As a bride-to-be — eee! 🙂 — I’ve recently been trying to get into shape in preparation for the big day. Aside from forcing my butt to bike into work in the morning when I don’t feel like it, I’ve also started a cleanse compliments of Dr. Jen Newell, ND and BlushPretty. In exchange for Jen’s advice, meal plans and guidance, I will be blogging weekly to share my thoughts, experience, and how “hangry” I (hopefully don’t) get. 😉
The cleanse that I’m on is called the Blushing Bride Cleanse. It is a 21 day program consisting of 4 gradual phases. I’ll talk about the different phases as I reach each one.
I just finished Phase 1, where I reduced my caffeine intake (from two coffees a day to one), and said goodbye to processed foods. This part was pretty easy since I already made a huge change to my grocery-shopping habits a couple months ago. I already love almond milk and use it almost daily in my morning protein shakes. Overall, I think phase 1 was a success. I don’t feel any different, yet, but hopefully that’ll change in phase 2.
Phase 2 is quite a lot more challenging. I am on day 4 of the plan, and I feel like I’m breaking! I have eliminated caffeine and gluten completely. I’m learning to love my David’s Tea The Glow. It’s okay. It’s not coffee. I find myself groggy now at the end of the day. Oh, it’s also difficult to find gluten-free snacks in my usual coffee stops.
I am praying that I’ll feel a lot better towards the end of this phase. It’s kinda fun because I get to make trips to the health food store to explore ingredients I’ve never cooked with before. 🙂 I’m also trying to make some of the recipes in the food plan, like this gluten-free “Glorious Morning Muffins.” Not too bad for my first try at gluten-free baking, eh?
Glorious Morning Muffins
Be sure to check out other reviews so far of the Blushing Bride Cleanse: