for Urban Professionals & Other Skeptics in a Rush
January 30, 2013 in Healthy Eating
There’s a lot of hype about cleansing, and for good reason. It’s sparked real optimism about our ability to heal ourselves with something as nourishing as real food. It’s fed the notion that “wellness” has become trendy and full of quackery. It’s also ignited fierce debates about eating disorders disguised as healthy or “detoxifying” practices.
I’ve done both the home-made cleanses and the “expert” delivery versions for the last ten years. Some have felt terrific, others really depleting. One I did in university involved large green pills that made me smell like a jungle. That one ended quite quickly. Live and learn! I even started a group cleanse routine at the office of a large bank I worked at in New York. Yes, I would like a high five for that last one. There is nothing like a committed group of skeptics on a juice cleanse!
Three to five day juice-only “feasts” are intended to help you release toxins built up in your system from poor diet and environmental pollutants, to give your digestive system a bit of a breather, and to kick-start a healthier diet. Many find that a good cleanse improves digestion, increases energy, improves mood, mental focus, and sleep issues, and eliminates cravings for things like caffeine and sugar (which overstimulate your adrenals and cause inflammation, respectively). Not to mention producing the dewy youthful glow raw food enthusiasts are famous for.
Like anything else, the only way to know if something is going to work for you is to try it and pay attention to how you feel.
These practices are perfect if you don’t want to do a full cleanse right now, but want to support your body to do what it does best – heal itself.
This is so easy and you get a lot of mileage for very little time or money. It stimulates digestion gently – kind of like waking up to a nice gong alarm clock or a gentle sunrise, instead of a slap in the face (a.k.a. coffee, cereal, or nothing). Your skin will thank you, and so will your liver. Consider it a very cheap facial.
If you find it hard to start or maintain any of these practices, ask yourself why. What are you doing instead? What would it mean if you cared for yourself this well? What might you release if your body wasn’t weighed down with suboptimal nutrition?
Your body is the one you have for life. It’s smarter than “you” are, and if it’s clogged with environmental toxins and addicted to caffeine, processed foods and sugar, you’re not going to be able to tune into the wisdom you’re embodying right now. You are so wise. Choose a few or all of these practices, and give yourself the support you deserve.
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