As several of our patients are aware of, a 21 day cleansing period is on the brink. Before the majority of the group begins their personal experience, I (Dr. Joey) have began my own cleansing experience. This is not my first rodeo with cleansing my body. Several times I have integrated this cleansing program, among others, into my life to primarily detoxify my body of the harmful impurities I had accumulated.
Where do these toxins come from? Simply put, the air we breath, the water we drink, and the food we eat are exposed to harmful chemicals through pollution, pesticides and processing. It’s inevitable that these necessary evils in turn expose our bodies to those same chemicals. As we ingest these impurities, our body’s ability to ward off the potential damage decreases little by little. This in turn sets up an environment for dis-ease or internal stress, and eventually disease. We always emphasize to our patients they are only given one body; with just one body, it only makes sense to prevent a reason from happening rather than waiting for a reason to put a kink in our lives (ie: dis-ease causes sickness or pain that requires us to consult medication or a doctor).
I’m pretty excited about the reception both my wife, Taryn, and I have received from our patients on what to expect, what not to expect, how will they feel, etc. For those of you unfamilair with the cleanse, here’s the quick breakdown. Days 1-10 are veggies and fruits with more emphasis on the veggies. Days 11-21 chicken and fish are implemented into the menu every other day with portion control being suggested. Supplements are taken throughout the process to enhance the cleansing efficiency. Along with the toxin release, a nice side effect of weight loss, energy increase, and sleep improvement occurs. For specific details, you can reference Standard Process’ website, http://www.standardprocess.com/display/psppurification.spi.
So here is a list of my menu for the last 3 days beginning on Friday, 8-20-2010 to Sunday, 8-22-2010.
Day 1 Overall feeling: slight fatigue with a minor headache
7AM: Veggie and Fruit smoothie containing 1 cup of cabbage, spinach, carrots, 1/2 cup of strawberries, and 1/2 blueberries. Also in the smoothie is two scoops of the SP Complete smoothie powder. I also took 7 capsules of cleanse tablets, and 3 gastro fiber tablets.
10AM: The same smoothie ingredients.
12PM: A nice sized salad containing romaine lettuce, red cabbage, green cabbage, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, salad seasoning, with a vinegarette for dressing. 7 capsules of cleanse tablets and 3 gastro fiber tablets were taken as well.
6PM: I ate a similar salad but didn’t finish the entire serving due to the feeling of a minor headache setting in. It’s very common when a toxin release is occuring along with getting off the coffee. I slept it off, and felt fine the next day.
Day 2 Overall Feeling: slight increase in energy with a tiny headache
8AM: I’m pretty predictable, a veggie and fruit smoothie with the same ingredients and supplements. I like to go with what works when I find something that works for me, although variety is important in any well-balanced nutrition program!
12:30PM: A big heaping bowl of steamed broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower with some garlic and herb seasoning sprinkled on it. The same supplements were taken.
6PM: There wasn’t much in the fridge, so I had a veggie and fruit smoothie along with the supplements to finish my afteroon off.
Day 3 Overall Feeling: Fully energized, no headache
7AM: Different day, same smoothie ingredients, along with the supplements of course.
12:30PM: A heaping side of broccoli along with two grilled vegetable scewers that had mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, and onions. I highly recommend if someone is on the cleanse, but unsure of a route to take when at a restaurant. Try Logan’s veggie scewers from the grill. They’re excellent!
7PM: My wife and I always wish out loud about a Chipotle restaurant one day gracing our area. Until that time we try to make our own recipes up. I made her a romaine lettuce salad with a cup of brown rice, cilantro, bellpepper slices, onion chunks, two tablespoons of hot sauce, along with a few tomato chunks and a drop of lime juice on them. The dressing was 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup water, and come chipotle seasoning all mixed together. She was most pleased with the dinner, and I think I found a new salad recipe!
That’s all for now, and a good night’s sleep awaits me. Day 4 (Monday) brings me back to the work week on the cleanse. The first three days down, 7 more without meat to go. As far as I’m concerned, the hard part is over.