I just wrapped up a three day cleanse! I try to do about one a month to get my body reorganized after intensive travel or high stress. I try to stick to a three-day cleanse for the most part… Those are the easiest for me to do with all of the travel I have going on (it is a little too difficult to control my diet when traveling). There are countless cleanse options out there, so pick the one that is right for you! I never pick one that makes me totally shed caffeine… lets be realistic here people! Here are my cleanse tips:
- I never cleanse to lose weight. Every lb you might lose on the scale will bounce right back because it is all water weight. I mostly do it to rebalance the chemicals and toxins in my body. So if you are not doing this to lose weight, then you have to understand that you will HAVE to cut down on your workouts. When you are cleansing, don’t expect to hit the gym hard every day. Your body will be exhausted and it will lead to you heading home starving and dizzy. I usually stop running and just go on brisk walks… with Dexter… every day of the cleanse. I try to take it easy whenever I cleanse… I generally sleep about 10 hours a night on a cleanse, which I know sounds crazy but your body is working OVERTIME throughout a cleansing process so let it do it’s thing. Also, it is always the BEST SLEEP of my life.
- There are a lot of other weird things you can do during your cleanse to truly shed your body of the stuff in your blood stream that is making you feel tired, grumpy or just ‘not-good.’ I have done a lot of research this week on different things I could do. One of them is called ‘Brushing.’ This is where you take a bristly shower brush and scrub your body when it is dry before you get into the shower. I thought this was pointless but I did some research. Cleanses are all about blood and getting it pumping and flowing. Using a bristled brush or knobby-end brush stimulates your blood flow in that area and helps you shed the stuff in your system you do not want. So I tried it! Also, there are tons of bath recipes. One I see most frequently is 1/2 cup of baking soda, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and Epson salt for 20 minutes. No joke. I also, rolled my eyes at this in the beginning, specifically at the claims of it lowering stress and balancing hormones. I thought to myself… who cares about your lady hormones for a cleanse? Then I did some research. Two of the most important hormones that prevent us from processing food correctly and that mess up our system in general are cortisol and adiponectin. Trying to destress is more than just your mental health but also effects the way you process food. I stand corrected.
- After the cleanse, it is important that you slowly easy your body back into its eating plan or a new plan that makes you feel healthier. We all know this. But it is SUPER tough to not just go buck wild on a plate of nachos when you have been drinking meals for the past week. One of the things I try to do after I cleanse is what I call a ‘Sweat Session,’ which is a HARD CORE workout to process out a lot of the toxins my body just eliminated. This could be 60 minutes of intense cardio. I do PiYo Drench or a longer run than usual. I do mine a day or two after my cleanse to make sure I have enough energy to maintain this kind of exhausting workout.
For all of you out there who are interested in cleansing this summer, let me know! We can chat about the plan you are using! I am trying to sample a new plan each month and see which I prefer! PS – Cleanses are EXPENSIVE so be warned, they take a lot of money and a lot of prep!