The words detox and cleanse can definitely create negative feelings when people hear them. Why? Because most cleanses and detoxes tend to be based around starvation and/or drinking some concoction, while you go without food for days. No wonder people shy away from them. Who wants to starve??? I know I don’t!
These types of cleanses can be beneficial in many ways, but not for sustainable long-term change. Just like dieting. They starve your body of nutrients, which can be helpful in the detoxification process, but not necessarily good for your metabolism, adrenals or hormones.
What usually seems to happen, is that people come off these detoxes and go right back to their old habits. Sometimes they may even go off the deep end and eat “bad” foods that they weren’t eating prior to cleansing. The reason is that, most cleanses do not set you up with the proper tools on how to live a healthy lifestyle moving forward.
Cleansing is important to do a couple times a year to give your body a break. Over time our bodies can get gunked up with toxins from the food we eat, the air we breathe, and possibly even the water we drink. If you are someone who eats processed, convenience foods daily, drinks coffee, eats sugar, indulges in social or daily consumption of alcohol, drinks water out of plastic bottles, or tap water and eats out more than 3 times per week, then you are an awesome candidate for a cleanse. Which is 99% of the US population.
Your body is a miraculous machine, but if you don’t take care of it, it will start to slow down and eventually shut down. Even if you consider yourself to be a healthy eater, chances are your body still needs a bit of support.
The Power of Food-Based Cleansing
The reason why I believe in food to cleanse the body, versus juice, supplements or powders and potions, is because it teaches you HOW to eat, and you get to know what it really feels like to be satisfied by eating less food, with higher nutrient content than you may be used to. The nutrient density of unprocessed, whole foods will keep you satisfied more than you may have ever felt before. You start to tune into the needs of your body to find what works for YOU.
Removing Slow Poisons
Most people will resist doing a cleanse because they have to give up some of their favorite things like, coffee or sugar. These two very-addictive substances will wreak havoc in your system over time, and create a tremendous amount of stress on the endocrine system, which is responsible for balancing your hormones. Not to mention what they both do to your blood sugar on a daily basis.
Ultimately, it would be awesome for you to cut them totally out of your life, so you can feel what it’s like to tap into your own natural energy. But, even if you can only do it for 10 days, that’s a start. I always say that any food or drink you give up that creates nausea, headaches, and serious detox effects cannot be good for you, so why would you continue to poison yourself?
If you are not ready to cleanse but want feel healthier, here are a few suggestions you can include in your daily life to support your body:
1. Eat a raw, leafy green salad every day
2. Drink a ½ ounce of water for every 1 pound of bodyweight
3. Limit caffeine intake to 1x per day and opt for gentler sources like green tea or matcha
4. Cut out refined, processed white sugars and all artificial sweeteners
5. Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night
6. Move your body for at least 30 minutes every day.
7. Manage stress by including yoga, meditation or deep-breathing into your daily life.
Check out what some 5 WayFit Participants experienced after doing the Karma Chow Clean Body, Clean Mind 10-Day Food-based Detox:
"Thank you Melissa! Your program faces the emotional and stress components of nutrition. I will continue on healthy eating. Why go back to all our bad habits? I lost 5 pounds, sleep better and don't crave sugar anymore."
"I have not fallen off the wagon, I have stayed strong and learned a lot along the way."
"Honestly I was very nervous when I started thinking 10 days was a long time but you're right 10 days was not long at all. This was a good life lesson in terms of eating healthy & making better choices."
"This has been an amazing 9 days - I've learned so much and I know with a solid commitment on my part I can continue to keep clean eating a priority."
"Can't believe it is officially day 10 tomorrow! I have stayed so committed I am so proud of myself. I feel like I broke up with my horrible ex "coffee" and I'm living the heck out of my life with out him. Thanks for all the support!"
"I just got off the scale at Nutrishop and I lost 8 pounds just in the 10 days, and I have new tools to boot!!!"