The CLEAN cleanse
I have decided to do a 21 day cleanse as part of my ongoing journey towards optimal health and well-being. I hesitate to even call what I am about to undertake a CLEANSE or DETOX because it has become so trendy and taken for granted within the last 10 years or so. The truth is, humans have been actively doing cleanses for thousands of years as part of overall wellness regimes. We do them to draw out the toxins that accumulate in our bodies so that we can absorb nutrients in full and experience the incredible lightness of being – it’s as simple as that. The benefit of feeling well is extraordinary and if you have never felt truly well, then it is about time you do a cleanse!
Our bodies, in fact, are designed to naturally cleanse itself via our kidneys, liver, skin and lungs. In our modern world where pesticides are sprayed on our crops, factories billow smoke and processed foods create addictions and its direct offshoot obesity, our bodies are inundated with poisons. Doing active cleanses can release the burden that modern society has created.
Cleansing is not about deprivation – unfortunately the two ideas have been paired up and married off for years. A divorce is definitely in order. I could not complete a 21 day cleanse only drinking thin juices and meditating for 23 hours a day. In addition to being a bore, I would be HUNGRY and IRRITABLE to say the least.
The cleanse I am undertaking consists of 2 liquid meals a day (smoothies at breakfast and dinner) and 1 hearty meal at lunchtime, 80 % of which must contain greens (kale, chard, broccoli, etc) and 20% protein and healthy fat. I love veggies, lentils, smoothies and nuts so I am actually liking the foods I am allowed to eat. The foods I will be avoiding are sugar, dairy, gluten, grains, soy and caffeine. I currently do not eat any dairy or gluten, so that will be a seamless transition for me. The 3 big challenges for me will be snacking (i’m a grazer), sugar (honey addict) and caffeine (once I get going I don’t stop until i’m dehydrated). I need this cleanse!
The plan also entails some specific supplements that include an antimicrobial, digestive enzymes, probiotics, a B-complex and a few others. I will be throwing in some IV vitamin treatments, colon hydro-therapy and a massage to help the process along. Getting sufficient sleep is also important, at least 8-9 hours nightly.
The name of the cleanse is appropriately called CLEAN, designed by Dr. Alejandro Junger (http://www.cleanprogram.com/). See the website for additional details or pick up the book of the same title. There is also a companion recipe book with all of the clean foods your are permitted to eat.
I am excited to challenge myself with this cleanse. I am hoping for physical results, but also increased mental acuity and spiritual lessons as well. I truly believe that when you undertake any journey of self transformation you will receive its teachings in a multitude of ways. The physical representation that I am naming ‘cleanse’ is really just a metaphor for ultimate change extending outward and inward in all directions.
I will do my best to write as many blogs as I can during the process, so keep in touch!