Sunday, March 25, 2012

21 Day Cleanse

After six rounds of chemotherapy and 33 radiation sessions, it's time for a good old fashioned detox and cleanse. I just feel like my body is finally ready to start healing from all the toxic treatment I have received.

cafe-230x230I am a proponent of the Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr and have decided to follow her 21 Day Cleanse starting tomorrow. I have never done a detox or cleanse, so this will be a new experience for me.

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I ran out and bought Kris Carr's books and a juicer. I probably juiced three or four times and gave up. It's not easy. You have to make fresh juice every day or every other day, depending on how many veggies you are juicing. It takes about an hour to make enough juice for two days. Given all the benefits of juicing, it is time well spent. I just need to get back into it!

Here is a checklist from the book that I will use for the next 21 days to keep myself on the right path:
  1. Did you abstain from coffee?
  2. Did you abstain from alcohol?
  3. Did you abstain from gluten?
  4. Did you abstain from animal products?
  5. Did you abstain from sugar and choose low-glycemic fruits and better alternatives such as stevia or agave nectar?
  6. Did you dry brush today?
  7. Did you clean your sinuses with a neti pot? (I won't be doing this one!)
  8. Did you move your body for at least 35 minutes?
  9. Did you meditate for 15 to 20 minutes?
  10. Did you chew your meals thoroughly and mindfully?
  11. Did you laugh out loud and tell someone you love him or her today?
  12. Did you spend time in nature? Even five minutes is better than nothing?
  13. Did you get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep?
  14. What did you eat today and did you juice?
  15. How much purified water did you consume. Include fresh veggie juices in your calculation.
  16. What supplements did you take?
  17. How was your elimination? (TMI!)
  18. What time did you stop eating? Three hours before bedtime is optimal.
  19. How do you feel physically?
  20. How do you feel emotionally?
The 21 Day Cleanse recommends drinking a green juice in the morning and then switching to vegan, mainly raw, organic meals for lunch, dinner and snacks.

For those of you who know me personally, you know that it will not be easy for me to give up coffee or alcohol. But I feel like it's time. It's time for me to do something really positive for my health over these next three weeks.

Care to join me?


  1. Sounds good! I also ran out and bought her book, but alas I soon fell off the juice wagon. I am still doing radiation...last week of treatments starts tomorrow! So I will be holding off on my detox until I finish treatments. Like you, giving up coffee and wine will be a real challnge (she typed as she sipped her sauvignon blanc). I will definitely give it a try, so you go on and start without me, and let me know how it goes.
    Florence (a.k.a. Cancer Warrior)

  2. I had to Google the dry brush question. Interesting. I wonder if I'll ever get to the end of the Internet. There is so much out there to learn. ;-)

  3. Low Glycemic Fruits.....yea!....Strawberries are good then, right ? We used to make Strawberry Wine in the back shed when I lived in VA. Maybe that would be a ok ?! Good luck with the cleanse. You are an inspiration. luv ya.

  4. The neti-pot is harmless. I promise you! Just make sure you use distilled water.

    Giving up wine is definitely hard. I am trying to subsitute it for beer since I dont like it and end up only drinking a few sips. lol. :-)

    Good luck!

    p.s. I found you either thru Cancer Warrior (I am a friend of her sister's) and/or CSL.

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