To some, words like cleanse, fast, and detoxification bring about thoughts of clarity, focus, and energy. These words bring about a sense of purpose and calm. Okay…this sounds great. For others however, words like these brings about a sense of dread, panic, deprivation, and feelings of starvation like hunger. The latter is how I used to feel when people talked about their cleanses. I used to get irritated when they’d tell me they’ve had nothing but juice for two
weeks or how it’s been 21 days on nothing but liquids and they feel just so fantastic! Ugh…it used to rub me the wrong way and I felt like they were boasting about their cleansing accomplishments. It made me want to go straight to the nearest bakery, buy a half-dozen pastries, and eat them all on my drive home. That is until I got up the courage to try a teeny tiny baby cleanse on my own - 1 day to be exact.
I did it very quietly, and honestly it wasn’t that bad. Surprisingly I felt pretty good the next morning, more clear headed, greater energy, and just a nice sense of calm that ran through my body. Kind of cool I thought. So, of course I wanted then to try a lengthier cleanse. This time I tried a 3 day cleanse/detoxification program, and well… this one didn’t go nearly as great as I had hoped. I was exhausted, irritable, and hungry the whole time. Looking back I can see that I did not prepare for this cleanse properly.
Today, after much research and practice, I have learned how to detoxify my body in a way that is safe and healthy for me. Honestly I will never be one of those long time fasters, as I choose to do short bursts of cleansing such as intermittent fasting or caloric restriction. These type of cleansing programs work best for me and my lifestyle, but that’s just me.
To get you started, and in an effort to help you avoid some fasting pitfalls, learn from my mistakes. Here are a few things I did wrong in the beginning.
If you are interested in finding a good fasting and cleansing program, take your time in figuring out what works best for you. There’s no one perfectly awesome cleanse that works for everyone. Just like there is no one perfectly awesome diet program that works for everyone. Be safe, talk to your doctor beforehand, and give it a try. Who knows, you might end up being one of those long time fasters, all bright eyed, with great energy, telling me how awesomely fantastic you feel after drinking nothing but green juice for a week! Grrrrr…..;-)
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