A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned on Instagram stories that I was going to attempt the Hormonal Balancing Cleanse in the WomanCode book. My husband, Brandon, was out of town, so I thought it would be a great time to start since I didn’t have to worry about cooking dinner for anyone.
Well let’s just say that was a major fail. I made it one day and then caved to a chicken sandwich I had been craving. Plus not having anyone there to hold me accountable wasn’t really a good idea.
Eventually, I decided to attempt the WomanCode cleanse again. This was last week, Monday – Thursday. And I am proud to say I actually did it!
I talked about my obsession for the WomanCode book last week in my post The One Book Every Woman Should Read, so I figured sharing my experience with the cleanse would be a great way to follow all of that up.
Why I Did The Cleanse
As I mentioned above, my obsession with this book runs deep and I’m interested in learning about/trying everything the author talks about. Including this cleanse.
I had never done a cleanse outside of the Whole 30 (if you consider that a cleanse) and since this was only 4 days I thought it seemed doable. In my post last week on WomanCode I also talked about my struggle with acne. Acne is how my body is telling me something is wrong internally. It is something I am determined to fix/cure without the help of a prescription.
I did not go into the WomanCode cleanse with the idea that it would be a cure all for my hormonal imbalance (aka acne), but I did think it was a great place to start. I was looking at it as more of a reset than anything else.
The WomanCode Cleanse
The WomanCode cleanse is four days long and described by the author as a way to “help reset your pathways of elimination, stabilize your blood sugar, minimize internal stress and recalibrate your endocrine system for optimal performance”. Basically it is designed to rid our system of toxins and extra estrogen that cause a disruption in the hormonal balance.
Exactly what to eat each day is laid out with portion sizes and substitution options. The meals consist of mostly fruits and vegetables, protein in the form of Salmon or White Fish (there are also bean options, if you don’t eat fish), healthy fats and unprocessed grains.
Meal prepping and being prepared played a huge role in being successful with the WomanCode cleanse. I went grocery shopping and prepped the Sunday before I started. I did this by making sure all my fruits and veggies were rinsed and cut, brown rice was precooked, soup was prepared and my salmon was ready to be heated up. Having everything ready to go simplified everything and was worth the time it took on Sunday.
For breakfast, I had approximately 1.5 Cups of a fresh fruit salad that consisted of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. The fruit salad was tossed with fresh lemon juice and one TBSP of flax meal. I also enjoyed a glass of hot lemon water on the side (you can read here about the benefit of hot lemon water).
With breakfast it is encouraged to take a fiber supplement as well as consuming a green drink. For the green drink, I had a Suja Juice Monday and Wednesday and then had a glass of Chlorophyll water on Tuesday and Thursday.
On Monday and Tuesday lunch consisted of a Liver Cleansing salad with ACV/Olive Oil Dressing, ½ cup of brown rice and 4 oz of salmon.
Day three is a Vegan day, so rather than salmon on Wednesday, I added ½ cup of quinoa to my salad and half an avocado.
Day four it is recommended to have white fish rather than the salmon. I enjoyed 4oz of Cod on the last day.
All four nights of dinner is one of two soups, Quick Vegetable Soup or Mung Bean Minestrone. On Monday and Tuesday I opted for the the Quick Vegetable Soup. I was not the least bit impressed with this soup so on Wednesday I made the Mung Bean Minestrone.
The Quick Vegetable Soup is literally just celery, onion, carrots, parsley and turnip boiled in water…not sure why I even thought it was a good idea.
The Mung Bean Minestrone, on the other hand was delicious. It was made with onion, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth and either Mung Beans or Lentils. I opted for the Lentils. This is definitely a soup I will make again!
With this being my first cleanse, I guess I don’t have much to go off of, but I actually enjoyed this cleanse. I mean, I’m not going to lie, it was rough at night when Brandon was making a delicious dinner and I had to sip on soup, but in the end, it really was not that bad.
After breakfast was my biggest struggle. I usually drink a protein drink that keeps me pretty full until at least 10:00. The bowl of fruit did not do much for me. My stomach was growling by 8:00 which made my mornings a little rough.
I honestly loved having such a large, healthy lunch! It was extremely filling and I didn’t feel tired as soon as I was done like I normally do after lunch. I’ve even continued to eating Salmon for lunch every day since.
For dinner, the author recommends eating 3.5-4 hours prior to bedtime. However that just is not realistic for me, so I’m not sure how that affected the digestion of the soup. As I said above, I really did enjoy the Mung Bean Minestrone. It was filling and hearty which is a nice surprise when you are “cleansing”.
As far as how I felt after the cleanse…
Definitely a lot less bloated! Which is always a good thing. I felt lighter overall (although I don’t think I actually lost weight) and by the end of day 4 I felt more energized. As for my skin, I didn’t notice much of a difference. It was only 4 days though, so to be honest, I wasn’t really expecting anything there.
Since doing the WomanCode cleanse, I’ve definitely made some major changes to my diet. I am paying more attention to what I eat for lunch by trying to keep it filling yet light. Plus I LOVED not being tired immediately after lunch. I am also going to continue drinking a green juice everyday. I’ll probably stick with the Suja for now. At least until I get in the mood to make my own 🙂
So overall, I was truly happy with the way the cleanse went. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick little reset. Plus I think it’s a great learning process for what to eat for our optimal health.