Thanks to much of what we hear in the media, cleanses and detoxes have earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “cleanse,” you might immediately think of an all-liquid diet, expensive supplements and short-term deprivation for short-term gains?
The truth is, a cleanse or detox doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you cleanse in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain and full-body health. The most effective part is reducing that often hidden low-grade inflammation that can eventually lead to many of the chronic illnesses we suffer from today.
The following are four myths you may have heard about cleansing. Understandably, these myths may cause you to be hesitant to try one. Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why cleansing might be just what your body is craving.
Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a cleanse
While you might have to eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, cleansing isn’t all about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and detox your body.
The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, my cleanse participants always discover new foods and recipes that they absolutely love that become staples in their recipe repertoires even after the cleanse ends.
Myth #2: You’ll constantly be hungry while cleansing
While you might end up consuming fewer calories while following a detox, you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run.
Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a cleanse should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help detox your body while feeling satisfied. My participants are always amazed that they typically don’t feel hungry during my cleanses.
Myth #3: You need to do an all-liquid cleanse to remove toxins from your body
Liquid-only cleanses have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of approaches can backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the cleanse ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health. An effective cleanse will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.
Myth #4: Cleanses are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements
Supplements involved in a cleanse should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition. While on a cleanse, you get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources. Supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from these foods. For example, by including probiotics in your diet, you help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and remove toxins from the body. But supplements should not be the foundation of a healthy whole foods cleanse.
Aside from the benefits discussed above, cleansing is an incredibly effective way to identify if you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones and establish healthy habits for the long term. And you can start to see results in a relatively short period of time.
Cleansing – My Approach:
My approach to cleansing isn’t about starving your body, fasting, juicing, eating strange food combinations or taking lots of supplements. Instead I believe in taking a short period of time to move away from processed, refined foods and some of the top food allergens to give your body a little break. Working so hard to metabolize all of these potentially damaging foods takes a toll.
When you eat foods that aren’t right for your body, you may feel bloated, sluggish and lethargic. During my 7-Day cleanses you remove foods that cause inflammation in the body and you replenish it with nutrient-dense, health-boosting foods.
Cleansing is NOT a drastic or radical protocol that only health extremists partake in! It’s simply about taking an experiential attitude, doing what feels right for you, letting go of what doesn’t serve your body anymore (emotionally and physically) and rebuilding your health and vitality from the inside out using real whole foods.
I know you can’t transform or revolutionize your health in 7 days, but I also know that in one week you can feel SO MUCH BETTER! After the 7 days, with a few pounds gone and more energy, you’ll feel motivated and inspired to keep going. Consider this a jumpstart into the healthy lifestyle you’ve been longing for.
Are you ready to discover the benefits of healthy cleansing for yourself?
My winter 7-Day Real Food Reset is happening on January 21-27. Early bird pricing is on until Wednesday, January 16th. Read all the details and register here.
P.S. What questions or concerns do you have about participating in a cleanse? Before you try something new, it’s normal to feel hesitant. I want to hear from you. Post your questions in the comments box and I’ll be sure to answer them.