food cleanses are great for many reasons. just as you might take a deep breath or unplug for the weekend, a food cleanse allows your body to take a break and recharge. unfortunately the inevitable truth is that they also come with a whole bunch of connotations and assumptions. whether it’s the people who don’t believe it them or the people who follow them only to lose weight, it’s a topic that usually evokes some kind of feeling. in celebration of my imprint recently publishing organic avenue’s book, we were offered a cleanse. though i’ve never actually done an oa cleanse before, i do enjoy their juices, so i thought i’d give it a try! having cleansed in the past, i’ve learned a few things, things that seem valuable enough to share:
1. mind over matter–if you’re constantly thinking about how hard the cleanse will be, is, or was, then i fully believe that it will be that hard. just enjoy it and remember that no one made you do it.
2. bathroom break--this is perhaps the most embarrassing piece of advice i can share but it’s probably the most honest. whenever i do a cleanse that involves a lot of liquid, i may as well just seat myself next to the bathroom because that’s where i need to be. just think about how much liquid you’re ingesting, if you drink 7, 14 oz bottles. whoa!
3. by the book–it may sound silly, but these cleanses were very specifically designed and to “cheat” really defeats the purpose. if you’re doing an all liquid cleanse, why eat pasta for dinner? not only will you be eating solid food, but you’ll also be ingesting something that’s a no-no.
4. take it easy–i like to nap a little while i cleanse. hell, i like to nap even when i’m not cleansing. while this isn’t always feasible, especially if you work at an office, it’s still a nice treat for when you get home. under this same category goes exercise. while some people believe that you don’t have to change your routine, i don’t totally buy into that. i still go to my yoga classes, but i may modify some poses, it just depends.
5. happily ever after–just as you probably weaned your way off of caffeine, dairy, and processed foods before you cleansed, try to do the same thing when you start eating solid food again. this may sound like a given, but it’s the easiest thing to mess up. you’ve just given your body a lovely vacation, now you have to ease back to real life.
6. take note–what i find most valuable during a cleanse is to listen to how my body feels. it’s something that i actually strive for on a daily basis, however, when you’re making such a drastic change to your diet for a segmented period of time, it’s actually a good opportunity to make some assessments and get in tune with how you feel. who knows, you may decide to cut back on dairy or decide that you’re going to have one liquid meal from now on. if you take this as a learning opportunity, you’ll thank yourself later.