Weekends and Cleanses do not mix

Well Friends,

Today is supposedly day 9 of my cleanse.  However, I’m not sure if it can be called day 9 since a monstrous hiccup occurred in my virtuous food and drink regime on Sunday.  I am weak.

This weekend saw an unscheduled visit to Wales to see family and to hunt for a new car.  Friday evening began with a long overdue dinner out with old friends.  I succeeded in abstaining from wine and sticking to the cleanse guidelines.  Saturday night involved a night-in with my mum and aunts (read: LOTS of wine and girly talk).  Once again I abstained from the wine and ate the right food.  Sunday lunchtime was the weekly sunday roast (read: again wine and sherry).  I abstained and mostly stuck to the cleanse food guidelines.  After lunch, in order to practice my driving, I drove back from Wales on the motorway (which wasn’t as hard as I thought but was still stressful).  On our return Sunday evening I was tired and spent, and IT happened.  10 corn thins with peanut butter and rasperry jam, and a small bag of sweets later IT ended.

That was day 7.  Over the course of the weekend my digestive system hasn’t being doing too well, probably IBS as I was stressed and/or too much raw food; this, accompanied with Sunday’s binge, led to the demise of the cleanse.  I gave up.  My mind was weak and my body wasn’t, and isn’t, working as it should and usually does.  Roll on day 9 and I’ve had coffee two mornings in a row and I have snacked on corn thins and peanut butter, and just generally snacked (snacking’s discouraged).  So,  I’m not sure if you could say I’m still on the cleanse…  I’m half and half, which just doesn’t work.  On the up side, I haven’t had wine for 8 days despite being tempted in the wilderness back in Wales.  And my second year at university has started off well.  I’m enjoying both the course content and my course mates.  Who said life was all bad.  And I did make 7 days on the cleanse.  Now the question remains: should I celebrate the 7 days I had and leave it there, or try to start again for one more day tomorrow as it’s the final day?  Mentally, I’m not sure if I have the determination to do anymore of the cleanse.  I have learnt alot on it, and it’s made me realise that I can be too hard on myself and that I still haven’t let go of my perfectionist ideals.  Any tips?  Oh, and I’ve learnt that my usual diet isn’t that bad, and I can’t wait to start baking again (healthy baking, of course…).  See, every cloud has a silver lining 🙂

In the next few days I am hoping to review these babies:

They are all natural, raw, vegan, gluten-free delicious snacks that the lovely people at Natural Balance Foods sent me.  I guess you may want to stay tuned then… x


5 thoughts on “Weekends and Cleanses do not mix

  1. Wow, I’ve not seen their new bars before. I used to eat their standard ones for breakfast each weekday; must have eaten several hundred. Not sure you can call something containing only cashews and dates a cookie however 😉


  2. Well I think you should celebrate the 7 days really you have done so well,Da Iawn ti ,and as you have said you have learnt a lot through the cleanse and that you can be too hard on yourself(yes we do tend to give ourselves a hard time)but as you also said your usual diet isn’t that bad!!!I mean you abstained all that alcohol in Wales,So hun give yourself a pat on the back you have achieved lots through the cleanse!!!!! I had to laugh those cherry infused raisins are the ones I used by mistake in one of your lovely dishes thinking they were just raisins,they were nice but not mixed with the contents of the yummy dish:) dying to know what all the other things are like.beckyxx


  3. That’s so funny that they were the raisins you used; no wonder it tasted weird; they taste weird on their own let alone mixed in a savoury dish! Thank you for your kind words and support. I enjoyed my wine tonight and it did feel well deserved despite not seeing through the cleanse 🙂 xxx


  4. Give yourself a pat on the back for what you *did* do… which is more then I’d manage in one go.

    I love the Nak’d range, and their customer service is great too. I mentioned on their fan page on facebook I’d not been able to find any of the flapjacks, and they kindly posted me out a box of goodies. It was the best day ever!

    I’m not a massive fan of the flavoured raisins, but everything else it loooovely.


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