As thrilled as I am about the success of my cleanse, I am also aware that I had it easier than many people who launch themselves into any type of detoxification regimen. For the past three years I have been 100% gluten-free and dairy-free. I am not a drinker, I don’t like candy and I absolutely cannot drink coffee because the caffeine makes me feel shaky and unwell. And so, some of the hardest giving-up aspects of cleansing were already well established and no biggie for me.
I have already revealed my weakness for chocolate in a previous post. What I did not mention is that Twining’s Earl Grey tea is another. I am, however, so sensitive to caffeine that I need to indulge sparingly and one cup per day is my maximum. About a month before the cleanse, I got into the habit of waking up early, making a cup of Earl Grey tea and climbing back into bed with my book to quietly start my morning. The smell of the fragrant steam rising from my tea cup first thing in the morning quite simply delighted my senses and I fell in love with a new ritual.
Fortunately, my Earl Grey ritual was not established enough by the time we started our cleanse for it to be a painful loss. I simply replaced Earl Grey with Tazo Vanilla Rooibos (which has a distinctive fragrance also) and kept the lovely, quiet mornings going.
One of my favourite things about Saturday mornings is that my morning tea ritual has extended hours. On a Saturday morning I have been known to read in bed for three hours! This morning, my husband was up first and brought me up a cup of tea. To celebrate the cleanse being finished, I decided to go back to my morning favourite. And, oh man, did I ever enjoy that cup of Twining’s Earl Grey!
It is five hours later and I am still feeling completely and utterly crappy! My body feels shaky on the inside, I have a sort of heavy feeling in my chest and I am absolutely exhausted. It’s all I can do to resist the urge to lie down and sleep-it-off. However, Michael and Zachary are both sporting ripped-up jeans and gaping shoes so I am off to the mall…oh joy, oh rapture. I mean, really, what better place to feel enervated on a Saturday afternoon?
Honestly, my mind is absolutely blown…five hours after one cup of mildly caffeinated tea and I am feeling categorically dreadful.
Talk about coming down from the heights of my cleanse with a crash!