Cleansing is not a diet! Cleansing is wonderful and empowering. Diets steal souls.

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Cleansing is more than a diet. It is actually not a diet at all. Let’s not confuse those two terms. Cleansing is wonderful and you discover new healthy foods that are yummy and you realize you ARE creative and there’s a rainbow…….yeah man, a rainbow. Diets, on the other hand are the devil and nothing good comes from saying you are on a diet. Cleansing is discovery- diets are devil.

I am a big fan of the Wild Rose herbal cleanses. They are pretty simple to take and the 12 day cleanse gives you a pretty extensive list on what to eat and what to steer clear of. I was actually surprised by some of the foods on it. Things that are normally considered healthy like mushrooms, tropical fruit, certain beans… you get it. They explain the reasons for the forbidden foods….they aren’t bad for you- the cleanse will just work better without them.

So I have blogged here before about my first cleanse…check out the “you are what you eat, so don’t be cheap, fat, easy, or greasy.” that I wrote a few years ago. Turns out, cleanses get way way easier every time. Here’s why I believe this to be true: The first cleanse you do will feel like torture in the same way a diet does for the first week. Giving up things sucks. But then you feel the amazing benefits and lightness that comes along with eating as much of the good foods as you want…and once the cleanse is over you no longer have that nagging urge to eat a bag of doritos or fast food (seriously though, just don’t eat fast food. It is disease.).

I am definitely not saying that I only eat healthy all the time now that I have cleansed a few times….um no. I’m still a person that loves sweet stuff. But I try really hard. I make sure I eat green stuff and a piece of fruit everyday. I try to only eat poor choices a small percentage. When I go to the grocery store I only allow myself to buy one “bad for me” thing. Lately, that guilty pleasure has been peanut butter filled pretzels!

So this cleanse I was staying away from sugar, gluten, dairy, and meat. I was really shocked at how easy it felt. I didn’t feel deprived at all. I really only had to pull a few things out of my daily routine like greek yogurt and granola in the mornings. I replaced it with an apple and almond butter. I didn’t have any rice and I replaced it with quinoa. No pasta noodles and instead my sweetie bought me a spiralizer and we made zucchini and squash noodles! I stopped looking at what I couldn’t have and found a bunch of really awesome things that I didn’t know about and that are way more filling and satisfying.

You gain things you didn’t know you were missing. For me, cutting gluten and sugar gives me so much more energy and clearer focus. Cutting dairy is just good. plain and simple dairy is not good for us. I suddenly felt amazing and motivated….food influences our mind as much as it does our body.

I just thought I would give you an idea of some of the things I discovered I love during my cleanse. They are pretty basic things since I like to keep evey thing simple.

Snacks:

apples/ celery and almond butter, baked apples and cinnamon. Avocados.

Breakfast

oatmeal with cooked apples, cinnamon, and a little tiny bit of honey. Chia seed pudding made with almond milk and blueberries. Oranges and bananas.

Dinner

zucchini and squash noodles satueed with garlic and opa squash. Sweet potaoes. Quinoa with mixed veggies and red pepper spice and black beans. Butternut squash soup.

Lunch

Always a salad. Herb salads are super yummy. They almost taste spicy especially when you have cut out some of the extreem flavors. Kale salads with tons of every veggie and a piece of fruit on it. I don’t love salad dressings- it seems I dig the taste of vegis nowadays but I would use a little bit of sunflower seed oil or olive oil and maybe a sprinkle of salt. If you hate salads, try blending one. I love my blender! Kale, strawberry, kiwi, banana, and spinach with a little coconut water! The list goes on people. It is super fun to make yummy things all love filled and happy!

I only drank water. Not the flavored water…that is sugar or even worse a sugar sweetener thing…aka random chemicals. NO. Only water, filtered. You can try to put some cucumbers in some water if you just gotta. Drink as much water as you possibly can. Drink so much that it’s almost weird. yeah. Do It!

So that’s it. Just a simple little 10 day cleanse. No not every day was easy. Yes I wanted to cheat and eat peanut butter. But it’s 10 days. That’s it. And the benefits you feel and see will have you hooked on health. It makes you feel skinny and strong. It makes you think you can accomplish anything. Because you can. The mid day fog thing doesn’t happen as much without as many sugar or caffeine crashes. I can’t even list all of the benefits you get from loving yourself and eating like it. Just give yourself 10 days…buy an herbal cleanse. I really dig the Wild Rose brand….but honestly you can do a cleanse without the herbs if you don’t feel like investing the 20-30 dollars on the kit. Create a eating plan for 10 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eating nice yummy things for your body takes time and love and planning. Be prepared love bugs. Bring snacks. Eat as much of these healthy things as you want. (Easy on the fruit though…it is sugar still.) Prep for this little adventure and soon it will become like 2nd nature.

You can totally do this. You will love it, the feeling, the challenge, the results. You will totally be awesome! I love you!!! ❤

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You are what you eat so don’t be cheap, easy, fast, greasy, or gross!

I’ve tested this theory. For pretty much my whole life I didn’t pay much attention to what I ate.  It never occurred to me that a night of soda and pizza was what was causing my lethargy and foggy mindedness. So I got into yoga a few years ago, took my teacher training and still would think it was “flakey” when they would talk about their latest cleanse. But I started wondering if it could be true. Would I have more energy if I cleansed my whole visceral body? Would my face look brighter? Would my thoughts be better? So I tried it just to see what all the hype was about.

I did the Wild Rose 12 day herbal detox. It was right for me because my life is so active I didn’t want to starve. A liquid cleanse was asking to fail for me. So this one you are allowed to eat but just no dairy, sugar, or gluten. I gave up coffee about a week before and it actually made me sick. Coming off of coffee is no joke. I swore I wouldn’t touch the stuff again…. It’s been over a month now and I love coffee again…could be worse. I crave sugar all the time anyway but this was hard to fight. Sometimes I would sneak a little spoon of peanut butter on a celery stick…. I know its cheating but it’s better than the creme brulee I was being tempted with. But out of everything I was the most lost without bread. I realized I was eating bread for almost every meal. And without it I had no idea what to eat. This was the hardest part for me. I’ve never been a cooker so thinking of new meals everyday with several restrictions was tricky. I ended up eating a lot of kale salads with apples and cucumber, sweet potatoes, quinoa with sauteed vegis… and that’s pretty much it… for 12 days. On my nights off I would make fish or something a little more elaborate but I didn’t have many nights off throughout this. 

Discipline all the way. It took discipline not to eat what everyone at work was eating and to make my own food before I went into work in the evening and to take all of those giant herbs before every meal and to not cheat while no one was around…except for my occasional spoonful of peanut butter! I really wanted to see if this changed anything within me.

The first 6 days were not easy. I was pretty miserable actually. Moody, extremely hot (not sure if that was a side effect of the cleanse or not but I couldn’t stop sweating), tired, hungry to the point of pain in my tummy because I was on a very different time clock of eating because I work at night. But I got through it and by the end of the cleanse, while I was for sure ready for it to be over so I could have the option of eating whatever I wanted, I didn’t want to go back to my old eating habits again. I felt this lightness inside of me. My body image was different. I was no longer looking for flaws I was happy with my appearance. My skin was very bright and glowy!! My energy level and motivation was super high! I felt regular. I felt really really really good!

This cleanse showed me some habits I had of eating when I wasn’t hungry out of boredom or stress. Taught me to make new things up with food. Showed me how amazing it feels to eat healthy.

So fast forward about 3 weeks after the cleanse. Still no dairy or bread. I wanted a grilled cheese. So I ate one and it was yummy, yes, but I biked home after and went to sleep. The next day I slept til about 10:30 when I had been waking up at 8:30 or 9 and I still felt tired. Really tired. I couldn’t help thinking that eating like shit is correlated. 

It was this huge learning experience for me and I’m ready to do another one soon for my liver. I just want to live healthy so I can think clearer and love myself and others. Be fully prepared when going into a cleanse that there will be some challenges but that nothing worth it is ever easy.

Let me know if you have more questions and tell me about cleanses you have tried. Also, I got mine from Down to Earth but they have at Whole Foods and online too. 🙂

xoxoxox