First let me tell you why I decided to do this cleanse. I love food. Lots of food. And it's not that I eat that bad, but I honestly eat all day long and I can't help but think what shape I'd be in if I had any concept of portion control. The UR meals are very structured, what to eat, when to eat it, how much water to drink, so it takes the guesswork out of it. I'm hoping that the structure of it will force me to learn how to eat. Here's what else ails me: I have horrible sinuses and allergies, which is actually the initial reason I gave up dairy 3 years ago. I know that the main cause is probably my cats, but they're not going anywhere so I'll try anything. I suffer from swelling of my feet and hands, usually after exercising or walking in the warm weather, sometimes so bad I can't bend my fingers. What a lot of people don't know about me is that I also have sleep apnea. Not the kind where I could lose weight and it would go away, but the genetic kind where I have a fat tongue that blocks my airway when I sleep. I have used a CPAP machine in the past and refuse to go back to it. Currently I'm using a "binky" as Scott calls it that fits in my mouth and suctions my tongue forward when I sleep. Very sexy. I always fall asleep with it in, but wake up with it hiding somewhere under the sheets. Because of this I don't always feel clear-headed and alert and I believe that it zaps my energy. I've also been battling heel issues since January so this is going to be a nice break from running to give my body some time to rest and heal itself. In short, this is what I'm hoping to gain from this:
- lose weight
- learn better portion control
- decrease swelling
- alleviate allergies and decrease sinus inflammation
- gain mental clarity
- heal by body from over-training and injuries
So how was Day 1? Not bad! I'm not going to lie, I was hungry. I think mostly because, like I said, I'm used to eating all day, but I was also legit hungry, too. So hungry, in fact, that I forgot to take a picture of my dinner! (Which, btw, was really good! It was baked tempeh, asparagus and baby potatoes.) The first week of the Reset has some meat and dairy products, but since I'm vegan I followed the vegan options for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was quinoa, walnuts, pineapple and coconut milk. For lunch I had a big salad with all kinds of veggies including jicama and sprouts, cashews and pumpkin seeds. I've had a slight headache all day. I think it's too early to be experiencing any detox symptoms so I'm guessing it's from being hungry. One thing I know for sure is it's not from dehydration. One full gallon of distilled water down and I don't think I've ever peed this much in one day ever! I made up a batch of the Basic Vinaigrette and Greek Dressings for the week. So far the supplements aren't bad either. The Alkalize isn't great, but it's only once a day and you can drink it down like a shot in no time. I can't wait to see how I feel tomorrow!