Success!!! We did it! Ten days! I am really excited that I accomplished this and I really feel great. Now, I must be honest and admit that I did kind of end a day early since I started the orange juice today, but we will get to that later.
I drank the tea for the last time last night and was able to sleep until about 5 am when I started having cramps. Not horrible cramps, but annoying. They were pretty bad in the morning when I got out of bed. I passed some strange stuff. It looked like squid ink. It was weird. Once I did that I felt much better. Those must have been some serious toxins. Blech! I did the salt bath just because I wanted whatever was in there to get out! That went fine. Since I was passing this I probably should have stayed on the cleanse another day or to, but I have to tell you the thought of it was too gross. For the first time the thought of drinking the lemonade was really unappealing. I guess once my mind was made up to stop, I just really need to stop. I just can't drink that again for awhile.
So, I had orange juice today! YUM!!! This is what is recommended when you first stop the cleanse. I drank it all day and it was cold, delicious goodness. I felt pretty good all day, but I have to admit I was getting pretty hungry. The lemonade does really fill you up.
I walked to the produce market to get everything for our weekend. It was a good walk and it was so fun to go shopping for food and have meals to prepare. I prepared our soup for tomorrow. We are having a vegetable soup that simmers in the slow cooker for 12 hours. It felt so good to be back in the kitchen and even better to know I was cooking a really healthy meal. I will post the recipe tomorrow once I have tried it.
Tonight Joey and I had fruit. Now, that wasn't recommended in the book, but we wanted to chew. We both just really wanted real food. We had kiwi, banana and mango. It was smart that we had to peel it all ourselves because it took up time and filled us up. It was very satisfying! The fruit tasted amazing. Right now, I feel totally fine, so I don't think it was a mistake. We ate very little and chewed very carefully. We wills see how we feel tomorrow!
There is one thing that is kind of interesting. I am a bit sad that the cleanse is basically over. It really has been a big part of my life the past ten days and I think I will miss it a little. Not the lemonade, but doing it. I guess I will need to set a new challenge for myself!