Revelations

Last Thursday was day four of my cleanse, and at about 3:00 PM that afternoon my caffeine-withdrawal headache subsided for a few hours and I got a rush of energy that I had hoped would be an indicator of things to come. But that night I did not sleep a wink, and I felt like puking all day Friday. Saturday morning I woke up with a sinus infection to end all sinus infections that I tried to ignore, but by that afternoon I was lying prostrate in bed moaning in pain. By Sunday the entire right side of my face was paralyzed, and I could only chew food with the teeth at the back of the left side of my mouth. Which basically narrowed down my food choices to whatever would fit through a straw. My dead grandmother was allowed to eat more than I was.

Monday morning Jon said that if I didn’t call the doctor to get some antibiotics he was going to call up there himself, except he wouldn’t say it was because his wife had a sinus infection, he’d say it was because his wife needed a lobotomy. Did they have any spare q-tips? How about some cotton balls? Could he borrow a pair of dull-edged scissors? So I made an appointment for that afternoon, hauled my miserable body up to the clinic and told my story to the doctor. He nodded, said, yep, sounds like another sinus infection, and as he picked up his pen to start writing me a prescription I casually mentioned that I had started a diet cleanse a week earlier. Not a crazy one, no. It’s not one of those cleanses that requires you to shove a garden hose up your colon, so you can stop worrying that I am going to poop right here on the table in your examination room.

He stopped himself immediately, set down his pen and was all, you’re doing what? So I repeated myself and listed off all the things that I had not eaten in almost eight days. He shook his head silently, leaned over so that his elbows were resting on his knees and said, “Do you want to know my medical opinion about that?”

“That depends,” I said, not sure yet if I wanted him to agree or disagree with me. Here I had gone almost eight days on this cleanse without slipping up once, and if he was going to tell me that he thought I was crazy then I might just have to poop on his examination table. Because DO YOU KNOW WHAT I HAVEN’T EATEN IN ALMOST EIGHT DAYS? I COULD GIVE YOU A LIST BUT YOU’D GET BORED AFTER PAGE 200. But if he thought that what I was doing was fine, then oh my god, I’d have to go how many more days without sugar? Thirteen? I can’t even count that high.

He continued to shake his head. “I am absolutely certain,” he continued, “that the reason you have this sinus infection is because you’re doing this cleanse. And my opinion is that you should stop.”

I almost kissed that man on the lips.

I hadn’t gone into that room looking for a reason to stop the cleanse, but when those words came out of his mouth I realized just how miserable I had been all week. And because my emotions were so out of whack it felt like he had told me that from now on when I peed, one hundred dollar bills would fall out of my vagina and into the toilet.

So I got in my car, drove to the grocery store, dropped off my prescription at the pharmacy and then walked over to the British foods section, picked up a package of Hobnobs, and ate one right there in the aisle BEFORE I EVEN PAID FOR IT. I had to grab hold of the shelves to balance myself because I experienced a full-body orgasm.

And then Mama had a glass of wine with dinner.

But the interesting thing has been that I haven’t gone off the cleanse all that much. In fact, I tried having a cup of coffee yesterday morning, but it tasted rancid. And all day today my meals have been meals I would have eaten on the cleanse. So I think that what I experienced and learned in those eight days has made a huge difference in my attitude and awareness of food. I’ve already made the decision to give up artificial sweeteners and to cut back dramatically on milk, cheese, and bread. I’m also excited to eat more of the foods that I found that have no added sugars (pasta sauces in particular, and I’m loving pasta made with brown rice), and am ready to cut back on all meat that hasn’t been raised ethically (yes, I know, many of you will have so much to say about this in the comments, I can see the adjectives now). This means I will most likely go without meat for long periods of time which doesn’t seem like such a big deal to me now that I’ve found The Sweet Potato. Also, I don’t see myself ever being a regular coffee drinker again. That’s a huge change in just eight days.

The biggest difference I noticed and continue to notice is how much better I am at handling my anxiety, it’s almost like night and day. I’m knee-deep in the middle of making revisions to the manuscript of my second book that comes out next year, and because I’m looking squarely between the eyes of a deadline I’d normally wake up feeling like I’d just swallowed a box of razors. And I haven’t felt that in over ten days. It’s been a refreshing break from the dizzying nausea that usually greets me in the morning.

My friend Carol had been doing the cleanse with me, and she got just as sick if not sicker than I got, so when I was driving from the doctor’s office to the grocery store I called her from my cell phone, something I don’t normally do because if it were legal I’d carry around a gun and shoot people who drive and talk on their cell phones at the same time, but this was important, I was about to change someone’s life. When she answered her phone she sounded like she was on the verge of dying, so I told her what my doctor had told me, and I thought I heard the faint whisper of a tear roll down her cheek. “Thank God!” she said. “Thank God you got sick and went to the doctor!”

And then we agreed that we should both send him flowers.

  • Lauren M.

    Congrats on the healthy changes…and can I just say the Daily Chuck today (with the headband and the tongue out?) almost made me wet my pants. I emailed the link to everyone I know.

  • http://mentalrushhour.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    Americans (myself included) eat like shit! Any cleanse or diet (or pregnancy) that helps you take things out that you can live without are great experiments in strength. The things you took out, and will continue to leave out, are the same ones everyone knows about, but very few have the courage (or time, or energy) to eliminate. Thankfully you brought wine back in though… I mean, that one was a little ridiculous… even Jesus had wine.

  • http://chopstickbunny.blogspot.com angela

    Great interview yesterday.

  • http://www.coastalthemehome.blogspot.com Maya

    I wonder what could cause such a strong reaction? The no sugar, no caffeine or no meat part? Also, no traditional medical doctor would understand such a diet. On a different note Sinus Problems according to Louise Hay: Irritation to one person, someone close. True?

  • http://spaceagesage.com SpaceAgeSage

    I have done a few cleanses in the past, and continue to do mini-ones as my body needs them. For example, I have to drop coffee out of my life during my early spring hay fever time to reduce the intensity of the allergies, or I will find too many bad carbs have crept into my diet and I judiciously roll back my intake of them.

    The one thing I have learned is that the “toxin release” effect is indeed a tsunami of pain, aches, and emotional outbursts — I believe the official medical term for the manifestation is “feeling really shitty.”

    To minimize this, I go a LOT slower on the cleanse. I now know to slowly reduce my coffee intake — no more cold turkey. I learned that eating potatoes and steak temporarily halts the agony. Sure it messes a bit with the cleanse, but I want to feel better in the end, not like I’ve been needlessly tortured by my own body and mind.

    I admire anyone who has the will power to undergo a cleanse on any level. The results really are worth it. Clarity, peace of mind, more energy, more patience, greater stamina, healthier body — it’s all good!

  • http://kittynip.vox.com kitty

    And here I was contemplating doing my own cleanse! Back to my three cups of coffee and random food I suppose.

    Seriously, though, I’ve been better about my intake lately, partly because I am on a diet and partly because I want to eat better and enjoy what I eat instead of scarfing it down. It’s hard when you’re on a diet and you want to scarf everything down, but it really *does* give me a greater appreciation for food. Anyway, I am happy to read a post from you as always!

  • http://faydean.typepad.com amy j.

    Heather,

    I think the key here is that there can be a balance. Eating well does include enjoying your food. I’m sorry, but two of the most admired and appreciated cultures in the world…the French and Italians…eat AMAZING, very rich foods. I’m not sure how healthy either are, but I’d be willing to bet it’s better than in the US. Why? Mostly because they cook with whole foods…pure foods, natural foods, which of course include lots of cheese, bread and meat. These are all things your body needs…your brain feeds SOLEY on carbohydrates. Of course they are transformed directly into sugar, but still, if the brain requires it then I’d sort of surmise your body needs it. My daughter is a diabetic, age 6. We’ve had to really consider what she eats since she was three. First thing they told us at the endocrinologists office was that sugar is not a bad thing and that she must eat it daily to grow healthy as a child. My immediate response to her disease was that sugar is BAD. I now know, after much experience and research, that sugar is just fine within reason. My daughter eats it daily, as she should, just not in it’s refined state. We buy natural, minimally processed cane sugar (sold at all major groceries). It’s MUCH sweeter than refined table sugar and you automatically use less.

    And well, meat…unless it’s totally an ethical issue, which I’ve had too myself, I urge you not to eliminate meat from your diet. You are a human, designed to be an omnivore. Your teeth are made to eat meat. Nature predicates that and your body needs it for protein (though I know you can get protein other places). But let’s be honest, meat tastes good and much of what eating well includes is enjoying the smell and taste of what you ingest.

    I don’t know about your sinus infection and the cleanse. Sounds a bit hokey to me. My husband is a doctor and I think he’d say the same thing. But, I think what the doctor was really trying to convey to you is that eating well is not denying yourself things you enjoy. Wine is good for you daily in small doses, especially for women. There are tons of reasons why.

    My two cents is to cut back on processed stuff, look for whole grains whereever you can (still carbs, but used by the body so much better). Add in really healthy stuff here and there…acai juice versus just plain apple for Leta for instance (V8 has some great juices that have high antioxideants called Infusion…don’t fret over the sugar or write them off cuz they don’t come from Whole Foods and cost $10 a bottle). Buy organic when you can, local when you can. Just eat well and don’t worry when you don’t feel like it. For pity’s sake, you live this life one time. I’d had to think of denying myself enjoyment of the true necessity for my existence, food, the entire time.

    We don’t drink sodas around here. We don’t buy junk food. We eat only whole grains. We eat fruit daily. Eat veggies as much as we can. Really read the nutrition values on everything packaged that we do buy…no trans fats, good fat in good numbers, highest fiber we can get and minimal carbs (key here is less than 40 if you can…we do less than that usually, like less than 30 per serving, which is really very small). Buy no sugar added (not artifical sweeteners, or LOW sugar…jellies, apple sauce etc.). You’ll find after a while you pass by the junk and are really buying with more attention to what’s in stuff. If you watch those things on labels, the calories generally are lower automatically too. Our kids eat chicken nuggets like every other kid. We simply looked at every package of them out there and got the lowest fat ones with zero trans fat. Instead of regular french fries, we buy frozen sweet potato fries, which are organic too. They are delish…kids love them.

    I also buy fruits and veggies in season and only produced in the US when I can. There are a few reasons why, but mostly because I don’t think the things shipped from around the world are anywhere near being fresh by the time you put them in the cart (mostly got this from the fact that in a day they are rotten on my counter). Also, I don’t trust other countries pesticide uses and such.

    Just this year we bought into a CSA (community supported agriculture). We bought a share of a farms production and get a box of fresh veggies etc every other week from an organic farm down the road. They also provide us with fresh eggs from free range chickens and locally produced milk that is processed at our local university. I mostly did this to support local small farmers who practice organic farming. Your post the other day was another reason, our local farmers market, which is great, is always sold out of stuff by like 9 a.m. on the weekends. I can not get up at 6 a.m. to go buy tomatoes…just can’t, lol. I go pick up our box of produce at 10:30 on Saturday!

    Here’s a link to find out more about CSAs. They have lists per state
    http://www.localharvest.org/
    Anyway, that’s just some of my tips.

    Oh, btw, coffee is not horrendously bad for you. See…

    http://www.seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Nutrition-Vitamins/2008/20080617-3-WomenDrinking.htm

  • darcie

    amen for trying. amen for quitting!! :)

  • http://www.realityfish.com Robin G.

    Good. Sounds like your new approach is both more sensible and sustainable. Here’s hoping it works out ;)

  • Lara

    Sorry you’re sick, but I’m glad to hear that you’ve had an epiphany, blah, blah, blah…but the real revelation that I wanna hear more about is that you’re writing another book! I actually made it through the whole radio interview (listened while cooking dinner tonight) and after hearing how you described the process of writing the first one, I assumed there wouldn’t ever be another. Thanks for being willing to tackle another book project for the edification of us devoted readers. Hope you feel better very soon!

  • http://gorabbitrabbit.blogspot.com Sarah

    I’m so glad you found a nice balance that’s working well for you. I tried it, too, and by day 3, I was more miserable and mean than I’d ever been. But, like you, in just a few days, I lost a taste for a lot of the icky stuff I’d always loved, and I really do feel like I actually have energy! And motivation! And lots of other adjectives I could follow with lots of exclamation points! Caffeine is my forever-bestest friend, though. Anyway, it’s nice how things work out, and I hope you keep feeling better. Now I’m off to scarf down a bag of BBQ popped chips from Trader Joe’s. Those things are awesome.

  • Stephanie

    Sweet jesus. Dooce is back. I think it actually takes more courage to walk away from it after committing to it in such a huge way here.

    If you’re interested, there is a lot of cool research coming out about how malnutrition can work as a natural antidepressant. Combine diets with someone who is already anxious and you’ve got the recipe for an eating disorder.

  • http://silverstreamer.blogspot.com Bethany

    Heather… I am so glad to hear you say you are giving up the artificial sweetener. It made SUCH a massive difference for me (and I barely even consumed any on a daily basis to start out with.) I even have a theory that eating that crap was causing me to have panic attacks. Real sugar is the way to go baby. In moderation of course. Except last night when I ate a huge bowl of chocolate pound cake with bananas and whip cream out of a can until I felt like I was going to give birth to a gila monster made of my own puke right on the living room floor. There is a time and a place for everything…even overeating stupid amounts of fat and sugar.

    I love that the first thing you headed for was Hobnobs. Nice choice.

  • http://www.jodianderson.com so NOT cool

    Wow. I would have thought the opposite … My nose stopped making snot when I gave up dairy ten years ago. Maybe your nasal cavity was going through a little withdrawal, or just throwing a tantrum.

    Kudos for the changes you’ve continued to make. I hope that I do as well when I start the cleanse on Friday. One thing that worries me is that I keep accidentally calling it a “fast”. o_0

  • Michelle

    Glad you went to the doc (Go, Jon!) and he set you straight. Hope you feel better soon!

  • http://avuee.wordpress.com cristina

    Oprah is doing a 21-day cleanse I read online. Why only eight days?

  • http://foundmercy.livejournal.com Danielle

    Thank you for not being afraid to tell the world wide web something that most people are too afraid to tell themselves: your body is, indeed, smarter than you are.

  • http://www.ozma.blogs.com ozma

    Oh, yeah. Andrea is right about tofu. I encountered this view on the internet and scoffed since I lived almost entirely on soy. Then my thyroid went crazy. Tofu’s OK in moderation. The problem is probably that so many foods have such a high soy content. I cried when I had to stop drinking soy milk. But my thyroid levels went back to normal as soon as I did this.

    Just like sugar. I stopped eating sugar and must shamefacedly admit that the hippies were right. DAMNIT.

    I always looked down on those people who thought about everything they ate and were all proud of their millet and spelt recipes and their amaranth pancakes. (As a person who lived in Berkeley for a while, I admit that I developed a taste for muffins with the consistency of clods of dirt but I hated to admit it to myself.) Now I’m one of them.

    I still shave my underarms though.

  • Fabs

    I’d love to know exactly what your doctor said….

    BTW, I love your blog!

  • http://www.ideaweasel.com bradleytee

    Did you say Mama had a glass of wine with or FOR dinner? The mood seemed to be so celebratory I must have missed it.

    Kudos on yesterdays interview. Doug Fab can be a HJ(from Sara)so I thought you and Jon did a great job.

    BTW, since you and Carol are sending flowers, can you add my name to the card?

  • http://www.grayandbecca.com/blog Becca S

    I’m sorry you got sick, but it sounds as though your body had to get sick to get better.

    Kudos to you for your new way of thinking. I wish I could have that same mind set. As it goes, I’m just a picky eater to begin with.

  • Stephanie

    Did the doctor say *why* the cleanse was making you ill? What mechanism is at work? Too big of a change? Too sudden? Missing nutrients? Would it be better to ease into such a thing or would it be a bad idea and make you ill no matter how you started? (I’m just curious. I have no intention of doing anything similar myself. Although I am weaning myself off Diet Coke. Again.)

  • Terri Sinclair

    Wouldn’t you know it. Just last night I bought the book and standing in the B&N cash-out line said to my husband, “I think when we get home from our week long Alaska cruise next week, we should go on this 21-day cleansing fast.” Maybe I’ll try a modified version.

    Maybe if I wean myself off of things over 21-days instead of stopping cold turkey I might be able to gain the benefits without the worst of the side effects.

    Thanks for the update. You saved me much pain and aggrevation.

  • http://heymrswilson.net Mrs. Wilson

    Wow. I cannot imagine the self control it takes to do a cleanse for 8 days. I’m glad your doctor told you to get off it though. I’d kiss the guy.

  • Jennifer

    #283 Amy, I couldn’t agree with you MORE! That is exactly how I look at food and try to manage…

    Hey Heather,

    I tried a fast too, out of fear and a little punishment, right before my wedding.

    It wasn’t cause the dress didn’t fit, but I just really really really wanted to be as thin as possible (I know you didn’t do the fast for thinness, God knows, you look incredible!).
    I lasted approximately 36 hours on the restricted diet before I started getting dizzy spells and massive headaches.
    Then I wolfed down a cheeseburger and went back to just eating sensibly.

    I totally agree about Caffeine.
    And since I’m in Organic Chemistry FINALLY I can share a little edumacation…

    Compounds or Chemicals ending in -ine are stimultants, most often to the Central Nervous System.

    Ephedrine
    Caffeine
    Dopamine (made natural by the body)
    Nicotine
    Cocaine
    Amphetamines
    Norepinephrine

    So going off the coffee is pretty much a good thing.

    But giving up bacon? Homegirl YOU crazy!

    If God didn’t intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them so tastey?

  • Anonymous

    You are inspiring anyway.

  • http://saltlakecitydailyphoto.blogspot.com Bradly Baird

    Had a similar experience, got so sick I thought I was going to die. Temper my “cleansings” now in limited ways so that I can survive (though I doubt I’ll ever give up caffeine;)

    Rock on!

  • http://not-quiteright.net/tvg Jen

    God bless the Sweet Potato, for he is probably the best food ever. Especially in fry form.

    Sucks that ‘the cleanse’ didn’t work out. Personally I’m an ‘everything in moderation’ typed girl, but went vegan for ethical reasons and wouldn’t go back unless it was actually killing me. To be fair, I took a ‘vegan break’ every six months for the first year, so yeah… everything in moderation. Since then, I’ve felt better than I have in the past six years, so I blame the lack of coffee. Or Doug Fabrizio. But kudos for sticking it out – for eight days there you rocked my world more than usual, and we’ll always have the food porn to prove it.

    And hey, a PhD earns you the title of Dr. too! Just not the kind of doctor that should be doing your physical. Med school be damned.

  • Kate

    This has probably been mentioned in the comments already, but the cleansing is literally detox for your body and can definitely make you sick. While being sick sucks, I think that this withdrawal kind of underscores how ‘addicted/dependent/effed up’ the body is on the crap we put in it and when we take the crap away, we feel sick for awhile.

    Having said that, I’m a big fan of making small changes over time to avoid the pain you’re going through. I’ve given up dairy and sugar (you’d think I’d miss the sugar, but you’d be wrong. I miss the cheese.) and will give up meat when I’m comfortable with these changes.

    I hope this isn’t too preachy – I think its commendable that you tried the cleanse and that sinus infection sounded like a total bitch. I enjoy reading your blog!

  • leigh bee

    Heather,
    I want to say kudos to you on your cleanse AND the fact that you’re not going straight back to SAD (standard american diet) right away.

    I’m betting your doctor is exactly right, but I just want to say from my rough understanding of the philosophy of natural therapeutics, that sinus infection is really just a sign that your body is cleaning out all the toxins. Symptoms of illness are just a bringing to a head of the toxins that are sitting around in your body. It should be a sign that the cleanse is working and furthermore, the acuteness and strength of your sinus infection is an indication of how strong your vital energy/life force. The harder you get sick/the shorter the illness = stronger life energy/healthier person.

    Everything in moderation, eh? I’m glad to hear this cleanse has turned you on to better food and less anxiety. From my heart to you, I hope the trend continues.

  • mlberry

    Wow. Making healthy changes in moderation turns out to be better than the latest all-or-nothing fad promoted on an afternoon talk show. Who could have guessed?

  • http://www.myspace.com/a_is_for_andra Andra

    Hallelujah for your doctor, and for implementing the changes that work for YOU.

    No diet is a blanket solution for everyone.

    That being said, I’m a happy pescatarian (mostly shrimp, salmon, and tilapia) with amazing skin and a sharper memory. Yay for Omega3 fatty acids!

    And yay for more DooceLit!

    PS are you still signing books if we send them (return postage included)? I finally got my hands on a copy.

  • Jeri

    I’m glad you heeded the advice of your doctor, seriously. The difference between big stars who do this and the rest of us is that they have access to doctors, personal trainers, personal nutritionists, etc.

    My trainer simply said, cut out processed sugars, white breads and things of that nature, it worked. But I also don’t drink coffee or soda (coffee I never did, soda I just gave up). I love wheat anything, pasta, bread, small children and I take a Women’s One a Day and some Glucosimine. My energy level is amazing!

    Good luck to you.

  • http://www.journeytojonas.blogspot.com Kecia

    Yeah, Yeah, what she said…why did the Doc say you were sick..specifically? Oh and woooo whooo to the wine and treats!

    human test words: Carso Drive … huh?

  • Anonymous

    I used to suffer sinus issues, sinus infection one after the other all the time. A girlfriend told me about Antronex. I take it daily ( 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon) and have not been sick in over 2 years now. Also, I haven’t needed any other medication for anything since I started taking it. No headaches, no cramps etc. (I know, it doesn’t make sense) And I can breathe clearly like I used to when I was a kid. $10.00 for 90 tablets. Look it up online and find a chiropracter (I know, it sounds scary and unbelievable) near you. Just try it – you will not be sorry. It treats the CAUSES of sinus issues, not the symptoms.

  • http://sheasytime.blogspot.com sheasy

    So I am not the only one whose body prefers to be drrrrrty on the inside….

    Good call. Plus now you can eat CANDY!

  • http://allmylittlewords.com Bella

    I am always the late commenter! One of these days, I will figure out what the blogging schedule here is.

    I’m glad your doc suggested you quit. I had wondered what was going to happen with this – every time I have ever tried to make drastic changes in my diet, I have felt miserable and have come to realize that cutting out foods for no better reason than someone else said it might make me healthier doesn’t really work. I also found that removing some foods from my diet most of the time is okay, but if I am craving it, I should probably just eat it because my body is smarter than I am and wants it for a reason. I’m guessing by what I’ve seen of you (you look pretty darn healthy in general!) that you probably eat pretty well already. So what if you have a cookie or a glass of wine every now and then? And if God didn’t want us to eat animals, he wouldn’t have made them taste so delicious :D
    (I have been buying family farmed meats and better quality eggs and milk for about 5 years now. That’s really the way to go!)

  • http://myislandnights.wordpress.com Amanda

    Thank you for writing about your experience with this cleanse. I have anxiety as well, and while I’m not strong enough to do even a 2 day cleanse, it’s great to learn that you are noticing differences.

  • http://www.agirlnamedbarrie.com yayunicorns

    not sure if you read animal, vegetable, miracle http://www.animalvegetablemiracle.com/
    but i highly recommend it. although the way it’s formatted can get a bit annoying. you’ll see.

    also, did you ever think that your sinus problems have a lot to do with where you’re living? when i lived in venice, ca for just 2 months i had the worst sinus problems i’ve had in my life. i was sick the entire time i lived there and once i came back to seattle i was perfectly fine. it’s been about 7 months since i left venice beach and haven’t been sick since. for that alone, i will never live in california. my health means that much to me. as it should to everyone.

  • http://originallikeyou.blogspot.com/ Dy-Anne

    Heather I love that you can be so honest about this– you tried something and it sucked so you stop and take away from it what is really important instead of berating y ourself and feeling like a failure.

    now for the commenter before me (Jen) If My daughter had been as sucessful at weaning herself from breast-feeding as I have been at weaning my self off of Coke she would still be nursing at almost 10 years old!!! I think Caffeine in the form of super sugary and wonderfully fizzy beverages is the worst form of addiction. I’m thinking SDA (Soda Drinkers Anon) meeting would be a good idea.*

  • Michelle

    I’ve come to the point where I can’t even watch Oprah. She recommends so many fads and frauds to women and goes on to make these fraudsters millionnaires(re: The Secret). What confuses me though is that I remember Dr. Oz saying that cleanses were completely unnecessary and that if you ate right and had the S shaped poop, your body/colon were taking care of themselves and getting rid of the toxins, etc.

    I can’t recommend Michael Pollan enough. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

    Do they have a lot of local farmers in SLC? Just wondering.

  • Anonymous

    Have you read “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver? It totally changed the way I think about what we eat and where our food comes from. I love that you’re awareness is spurring you to action!

    And sweet potatoes are seriously the best. Just roasted with a little olive oil and salt. mmmmmmm.

  • http://www.yoursugarandspice.blogspot.com Jenny

    I’m so glad your doctor told you to stop that silly cleanse! Our bodies are perfectly equipped to keep us healthy so long as we feed it properly and take care of it so I’m glad this has made you aware of what you eat. And thank you for sharing it so others can become aware of this!

  • http://www.vintagechildrensbooksmykidloves.com/ Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves

    Again… I wanna mention how moved I was by what you wrote last week… a quick fix it will not be, and it probably won’t have much to do with what you do or do not shove down your pie hole.

    “I want to be a better wife, a more conscious and present mother, a more loyal friend, and a better listener. I’d like to handle my anxiety better. I also want to be more organized because I’m tired and fed up with not being able to find anything.”

    The stated above is a search we all have within us. We just have to have the courage to find it and the courtesy to share it with others. I’m still on the search sista… and as of yet, it is not there in yoga or religion or vitamins or any of those other things we cling to because we can’t figure it out. The only thing I’ve seen that even comes close is looking into the eyes of my son. That is my only perfection…

    And even he is a pain in my ass sometimes.

  • Z

    I think your experience is really interesting… I wish the doctor had gone more in detail (or maybe if you had explained what the doctor said more in detail) because I’m really curious how this cleanse actually affected your body in such a negative way. Honestly, I was not expecting a result like that at all, only because I’ve generally heard people preaching the amazing graces of such cleanses.

    I feel like caffeine and alcohol probably would not have affected you so badly, since many people live without those things on a regular basis. Maybe it was the meat, lack of sugar? Or something else? HMMM!

    Anyhow, kudos to you. I think it takes more balls to prematurely give up on a cleanse like this because it went horribly wrong (instead of stubbornly insisting that you are right and continuing), than to start it in the first place.

  • http://www.iambossy.com/ BOSSY

    Bossy and all her worst habits thank you from the bottom of their hearts.

  • http://mylevelofawareness.com Robbin

    I almost laughed until I cried. Right here in my office, with all my coworkers trying to figure out what the heck I was snorting.

    As a professional in the medical field myself I concur with the Dr.

    Eat. In moderation. Mostly plants.

    And the occasional hobnob.

    I love your blog.

  • http://www.iverjane.com Iver Jane

    I believe we can eat meat and do it without cruelty, but I don’t know where to turn. So I’m excited to hear what you come up with. “Ethical meat” is a concept I’ve been hoping to find a solution to for a while.

    I’m starting the cleanse Monday; I hope I don’t get sick, too.

  • http://andria-and-co.com Andria and Co.

    Welcome back to the dark side. :)

  • http://www.roomswithaview.typepad.com Shaun Paddock

    I am so impressed that you have been able to stick with your plan. Even if you cannot stay with it to the degree you originally planned, isn’t it great to know that you do have the willpower to do it? I wish I had some willpower. My family is leaving tomorrow for 9 days without me (YIPEE) and I am afraid the first thing I will do is go buy some chocolate fudge Pop Tarts. God help me.
    Loves,
    Shaun