[Well, crap. Blogger just ate most of a post. Grrrr. Redoing. Sigh.]
Warning: girly talk ahead.
Cleansing diets seem to be all the rage these days. From lifestyle changes to three-week detoxes to elimination diets to pinpoint food sensitivities, everyone seems to be cleansing.
Cleanses fall into two broad categories to me: 1. Can't hurt, might help, and 2. Stuff white people like. (I've not seen cleansing diets on that site, and I don't follow that site closely, but it seems like cleanses would be a good candidate for inclusion.) My friends who have cleansed for the most part find the experience rough, but worth it, purporting to feel healthier and, uh, less toxic when it's over.
Part of me wants to jump on the bandwagon. I could eat better, for sure. I do OK with fresh fruits and veggies, but I also do OK with chocolate, ice cream, and an "occasional" bowl of chips with a glass of wine at the end of the day. I've weighed less in my adult life; I've also weighed more, but I don't like the effort it takes to button many of my pants, it's true. After years of being migraine-free, I've been getting them again over the past few months. And I like a food reward. I don't care what the New Age gurus say: ice cream makes me feel better at the end of certain bad days, better than herbal tea and better than going to bed early and better than doing yoga. I'm old-fashioned like that, but I know that's also just a habit that I've not been interested in breaking.
The real question is will the cleanse help get rid of the migraines, make me feel more energetic, help my pants fit better, and help me find a better reward system for myself? Seems like a tall order. Also, my friends in real life are probably quaking in their boots at the idea of me doing a cleansing diet because oooooooh, boy, I am not fun when I'm hungry, and I think any of the cleansing diets are going to involve some level of hunger or feeling of deprivation.
I think that what I should probably consider is giving up soda (I drink a good-sized diet soda four or five times/week), cutting back on the junk food, and being good about going to bed on time. A moderate approach rather than a radical, if brief, regime. But maybe there's something to the cleansing that makes a radical approach worth it?
Who out there has cleansed? Which cleanse did you do? Why did you do it and how did it make you feel? Help me out, Internets. I know you have experience and opinions, and I want to hear them.