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If you follow along with me on Instagram (madisonjanemayberry), then chances are you saw my photo yesterday of the food journal I’ve started keeping. Over the next 21 days (starting on Sunday) I am taking part in a program called the “Evolve 21 Day Yoga Cleanse” which is a program through our gym that is part cleanse and part yoga workshop. We will be meeting every Sunday for a combination of yoga class and group discussion and nutrition information. I love that I’ll be doing the cleanse with other people to provide support and encouragement. And I’m looking forward to going deeper into my yoga practice, too.

I’ve said in the past that I’m not a big fan of juice cleanses and things that are ultra calorie restrictive since I need food to a) be a kind and pleasant person and b) fuel my active lifestyle. And that is still very true. The thing that drew me to the program was the fact that it is absolutely not calorie restrictive. Although I’ll be limiting the types of food I eat for the next 21 days, I can still eat a lot of food, just as long as its healthy and falls within the program’s confines.

We have been encouraged to journal what we eat a week before the cleanse (normal eating patterns), during the cleanse and after, when we start to introduce foods into our diets that we cut out. Since I can hardly keep track of a piece of paper to save my life, I decided to document my eats and experiences online. But, since I know many of you have no interest in a yoga cleanse and just want tasty recipes, I’m going to keep the cleanse information limited on Espresso and Cream. For those of you who are interested in following along, you can visit Espresso and Cream Eats (espressoandcreameats.wordpress.com) for daily updates and my complete food journal for the next month. It’s not beautiful or fancy by any means, just a basic journal format to keep things in one place.

Madison

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  • Urban Wife

    Very neat! I can’t wait to follow along and see how it goes. And now you’ve also made me miss yoga terribly. ;)

  • Brindi

    I am super jealous of your gym! Gyms near me don’t really offer a lot of yoga classes, and memberships are way too expensive. But I really wish I could join to find classes like this and fellow yoga lovers. I’m definitely following along with your posts on this…and I might possibly do my own 21-day cleanse after. I’ve been having skin issues as well and I’m afraid I might have a food allergy (yikes!) Good luck!

  • Megan

    May I ask what gym you go to? I live in the Twin Cities and would love to be a member at a place like this! Love that places offer opportunities like this! Thanks Madison :)

  • DessertForTwo

    You should know how obsessed I am with reading what people at everyday. It’s a weird form of dieting/comparison for me. I’m trying to eliminate sugar. But it’s ALL I crave after work and after dinner. I know I should increase my protein intake to deal with this, but I haven’t yet. I think you & I feel the same way about meat. Icky, but sometimes necessary.
    I’m excited to follow along, and I’m so impressed Joe is doing this with you!

    • Madison Mayberry

      YOu and me both! I love being able to see what other people really eat, but sharing what I eat is a totally different ball game! :)

  • http://twitter.com/magpiesandmore Maggie

    I’m currently on day 12 of a 30 day yoga challenge. Its hard to even call it a challenge because I feel so great (mentally and physically). Look forward to following you on your journey!

    • Madison Mayberry

      Maggie, so interesting that you are also doing a yoga challenge! I’m excited to see how we feel in a week or so. Hearing that you have had such a great experience makes me excited.