I’m a 42 year old mother of five who is traveling full-time in a 5th wheel. My life demands high energy, and lately I have just not been able to cut it. So after the holidays I decided to make some changes in my life, starting with a big cleanse! I’m a fan of the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (free for Amazon Prime members) and when I heard Joe Cross had written a book, I knew I had to read it.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead chronicles the journey of Joe Cross, a man on a mission to lose weight, live healthier and heal himself. Under close doctor supervision, he embarked on a 60 day juicing fast and traveled across the US sharing his message as the pounds dropped. It’s an award winning, and highly-rated documentary.
The Reboot with Joe Diet gives you all the information you need to go on a juicing cleanse yourself. He has all the recipes and tips you need to do a 3-day, 5-day, 10-day, 15-day or 30-day program. He even includes shopping lists. I am presently on day 6 of a 15-day cleanse.
So how do I feel? Well I spent the first three days feeling tired and hungry, but determined to see this through. I was suffering from carb/sugar/caffeine withdrawal so I don’t attribute my feelings to the diet itself. There’s just no way to get that stuff out of your system and feel good at the same time. On day four, I had some energy, and my husband said I looked “glowing” (he likes to lay it on thick, but I don’t mind!). Day five was pretty good, and day six (today) is my first day going completely without food. When you opt for a longer cleanse, you have a few transition days in the beginning consisting of juicing, along with salads and soups. I am already down five pounds, so that is motivation to keep going.
What I’ve Learned So Far
During the 5-day transition diet, I was introduced to a lot of dishes (and a few vegetables) I had never tried. I am happy to have had the opportunity to learn more ways to incorporate vegetables into my diet, and plan to keep some of the meals as a regular part of my meal plans. I am also happy to have my carb, sugar and caffeine addictions in the past. At the end of my 15 days, I plan to modify my family’s diet to be more fruits and veggies based, with meat appearing as more of a side dish. I will also try to find ways to limit or eliminate bread from our meals.
If you’re looking for a way to kick start the new year, a cleanse is something to consider. It will help to rid your body of toxins and clean out your digestive system so you can move forward with a clean slate!