I hate cleansing. The mere idea of it makes me cringe. My coffee-soaked morning ritual is heaven to me. I can’t imagine a day feeling right without a hot cup of joe in my hand within minutes of waking. Evenings have their ritual too and it’s called wine. I love croissants, cocktails and canapés. I never say no to chocolate.
There’s always next month, I tell myself when considering a detox. This one has too many birthdays, vacations or fridays. The months become years and suddenly it’s been 3 years since I took a vacation from vices.
I was feeling sluggish, low energy all day, insomnia at night. My perfect skin was suddenly blemished. That pregnancy weight? It hasn’t gone away. So I decided the time is now to make a change.
I have been in the wellness industry for 20 years. I just happen to be one of those crunchy types who also loves decadence and embraces moderation with moderation. I know what’s good for me and I know what tastes good. Often the latter wins.
I’m sipping red wine right now as I write this and the thought that I will not taste this nectar of the gods for ten whole days makes this glass taste amazing. I’m actually looking forward to the challenge of a cleanse. The one I am about to do do promises to transform me and change my metabolism so I no longer crave the things I crave. Bring it on. I want to be amazed.
I don’t plan on giving up up coffee, wine or chocolate after this cleanse is over. But I may say good-bye to the gluten that burdens my gut. At least for a little while. I’m looking forward to losing pounds at inches. Duh. That ones a given. Food? Yep, I’m sure gonna miss it for a week and half, but that doesn’t seem like a very long time. I can do anything for 10 days, right?
So, here it goes the launch of my no-meals-superfood-power-shake adventure. How did I choose this particular cleanse?
I was about to head to Whole Foods and put myself in the hands of the whoever was working in the nutrition aisle (along with my own knowledge that I’ve gleaned from owning a spa for the last 10 years and my holistic background) when I remembered Troy Casey. I’ve known him for over a decade and whenever I have needed a boost or advice on a body issue he steered me to the right herb or supplement and always brought years of knowledge to the table. He calls himself the Certified Health Nut; I trust him. He’s direct, wacky and informed.
Troy told me about this fancy sounding Celebrity Transformational Cleanse. Sounds familiar. I had seen his results on his Facebook page and blog. I had dismissed it previously when I read his posts. Way too difficult for me and at the time I wasn’t ready to commit to a challenge. But now I was curious, so I set up a time to hear more about it. I was expecting it to have a bunch of junk in it like most of those types of cleansing shakes, full of ingredients I can’t pronounce and artificial sweeteners. I was sure I wasn’t going to like the taste. But his product was pure like the name suggested: Purium. PURE-ee- Yum. I could get into this. I’m in, I said.
But not until after the party I have planned and the wine night with my girlfriends. I can do it in 2 weeks I told him. He cringed a bit, perhaps I’m not his usual enthusiastic student. But he stood by me, educating me slowly, patiently and I am finally ready. The day has finally arrived. I wonder how I’ll do. Will it be easy/ will it be hard? How will I feel/ Sick? Awesome?
Only time will tell. Stay tuned, while I record this detox journey of a retox queen.