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Cleanse day 7: by Alli

by Alli Phillips

by Alli Phillips

I’ve been waking up with a mild headache since I started the cleanse, but after two cups of hot lemon water in my favorite coffee mug, the headache is gone and I’m feeling pretty much like my normal caffeinated self. Also, despite the headache, my “craving” for coffee upon waking was very low today; I think a lemon-water “brain-trail” has formed over the last 7 days. (It’s not yet a well-developed “brain-pathway”, but getting there.)
I am really enjoying the GF Oatmeal with walnuts, chia seeds, and berries as an alternative to my typical toast with peanut butter. And eating it out of my favorite coffee mug has also helped me replace the second cup of coffee I usually have in the morning. Starting to get good at “outsmarting my brain.”

I enjoyed a post-workout late-morning snack of pear, blueberries, blackberries, and walnuts. I wouldn’t normally spend time on presentation when making a simple snack for myself (I wouldn’t normally even use a dish!) but since I am photographing my food today, I got inspired. And actually, slowing down to cut the pear, arrange the fruit and nuts on a dish, and sit at the table to eat a “simple snack” made it very satisfying; felt like I was “treating” myself, not just nourishing myself. Typically I eat mindlessly, although nutritiously, while on the run or doing house-work (dishes, laundry, tidying, etc), and sitting down to snack helped me to really enjoy the food, and also increased my self-awareness of mood/energy/attitude, etc. Also noteworthy, typically I grab a handful of crackers with fruit or hummus for a snack; the nuts have been a great replacement for crackers, with a similar crunch and saltiness. (One day this week I sprinkled them on top of hummus and ate it with a spoon!)

Leftovers from the previous two nights’ dinners made for a delicious and hearty lunch, gorgeous purple and white fingerling potatoes and a mix of sautéed kale, chard, onion, garlic, mushrooms, bell and jalapeño peppers. Again, I wouldn’t typically take the time to arrange and present my lunch on a dinner-plate, especially a lunch of leftovers, nor would I even sit down to eat it; typically I’d eat right out of the tupperware in which the leftovers were stored, and I’d eat while doing a gazillion other things…. But journaling and photographing my food forces me to slow down and increases my self-awareness.
More thoughtful food prep and slower, mindful eating, allow me to truly taste and enjoy my food, a nice bonus of this cleanse.

An evening snack of avocado and cherry-tomatoes got me through “homework-time” with the kids.And every evening during the cleanse I’ve enjoyed a cocktail of cranberry-water with a “shot” of ACV and a twist of lemon, served in the Crystal glass in which I usually enjoy wine.

Dinner was roasted brussel sprouts and spaghetti squash for me; and for my husband and kids, it was those yummy veggies along with cheese tortellini and Caesar salad. Obviously, they are not participating in the cleanse, although they have very much enjoyed trying new “cleansing foods” at dinner, with what my husband now calls their “clogging foods.” 🙂

“Logging off” and unwinding with hot lemon-water at my kids’ bedtime, and making their bedtime my bedtime too, has made our evenings much more enjoyable…. I have been more present with my kids because I’m not distracted by “going back to work” after they go to sleep…. I’m “done for the night” when they are, and that feels good. The social media cleanse has also helped me be more present with my family, and I haven’t really missed “keeping up” with my FB friends, like I thought I would. According to an email I received from FB today, “You’ve missed a lot since you last logged in.” Ha! The focused time I’ve had for self-care this week, which has also translated into family-care, has been like a vacation…. I’ve “missed” nothing, and learned and gained so much…. As I finish this week of cleansing, I feel energized and, well… iGnited! 🙂

A huge thank you to Neissa, Kate, the iGnite community, and my inner-circle of cleansing friends with whom I shared successes and challenges all week. Yay! We did it! And we are wiser, with some new healthy habits, and with new brain pathways!

With love and joy,

Cleanse Day 6: by Molly

by Molly Daniels

by Molly Daniels

We are on our last day of the cleanse, and I really do feel CLEAN and energized! I think the cleanse might have been a little easier for me than others for two reasons: I don’t drink coffee or any other caffeine, and I don’t like sweets. BUT, I do like a crunch, and I was missing it around day 3 and 4.

My goal was similar to Neissa’s in that I wanted to try to stay away from snacky-foods during the 7 days (even though most I buy are gluten-free), but when my husband continued to eat them right in front of my face, I gave in a few times.

I do attribute my “feeling clean” to my being so properly hydrated. I enjoyed the hot lemon water and apple cider vinegar in the morning and before bed (most nights) and drank tons of cranberry water.  My goal is for my kitchen counter to look like this every week!

My day 6 was great! I enjoyed scrambled eggs for breakfast. Usually, I would pour a bowl of cereal with almond milk every morning because I take the easy route in the cooking department, but with all these new pots and pans we got as wedding gifts, it’s making cooking a little more fun! I felt satisfied all throughout the morning and enjoyed teaching Saturday class.  

Catherine’s blog post came via email at the perfect time. Clayton and I were sitting on the couch, and I was starving, being indecisive (as usual) trying to decide what to eat. As soon as I saw she and Andy ate at Chipotle, I told Clayton we needed to go there for lunch! How can you beat a bowl with brown rice, black beans and tons of veggies?! DELICIOUS.

Finally, we had plans with a big group of friends to go the Austin Rodeo to see Clay Walker play. I knew this would be tough since everyone would be drinking before, during and after the concert. I craved a glass of red wine at dinner before, but withstood my craving and just drank a million glasses of water. (I made sure to go to the bathroom before we left the restaurant so I didn’t have to go in a port-a-potty at the rodeo!) Really, who needs red wine when you are THIS CLOSE to Clay Walker?! Needless to say, I was just fine without it and had SO MUCH fun.

Overall, day 6 was great, and I’m looking forward to continuing some of these great practices!

Cleanse Day 5: by Catherine

by Catherine Hearn

by Catherine Hearn

Okay, was day 5 a turning point for anyone else?!  I think this was the first day I was actually in a good mood all day! AND the first time I wasn’t craving sweets or caffeine at MULTIPLE points throughout the day.  I didn’t even think that was possible, especially with how things were going at the beginning of the week… :/

Getting in my 30 mins of exercise at an iGnite yoga class

Getting in my 30 mins of exercise at an iGnite yoga class

I didn’t realize until today that I usually wake up in the mornings with tired eyes that feel very heavy, and with pretty significant bags under my eyes. The same was true all week until this morning. I woke up feeling clear-headed and with “awake eyes” — I don’t know how else to describe it, but no eye bags and not feeling like I’m desperate to go back to bed! It was glorious. I’m assuming this is related to the no sugar and no caffeine, because those are the biggest changes to my diet with the cleanse, and my sleep patterns have stayed about the same.  Note to self: probably a good idea to keep that up as much as possible considering how much better I feel! 

Lunchtime! My go-to spinach salad with beans, rice, tomatoes, avocado, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro and salt & pepper (and whatever other veggies I can find in the fridge)

Lunchtime! My go-to spinach salad with black beans, brown rice, tomatoes, avocado, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro and salt & pepper (and whatever other veggies I  find in the fridge…)

To be honest, I spent Days 1-4 in a relatively bad mood, low on energy, and craving sugar and caffeine throughout the day. Thank goodness on day 5 I had consistent energy throughout the day and for the first time wasn’t having the urge to eat out of “boredom,” it was awesome.

Since my exercise was inside today, I got my 30 mins of outdoor time by moving my office outside for the afternoon. I loved it!

Since my exercise was inside today, I got my 30 mins of outdoor time by moving my office outside for the afternoon. I loved it — the fresh air definitely gave me a second wind.





I have especially loved the effects of cleansing from social media this week.  Not allowing myself to browse through Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook on my phone at every down moment or while I’m eating has made me realize how often I do that each day.  Although those little icons on my phone are still very tempting, it has been incredibly freeing and allowed me to be much more present in the moment, whether I’m waiting in line somewhere, eating breakfast or lunch, or just wanting to turn off my brain between work and school.  Simply sitting and relaxing is much more rejuvenating AND keeps me from comparing my own life to the lives of my friends and the people I follow online (as much as I like to tell myself that I’m not doing that).  It’s a great feeling.    Not to mention, it ups the chances that I’ll call my friends and have a solid conversation to find out what’s going on with them, instead of finding out online.  It’s time to get back in the habit of that.

Sick of cooking, we had a low-key Friday date night at Chipotle — super easy to make a cleanse-friendly bowl/salad here while Andy gets to eat a big ‘ol burrito. Win-win!

Overall, day 5 was a game-changer for me. So, if anyone started a day or 2 late and isn’t to day 5 yet, keep the faith! It’s a winner, you’ll feel the results in your mood and energy very soon 🙂

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!

Cleanse Day 2: by Sha

Each day of the cleanse, one participant will share how the “experiment”  is going so far for them.  We encourage you to use these daily messages as a source of inspiration, encouragement, laughter and community as we all learn more about how different behaviors and  foods affect our bodies, minds and spirits.   Please comment on the posts with your thoughts and experiences as well — the more sharing the better!

by Sha Klatt

by Sha Klatt

Day 2 of the cleanse and so far, so good. I have been strictly following the guidelines. The hot lemon water is a great way to start the day. I had doubts about the daily vinegar drink, but to my surprise, with a little honey stirred in, it’s not bad and I find it has a satisfying effect on bedtime hunger.

My personal spa :)

My personal spa 🙂

I had a mild headache each of the first 2 days and took an Excedrin (yes it has caffeine, but I didn’t want to risk a migraine).  At the end of day 2, no headache.  I’m enjoying being highly focused on my well-being for 7 days. I feel strong, successfully resisting sugar, coffee, and even a Friday night margarita.  It hasn’t been hard, because I made the decision to be dedicated to each step of the cleanse.

Breakfast:  Popeye Green Smoothie.  Pretty good, very refreshing, like something you might drink at a spa.

Lunch:  I made the Quinoa Black Bean Salad with avocado, red pepper etc.  Soooo delicious!

Delicious Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan

I’m really enjoying the body brushing and the soak — both relaxing and pampering.  I already know that I will definitely take away many ideas from this week that will go into my long-term routine!