Breaking the Fast ~ 30 Day Banana Girl Challenge

So, I lasted 13 days and then I had to break the cleanse. I can’t tell you how hard it was to let myself end the cleanse,  because I’m a very strong willed person and there’s not fast or cleanse that I can’t do! I even tried to make it to day 14, but ultimately decided that my energy was just too low. I believe that intuition is key with everything and, I was getting very clear signs that my body was not doing well on this challenge.

I want to stress to everyone reading this that this may not even apply to you. I teach HOT Vinyasa Flow Yoga and I believe that I was unable to balance the delicacy of eating large “meals” and teach yoga. It was very complicated to eat at the proper time and make sure I had the energy. Then, I would burn off so many calories with the teaching of the classes, not to mention all the water that I needed to ingest. I normally average 2-3 liters of water a day, but the Banana Girl Diet stresses the importance of at least 3 liters a day. So, with the Hot Yoga, I need an average of 5 liters a day!

I can’t say enough good things about the support group on Facebook! They were so informative and helpful and encouraging. However, only you know your body and listening to that should always be a priority. Bottom line, I had no energy, felt hazy and was very spacy. I kept reading everyone else’s posts about  feeling great and high energy and I knew, that my body was not adjusting like I’d hoped.

You better trust that I was following the dietary guidelines religiously too! I was counting all my calories and averaging 2700 Calories a day. Sometimes falling a bit short on my water, but getting my 8 hours of minimum sleep. No matter how hard I tried, I woke up lethargic and started feeling a little depressed.

I intentionally hung in there for as long as I could, hoping to see a turn around in my energy because it’s perfectly natural to have a lull in energy for the first few days of any dietary change. Again, I can not stress how fabulous Freelee is and I have no doubts in the dietary lifestyle, however, I question if it is conducive to MY lifestyle.

Since, I ended the cleanse, I ate more poorly in 5 days than I have in the last year. I also had a tremendous emotional release. I am stunned by the power of this cleanse and am still analyzing what it means to me. My energy was back to it’s normal high range as before the cleanse too. I also find that I really am enjoying more fruit in my diet now.

At this point, I don’t plan on trying this cleanse again unless I begin to teach less yoga. However, I will be doing other cleanses 🙂