Moderation is key coming out of a cleanse. The good news is that more than likely you will not have any desire to go back to your old ways, especially after a prolonged cleanse or detox. Here is a good example. I went 14 days straight without caffeine with the intention of ending my morning dependency on coffee. What I realized is that it's not the caffeine I formed a habit to. It was the physical action of having a warm, tasty beverage to start my day. The day after I ended my cleanse I had one cup of coffee and I have not had one since. I wasn't drawn to it like I was in the past and I have actually switched to chai tea, which only has 1/4 the amount of caffeine that a cup of coffee does.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying a cup of coffee just like there is nothing wrong with enjoying a bottle of wine over dinner or dessert. Moderation is the key and completing a cleanse can help you with this. Although results may vary here are three things that you will likely experience.
Decrease In Cravings
I noticed this within the first few days of my cleanse. My usual cravings for coffee and chocolate became numb and I actually did not have cravings for anything. The juice gave me everything I needed including energy and satiation. Even since my cleanse ended I have noticed that these cravings have not come back.
Increased Mind-Body Connection
During the cleanse I noticed just how disconnected my body and mind were. Although I was not physically craving anything my mind was constantly thinking about food! Anything from toast and peanut to macaroni and cheese, which are things that I normally wouldn't even eat. It made me wonder just how many times in the past I have eaten based on what my mind wanted rather than what my body needed. As a result of the cleanse I am much more in tune with my body and only eat when I am physically hungry. For me even just noticing this disconnect was eye opening.
Improved Body Image
Perhaps the most important thing I took away from the cleanse is an overall improved body image. I considered this experience as an opportunity to restart or reset after overindulging on a recent vacation. I did not weigh myself once, in fact I don't even own a scale. The truth is that I felt lighter both mentally and physically and it is possible that I lost a couple of pounds, but most importantly I felt better about myself. I also set myself up for some really good habits, including breaking my dependency on coffee and becoming a more conscious eater.