Just before Valentine's Day I was mentally preparing myself to try another round of :: insert company name :: 14 day'ish colon cleanse.
Wow. Did I really just type that out?
So, you know the drill. Lots of water, fiber pills, fiber drinks and vitamins. Rebuild the lining of the yada yada and bada-bing-bada-boom your cravings for sweets, caffeine and junk food are g-o-n-e.
I say "another round' because last year this time I did said cleanse and promptly got very sick. Because of the cleanse? Despite the cleanse? Who knows; but I do have the association of illness and the program so I was hesitant to repeat the cycle. I did, however, enjoy the results of jump-starting a healthier eating regimen which lead to eating seasonally and locally and overall making healthier choices . . . . . consistently.
Then came Ellie's T1D diagnosis in late September of 2010. We went on survival mode around the house and slowly all of the pre-packaged, preservative laden, shelf stable food crept back into the pantry. I needed to know the carb-counts of e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g Ellie ate, thus convenience trumped healthy.
Oh how time, patience and practice changes everything, so before we knew it carb-counting got easier and I found tools to analyze my recipes so I could once again cook from scratch. I no longer needed the crutch of a label on a box and we slowly weeded out the prepackaged foods once again. This is our family's choice . . . I have no negative opinion about how you feed your own family . . . You do what works for YOU.
By February my body was screaming for the fresh and nutrient dense foods of months prior and I found myself considering the cleanse to jump start the process.
Just as I was about to order the cleanse package, I found Heather's post about her online workshop titled: 30 Day Vegan: A Cleansing WHOLE FOOD journey of healing.
And I said "Abso'freakin'lutely," sign me up. Happy Valentine's Day, Honey!
I am so glad I did. My family (as in ALL members) enjoyed some and endured other parts of the challenge.
Did we complete the challenge?
Do you want to know more about it?
Do you have some specific questions?
Go ahead and ask me in the comments section and my next post will be chock full of answers. Unless, of course, you don't give a lick about what my family ate . . . and didn't eat . . . for 30 days. In that case, wait a couple of days and then check back in to hear me drone on about something else ;)