There are varying opinions on the benefits of cleansing, but personally, I try to do it at the start of each new season. I always feel refreshed and energized after a cleanse and when I do a whole food cleanse it helps me embrace the foods of the new season. For me, it’s kind of like changing out the clothes in our closets at the end of each season. I’m cleaning house, getting rid of things my body doesn’t need that are slowing me down and replacing them with all the great things that come from the new seasons fruits and veggies.
If you’ve never done a cleanse I’d recommend starting with something simple like a 3 day whole foods cleanse focused on eliminating heavy foods that slow down the digestive process. Temporarily get rid of things like sugar, caffeine, alcohol, meats, and dairy. Focus on fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juice, vegetable broth, raw fruits and veggies, seeds and some fish. The goal is to eliminate anything your body doesn’t need and to focus on nourishing it with things it does – real, whole foods that are unprocessed.
There are tons of books and online programs you can follow for guidance. I usually team up with Melissa at Thrive Whole Living. She leads a great cleanse complete with shopping lists, recipes and daily instructions. Plus, group conference calls and an online forum for questions, support and motivation.
If you have reservations about cleansing (I did) this is a helpful post that explains why, how and the health benefits.
If you’re looking for a healthy cleanse there are a number of really good books on the topic or you can join me in the Thrive Whole Living cleanse Sept. 9-11.
Disclaimer: Once about two years ago, Melissa gave me the opportunity to participate in a cleanse for free. Since then, I continue to participate at my own expense because I enjoy her cleanses and always get a lot of value from them. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.