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.