I’m often asked by my clients about various types of cleanses. There are so many types of cleanses out there, that it’s hard to know what’s the best one for you, if any. Cleanses can vary from drinking nothing but cayenne, lemon, honey water for a week, to a 4-day cold pressed juice home delivery service, and everything in between. The first question I ask my client, is “What are you hoping to get out of a cleanse?”
There are other reasons to cleanse, though. Personally, I like to do a cleanse at least one week per year to “reset my system”. What do I mean by that? Well, often times we get so caught up in our social and professional lives that we forget to tune into what our bodies really need. We eat out a lot, and our bodies get used to heavy meals, rich sauces, and extra salty, oily, and cheesy dishes. Often, there are little or no fruits and vegetables incorporated into our meals when we eat out, and if they are present, they are frequently doused in all kinds of delicious dressings to mask the taste of the produce.
So, back to the original question.. What is the right cleanse for you? Every body is different. Personally, I have a very active lifestyle, so the thought of just drinking juice for a week makes me sabotage my cleanse before I even start. I developed a detox cleanse a couple years ago, and it seems to work well for my body, as well as for my clients and friends who have tried it. If you are interested in more information on my cleanse, please feel free to message me.. Here’s the gist: A low-glycemic fruit smoothie to start the day, followed by lots of non-starchy vegetables prepared without salt or oil, a non-starchy vegetable soup that can be eaten without limitation, and one serving of gluten-free complex carbohydrates for lunch (sweet potato or quinoa).
Yes, I’m eating real foods. Yes, they get boring. Yes, the cleanse works. The best part is that after a week, I’m feeling clean from the inside out, my skin is glowing, I’ve lost all the water weight I’d been retaining (and a couple additional pounds), and even the thought of eating junk food is unappealing. The purpose of this cleanse is to teach you how much your body really NEEDS versus WANTS. It is meant to re-boot your system so that you can proceed with your social life and not deter your healthy efforts. The cherry on top is that the weight stays off, if you continue to use it as a guideline for your eating habits.
Whatever you decide to do, be sure to honor your body. If you listen, it will tell you exactly what it needs.
By Allison Wells