While I only lost about three pounds from the cleanse, I felt a lot less bloated with brighter skin and infinitely increased energy. When I attended a wedding the following weekend, the zipper on my dress easily closed over my de-puffed torso.
Once I started to add the sensitive foods back into my diet, it was pretty clear I don’t have allergies to gluten, dairy, peanut, or nightshade veggies. Yet, I still focus on eating an organic, plant-based, low-gluten, low-dairy diet because it makes me feel slimmer and more energized. That means starting my mornings with a green smoothies or gluten-free oatmeal with raw pumpkin seeds, berries, and chia seeds; followed by a homemade lunch (usually a salad), and a healthy dinner (like chicken or fish with vegetables). The things I added back quickly were bananas (delicious addition to smoothies), weekend drinks (again, that Summer rose with seafood dinners is hard to pass up), and occasional sweets like Ralph’s cream ices. Am I totally off of sugar? No. But at least when I overdo it, I now have a plan to go back to ween off of it. And thankfully for my pulse rate, I am sticking to two cups of coffee per day (with green tea if I need it in the afternoons).