Time for 365 Complete Body Cleanse
As some of you may know, I joined Weight Watchers in January of 2008. I lost 25 pounds in about six months and was able to maintain that weight for a year. Once you reach your personal goal weight on the program, you can attend meetings for free as long as you weigh in at least once a month at within two pounds (higher or lower) of that magic number.
I started writing this blog last summer and was often asked how I was able to keep the weight off while eating such good food. My answer was that Weight Watchers taught me how to appreciate treats and good food — I no longer felt the need to overdo it. Also, when writing a food blog, I was constantly documenting what I ate through note taking and photography. Just paying attention was enough to keep me in check.
However, over the past month or so, I started to let down my guard. After achieving the goal of losing weight and keeping it off for a year, I no longer had the motivation to be as vigilant as I had been. I received more and more invitations to eat out and I wasn’t making as many healthy choices.
My clothes have gotten uncomfortably tight and I know I’m over my “magic number” by around 5 pounds. So, I’ve decided to jump start getting back into shape the same way I began my journey over a year ago — with the Whole Foods 365 brand Complete Body Cleanse.
The body naturally cleanses itself of course and you don’t need supplements to do it. One of the reasons that this process works for me is because I have to pay for the cleanse (about $25 or so) and that alone is enough to ensure I’ll commit to it. I also love the philosophy and guidelines to this particular two week plan.
- Drink water to help wash away the toxins (I also need to drink lots of water with the many supplements I need to take at night and in the morning)
- Eat right, eat light. Eat green, cruciferous, and cleansing foods like beets, artichokes, lemons, onions, garlic, cranberries, apples, avocados, spinach, berries, and oatmeal. No caffeine, sugar, alcohol, artificial ingredients, processed foods.
- Get rest, slow down, do yoga. Breathe (this one is tough for me to follow with my schedule)
If weight loss is the goal, a cleanse is a great way to kick off a healthier lifestyle. After my last cleanse, I lost 7 pounds in two weeks, didn’t crave sugary snacks, and was excited to continue exploring the many healthy and natural options on the periphery of the grocery store.
Today I literally ate two pieces of cake and a Coca Cola ice cream float for lunch. This was a definite low point for me as I’ve religiously been packing and bringing a salad and healthy snacks to work for the past year.
On my way home, I stopped off at HEB and picked up lots of fruits and veggies to get me back on the right track. In future posts, I’ll share more about what I ate tonight and the trials and tribulations of trying to stick to my cleanse over the next two weeks.Tags: cleanse, weight watchers, Whole Foods