January is a fantastic time for new beginnings. As we start each new year with brand new hopes, aspirations, and resolutions for a wonderful year, two things that should be a top priority is doing a physical detox and mental cleanse to maintain radiant good health. If you feel like your “get up and go” has “got up and gone,” you need to start fresh and give your body that boost it needs to clean out all those health-depleting toxins and bring back your glow!
For many of you, the thought of detoxing or cleansing brings terrible thoughts of deprivation, feeling hungry, weak, and lightheaded. And if you do decide to do a detox cleanse, you probably hope it ends soon so you can get back to eating what you really want. Eating foods that weren’t good for your health is what got you in trouble in the first place, right?
Well, get ready for a new detox program in 2014 that is filled with lots of delicious, healing whole foods that will satisfy you completely while helping your body to remove toxins, rejuvenate, and heal. This new program is replacing our 5-day healing whole foods detox cleanse program and is much more comprehensive.
This comprehensive new detox cleanse program will help you become your most radiant self in 2014! I’m so excited to share this detox cleanse with all of you because it does not involve water fasting, only drinking juices, deprivation, or extreme detox diets that are too hard to follow or stick with. You will be enjoying delectable whole foods recipes like the ones on my blog that are designed to quickly remove toxins, reduce chronic inflammation, and help you lose weight effortlessly while you get clean and radiant!
Our new easy-to-follow wellness program includes 100 mouthwatering detox recipes, a step by step detox guide, daily meal plans, shopping lists, my best emotional detox tips, personal care product recommendations, and some amazing bonus gifts from our fabulous partners! This program will help you get fast results and maximum benefits in a short period of time. So you don’t miss out on the detox cleanse launch, be sure to sign up for our email updates either in the right side bar or the bottom of this post so you can get all the latest info on this life changing program! I look forward to sharing this new program with all of you in March!
Do any of the following questions describe how you feel on a daily basis?
- Do you have issues with bloating, gas, burping, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, or other digestive disorders?
- Do you always feel rundown or tired no matter how much caffeine, soda, or energy drinks you consume?
- Do you have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or suffer with restless sleep?
- Are you constantly stressed out, depressed, anxious, or have mood swings?
- Do you crave sugar, refined carbohydrates, junk food, or stimulants?
- Do you always feel hungry no matter how much you eat?
- Would you like to find a natural way to feel good and increase longevity while enjoying delicious, satisfying, healing foods?
If you answered “Yes” to any of those questions, then you need to take a closer look at your personal diet and lifestyle choices and consider how they are interfering with your body’s healing processes.
Our bodies are naturally designed to heal themselves and regenerate. However, if you eat a poor diet of heavily processed, low quality foods, and use toxic products on your body and in your home, then it’s very likely that your body’s healing processes are not as effective as they should be.
Every day we are bombarded with environmental toxins in our air, food, water, personal body care products, home cleaning products, workplaces, homes, and cars. We also deal with mental toxicity brought on by stress, working too much, anxiety, depression, and sleep deprivation.
Doing a physical detox and mental cleanse on a regular basis is a proactive way to remove many of these toxins, lose weight, keep your mind at peace, and make your body healthy, strong, and energized. By detoxing both your mind and body during this cleanse, you will be able to start releasing anything that is not beneficial to your body’s wellbeing.
To really give your body the nutrients it needs for vibrant health, you need to consume whole foods that are rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, chlorophyll, healthy fats, and fiber. Plant foods are some of the best sources of these nutrients and will help you maintain a proper alkaline balance in your body for better health.
As a holistic chef, I prefer to do a cleanse that includes whole foods with fiber for an effective and healing detox. Our clients who have done this type of detox cleanse have experienced excellent results and are completely satisfied without feeling hungry while on the detox cleanse.
Blended green smoothies and vegetable soups provide soluble and insoluble fiber that helps promote your body’s own healing. Blending vegetables and fruits helps break down the cell walls of these plants and liberates the nutrition making it easy for your body to quickly digest these foods and use them for repair and healing.
Fiber is excellent for binding and removing toxins through our bowel movements, helping support our liver’s detoxification, cleansing our digestive tract, feeding good bacteria in our gut, and keeping our blood sugar level stable.
So now that you know the benefits of doing a healing whole foods detox cleanse, let’s talk about the 10 steps for doing a successful detox!
10 steps for a successful detox cleanse
1. Prepare your body for detox.
At least 7-14 days before starting our cleanse you need to start eliminating processed foods, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, refined white flour products, regular and diet soda/pop, alcohol, and coffee from your diet. Eliminating these foods and drinks will help prepare your body for the detox. Make a large batch of probiotic-enzyme-rich fermented sauerkraut using the recipes on our blog so that they will be ready for eating while on the detox. Fermenting vegetables can take from 5-14 days to ferment depending on if you use a vegetable culture starter or sea salt so plan ahead! You can also buy fermented vegetables if you don’t want to make your own.
2. Go shopping for the detox.
Try to buy all organic foods to do the cleanse if you can afford them. Organic foods are free of many of the toxins you are trying to purge from your body. If you have food allergies to any of the ingredients feel free to substitute other organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, or seeds that you can eat to the detox cleanse recipes.
3. Stick with the program.
Follow the detox cleanse faithfully to achieve the best results. If you cheat you will not receive the full benefits of doing a detox cleanse.
4. Stay hydrated while cleansing.
Make sure you drink plenty of purified or spring water and healing teas while cleansing to help your body move out toxins quickly and efficiently and to avoid dehydration.
5. Take digestive plant enzymes with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Digestive plant enzymes provide your body with extra enzyme support that aids the digestive process. My favorite brands are Raw Enzymes by Garden of Life, Digestion Enhancement Enzymes by HealthForce Nutritionals, and Digest-All by MRM.
6. Avoid constipation.
Make sure you’re having regular bowel movements daily during your cleanse. If you get constipated, you can try a magnesium oxygen supplements or a herbal laxative that is non-habit forming.
7. Dry skin brush before bathing.
Dry skin brushing with a soft, natural bristle brush before bathing removes dead skin cells, and helps stimulate your lymph system, glands, and hormonal system which enhances your detox. Always brush upward towards the heart and be gentle with the strokes.
Exercise will help support your detox program. Exercise helps you sweat out toxins, stimulates your bowels, increases blood circulation, and releases endorphins which make you feel good. Do gentle stretching exercises along with brisk walking during a cleanse while your body adjusts to the detox.
9. Slow down and eliminate stress.
Slow down and take time daily to do 5-10 minutes of meditation and write down how you’re feeling. Also do these healing affirmations, relax, and make sure you do deep breathing exercises at least 3 times per day.
10. Bonus Activities.
You can add a massage or infrared sauna during the week of your cleanse if it’s feasible for you to do so. Replace personal body, hair, and nail care products and home cleaning products with eco-friendly organic brands. You can also do daily oil pulling with virgin coconut oil that will pull toxins from your mouth.
Here’s some of my favorite detox recipes from my 5 day detox that I created to help your body cleanse with delicious whole foods! These recipes are just a sample of a few of the wonderful recipes that will be included in our new comprehensive whole foods detox cleanse!
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IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: The information shared on doing detox cleanses does not replace the guidance or care from a licensed qualified medical professional. If you have any of the following conditions you should not attempt a detox cleanse without medical supervision.
1. You have type 1 diabetes (insulin dependent)
2. You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
3. You are taking prescription medications that require a stable blood concentration.
4. You have a serious disease like cancer.
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To your radiant health and wellness!