cleanse, dietary cleanse, elimination diet, healthy food, personal struggle, weight management

to cleanse or not to cleanse?

Cleanse is such a buzz word these days.  There are so many “cleanses” out there to choose from these days, where do you start and what are you trying to cleanse?  A lot of the cleanse fad came from extreme diet measures for maximum weight loss, which can slow down your metabolism and eventually bring back the pounds plus some, when you are done being so extreme. Sometimes immediate gratification can be so detrimental to your health.  I prefer the cleanses that actually allow you to eat something.  It feels more normal to me and is also something that is manageable.  Give me a do and don’t list, and I will focus on the do list, which to me is better than eliminate everything and just drink this liquid.

I started to explore cleanses because I had so many digestive issues that depleted my system of vital nutrients, and I never felt energized.  I had to be super careful not to do a cleanse that would make my system erupt any further. So, I first started with an elimination diet.  An elimination diet is removing the top 9 ingested inflammatory foods from your diet for a limited period of time.

The foods I eliminated:Allergy_Foods

  1. Dairy – Milk
  2. Dairy – Eggs
  3. Soy
  4. Wheat/Gluten
  5. Peanuts
  6. Meat/Shellfish
  7. Sugar/Sweeteners
  8. Caffeine
  9. Alcohol

When I work with my clients to help manage this elimination diet, we basically focus on ONE item to eliminate each week.  We decide on the order based on current dietary habits and what we think will make the biggest impact week over week.  For some people, eliminating all of them at once works, but for most it is too intense of a change to sustain, they give up in a couple days and feel like a miserable failure and probably go and eat a box of cookies.  This approach lets you focus on one thing at a time and see how your body feels as you detox that particular inflammatory food.  Eliminating 1 of the 9 items above for a week at a time, can be considered a cleanse!  It’s that easy!!

If you read my previous post, you saw that I will be doing the Clean Program Cleanse in January.  This program is well suited for me because I have gone through a few cycles of what I have suggested above and am ready for a program that not only cleanses my system of inflammatory foods, but also rebuilds nutrients in my body for what I have depleted over time.  I like the Clean Program because I feel full all the time and I can still have one meal per day. I also like that it gives me the calories I need to sustain my energy and I don’t feel depleted.

To cleanse or not to cleanse, that is really a question for you to answer. If you have plateaued from dieting, or have chronic fatigue, headaches, digestive issues, then an elimination diet/cleanse might be the perfect thing to help you figure it out.  Each body is different, so remember what might work for others, might not be what you need to feel good. If you have never done a cleanse before, it can be as simple as eliminating an inflammatory food item from your diet for a week or two.  If your looking for someone to design a cleanse just for you, I am here to help.  Feel free to contact me through my health coaching form.

Here are some links I found interesting on the topic of cleansing:

Cheers to your health!

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