So apparently many of you are looking to cleanse in the new year and want to know if I have any tips for you.
Obviously the answer is yes!
You have some great questions that I’ll answer here as well as add a few more notes.
My Experience with Cleansing
To read about my experience with cleanses, click here. You’ll read all you need to know on the first two pages, including how to start cleansing, different types of juice cleanses, and colonics.
What’s the best kind of cleanse?
I believe it’s crucial your body continues to be nourished while you are cleansing. The Master cleanse, fasts, and most bottled/boxed cleanses will not do this for you.
A juice cleanse will help flush out your system and provide you with nutrients, calories, and natural sugar to keep you healthy. There are several companies that offer 3-5 day juice cleanses:
- BluePrint Cleanse (nationwide)
- Cooler Cleanse (like BPC, but cheaper, I’ve never tried it)
- Red Carpet Cleanse (LA only)
- Organic Avenue (NYC only)
- IzoCleanse (truly a challenge but very effective)
They’re all different, so read my reviews here.
My mom has been very successful using Isogenix which is a processed cleanse based on a protein meal-replacement shake. It’s also considered a diet and lifestyle choice. I enjoy the shakes, but I do not feel comfortable consuming so much packed and processed products.
Can I do it at home on my own?
Of course you can juice and cleanse on your own at home, but if you’re new to the regimen, it can prove to be a challenge in my opinion. Part of what you are paying for with a branded cleanse is the ease of just grabbing a juice or meal from the fridge and keeping on a certain schedule. It sounds easy, but when life gets going, you need to be able to not worry about the cleanse.
September, the owner of Red Carpet Cleanse in LA has made a menu and shopping list for you if you’d like to do a cleanse for a day, which she advocates.
Here are MTM posts on green smoothies from Nutritionista and myself.
You could also eat raw for 5 days, which is also a very effective way to change your diet. The issue here becomes nuts. I would suggest only drinking fresh nut milk instead of eating raw nuts because they can be very hard to digest.
How do I start?
If you want to truly be effective with your cleansing, you need to realize that it will consume more than just the 3 or 5 days you’re juicing. To prepare you should start taking meat, flour, and sugar out of your diet a couple days before. Afterward you should ease back into real food, eating raw for a day or two after. You’ll want to reach for a cupcake, but the longer you can wait, the better off you will be in the long run.
Will I lose weight?
If your diet is pretty bad before you start, you could lose weight, but don’t expect to shed pounds like crazy. Don’t kill yourself working out while you’re cleansing. You can absolutely exercise, but keep it light.
So what are the benefits then?
The main reason you’re cleansing is to detox your system, improve your digestive efficiency, and clean up your diet!
A cleanse teaches your body not to crave processed sugar. You’ll appreciate the natural sweetness of fruits and veggies so much more when they don’t have to compete with white sugar and syrups.
Less sugar means a more stable blood sugar, more nutritious foods, and a more efficient metabolism.
But I’m scared!
I understand a cleanse can be intimidating and scary. Look at this way, it’s only a few days of your life to give up certain foods. They will be there for you when you ease back into a regular diet (in moderation of course).
The benefits exponentially outweigh the price in my opinion. You’ll FEEL so much better.
And the colonic….
Well, this is a very controversial issue. All I can tell you is that I find them helpful when cleansing because it compliments the process and helps take care of the constipation that you might experience from the lack of whole food (if you’re juicing).
There are two main methods – machine and Woods Gravity. People condemn the machine because they say it’s addictive, but that’s only if you do it regularly. The Woods Gravity method (no machine) Libbe machine (which is unique and hard to find) both force your muscles to work instead of relaxing.
Here are my experience with colonics – using both methods, prepping, frequently asked questions, etc.
If you were me, what would you do?
My preferred method of cleansing is eating raw two days prior to a a five day juice cleanse from one of the companies I mentioned above, getting a colonic on day 3 and day 5, and eating raw two days afterward.
Even though I’m a veteran cleanser, I still limit my social activity and try to stay focused on work and DO NOT go out to bars or dinners unless I absolutely have to. I exercise lightly and try to get good rest.
For me, a cleanse is a way to refresh my mind and body completely. When the 9 days is over, I really feel like a new person.