I came off my 22 day fast last Tuesday, with organic OJ. From the first drink, I immediately felt HUN-GRY! I put the juice in a 40 oz
bottle, and drank from it all day, as I had the lemonade mixture. That night, I chopped up a bunch of different veggies, made some brown rice, mixed it all together and made the soup.
Wednesday morning, I had OJ and nibbled on a rye cracker because I was so hungry. Later in the day, I ate about 4 rye crackers and had some soup. A couple of hours later, my face and tongue started feeling numb and tingly, my sinuses got congested, and I felt heavy and gross. This was the same way I used to feel after eating fast food, so I wondered, “What the…?”
I did a little Internet research and realized…
I have intolerance to wheat.
GREAT. Wheat and/or gluten are in just about everything you eat, it seems.
I already knew I have intolerance to lactose, as well as a high sensitivity to sodium, so now that’s three things I have to watch for and try to avoid.
Elimination of the rye crackers further bore out this theory, as I continued to drink the juice and eat the soup, and felt fine.
Friday, I re-introduced a little meat into my body. For lunch, I made a great salad, and added a small dollop of turkey salad. For dinner, I had another salad to which I added a few small shreds of chicken and a few bacon crumbles. On both occasions, the meat felt as though it sat like a lump in my stomach, I felt heavy and gross, and I decided that – again, while I’m not going to say ‘never’, I am going to say, “Not for now” in regard to eating meat.
Saturday, I went to dinner at a Chinese restaurant, and had some veggie spring rolls. Shortly after eating the second one, my tongue starting getting numb and tingly. I shared with my friend, who has wheat allergies, my experience with the rye crackers and now the spring rolls. He said, “Yep, you’re wheat intolerant…. The wrap on the rolls has wheat in it.”
I also could taste and feel every bit of the sodium in the noodles and veggies I ordered.
I’m fascinated with all this, because it’s like my body after the fast is a blank canvas, and I get to see very clearly, as I watch my food intake, what my body reacts well to, and what it doesn’t. It’s such an education.
I’m also continuing to weigh myself every morning and measure myself once a week. I’m happy to say that I’ve gained back less than half a pound (about .2) so far. My waist and hips have increased by one-half inch
each and my thighs have remained the same. I’m hoping the half-inch gain is just from having food in my digestive system.
Some miscellaneous things I’ve noticed since coming off the cleanse: The first three nights after coming off, I had HORRIFIC, wake myself up, ice cold and sweating from fear nightmares. My sleep feels much heavier and it’s harder to wake up. On the cleanse, I slept much more restfully. I also appear to be doing more mouth breathing in sleep off the cleanse, as I wake up with chapped lips and dry mouth – this had gone away during the cleanse. I’m also back to my “afternoon naptime”, getting sleepy every day around 3pm, which I’d always had but went away during the cleanse. This probably has to do with my quality of sleep.
The “pooch”, that little roll of fat that many women have just under their navel, which went flat during the cleanse, has popped back out. Would that be from the brown rice?
I think it’s Somer that has been mentioning in posts that it’s good to know WHY you’re cleansing and exactly what your goals are for the cleanse. That is so true, and I think it is a great contributor to the success of a cleanse. I feel like it was for me, because I did know exactly why I was doing it and what I wanted to achieve. So I’m taking Somer’s philosophy and working toward applying it toward adding regular exercise into my life. This, along with the continued education of myself about food and nutrition, is the next phase of my journey.
I’ve also had some further eye-opening revelations about my psychology of food, which I’ll share in another post, as this one is becoming a novelette. ;)
I’ve been reading with great interest the stories of others who are sharing their experiences both on and coming off the cleanse. Thank you all for that, and keep them coming!
Also, I’d love to hear experiences and tips from other folks who are wheat / gluten intolerant, and / or lactose intolerant.
Best of luck to everyone on their journeys!