It is brutal to hear a thinner girl talk about cleansing. So for the sake of not annoying the VE readers, let us first say that neither of us think we need to lose weight, nor did we start a cleanse with a weight loss goal in mind.
If you are American you have probably heard all of the talk about cleansing, juicing, Paleo, and the like. Long story short, we were curious and so we began the 21 day cleanse with local nutritionist Sarah Moore. After all, how hard could it be?? Right?
The cleanse was 21 days, divided into three weeks. The first week consists of fruits and veggies only, the next week you can bring back animal protein into your diet and then by the third week you can incorporate healthy grains and even some red wine. Here is what happened, what will never happen again and what we will do differently next time…
Kelly: I went into this cleanse full force, head strong, I’m gonna take this bitch and kill it. Something got killed alright…..me. I eat pretty healthy on a day to day basis, so I genuinely thought this would be a piece of cake. Mmmmmm…..cake.
I showed up to the initial meeting with Sarah and April with printed copies of all of the recipes that Sarah gives you as a part of her cleanse. We went grocery shopping, and from there I felt I was set and ready. I cut out dairy, gluten, animal protein and caffeine. My biggest concern was coffee. I love coffee and wine waaaay too much. I am a rule follower and was following the whole plan word for word, not even taking into consideration the shock this cleanse would have on my body. In the words of Julia Roberts, “big mistake, big, huge!” I believe that I tried too much at once (I also tried some other detoxing suggestions that I will spare you the details of, but they were very hard on my body). I sent my body into full on detox and literally felt like I had the worst hangover of my life. Thank God for Sarah Moore being so attentive or else I think I may have lost my mind. She even called food in and had it delivered to me at work one day. I don’t know if I would have made it without her help.
Realization: Week 1 really made me reconsider what I had been putting into my body prior to the cleanse, maybe I’m not such a healthy eater after all???
(Kelly starting strong!)
April: I was late to our initial meeting because I was with a client working through a remod of their home. So I show up with nothing printed, and quite literally had to ask Kelly, “so what are we doing here?” I was not prepared! After Sarah started talking I was alarmed by hearing her say the word ‘recipe’ so many times. That word scares me because recipes require cooking and who has time for that? We grocery shopped, at which time I discovered that I only knew what vegetables looked like in containers. Who knew celery had leaves all over it?
The next morning my roommate Rebecca walked into our kitchen to a vision of me with a bleeding finger, staring at a clove of garlic wondering how I was suppose to take it apart. Google works miracles. I stuck to week 1 about 90% of the time and I immediately had more energy. The main part of week 1 that was hard for me was not having sugar. One night, in the first week, I literally took a Tylenol PM in order to not eat an Oreo.
Realization: My diet consisted of 90% macaroni and cheese and 10% bread. And this was the first week of my life that I heard the words “super food.”
Kelly: Week 2 felt like a breeze in comparison to week 1. I started to get my energy back and had a lot more options on my list to eat. Just the taste of salmon was mouth watering to me. I cheated a little this week but I will let April speak on that.
Realization: I feel shame if I don’t do something perfectly.
April: I don’t eat any meat besides fish, deer, and elk….yes I know that’s weird. Because of this, week 2 was still a little hard for me. Up until Friday of that week my cheating consisted of coffee and wine and I felt pretty damn good about it. Then came Friday night. Friday night I went out to eat with some friends, which was a bad idea from the start, and two people ordered mac and cheese and without hesitation I started eating it. And without hesitation they started laughing at me. On Sunday, after our VE photo shoot, I went to grab a drink with Kelly and we both looked at each other and telepathically agreed to split a flat bread pizza.
Realization: I feel proud if I do something 80%. Pathetic.
(April made her own chocolate out of cocoa powder, coconut oil and maple syrup.)
Kelly: Once week 3 rolled around, I was tired of cleansing. I got back on track and stuck with it for a few more days. And then on Thursday pizza happened AGAIN. I’m not proud of it, but that’s what went down. And then I had wine. And then the next night I had more wine and mexican food. And the next day I had more mexican food and ice cream. I lost it y’all. I was done.
Final realization: All in all, the major lesson I learned was not to be quite so regimented and strict with myself. If I could go back I would slowly ween myself off of coffee and actually the other foods too. I was ALL in on day one and it really just shocked my body too much. Thankfully, I am no longer binging on pizza and mexican food, that little lapse has ended. I am walking away from this cleanse having learned a lot of new things about food and how seriously it effects your body. I am definitely more conscious about what I am putting into my body after these 21 days. I didn’t realize how mindless some of my eating/drinking was until it wasn’t an option. I also learned a lot of new tricks to have a healthier meal, my favorite was eating guacamole with veggies instead of chips. Celery, carrot sticks, cucumbers, jicama- they were all really good with guac and gave me energy instead of weighing me down.
April: On week 3 we received an email from Sarah asking us why we weren’t communicating as much. I shamefully responded and told the truth. We were cheating and we were embarrassed to tell her. She was the sweetest. Her response was to just stick to it 80% and that would be better than nothing. I didn’t want to tell her that I had only done 80% the week before so this should work out well.
Final realization: Well, this is awkward because I just looked down as I began typing this paragraph and realized I just finished a diet coke. Oh well, moving on…. I am actually a really big fan of cleansing. Even 80% was such huge progress for my body and I truly noticed that I had more energy, that cleansing is about eating clean not dieting, and that I love, love, love eggs and guac. This particular cleanse is helpful because each week Sarah gives you the ingredients you can eat and recipes that incorporate those ingredients. For me this is a must with any cleanse. I will always look at food differently after these 21 days and I would seriously recommend Sarah Moore cleanse to anyone who is willing to put in the work.
Kelly: Thanks again to Sarah Moore for coaching us through the process and especially for ordering me food while I was on set that first week.
April: Thank you for everything, specifically for answering my annoying call, from an Illinois gas station, about what I could eat from there. You were so good to us during this 21 days and we really appreciate it.
You can find the Sarah Moore cleanse here.