Wednesday, May 28, 2014

GOING SUGAR-FREE FOR SPRING CLEANSE

What is this cleanse? 
April 1st I quit eating sweet things (including fruit, excluding Granny Smith apples), gluten, yeast, starchy vegetables, alcohol and caffeine for 30 days. I ordered CandiGONE herbal supplement which is a blend of natural herbs and ingredients that have been traditionally used to help maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora. It includes vegetable capsules and a tincture that I've been taking first thing in the morning and last thing at night before bed. What is candida? Read everything you need to know about Candida overgrowth here.
From top left: black beans and quinoa topped with sweet peppers, veggie plate, kale salad and raw crackers, raw maki rolls from Juice Generation
How did I feel? 
During the first week I craved for sweet things almost all the time. I was used to having something sweet after meal, a lifelong habit which I thought would be hard to break. The thing is, I CAN have something sweet to satisfy the craving, but it should be something healthier and low-sugar. During these four weeks I've enjoyed pieces of green apples with almond butter. And not right after meal, but I wait at least 30 mins before having dessert. Another craving kicking in was bread. I chose to make my own gluten-free flatbread since it's super easy to bake. Problem solved. 
From top left: kale salad and homemade flatbread, cashew cheese ravioli from Juice Generation, cabbage and quinoa stir-fry, smoothie ingredients.
No coffee? 
I thought this was going to be the toughest one. I'm used to having my little soy mocha before work to get me in great mood so I was a little worried how I was going to behave without it. I worried for no reason because I was just fine. I actually have way more energy than normal. During my lunch break I walk a lot, when home I clean, cook, play with the cats ad organize the house instead of just crashing on the couch. I don't fall asleep on the train on my way to work and back home. I drink tons of herbal teas and some Yerba Mate as well.
From top left: apple with almond butter, chickpea stew with quinoa and sprouts, sesame tahini & almond butter, black beans, lentils, black rice and sprouts.
Adding exercise to the mix? 
Yes, April 1st I also started my hot yoga studio's hot yoga challenge aspiring to do 20 yoga classes in 30 days. It was a painful start because I was so out of shape, but after the first week I started feeling amazing. Muscle memory is one magical thing! Sweating profusely an hour a day gets the toxins out. My stomach has also been working like a dream. I really do feel all cleaned out! 
From top left: raw falafel from Juice Press, oatmeal, flatbread with hummus, cauliflower rice with bok choy.
What did I eat? 
I've been cooking a lot more than normal because I've been always really hungry after yoga class and because now I actually have tons of extra energy to do that. Mostly lentils, beans, stir-fry, kale salads, curry, soups, quinoa, black rice, steel-cut oatmeal with apple, cinnamon and almond milk, green smoothies and -juices. And homemade bread with hummus. Yum.

Would I do it again? 
Yes, absolutely! This is my second Candigone cleanse if you count the one I did last year for 2 weeks even though you're really suppose to do it for 4 weeks. It feels amazing to have so much energy and be able to do so much more than I'd normally done. The feeling of lightness, your stomach working like a well-greased machine, feeling great mentally and physically for eating healthy, nourishing real foods. No guilty feelings at all! I think this can totally be something I'll do once or even twice a year in order to balance my body. I believe that these short cleanses can be a way to change my eating habits for good. Sugar and processed  Just imagining how my life would be if I felt like this 365 days a year??? 

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