Deedo: Thanks for posting this and saying it wasn't so bad. I MUST do this but I've heard horror stories so I've been putting it off. I've heard the Epsom salts make you gag and I'd rather die than throw up. Also people have mentioned that the olive oil sloshing around makes them queasy.
Can you tell me your experience? Purdy please?
MCconvert: Welcome to the same boat we've all been in. I can say with all honesty that "I know how you feel" as do many others about being out of control. I think people feel as if they've been neglected (by cleansing) and I believe it's buried deep down inside. So you end the cleanse and have a great idea of "how" you're going to live with food but end up wanting to taste everything and the next thing you know it's binge city because you don't have a solid plan. You tell yourself you can cleanse again, or you'll stop before it gets out of control but you don't and it does. *sigh* Been there - done that.
I used to say, "Oh I'm going to eat 65% raw" and then not have a clue how to do so. I saw it in my head but never having lived a raw life my well laid plans were unrealistic. I give myself a A+ for the idea but I didn't have the tools to make it a reality. I do now. But that's after trial and error.
I personally don't believe everyone is meant to eat all raw. I'm a meat eater and I like fish. I can live my life eating everything else raw but do need to incorporate meat. Other's will argue but I have to do what I have to do. Right now, I've been all raw for about 35-36 days but I don't intend to stay that way forever. I'm just taking it a day at a time. You should check out the thread, it's "The one month raw challenge". "DON'T" (please) feel any pressure to do the same. Just go and read about our experiences, if you'd like to.
I believe (I'm not an authority) that you MUST have a 30 day plan *BEFORE* coming off the cleanse or you'll flap around like a fish out of water and eventually end up back where you were pre-cleanse.
It's not the cleanses fault. The cleanse is amazing and I could actually live there if it was feasible but it's not. Oh, by the way it's not your fault either. It's how we've been brought up. We need re-training and I know that sounds like a pain in the wazoo. However, something drew you here to the cleanse so you're in the right place at the right time. Consider yourself in college, Health 101. You're not going to know *everything*. Even the experts don't know *everything* but you know you and that's a beginning.