Day two, though. What a day.
I don’t want to sugar coat my C9 journey, so I’m just going to be honest about how today has felt!
I woke up really hungry having had stomach pains in the middle of the night. I figured this was all the nutritional bits and bobs doing their sweet thang, and it passed after a few minutes. The hunger, however, didn’t.
I felt lighter this morning, so I took a sneaky peek at the scales, even though I’m not supposed to until day 3. I lost 3lbs in 24 hours, which must have been all the retained water from a very unhealthy few days before the C9 started 😉
I had my aloe vera gel and supplements, and also had a few slices of melon and chunks of coconut to try to reduce the feeling of hunger. I also had a fresh lemon and ginger tea and a couple of pints of water. That did the trick for a while. I threw myself into work, and made sure I was hydrating myself all morning.
Come 11am, I had to snack on some dried prunes and apricots and a handful of whole almonds as I was feeling a bit woozy. A bit more work later and BOOM, a migraine hit me and wiped me out until about 6pm.
Having already had lots of caffeine widthdrawal headaches last week, I knew this was different as I had the ‘aura’ associated with a migraine. Having tried to work through it, I had to take the afternoon off, and decided to go to bed with my lunchtime shake and try to sleep the migraine off. This did the trick temporarily, though I had to take some painkillers – which slightly defeats the object of a detox – but I couldn’t bare the pain. I am not sure whether the visual disturbances and the migraine were associated with the cleanse, or a coincidence, but I am now feeling much better – happy to have my brain back.
My son came home early today as his carer was also feeling ill (what a bunch of sicknotes!), so I made him a delicious snack of a baked potato with loads of butter and cheese. Normally I would have gobbled up his leftovers, but I kept strong. I did inhale the lovely buttery steamy goodness of the potato… that’s normal, right?
For ‘dinner’ I had some carrot, celery and pepper sticks with a salsa made from chives, garlic, cherry tomatoes, chilli and basil, which was just what I needed as was craving something savoury. These veggies are all on the free foods list – my absolute saviour! For me, I find detoxes like this very hard when you have to live on a liquid diet, so the free foods list has been my favourite page of my programme. My teeth were made to chew!
Day 3 beckons…
Whilst my son swam around in the bath this evening, I downloaded a paleo recipe app which has inspired me to get cooking tomorrow. Day 3 means you can eat something more substantial, 600 calories worth of non-processed food! I can’t wait. I can also have two shakes rather than just one which is great news. I have been blending them up with different fruits from the free foods list, and have made some nice combos, but now I can add a few more ingredients. I’m thinking of adding natural peanut butter tomorrow, and some raw cacao. Yum. I would have to take that from my calorie allowance, but I reckon it will be worth it!
Day two has evidently been a little up and down, and I have lacked the energy that I had yesterday. That’s probably because of the migraine, but I am so looking forward to testing my cooking creativity further with my day 3 shakes and fabulous 600 calorie meal.
I have been telling my ‘Forever Aloe coach’, Claire, that I am inspired to carry on a paleo-style diet and to try to cook more following the C9. We shall see how long the inspiration lasts, hey!
See you tomorrow!