Update on the Smoothie Cleanse

Tonight ends day three of the smoothie cleanse. What was intended to be a fast has become a time of cleansing that includes non-smoothie foods. The hunger was pretty brutal, but we were experiencing lots of weakness, and I especially felt very off-kilter and ill without regular intake of protein. I’m one of those people who needs lots of protein, every day, otherwise I stop functioning correctly. We’ve worked cheese, nuts, raisins, pickles, and eggs back into our diet. I’ve enjoyed trying out all the different smoothies… but I’m not sure I’ll attempt to do this in the future. Or, at least not to make it a true period of fasting. I don’t think it was the wisest thing to do, for us, at this point in time. But now we know.

I think perhaps the least-anticipated side effect of this cleanse has been how our guts have handled it. We’ve had lots of nausea, bloating/gas, and constipation/diarrhea. I guess I had envisioned lots of regular bowel movements and a refreshed system… but that’s exactly the opposite of what we got. I’m not sure if we actually succeeded in doing some detoxing and should blame that for the icky side effects, or if all the raw food was a major shock to our systems. I’m currently of the opinion that the latter is true. Looking ahead to when we start GAPS, the gentle, well-cooked approach sounds much gentler than what we’ve done to our bodies the last few days.

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This Christmas

Photograph: David Hedges/SWNS.com

Christmas was always a big deal for my family. Tree decorating, watching specials together, wrapping presents, driving around town to look at the Christmas lights… so many things we always did together. For me, Christmas is a time of happiness, warmth, love and excitement.┬áMy Honey didn’t get the same experience growing up. He remembers fights over decorating, lots of stress… with some good things thrown in, thankfully. But still. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and love.

This Christmas season has been very out of the ordinary, at least for me. Illness and finances have kept us from doing a lot of the things we wanted to do to celebrate Christmas. The tree we bought has very sparse decorations, but it hasn’t mattered. Seeing the cheery green, well-lit tree has been a great source of joy for us. The two year old and I colored Christmas cards for a few people, and then enjoyed coloring a picture of a Yule log to hang on the fridge. We haven’t done any Christmas baking (much to my chagrin). There aren’t any presents under the tree. But those things really don’t matter, not once you stop and really think about them. More