Part of my challenge was that I envisioned the having a 3rd child to be like having just 1 child. Nap time is free time, plenty of opportunity for walking off the baby weight, and going to Target without someone presenting an emotional case for why she or he MUST HAVE A TOY RIGHT NOW! It is like that- mostly. What I hadn't anticipated (or perhaps I just forgot) is how long it takes to feed a baby, change a baby, and load a baby into the car. Throw in the requirement to be at school on time for picking up the older kids and I'm done. There is no time for exercise, at least for me. I do know some people who get up at 5:30 to exercise. Good for them! I get up at 5:30 to be with a 1 year old.
The result: No time to exercise, no "easy" way to lose the baby weight, and way too much Easter candy. My body was on sugar overload and gave no indication of stopping. So, time to do something for me and still get the laundry done, run errands, and cook dinner.
I tried the Young Living 5 Day Nutritive Cleanse. I was excited to start it and looking forward to breaking the sugar habit. I had read the instructions and felt that I could certainly handle this- I had given birth 3 times hadn't I? I had to clean out my system and kick the sugar habit. I could do this. And if I lost some weight in the process- bonus!
I did do it. All 5 days. However, as a mom who is responsible for 3 kids for 14 hours in a day, there are some things that I feel I should share for anyone else considering this.
Day 1- This was definitely the most difficult day. I had almost no energy- and I'm a pretty energetic person. I didn't feel the toxic symptoms of gas until after the 2nd "meal" and never felt bloated. I attribute this to the good eating habits I had for January through March. If you are a stay at home mom- I would start on a weekend when dad can help. I needed a nap in the afternoon- I was exhausted. The caffeine headache in the middle of the day was almost unbearable. I couldn't wait to go to bed so it would hopefully go away.
Day 2- I had slightly more energy, but not much. There was still some gas, but I never felt bloated. I didn't really experience food cravings (as the program literature warns) but I did miss food- especially dinner. The headache persisted as well- not easy on a Monday. I was committed though and kept going.
Day 3-Finally I awoke with more energy than I had the day before. The headache was subsiding and I was used to the protocol. Lots of water, some snacks of fruit (which I love) and I was actually having fun putting some of my favorite oils, lemon and Thieves, into the shake. On this day though, there was a new side effect. The Ninxja Red (a very high anti oxidant drink- think of V8 Splashers on steroids) was giving me heartburn- something to which I am not usually susceptible.
Day 4- I skipped the Ninxja Red in the morning, and was getting used to no coffee. I had almost my normal energy and there was no headache. I learned that in order to avoid the heart burn, I had to drink the Ninxja Red first then have the shake. That worked like a charm. However, by dinner time I was ready to quit. I missed food. A lot. I was still cooking dinner for a family and not being able to eat it was just plain sad. But I kept going. Had another shake for dinner and stuck to the plan. At this point I felt lighter and could see my belly (where a lot of my baby weight remained) getting smaller. My jeans fit better too. I knew I only had one more day to go. So far it was all worth it.
Day 5- I had my normal energy back. No headache. No heartburn. 5lbs. less on the scale. I cruised through my last day and high-fived my husband when I had my last shake for dinner.
In short- here are some highlights of things to consider as a parent before doing this cleanse:
- Be prepared mentally.
- If you are home with kids, start on a Saturday. If you work in an office, I'd start on a Monday.
- Have the support of your spouse or partner.
- Have the recommended snacks on hand and available.
- Prepare your shakes a little while before you anticipate needing them. They are very filling but my most tempting time to quit was when I was hungry.
What I have learned and will take away from this experience:
- This is only a first step. Maintaining with diet and exercise is next.
- Eat healthier snacks that are high in protein and fiber.
- Have more fruit on hand to have as a snack.
- Cut back on bread even if it's whole wheat.
- Drink more water. It flushes out the system.
My next steps:
- Begin taking Thermaburn to raise my metabolism in my newly cleaned digestive system.
- Have a shake instead of macaroni and cheese for lunch. The protein shake can be used as a meal replacement for continued weight management.
- Remember how well my clothes fit now so I have fruit for dessert instead of getting back into sugar and candy
- Have a cup of coffee.