I did my very first cleanse three months ago. I had always been reluctant to attempt a cleanse for two reasons; the first being that I was concerned that I would be hungry all the time, and the second being that I had heard horror stories about the physical effects of cleansing and detoxification.
Well, it turns out that I was not hungry all the time and actually loved every minute of my cleanse. And, what I hadn’t taken into consideration in terms of the ill-effects of detox, was that I had already given up all the things that cause people so much discomfort; sugar, alcohol, caffeine, dairy, and gluten. So, really, my cleanse was just learning to eat a slightly different combination of foods at more prescribed times.
No sweat at all!
This cleanse, however, is proving to be entirely different.
By about 3:00pm yesterday afternoon, I had a headache so severe I thought that perhaps the top of my head might actually blow off with the pressure. I slept badly last night and when I awoke this morning I felt groggy and disoriented and my head did not feel much better.
By the time I had been up a few hours and had consumed massive amounts of water I could feel the headache easing off slightly. I have been able to function today and, when the house miraculously emptied of all the men in my family, the quiet time did my head a world of good. I even felt well enough to make a Raw Lemon Cheesecake and the process of juicing lemons and grating zest felt both meditative and calming and my headache has been downgraded to just mildly uncomfortable.
I am absolutely amazed that removing meat from my diet is causing me to have this physical reaction. If I were coming off coffee I could understand the headaches. But coming off meat? Seriously?
And while I do not like the sensation of the headache, I am now absolutely fascinated by what is taking place in this miraculous body.