Well, I finished my 12-day cleanse just over a week ago, and guess what…. It only takes a week to reverse the positive effects. Actually, it only takes a few days.
During the cleanse, I felt more energized and more rested. My bloating even subsided after the first few days and didn’t return for the rest of the time. I was feeling good.
Then I went to two weddings in a row and the downward fall started. To be fair, I did eat fairly well at the weddings themselves as dairy-free catered meals tend to be healthier options. I did have some snacks here and there, but really it was the greasy breakfasts and “I’m too tired to cook for myself” meals that caused the problems. Two late nights and many glasses of wine sure do steal away your self-control.
Then I started to feel sick. And all week following the weddings, I felt like I was on the verge of a cold. Not enough for a sick day. Just enough to be annoying and requiring cold medication. Needless to say, I wasn’t inspired to do much cooking or being careful about my food choices.
Despite feeling like garbage all week, there is a silver lining. The contrast of how I felt before and after shows just how strong the effects of food are on my system. Feeling terrible is highly motivating to get back on the horse.