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 CleanseThis 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:
- Review of my first Conscious Cleanse in January 2013 - a long, comprehensive post about my experiences doing the cleanse for the first time
- My Decision to do the Conscious Cleanse again in May 2013 - includes a list of things I learned from the cleanse that I incorporated into my life (many of them I continue to do to this day)
- Conscious Cleanse food and experiences during the second cleanse
- Thoughts after finishing the second Conscious Cleanse
- 5 Things I Learned from Doing the Conscious Cleanse - you can incorporate them into your life at any time without doing the cleanse
- Conscious Cleanse-friendly Beverages
- Tools and Lessons I Have Learned from Doing the Conscious Cleanse
- How the Conscious Cleanse Helps me to Deal with Stress
- How Our Eating Improved Because of the Conscious Cleanse
Conscious Cleanse Discount CodeThe 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?
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*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.