Article by Wendy McCance
Yesterday I decided to end the Master Cleanse. I was just worn down from the hunger and the stress of the emphasis that I was putting on eating. Because of thinking about eating all day long, I began to really crave what I felt I couldn’t have.
Needless to say, it was a recipe for disaster. I rebelled and ate my way through my kitchen. I made cookies and ate several. I had a big rich dinner. I had some bread. Basically, I gave the finger to all of my hard work.
Last night my body wasn’t happy with me. I spent quite a bit of time hanging out in the bathroom (which is never fun).
My aha moment came this morning. I tossed and turned throughout the night. I kept waking up in pain because of a horribly stiff neck, arms and legs. Turning over in bed was horribly painful and difficult to do.
When I got out of bed, I had little energy. I was stiff and sore. I had already forgotten how bad I could feel. I had just been celebrating the fact that I had felt terrific. Lots of energy and very little pain. Now I was feeling like I got run over by a truck. My body felt like I had bruises all over my body. It was completely depressing.
That’s when I realized that the cleanse was the greatest thing I could have done for myself. I had been on to something great. If I eat more fruits and vegetables, and cut out the sugar and carbs where possible, I’m going to feel amazing. Another thing I should note which is really important is that I drank more water each day than I have in a long time. I think staying hydrated was just as important.
So, now I know how I would like to proceed. I can’t absolutely cut out sugar and carbs. I will feel miserable, deprived and know I’ll end up gorging on the bad stuff. At the same time, I will put more of my focus on what makes me feel good. I can carry a water bottle around and have vegetables cut up and ready to snack on.
I feel grateful that I am not a huge processed foods junky and I don’t crave salt. Two huge hurdles I won’t have to deal with.
So, in the end, the cleanse was a teaching tool for me. It taught me how my body reacts to different foods and what works well in lessening some of the effects of the fibromyalgia.
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