Taking A Different Approach, Part Three

I am sharing a small personal journey that I just completed.   My journey addresses an aspect of my life that I needed to work on as it was affecting my health.  I am not endorsing any products or methods for dealing with the subject of these blog posts.  I am sharing my thoughts and feeling and what I decided was the best course of action for me.

Part Three

Weight gain and depression. What should I do?

I expressed to the chiropractor that these were also concerns. This chiropractor has a holistic approach. After chatting, he recommended I speak with his wife who is also a chiropractor and does nutritional counseling. We started on some supplements and she suggested that I try a cleanse. This is through a company called Standard Process. It is their 21 Day Purification Program. From their website:
“The purification program combines a generous menu of whole foods with supplements that support the body’s ability to remove naturally occurring toxins. This promotes a state that allows for toxin release.”
“The Standard Process Purification Program is not strictly a cleanse diet but rather a structured program that combines whole food eating with supplements, nutritious supplement shakes, and light exercise. The menu includes an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits for the first 10 days with select proteins added on day 11.”

Okay. Let’s refresh. Food is my go to for comfort. I am also a die-hard coffee addict. I even have a page devoted to coffee on the blog. Give up coffee? You have got to be kidding! Did I mention that I love meat and cheese and eggs? Well those were off-limits too. Oh and no grains of any kind, no nuts and I would have to eat vegetables. Get out of here! (Okay – I like vegetables, but not as my total meal) As you may have guessed, I am not a vegetarian and this purification program was going to have me eating as a vegan minus the grains. No way. vegetables-fresh-100715-02
Never say never. When my husband voiced that he did not think I could do it, well, he must have caught me in my rebellious teen mood because I was all “I’ll show him” and I agreed to the cleanse. What did I just get myself into?!

The day I bought the purification kit, I was presented with a large bag filled with shake supplements, Cleanse supplements, Green Food supplements and Whole food fiber powder. I was ready. I did the preliminary shopping and read through the instruction in the booklet as well as the online site. They also have an app for the iPhone. The online PDF can be downloaded and it is a great resource for recipes, tips and what to expect when the cleanse is complete
This was my schedule:
Days 1-7
2-3 SP Complete per day
(2 scoops per shake)
7 SP Cleanse capsules 3 times per day
1 tablespoon Whole Food Fiber per SP Complete shake

Days 8-21

2-3 SP Complete or SP Complete Dairy Free shakes per day
(2 scoops per shake)
1 tablespoon Whole Food Fiber per SP Complete shake
5 SP Green Food capsules 2 times per day

Plus I was on three other supplements that I had been taking to deal with the adrenals, blood glucose levels,and a B-vitamin complex. So I was taking a lot of supplements. This was out of the norm for a person who balks at medications. I decided to think of it as a pumped up vitamin regimen.

Next time: Part Four – The Cleanse


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