Twice I've completed the Blessed Herbs Colon Cleanse, and twice I've been very glad I've done so. It's a gruelingly difficult process, but I've always felt fantastic after it's completion. It requires a 5 day long liquids-only fast, which is particularly difficult when one works in a restaurant. And, it's not uncommon to have bouts of feeling positively rotten during the cleanse. But, it's sure a wonderful feeling to know you're ridding your body of toxins and icky stuff (mucoid plaque, they call it).
Tomorrow will be day one of the full-fledged fast. I've been slowly tapering down the amounts of food I've been eating over the past three days in preparation so as to hopefully cushion the blow.
Truth be told, I attempted to do this cleanse in November (twice!) but was unsuccessful. It was during this time that I was working two serving jobs and doing doubles 5-6 days a week. It was also November in Ohio, so it was cold and gross (for some reason, I find it exceedingly more difficult to be hungry when it's cold outside). So, being constantly surrounded by food, needing as much energy as possible to work my doubles, and being in gross weather all contributed to making the cleanse damn near impossible. By the time I got to the end of day 1 of each failed attempt, I felt like I was going to die. I got all hot, sweaty, queasy, and contracted a throbbing headache. I made the executive decision that the cleanse would have to wait until I was perhaps doing a less physically grueling job (both times I did the cleanse previously I was working only 4 nights a week and was otherwise sitting in classes, sitting while editing/deejaying, sitting doing homework, etc.) and also at a point in my life where I was not so consistently surrounded by food. I also knew that being in warmer weather would help too (the first time I did the cleanse was in June 2010 and it was a hell of a lot easier than when I did it the following snowy March).
So, now that I'm currently only working one serving job 4-5 nights a week (only 3 out of the 5 nights for the upcoming cleanse), I think it will make things easier. During the days I can be lowkey and keep myself occupied with other things (yay, Netflix!). It will also be a hell of a lot easier to drink the cleansing mixture at the designated times because I won't be preoccupied with being at work and lose track of the dosage schedule. The fact that LA is warm and beautiful in February also helps. I think somehow one's body is more willing to be hungry when it has to expend less energy on staying warm. Finally, the temptation will hopefully be less painful because I won't be quite so constantly surrounded by food.
I'm looking forward to feeling better and turning over a new leaf. I know the next several days are going to suck, but I also know I'm going to feel awesome when it's over :)