Hey everyone. I just got back from a quick trip to Montreal, which I’m looking forward to telling you about later this week. For the time being, suffice it to say, we ate and drank very well – and often. I have a pretty quiet week ahead and I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to revisit a simple, self-designed cleanse I have done a couple of times. It’s pretty much just a 3 day raw food situation for the purpose of giving your body a chance to slow down, eliminate toxins and allow for a subtle reboot to the system. It is generally advised that one do this type of cleanse during a time that you can otherwise take things easy.
Immediately upon waking-up:
Cup of Warm Water
Ingredients: Spinach, Kale or Chard + Banana + Frozen Mango or other fruit(s) of choice + Water + Oatmeal (optional)
Mid-Morning Snacks (as needed/desired):
Leafy Green and Vegetable Salad with Nuts and/or Grains
Afternoon Snacks (as needed/desired):
Raw Veggies and/or Fruit
Things I’m going to avoid:
Caffeine (Eeks! Wish me luck!), Sugars, Alcohol, Dairy, Meat, Processed Foods
In my opinion, the goal of these things should not be a quick fix to loose weight or “get healthy.” I don’t think it’s necessary to feel hungry while on a cleanse, but rather to be really mindful about what you’re feeding yourself and how you are feeling. In the past, I found the reintroduction of various foods/drinks after the 3 days to be among the most beneficial and informative aspects of cleansing, as it gives you an opportunity to become aware of the various effects produced by specific items.