One thing that I’ve found that helps for me, is the results I had after my first cleanse. See, I didn’t realize it, but I couldn’t really taste or smell food very well anyway, probably due to an overgrowth of Candida in my mouth. I hit about day 13 of my cleanse (I used a different program, Candigone kit) and then BOOM EVERYTHING I ate started to SURPRISE ME. All of a sudden the herbs I was taking tasted herby to the point where I was like ‘yuck what the…’ and then everything was just so much more delicious!
So to stay motivated this time I’ve been just reminding myself that cheating on my diet will just make everything not taste as good anyway. The enjoyable cheat you have now will just cut out the everyday wonderful experience of being able to fully taste your food overall. And one of the primary reasons to eat badly is to feel and sense the food anyway right? Nutritional value cheats are not high on the list.
Also if you’re considering ‘hey how will junk food taste after I properly cleanse then?’ Well, on my first round I rewarded myself with a hunk of cheesecake. Couldn’t resist. OK I’m lying it was TWO slices of cheesecake, one when it hit midnight of my last cleanse day and one for breakfast in the morning. So bad. I know it set me back but I didn’t care. Over the years my diet has gradually changed to be REALLY healthy but had included bad for Candida foods, but doing this second round I’m cutting them out again BUT I’m more lax on things like store bought herbs and non-organics of beans and chickpeas veggies and I’m including some higher sugar veggies (peas and carrots) but in very small quantities so it make day to day on this round easier then the first because of its variety. But I will say, your taste buds end up changing to actually LIKE the healthier foods more. I will still have some potato chips when not cleansing but I try to buy the healthier version, because you’ll be able to taste the cheap additive crap they put into the stuff that goes into the regular brands.
Finally, there are people out there who say willpower is a myth and there can be some merit to that, so try and remove everything from your kitchen that isn’t part of your cleanse diet to avoid temptation. My first time round I had a specific drawer in my fridge I dumped all the “do not eats” into and didn’t open it until after I was well done the cleanse. This time around I have become such a habitual coffee drinker so when I started I removed the cup that holds the coffee grounds the machine percolates into and stuck it in the back of my cupboard. I use the coffee maker to keep a warm pot of tea handy and ready to drink most of the day and that really helps.
Best of luck in your changing your diet! 🙂 And don’t be too hard on yourself, our body is made up of more bacteria then most people thing (generally about 10% according to the biology class on http://www.khanacademy.org) and it can and does influence us in ways we don’t fully understand yet. Don’t be too hard on yourself.