May 1, 2012
As a true foodie, it has always been hard for me to voluntarily stop eating for any reason other than serious illness. I also have not struggled with weight as many people have, so I am not good at dieting or any thing that requires denial of food. However, over the decades I have made lots of changes in my diet due either to illness, allergy, or my desire to improve some facet of my health. In the seventies, I tried a few different “cleansing fasts;” watermelon, grape, and lemonade with cayenne pepper and maple syrup. I think I lasted three days on the lemonade fast and after two days of battling starvation, finally felt really good on the third day. I did not try it again.
Being a long time practitioner of Vipassana and Metta meditation, over the years I have attended many ten and fourteen day silent retreats and only one of those was a Thai Forest Monk-style in which we only ate one meal a day. We awoke at 4;30am and began meditating at 5. I think the main meal was eaten around noon and the rest of the day was spent in meditation. I would fall exhausted into bed around 9pm. Under these circumstances, I had no problem eating only one meal a day. However, this took place in a setting bearing no resemblance to my normal life.
So, when presented with the opportunity to participate in a 14-day cleanse, I did not immediately jump for joy. However, my main focus for the past few months has been healing; physical and emotional. Since I have made such good progress in both areas, it seemed like a good time to stretch the limits even further. Fortunately, my boyfriend, Clark was equally enthusiastic about trying something new and that would make it easier for both of us.
We chose the Burn & Build Bodies 14-Day Anti-aging Cleanse because it is an unusually user-friendly program that is so well put together. We get to eat 3 small meals and 3 small snacks a day. All of the necessary supplements are provided as well as a powdered protein drink mix and a nifty shaker/drinking bottle. Unlike other protein powders, this one is vegan, soy and lactose free, sugar-free and very yummy!
Today is DAY #9 and we are doing really well! Here is the short form report: We are never hungry, have lots of energy, have lost fat, cellulite and pounds, sleep really well, don’t have any serious food cravings and my joint pain is gone. I miss salt and the salty snacks I’m used to grabbing throughout the day and Clark misses sauces, hamburgers and fries. both of us missed wine in the beginning. It helps to know that in a few days we can eat and drink whatever we want. Right now, the only things we have had to give up are alcohol, red meats, shell fish, bread, corn, white rice, refined sugar and some starchy vegetables like potatoes (we can eat sweet potatoes and yams though). It is interesting for me to see how much less food I am satisfied with and I love that my butt is nicely round again! Just in time for my new bikini.
The designers of this great cleanse are Dr. Steven Margolin and Rick Dinihanian and you can find lots of great information about food, diet, exercise, anti-aging and well-being on their web site www.burnandbuildbodies.com . Be sure to click on About to see Rick Dinihanian’s unbelievable before and after photos. OMG! Clark and I plan to do the 14-day cleanse twice a year from now on and I heartily recommend it to anyone who is interested in feeling and looking better at any age.