The Cleansing team has completed the second week, which means that Tomas is now done with his 14 day cleanse, and Marysia and Guzel are a couple days into the last 2 weeks.

The novelty of the cleanse has worn off, the salads are becoming a little bit boring, and our minds have begun tempting us with fantasies of forbidden foods. It seems that Week 2 is requiring us to reach deep for some hidden source of inspiration, willpower and motivation to keep on going strong. The mind is a powerful trickster and we are gaining more awareness about the multidimensional ways we relate and connect to food. It is clearly not as simple as nourishing our physical body. We are so bound by our emotional connection to feeding ourselves, to tastes, to memories of foods and to the expectations of what will be satisfied.

I recently read a quote that said “Food is the most overused drug for anxiety and exercise is the most underused drug for depression.” I think there is some truth to that. We reach for food when we need to feed ourselves emotionally, spiritually, or physically. Cleansing is forcing us to look at the the parts of ourselves that are feeling undernourished. Its illuminating and not always pleasant to face.

Arise & Shine lists the following emotional and spiritual benefits of the Master Cleanse:

  • Reducing cravings and developing a new relationship with food to discover the joy in healthy eating

  • Releasing of negative emotional patterns

  • Restoring harmony and peace such as you’ve never known before

  • Dissolving stress and restoring emotional well-being, and a state of immense happiness

  • Connecting to the love and joy within, becoming aware of your Higher Self

  • Opening a doorway to awareness, greater spiritual transformation, and connection to your Higher power

Guzel and I are the only two left cleansing and we are working through the challenges and trying to keep our eye on the prize. Wish us luck and enjoy the Week 2 update from each of the members of our detox team!

MARYSIA:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Some aspects of this week became easier and some more challenging. I got into a rhythm and have created some recipes I really like, so it has become more effortless. But I continued to have cravings for sugar, salt, cheese — perhaps even more than during Week 1. I noticed that part of it was mental too. My mind was getting a little bored with the food and thinking of more interesting “forbidden” foods. It is fascinating to notice how our relationship to food is not only physical, but so incredibly emotional and mental as well.

I am feeling good and my energy levels have been pretty stable. I have continued to eat some dried and ripe fruit and so I am once again noticing how difficult it is to break the sugar cycle. Of course, I am happy to be eating fruit instead of processed sugar. However, I had originally hoped to release dried fruit in week 2 and work on eliminating fruit altogether week 3. That being said, I don’t feel like it is out of hand, so perhaps the result will be a retraining of what sweets I reach for.

I am also eating a lot of healthy fat, which is helping me stay satiated but may be slowing down my cleansing process. I am eating spoonfuls of raw almond butter and coconut mana – Yum! It keeps me satiated and helps me maintain stable energy.

My skin is looking good and I have slimmed up a bit. I do not want to lose too much weight, so it will be interesting to see how my body continues to respond in Week 3 and 4. I do have to commit to  adding way more green juice, and between that, all the herbal teas I am drinking and the incredible food I am eating, I am feeling nourished.

Life has been crazy busy and being on this cleanse has actually made it easier. It is less to think about and I also feel good about myself knowing that among the chaos, I am taking good care of myself and staying nourished and healthy.

Next week, we eliminate dinner and replace it with shakes and more green juice. I am up for the challenge!

GUZEL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       End of week two….this week was bit more challenging for me. I don’t love those shakes, as much as I try to psyche myself up to drink them. I do add 4 ounces of juice just to get them down easier. I dream about salt and miss it so in my food. Food has tasted really bland to me and I don’t even really want to eat much. The best meal I have is a salad and I’ve been having them everyday mostly twice a day and now I don’t feel any excitement about eating salads!  I don;t miss breakfast, I usually have tea in the morning and the shake is very filling. Hunger isn’t ever an issue, it’s really my mind that wonders about how amazing all the things I can’t eat right now taste. I have been feeling some kidney tenderness and know that they are working hard releasing the toxins.

I’m a day behind Marysia, so I began my third week yesterday. It was ok for me, again, hunger isn’t an issue for me.  I just don’t feel too inspired to eat the same salad that I’ve been eating everyday. I need to try and get more creative. It’s hard because I don’t feel too inspired and the choices are limited.. I’ve also been dreading week four of no food. I’ve done it before but for some reason I have a lot of resistance about it this time. I have talked myself out of and into doing it several times. I’m going to do the lemon test and let that be the deciding factor as to whether I proceed to the master phase. I know the benefits are amazing and I am finding the willpower to see it through!  Wish me luck!

TOMAS – I am officially done with my Arise & Shine 14-day cleanse and am so happy to have done it.

The most satisfying aspect of the cleanse is the dynamic awareness it brought me. I learned 2 things about my body and emotions in relation to caffeine and salt: I LOVE caffeine and I LOVE salt. Because I love them, I will not abuse them. How could I abuse coffee, green tea or black tea and salt when I actually love them?

The 2 big lessons bring dynamic perspective:

I love some salt with my cooked food, but when it comes to a fresh raw salad, well, I feel the veggies taste even better with no salt at all, and that’s ok! Realizing I can just add some fresh herbs like cilantro, mint, parsley, apple cider vinegar, lemon and olive oil and get a tastebud-awakening extra tasteful lunch is awesome.

I also know that I love a glass of water with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and a bit of salt in the morning.

I love caffeine, but don’t need it everyday. If any given day I don’t need to boost my mental and physical performance, or I have slept well and wake up well rested, I feel no need to have a coffee. Then, the experience of having a delicious coffee becomes special and so enjoyable, like a beautiful way to treat myself. I also listen to my body a lot, and I am thankful I can always distinguish between a mental craving and a real, physical craving.

To wrap it up, I’ll say I won’t consume just any kind of salt and coffee. Very important to stay on the natural, wild and clean side of things. So I consume either pink Himalayan salt (or sea salt) and single origin, wash-processed coffee from beans that have not been fermented and therefore have no performance-robbing mycotoxins (brands like Blue Bottle, Four Barrel, Bulletproof Coffee, Handsome Coffee Roasters, Third Coast Coffee Roasters).

The cleanse was a great experience. I am a more aware and happy omnivore.

Written by Wellness Expert – Marysia Miernowska