The 7 DAYS OF ME Cleanse is a one-week clean eating detox programme. It is a gentle, effective way to detoxify and has been used successfully for over 40 years to treat skin disorders and renew total body health and energy. Click here for details. On the blog today, Beauty therapist, Jill Archibald, of Radiance Beauty Therapy in Mapua, South Island shares her 7 DAYS OF ME story.
What are you hoping to get out of the cleanse? How do you want to look/feel? What do you think will be a challenge?
I knew that I had been overeating and overindulging in things that weren’t so good for me, I had made some really bad habits that were leaving me feeling less than great about myself. I had been putting on weight and feeling blahhhhh. So I was hoping it would help me break a few habits – leave the wine and cheese for the weekends not each day, and make my portion sizes a little healthier. I thought not having eggs for brekky each day may be hard and that wee bit of toast and marmalade but it didn’t prove to be too hard at all.
DAY FOUR: How are you feeling so far? What has been challenging? What have you enjoyed? What differences have you noticed so far? How are you going with giving up coffee and sugar?
Day 3 and 4 were by far the most challenging for me – I was full each day but feeling a little unsatisfied, I couldn’t quite put my finger on what I thought I was craving. Luckily I only drink coffee on occasion and have minimal processed sugar in my daily diet so there was no major hardship with not having these in my week. I had the most awful headache from day 2 to day 5 so I must have been getting rid of some really good toxins. Even though I had a headache I still felt good within myself – I noticed my energy levels were improving and I wasn’t having a mid afternoon crash.
END OF CLEANSE: How would you describe your experience in a nut-shell?
It was awesome so what I needed to do, I feel so much more in control of my daily diet almost like I pushed the reset button. The food was really yummy and plenty of it. Some of the recipes will be staying in our daily diet. I am proud of myself for taking care of myself – something as a therapist we often don’t do.
How do you look/feel after your cleanse? What has been the biggest positive change?
I feel lighter – I think I am I never weigh myself but my belly certainly looks slimmer – this is a positive for me. Probably the change I will take forward is no nibbles before dinner and earlier dinners and better portion control and food choices – that’s lots of positive changes – amazing giving that it was only 7 days.
Which recipe did you really enjoy?
I love them all but probably my all-time favorite is the salmon and avocado salsa. We have it quite often for dinner. I also really loved the fresh crunchy salads for lunch – this is something I have continued with and the hummus dressing – delicious.
What advice would you give to other people embarking on the cleanse?
Take it one day at a time and plan something special for yourself during it especially on day 3 or 4, even if it is as simple as 15 mins meditation or a candle light bath. Also we made each meal special setting the table nicely and having music on.
Are there any aspects of the cleanse you will continue into your everyday habits?
Yes no toast and jam at breakfast, no cheese, crackers and wine before dinner during the week – I will save this for the weekends or special occasions. And I am trying to be more prepared for my week with a good supply of healthy foods.
Just do it….. it was a scary thought taking things out of my diet but so worthwhile, I feel so much more in control of my daily diet.