As you know, I’m working towards being a Health Coach. Through the program I’m working with, they recommend a cleanse. This cleanse is meant to help determine what foods we might be sensitive to and to just plain reset our eating habits. Being the good student that I am, I decided to give it a try before I even consider recommending it for my clients.
The cleanse nutrition plan wasn’t that different than what I normally eat. The big changes were:
- No coffee
- No eggs
- No dairy
- No bread
The no coffee and eggs made me sad, but I knew I’d be ok. The no dairy? No problem. I only have cheese on my Friday night pizza and the rest of my life is dairy-free anyway.
Intermittent fasting was a part of the cleanse as well. It only required a small adjustment in my eating schedule, so I thought it wouldn’t a problem either.
Three and a half days. That’s all I lasted on this cleanse. It was supposed to be a week cleanse and then a week or so of reintroduction of foods that often cause sensitivities and inflammation. The cleanse started on a Monday and by Wednesday morning I had to sit down to dry my hair as I thought I’d just crumble to the floor. Wednesday and Thursday’s runs were complete rubbish; I felt like Bambi just trying to get my legs to hold up my body while in motion. By Thursday at lunchtime I decided this cleanse wasn’t worth ruining my training and returned to my coffee and bread.
My conclusion: I think the cleanse is awesome, but only for those who are not super active. It is well-balanced and help bring awareness to what foods work best for you and your body. Even though I focused on my macro nutrients as usual, I just sometimes need that slice of bread and not a bowl of sweet potatoes. The intermittent fasting also proved to not be conducive to my marathon training. After my morning run, I need food. There’s no waiting a couple of hours to replenish, that’s for sure! The cleanse did succeed in resetting my sugar cravings, so that’s a win!
Happy Trails, Friends!