The one thing about expectations and hope is that one gets disappointed quite easily!

Disappointment doesn’t even begin to explain how I’m feeling about this whole experience. Let’s start with the 48-hour Dr. Oz Cleanse

Quinoa with prunes

            Maybe it was simply because I didn’t enjoy the texture, but I was not satisfied with this breakfast. It called for ginger root and I quickly realized I’m not a big fan of the taste. In fact, ginger root is probably now on my top-five list of tastes I do not like. This breakfast did have, however, something I enjoyed. I’ve never had Flaxseed Oil. I have never even heard of it before. I like it. I’ve added it to many other meals in the past week. Other than that, I didn’t like this meal. Quinoa is not a good oatmeal replacement, in my opinion.

Kale, Pineapple and Ginger Detox Drink (Juicer required)

            I did this without the ginger, of course. It was only kale and pineapple. It didn’t taste too good. I don’t know why, though. I love pineapple and I’ve learned to enjoy kale in the last week. But the two flavors together just didn’t do too well together.

Pineapple, Lemon and Pomegranate Blend-Free Detox Drink

            Now, this is only a drink but I absolutely loved it! This is something I will continue to make, for sure. This is simply a combination of juices and these three fruits do very well together.

Fruit Smoothie

            Well, one cannot really go wrong with a smoothie, right? I wish I had more fruit to make different blends, but I only got what was on the shopping list for this particular 48 hours. Smoothies and juicing will be, indeed, something I do more of in the future. I just have to find combinations that I like.

Vegetable Broth Soup

            I did enjoy this simple soup broth. It called for a lot of cabbage and other veggies. The one thing that I liked the most about this meal was that the recipe called for paprika – and a lot of it. The flavor that the paprika made mixed with the cabbage was delicious. Furthermore, this recipe called for fennel bulb. This is another ingredient that I had no idea what it was. I had to ask my friend what it looked like before I went shopping. Well, this is one ingredient, like the ginger, that I do not like. People say it tastes like celery, but no! Not even a little bit. It had the same exact texture and consistency of celery, but the taste was more like black licorice. YUCK!

The Body’s Detox System

According to the website, this cleanse was supposed to clean out the liver, the kidneys and the colon. Well, I beg to differ! It even said that while doing this cleanse, one would use the restroom quite often. The feces would be solid, but soft. Well, as you may already know, I’ve suffered from hemorrhoids for many years. I was looking forward to having a softer stole. While, I will agree that my stole was softer, I didn’t use the restroom any more often then usual. Actually, I might have gone less then usual since I haven’t had coffee in the mornings.

Other things about 48-hour Dr. Oz Cleanse

            I was extremely tired for three days. I had a headache and I was cranky. I also stopped smoking cigarettes the day before I started this cleanse, so I’m sure that had something to do with it. Even though I did enjoy some of the meals and I did get many ideas, on a scale of 1-10, I give this a 6. I wasn’t completely disappointed, but it was nowhere near what I was expecting. There’s another lesson learned, I guess … Don’t have expectations because I will be disappointed, right? SUCK!

Blue & Black Cohosh

As you may or may not know, I used the cohosh as a way to induce bleeding. I started taking the cohosh on August 8. That’s 10 days ago. The first two days I did a few drops each under the tongue about three times a day. After that, I upped it to four times a day and did about 8 drops each. This mixture, I put into a cup and added just a little bit of water because the taste of the cohosh is awful. I did this for a week. Just yesterday, I stopped because nothing was happening. For two days, I started cramping but then it went away. My boobs hurt for a while too, but it went away. I have, however, noticed that my vaginal discharge and smell is different. Not bad different, just different. That can also be associated with the food change though – I don’t know. All I know is that I didn’t bleed, spot or anything but cramp. I’ve decided to call my doctor tomorrow and ask her what other options I have. She’s a naturalist so it’ll be nice to get her opinion about what I’ve already done and what else I can do. I swear, I need to bleed. I need to shed the 20 years of blood collection!!! I’m scared because I don’t want to take birth control and pump my body with a bunch of hormones. So, we’ll see what my doctor says tomorrow.

7-day Detox Miracle Book

            Even though I didn’t do the entire process, I did mix and match the recipes. The reason I did this was that I wanted to continue eating detox-type foods. I was extremely satisfied with the recipes I tried. For example, baked falafels are awesome! Using a food processor was awesome too, and I will continue to do this for many meals in the future. This book has so many amazing ideas in it and I have dog-eared many pages. One extra ritual I have added to my process is dry-skin brushing. I bought a skin brush, I’ve done the process two times already, and I enjoy it a lot. My skin feels great. I’m very satisfied with this book. I suggest if you’re thinking about any form of detox or cleanse, pick this book up and enjoy!

Not smoking

            I’ve been craving a cigarette for two days now. Today wasn’t that bad, but yesterday and the day before was horrible. I was getting cold sweats, racing heart and the shakes. Now, I’m just missing it. This is the problem. I enjoy smoking. But, I know if I am going to accomplish all that I want to accomplish in life, I cannot be a smoker. I purposely secluded myself and hermit(ed) myself because I knew my attitude wasn’t going to be pleasant. Yesterday was the first time I left the house in over a week. Today was the first time I cleaned house and kept active all day. There was no way I would have been a happy camper if I would have done something stressful or over stimulating while I was trying to quite smoking. Overall, I’m doing well with it.

Overall

            I’ve shared a lot of my feelings about the Dr. Oz cleanse and honestly, even though I did enjoy a couple of the meals, I’m disappointed with it. What upsets me the most is that I spent all of my food money on this and 1) I had to throw out much of my vegetables before I could really enjoy them because they went bad. 2) I wish I would have bought more frozen fruits. And 3) I’m concerned about what I’m going to eat for the rest of the month because I’m out of EBT money and very short on cash. The other day I was so irritated about my food intake and prep time that I ordered a pizza (only $8 with a coupon – hooray). It was thin crust with olive and mushrooms. Not the healthiest thing, but damn it, I was hungry and I didn’t want to spend an hour preparing a meal. I’m seriously pretty lazy and I’m actually kind of surprised I prepared as much food as I did. There was something amazing about it and I did, very much, enjoy doing it – sometimes. I don’t see myself doing it on a daily basis though. But, now I know. This is the first time I’ve ever tired something like this and it’s going to be amazing to try new things in the future. I’m sticking to it. I will change my lifestyle and my food intake. However, I’m still going to eat pizza, chocolate and pop corn. I’m still going to be lazy. I’m still going to enjoy sitting on my ass all day playing video games (I did that a lot in the last week – and I will continue to do it while I’m on vacation).

            I have another month of vacation before I go back to school. There is very little on my calendar and I have very little interest inn doing much. There is a couple of road trips I’ll be taking with my friends, but that’s it. After the past year of my life, I needed a vacation. Mindfully vacate! I have a few meals left that I will just have to make work. I know I can go over to my friends house and take things out of her cupboard, so I won’t starve. My mom even said she was going to send me a few bucks. Oh, my mom! I’m so upset that she hasn’t visited. Then again, the main purpose of her to visit was to help me while I was bleeding. I never bled, so it’s probably for the best. She may visit me in September but I don’t know. I swear, she’ll be here for Christmas! Actually, I really hope I get to see her again before I leave for Haiti, but that’s in December. There’s plenty of time to figure something out.

            Another interesting thing about this whole process is my idea to not shave. My legs and armpits are beyond fuzzy – and I love it. I haven’t worn deodorant either, so I smell pretty bad. It brings me joy though. For some reason, I find comfort in my natural smells. I won’t shave for quite a long time and I’m looking forward to it. The skin brushing has been a beautiful addition to everything and there’s another external body cleanse I will try after I treat my hair next week. Oh! That’s one thing I haven’t talked about at all throughout this blog — my dreads — But I will save that for another time =)

            What else? I don’t think I missed anything … so I’m going to use the remainder of this blog post as something for the reader. Ordering the pizza was the only thing — OH NO, WAIT — I did eat a lot of cereal one evening. It was dry, but it was nowhere near healthy. It was about 1 in the morning and I sat in the spare bedroom, watching a movie, eating fruity pebbles. As I was eating it, I knew it was out of habit and I was binging. I was disgusted with myself, but I just kept on eating it until I felt like I was going to puke. I didn’t puke, but I was miserable after. Anyways, even though the pizza and cereal were the only two things I ate that were not healthy or beneficial for the detox/cleanse, I think I did well. Even though I am disappointed with the overall outcome of everything that I’ve done in the last 10 days, I think I did well. I believe that any one of you can accomplish a cleanse too. Like I mentioned, I have another month of vacation and I’m going to try different things to cleanse my body. Seriously, if I can do it, you can do it (and no, I didn’t do it perfect, but nobody is perfect, right?). You can change anything to make it suitable for you. We, as individual beings, need to be responsible for what we eat, drink and expose ourselves to. It’s our responsibility to take care of ourselves. This experience has taught me a lot about myself. I highly HIGHLY suggest that everyone, male or female, take upon the task of cleansing. It’s an introduction to ones body, really. We’ve been so conditioned to eat fast food and processed foods because it’s easier and quicker. But the foods we eat aren’t good for the human body. Obesity is an overwhelming reality in America and I refuse to be a part of it. Yeah, I may be “overweight,” but I’m not unhealthy. I think more and more people need to be aware of their intake because this so-called food we’re eating is killing us. Things like high blood pressure and diabetes are most likely caused by the food one eats. Someone who drinks a 2-liter of soda every day will eventually get sick and be put on “medication” that causes liver failure or heart attack. It’s ridicules! So, I’m telling you, the reader, that you have the power to take care of your body. You have the strength to change your food intake. You can do it! You will do it if you want to. I seriously hope my experience will give someone (or someones) the strength and courage to do something that benefits their life. Of course, you don’t have to do it exactly like me, no no no! I’m only a vessel of experiences and I’m sharing that experience with you. Take what you will from it. I just hope my words help not hinder.

            Many Blessings!

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