Autumn has arrived here in Canada, and what better way to get back on track than a cleanse!! As you all know, I recently moved back to Canada. I enjoyed summer to the fullest, however I definitely let my usually fairly strict fitness regime and healthy eating take a backseat. No regrets.
To get back on track and kick-start my results I decided to try out a 100% raw food cleanse – no cooked food, no dairy, no caffeine, no processed sugars, and NO ALCOHOL. I like to be extreme and jump into challenges, especially when it comes to fitness and healthy eating.I also roped my good friend and husband into doing this cleanse with me, so much easier to follow something this strict with a support system.
It consists of 3 meals a day, a smoothie and a snack, for 5 days. I opted to do the cleanse through a company called Rawlicious (located in a few cities in Canada) to ensure I was getting the proper nutrients throughout the cleanse. Nutritionists know best when it comes to formulating cleanses/diet plans (like my lovely blog partner, Diana). I picked up the food each morning for the day, it wasn’t cheap but I feel its also the best way to stay on track with a cleanse that may be difficult to follow.
Let me just say, this cleanse was a struggle for me. That being said, it was a great experience and really opened my eyes up to how much I can improve my daily diet.
The bad news: the first 2 days were the hardest because of the lack of caffeine, I drink a ton of coffee and work long hours so completely cutting caffeine gave me a headache and made me feel irritable. Also, I truly think my body started to boycott kale by day 5.
The good news: I felt like this cleanse completely rejuvenated my system. Weight loss (probably mostly bloating and water weight, but still), improved sleep quality, and generally feeling great from eating so clean were the major perks I noticed. It also made me reevaluate my diet and make a conscious effort to eat raw on a regular basis. I do think following the raw food diet would be beneficial in the long run.
WAS IT WORTH IT?
Yes, such a great cleanse and an awesome way to kick bad habits and get back on track. But I probably wouldn’t do it again.