I have a whole new appreciation for chewing.  Chewing. Chewing. Glorious chewing!

I’m sure you’re all tired of reading about my cleanse, but are you tired of watching about my cleanse?  Because I made a video!  This is all a part of my New Year’s Resolution to get back into Webshows.  Now, those of you that remember from the Daily Special and Pretty Imperfect days, well I had a professional production crew behind me on that one–so it’s not like that, at all.  This little video is just me, a flip cam, and my laptop…still I’m pretty impressed by my meager technological prowess.  I even made a YouTube Channel for The Kim Challenge, so I can start posting more videos!  Hopefully I’ll get better at this thing as the year progresses.

So if you’re cable is out, or you’re just wondering what my voice sounds like…check it out: I’m animated on the Internets!

Now on to the food, the real food, the non pureed food.  I feel like I need to reach out to every infant I know and tell them what a great thing they’ve got to look forward to!  Chewing, all the cool kids are doing it.

Seriously, you can tell you love food when you wake up multiple times in the night wondering if it’s time to chew yet.  I kept things simple, mainly because Organic Avenue sent me an email telling me I could have fruits, salads, and steamed veggies.  No dairy, nuts, grains, or legumes, and no meats.  I improvised a little with dinner because I didn’t want another salad, but I feel like I’m still within my cleanse breaking boundaries.  They didn’t send me any instructions for tomorrow so I’m thinking I can start incorporating other foods back in.  You know, now that my stomach remembers how to move and stuff.

As I said in the video (but my guess is that not all of you are going to watch it, so I’ll repeat it here) while this experience certainly wasn’t as easy, enlightening, or magical as I was anticipating, now that I have some distance from it I can certainly see the benefits.  My body really does feel clean inside.  Kind of empty,  but empty in a good way, in a way that makes me want to only fill it with good things from now on.  I’m also down 6lbs, which is a nice little ego boost even though I’m pretty sure it’s just water weight.  Speaking of water weight, a major bonus of this experience was feeling like I lost a lot of bloat I didn’t even realize I had.

I’m glad I did it, but I don’t ever want to do it again.  I don’t usually go for the ‘extreme’ version of anything diet related (mostly because at heart I’m a total extremist and I don’t want get to that crazy obsessive head space I definitely occupied when I was younger), so this was a little outside my comfort zone.  Sometimes going outside ones comfort zone is a good thing, but I think next time I’m feeling like trying a detox I’ll go for a slower more food based version.

Have you ever done a detox, extreme or mild?  What was your experience?

Fruit

Fruit

Salad

I think I might have gone a little overboard with the veggies.  I was really excited.

Soup

I made a simple cauliflower soup which was basically just organic vegetable broth, cauliflower, onion and garlic all pureed for tasty/easy to digest goodness