I’ve been doing something similar for a few months. I’ve been eating “Paleo”, which is basically Meats, Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts. Dairy isn’t prohibited, but also not encouraged, but I rarely eat it anyways. I haven’t done a full cleanse – I don’t freak out that my soy sauce has a little wheat in it, and I usually indulge once a week for a brownie or do the free-samples run at Costco (which always includes wheat-products). I haven’t noticed any differences in health, energy level, etc – though I have leaned up a fair bit despite not losing any actual weight, but there was a lot of calorie reduction going of (used to eat takeout every night, now I cook most of my meals) – but it really wasn’t that hard after the first week or two.
Advice that worked for me and may not help you one bit:
1.) Get rid of foods in the house that will tempt you. That was probably why the first two weeks were tough for me.
2.) Find some pro-cleanse foods that you like. For example, I get tired of almost every vegetable very quickly and I don’t believe Salad is good for anything except bait. Except Broccoli. I love that stuff. So I buy 6lbs of Broccoli every week and make stir fry dishes every day – I fill up on the good stuff and I actually like it. Likewise, Apples work for me right now since they are in season, cheap, and taste like candy. My diet on weekdays is now Chicken, Apples, and Broccoli, and I don’t mind it at all.
3.) Find some restaurant food that will work for you. At some point, you will have to eat out or get takeout. Have a plan. Easy if you like Salad, hard if you only eat real food.
Anyways, I doubt I will continue for much longer because it is a lot of work and I didn’t notice any real benefits, but I’ve always had the digestive tract of a champion.
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