Thanks for all your input on my post yesterday, I always do feel much better about my plethora of issues once I get your feedback. Apparently one of the other perks of blogging is maintaining one’s sanity. Who knew?
But as I started to reply to a few comments, I decided instead that I wanted to get into one of the topics from yesterday just a little deeper. Basically I wanted to ask the question: do cleanses get a bad rap? I mean, I know they tend to be kind of a “fad” (see: SkinnyGirl) and a lot of times are the way people turn for a quick weight loss. But for me, I look at cleanses like a facial for my insides. I know that it’s just a little deep cleaning, but I don’t expect any major changes. I did a cleanse a few years ago where I cut out basically everything I love (caffeine, booze, all meat/dairy products, gluten and sugar). Not as a way to drop a few lbs, but I wanted a challenge and was actually really intrigued by the book that went along with it. I read all about the benefits your body can get by giving it a rest from the aforementioned items, and I have to tell you, it was actually pretty accurate. I felt amazing. I lost zero weight, but I had more energy, my skin was better than it had been in years and I was really proud of the fact that I demonstrated such control over the things that often times get the best of me. Ever since then, I have always been open to trying other cleanses and giving my body a little spa trip.
So I say this not at all from a place of being upset by any of the comments yesterday (hearing your feedback is my favorite part of blogging!) but to shed a little more light on the topic. Again, I am not a believer in crash diets or crazy and restrictive eating just for the sake of dropping a few quick pounds. I know firsthand what it takes to lose weight the “right” way (for me at least) and I know that short-term solutions just aren’t the right path. Although I can’t deny my immediate temptation to try the old Slim Fast plan the first time I try on a bikini every year… but I know it’s just a quick fix, and not at all realistic. Also it makes me ravenous and on the verge of homicidal.
So I really want you guys to be honest: do you think all cleanses are bad? I feel like maybe they get a negative connotation from being abused as a means to lose a lot of weight quickly. Have you ever done one, and if so, did you have a good or bad experience? Spill it!