I'm talking Third pounder Angus mushroom & swiss, fries, and a coke unhealthy.
Looking back on the Dr Oz Swimsuit cleanse two weeks after the end, I had mixed feelings. Here's the summary.
Firstly I enjoyed this cleanse because It allowed me to actually eat real food and not starve myself like most diets and cleanses that I've tried. Each meal was well balanced and included a little bit of everything so I always had options. As a matter of fact I often felt that If I ate the meal portions recommended I would be too full. I would then break up the meal and eat the same portions but spread them throughout the day. If I felt myself getting hungry between meals I would then snack on something I left out of the meal. For example if breakfast allowed me to have eggs, cereal and an apple I would often feel too full for the apple, so I'd eat that after arriving at the office. This was great because the fruit then replaced my usual morning cup of coffee. It also kept me feeling full further into the day so I wasn't looking for snacks (usually a second cup of coffee or a chocolate bar) before lunch.
Discovering That I Didn't Hate Eating Healthy
Second I found myself eating and actually enjoying things that I never had interest in before. For example, as I mentioned during my Day 1 recap spinach and kale were NOT things I ate.
As a matter of fact vegetables in general weren't really regular parts of my diet. After a few days though, I found myself looking for them to balance my meals. I found new recipes to try and I didn't mind the vegetables because they complimented and didn't replace the protein and grain I enjoyed. Also, because I felt full and my body was getting the nutrients it needed I found that I wasn't craving the salty & sweet foods as much anymore. After having fruit and yogurt for breakfast I didn't even need the coffee to give me energy at work. I did miss the flavor and smell of it though.
For once in my life I was craving salad. Not the dressing drenched, crouton filled bowl of romaine and mozzarella I used to eat, but real salad with spinach, arugula, dandelion, and frisee. All things I couldn't even name before. Plus my salads had colors other than green. I had purples, oranges and red!
Thirdly and sadly the part that many of you are probably the most concerned with, the weight loss. In those 7 days my weight did not change at all. I didn't even loose one pound! Not one.
As you could imagine I was really irked and ready to completely write this cleanse off but my eating habits had changed whether I liked it or not. I also couldn't ignore some of the other results. I had more energy and a more regular sleep schedule. Even my skin was clearer and more radiant. So, I continued to eat according to the requirements of the cleanse for another week without really thinking about it. When I prepared my meals I just found myself looking for fruit & veggies and eating smaller portions of meat and pasta.
THEN, after the second week I noticed that I had lost 5 pounds. This was great news! Weight loss without starving myself or punishing myself with disgusting foods. It took a while to get going but this was actually a great way to "diet" and I would definitely recommend it.
The extra energy also had me feeling less lazy so I started walking more and added 20 minutes of activity every other day to my schedule. During the third week I increased that to 30-60 minutes of activity. My family couldn't believe it when I said I was going to the gym!
I'm feeling good and liking the results. While I haven't been keeping to the rules as strictly as before (blame it on vacation) I've come a long way and plan to keep moving further.