Feeling better and more energetic
I'm just wrapping up the 28-day cleanse, with a couple of days left on the post-cleanse phase. And, on top of feeling better and more energetic, and having a thinner face and whiter teeth, I've lost 22-pounds to date. The cleanse helped me realize how bad my daily habits of coffee, alcohol and heavy foods had become and how I put little thought into eating/drinking those things in excess. Having done this cleanse once before, several years ago, losing about 18 pounds that time, I do have some tips for guaranteeing success on this very challenging diet, depending your primary goal. 1) Spend a few days easing into the food portion of the diet before beginning the shakes and pills. 2) If you're a coffee addict, who drinks 5 cups per day like I did, wean yourself down / off that in the days leading up to the diet...preferably on days when you don't have to work, as your head will hurt and you'll be dizzy. 3) Cheat a little along the way if you need to. Examples: Have 1 alcoholic drink, rather than 4 on a Saturday night. Have nuts for protein more often than recommended through the diet... or corn, or legumes, or whatever. Chances are, if you're like me, it's still better than the steak, potatoes and fried food that you would usually be eating. And, If you must go out to eat with business associates or friends, don't sweat the organic oil and vinegar dressing mandated in the diet, or avoid going out because you're concerned they might not have anything you can eat. Just get the lightest salad dressing available, or order whatever vegetable item they have, without worrying about the fact that it's not prepared in the same manner as it would be if you were at home. Same goes for juices. Go with fresh squeezed as much as possible. But, if you're staring and the store you're at only has juice from concentrate, get it. 4) If you must go out of town for a weekend, feel free to take a break for a few days, continuing to follow the food portion of the diet as best as possible, but forgetting about the shakes and pills. You'll fall off schedule and get discouraged. So, just eat right and resume the full diet when you return to town. All this said, great experience with the cleanse 28. May do it again in a couple of months to keep working toward my ultimate goals. And, re: the bentonite clay change from the old version of the diet to the new one --definitely an improvement as you don't have to keep it refrigerated. Easier to travel with.