany during spring break and was under a lot of stress before I left for the trip because I had to not only finalize grades, etc. for winter quarter but also had to have everything ready for spring quarter. Plus, I’m teaching one of my spring classes for the first time, which always means a lot more prep, etc.

Once I got to Germany, things came at me non-stop. I arrived on a Friday, and my parents had several appointments scheduled that they wanted me to attend on Saturday. On Sunday, I went on a 2.5 hour train ride to meet up with my aunt up north. And then on Monday I went to the hospital with my mom bright and early. In the middle of the day, I picked up my dad at the stroke/aphasia center nearby, and we went to the hospital together. On Tuesday and Wednesday my dad had several therapy sessions, and we also visited my mom. She had her procedure done on Tuesday, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t really satisfying as we didn’t get the answers we were looking for. Plus, she wasn’t doing well at all after her procedure. My dad and I didn’t leave until 8 p.m. and then took public transportation home, which in hindsight was a bad idea as we both were beyond exhausted. My mom was released from the hospital on Thursday afternoon, and I left on Saturday morning. I taught my first spring quarter class bright and early on Monday morning. To be honest, it’s all a bit of a blur.

Unfortunately, I fueled everything I was doing with plenty of coffee and too much food. I had been drinking one cup of coffee per week for months after the January cleanse, and I can’t believe I went back to 1 to 2+ cups a day…

I know that these were special circumstances, but whenever I don’t eat and drink things that make me feel my best, everything gets worse. I feel more overwhelmed, my stomach hurts, and I don’t feel like I have the energy to tackle life.


I’ve written many times about my experiences with the Conscious Cleanse*. Here are a few posts you may want to check out to get more information, in case you are interested in doing a cleanse yourself:


Conscious Cleanse Discount Code

The May 2017 Conscious Cleanse* starts on May 3 with a five day optional transition period. Click here* for more information about the Conscious Cleanse and to register. If you have any questions about my experiences with the Conscious Cleanse, leave them in the comments or send me an email at andreaswellnessnotes[at]gmail.com.

If you do decide to sign up for the Conscious Cleanse, make sure to use code AND25 to get $25 off the Classic and the Classic Plus plans*.

Questions: What eating/drinking/living habits do you want to clean up for summer?

Click here to check out the fabulous bloggers I’m linking up with.

Be well,
Andrea

*Disclosure: I’m a Conscious Cleanse ambassador, and I will earn a commission if you sign up for the cleanse using one of my links in this post. As always, all opinions in this post are my own.

30 comments:

  1. I'm still curious and may have to join this time.

    Mary

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    1. You should definitely look into it! You won't regret it!

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  2. I am hands up for clean eating and I think it is a great idea to do it on regular basis, Andrea. Thanks for sharing
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com.au

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  3. Those lettuce wraps look really good. I need/want to stop snacking on empty calories...especially after the kids go to bed!

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    1. They are! :-) I try to stick to some pretty strict "snacking rules" as it goes so easily out of control...

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  4. It sounds like you've had such a stressful time, so sorry to hear that. I understand why you'd not be eating or drinking the best while going through that. Hopefully now you're home you find it easier to get back into your clean eating routine :)

    Hope you are having a lovely week.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks so much, Mica! Yes, being home does help a lot with eating better. But working on getting off the caffeine again isn't fun...

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  5. I'm sorry your trip was so stressful - hope your mom is feeling better. I'll have to look into this - I do really well when somebody tells me what to eat - it's when I'm on my own that I have a problem :)!

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    1. Thanks, Lana!

      I like the Conscious Cleanse because it gives you good guidelines that keep food and drinks that are not optimal off your plate, but you still have lots of choices.

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  6. I hope your mom is doing better, Andrea?
    It's such a downward spiral when stress affects how we eat, and then we feel worse...
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Jodie! My mom is doing okay, but they didn't really find exactly what's wrong and causing her symptoms, which is a bit scary.

      And, yes, feeling stressed, not eating right and drinking too much coffee is a vicious circle...

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  7. I really feel the difference when eating lot of lettuce! Food is so very important! Healthy food that is of course!

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  8. I really need to look into something like this. My diet has gone to crap and so has exercise.
    I hope you parents are doing OK sounds like a jam packed really stressful trip and not for a friendly visit.

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    1. The visit was quite stressful, but I'm very thankful that I got to go and spend time with them. It's hard to be so far away when they are in their 80s with many health problems...

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  9. I am sorry things have been so stressful with work and your parents. I hope they are on the mend soon! I have a feeling that the cleanse will make you feel a lot better soon.

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    1. Thanks, Pam! Yes, I know that the cleanse will make me feel better and "force" me to take care of myself the way I should...

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  10. I have had a lot of stress with my dad this year (and last). It just seems like one thing after another and he had a big surgery last Sept. and it didn't give us what we were hoping for... if anything, it seems it has made things worse. :( Hope your parents are doing better. I used to drink little to no coffee and lately have been more addicted to it. Usually just 1 cup a day, but still more than I'd like... plus, it just makes me jittery and I think I'd do better with just a cup a week as a treat. Kudos to you for better eating and this cleanse!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. I'm so sorry your dad isn't doing well. It's so hard when parents are ill, and there isn't really much we can do...

      And, yes, caffeine definitely adds to my being jittery and edgy, something I don't need when things are stressful to begin with...

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  11. Taking care of yourself is so important Andrea! Aging parents is definitely a topic on my mind lately now too. Not being in the same town (much less around the world) is so difficult. Hope you get back on track and feeling better with all the healthy food.

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    1. Thanks so much, Shelly! I'm slowly feeling better, but I feel I'm still not completely over the jet lag, which is crazy...

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  12. Thanks for all the info. I plan on doing something similar when I return home from vacation.

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    1. It's a great time to clean things up a bit! :-)

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  13. It's so nice you got to visit your parents in Germany and help them, but reading through your intense trip sounded so exhausting, especially all the train rides, travel getting back Sat. and already working bright and early Monday. I hope you have a great time and I've never heard of this cleanse but I'm definitely interested because I like that it's all about clean eating and nothing too extreme. Thank you for sharing and I hope you have a relaxing Easter weekend. :)

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    1. Thanks, Dale! Yes, I definitely like this cleanse because it's basically about figuring what food works best with your body and eating what you can eat for the rest of your life.

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  14. ahhh... I've been lacking on this! reading this remind me that i have to go back to this lifestyle!
    thanks for sharing girl!

    xx
    marisa
    summerinmarch

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    1. Thanks, Marisa! It's so easy to let go of good choices...

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