Today’s Questions for a Cleanser comes from Sarah of juice bar and dinner party fame We’ve had a lovely time keeping each other updated on our cleansing experiences and I hope you enjoy reading her answers as much as I did! Also make sure to take a look at the tasty spaghetti squash recipe posted at the end, I had it as part of my dinner tonight and it was delicious!
Who are you?
Hello! I’m Sarah Voiles. I am a nanny in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I have two very sweet kitties. I love to crochet blankets and scarves, read, watch documentaries and eat dark chocolate!
What were your reasons: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc for embarking on the cleanse?
All of the above! However, I was especially excited for the support and added information I would get from Natalia, her team and all of the other amazing cleansers on this journey.
What detox symptoms, if any, have you experienced?
I’ve actually experienced quite a few detox symptoms. I’ve had times of being very tired, cold, night sweats, disrupted sleep patterns, I even had a random sore in my mouth that only lasted 24hrs. Thankfully, much of my detox symptoms were in the first two weeks of the cleanse. I will occasionally have days where I’m particularly tired but not nearly as often.
What positive changes have you noticed?
I have noticed many fantastic changes! Physically, I’ve leaned out a little, the whites of my eyes are brighter, my skin is more clear and has a glow to it. In general, I simply feel better and even happier. I feel like I have more mental clarity, the ‘foggy’ feeling I would often have is gone. The largest positive change I have noticed has been emotionally. So many emotional wounds surfaced. Big, small, really old, newish… many things I had thought I’d forgotten about came up and out. I’ve done a lot of journaling and crying and feel as though I’m so much lighter just from releasing all of those suppressed emotions. That has been my favorite part of the cleanse
What was your lifestyle like (regarding food and health) prior to the cleanse and what are you planning for after the cleanse?
Before the cleanse I had been following Natalia Rose’s Detox For Women for a couple of years, but not consistently. There would be periods of time when I would stray but always came back. My goal is to make the detox lifestyle my own for forever. My plan is to add a well combined lunch back into my day and juice until dinner at least one weekend a month. Someday I hope to adopt the juicing till dinner as my everyday lifestyle.
Are there any tips or inspiration you would like to share with fellow cleansers or those curious in a cleansing lifestyle?
Allow yourself to rest as much as necessary, especially in the beginning.
Don’t let the fear of success and feeling good frighten you.
Be well prepared! I find it hugely helpful to plan out my juices and meals 4-5 days ahead of time and get to the store so that I have everything on hand as I need it.
Know that you are likely to deal with a lot of emotional detoxing as well.
Do incorporate body brushing, Epsom salt baths, and colon cleansing!
Be very gentle and kind with yourself.
Spaghetti Squash A la Sarah:
A delicious spaghetti squash dinner- my version was made with romaine- I was out of spinach!
1/2 Tb coconut oil
nutritional yeast to taste ( I usually use about 1/4 cup)
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 chopped garlic clove
a handful or two of fresh baby spinach
Cook up your spaghetti squash and toss in a bowl. Stir in the coconut oil until the squash is evenly covered. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well incorporated and the spinach has had a chance to wilt slightly.