How I Got to Eat Spaghetti on Day 2 of my 3 Day Cleanse

I quit. That’s right, I quit. Rather, WE quit. My husband and me.


And my first thought was, “Argh, I’m going to have to blog honestly about this.” Silly me, plastering my goal all over the internet. When will I learn? 🙂

But here’s the deal: The cleanse was going okay. I was feeling the effects of it, and knew that this was what I needed to get myself to get off the sugar/caffeine/general junk track I was on. (See post about Day 1 here.)

But when my brother called me today, and asked me how the day was going, and I answered honestly with, “Well, we’ve got no where to go, not much to do, and nothing to look forward to … so we’re all taking naps. Plus I have a headache from this cleanse,” and HE said,

“Well, don’t you think this was kinda a silly time to do a cleanse? I mean, sometimes going out to eat is all you have to look forward to!”

Amen, brother, amen.

I thought to myself:

  • I can’t quit–I’m not a quitter!
  • I need to do this. My body needs this jump start to break addictions and get back on track.
  • I determined this would also be a spiritual exercise, so I must press on!
  • I’m so full of good intentions … but really, I just always get sucked back down.
  • My desire to eat is emotional–for comfort, and out of boredom and worry. I have to fight that!

All these things are true. But guess what else is true? Sometimes, all you have in a day to look forward to is that afternoon cup of joe. And right now, with so much unknown, so much of our life at a standstill, so much of our world turned upside down in the last 5 months, honestly, truly, really, the last thing I needed to commence upon was a liquid diet.

Now, I will say this:

  • I always avoided the label of “emotional eater” but this helped me realize–YEP! For SURE. That’s me. And actually, I think stating that helps me a little bit. Recognition is the first step!
  • I will still cut sugar, and work to limit caffeine. I’ve gone two days without either (except for some green tea) and THAT is a GOOD THING.
  • The shakes helped me realize that it would be a really great way to get “green” nutrients, so I think I’ll look into adding a “green juice” drink to my daily routine. Erik might even too!

This is a pretty extreme cleanse. I’ve done cleanses in the past that still allowed for “real food” to be eaten at one meal (like, rice and chicken) so this all-liquid detox diet was just a lot to chew. Pun intended.

So how did I get from Day 2 of My 3 Day Cleanse to spaghetti? Well, we’d decided to loosen up our standards a bit, and planned to eat like, chicken for dinner. But ended up stopping by a friend’s house. He was serving spaghetti and meatballs, plopped some noodles on a plate, and the rest is history. 🙂 I don’t even think I regret it!

Lessons learned:

  • Don’t start a liquid diet when you’re at (what is hopefully) the end of a long desert season and you’re waiting on answers from God.
  • It’s important to “name and claim” the truth: I emotionally eat. The end. Now get over it, and fight it!
  • Vegetables chopped, pureed, strained and slurped still taste like … vegetables.
  • It’s okay to fail. (Recovering perfectionist right here, let me tell ya.) And actually, I realize I didn’t all out fail. I still cut sugar (the day before Day 1, I’d inhaled most of a box of Thin Mints, so … no sugar is a big feat) and I went a whole two days without coffee. If you know me, that’s HUGE. So, no failure here. Trying to look on the bright side.

If you’re considering Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Cleanse, I say “Go For It!” If you make it all three days, AWESOME!

If you make it 2 days with a plate of spaghetti at the end of day 2, welcome to the club. It was better than not trying at all!

About kristinlindeen

I am Kristin. I am Erik's wife. I am Joshua, Rebecca, and Andrew's mom. I am known nationally as the "QBQ! Daughter" and keynote on Personal Accountability and the QBQ. I am certified in Myers Briggs and am passionate about helping people understand themselves and others better. I am John and Karen's daughter. I am sister to many, mentor to some, friend to others. Most defining, I am Christ's daughter, adopted by God--rescued and saved by grace. And almost every single day, I need to be reminded of that truth. Come say "hi" at and of course, browse the blog! I'd love to hear from you, so comment away!
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1 Response to How I Got to Eat Spaghetti on Day 2 of my 3 Day Cleanse

  1. Nathalie Klopfenstein says:

    I love your honesty and bravo for you guys! Thankfully, we have a God who loved Thin Mints, and spaghetti! I am just trying to eat only when I am hungry and truly in need of food, and taking my food addiction from food and putting it back on the Lord, where it should be in the 1st place! Continue to press in on this journey, Kristin, proud of you!

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