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: