Cleanse Day 4: by Neissa

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

This cleanse has been very interesting, to say the least. I have made huge connections between food and my emotions, and while I’m pretty perky in the morning and do not necessarily need caffeine, by mid-afternoon I tank.  And honestly, I continue to desire it. With young children who require all of my attention, I have actually even been nervous about sustaining my energy in the mid to late afternoons without it.  Then, there’s the literal craving for a little dark chocolate snack (dang sugar!) after both lunch and dinner. I had no idea I was so reliant upon my treats! I also don’t think I am enjoying the feeling of deprivation, as it’s been something I’ve finally gotten over after years of depriving myself of delicious indulgences.

All in all, I’m feeling great and have only had a few dull headaches (but nothing major) and hydration has not been an issue, though when fatigue or stress sets in (stress meaning dinner/bath/bed time) I’ve noticed that my emotional “go to’s” are caffeine and chocolate.

I am loving my Apple Cider Vinegar each morning with hot lemon water, and it’s working.  Also, because the Apple Cider Vinegar is so good for us and anti-mucous, I’ve even been sneaking it into my children’s drinks too, as they are both super snotty and why not?! They don’t notice at all.

Breakfast is my favorite meal and I’ll actually repeat it again during the day. I love the Omega-rich eggs from Whole Foods and stacking one on a bed of Alfalfa Sprouts with tomatoes, avocado and an organic turkey sausage is delicious (organic tomatoes are on sale at HEB).

I wanted to avoid carbs in the form of bread, crackers and granola all together, but I realized I was feeling deprived (and needed crunch) without them. So, I found this healthy, low sugar and gluten-free granola at Whole Foods. You can also get it at Sprouts. Then, adding it to a cup of coconut yogurt and berries (organic strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are on sale at HEB) and it is the perfect snack.

I’m super grateful for this “experiment,” as it’s providing me with some pretty fantastic information. And, it’s holding me accountable to getting more sleep!  As for Epsom Salt baths, I’ve had two and love every second of them!

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