So what do you think of when you hear the words "cleanse" or "detox"? Thanks to much of what we hear in the media, cleansing or detoxing (pick your favorite - I will use them interchangeably) has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “detox," you may immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements and short-term deprivation for short-term gains.
The truth is, a cleanse doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you do it in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight release, energy gain and whole body health.
I wanted to share four myths you may have heard about detoxing. Understandably, these myths may cause you to be hesitant to try one =).
Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why cleansing/detoxing by eating clean might be just what your body is craving.
Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a detox.
The reality is that you might have to eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, but detoxing isn’t all about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. Not interested! There are many delicious recipes and foods from God's abundant buffet that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and detox your body. Yum!
The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice (present company included!). In fact, when my clients have done one of my guided Clean Eating Challenges, they always discover new foods and recipes that they absolutely love that have become staples in their diets long after the detox ends.
Myth #2: You’ll constantly be hungry while detoxing.
You might end up consuming fewer calories while following a detox, but you shouldn't feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet, on the other hand, can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run.
Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a detox should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help detox your body naturally while feeling satisfied. My participants are always amazed that they never feel hungry during my jumpstart cleanses.
Myth #3: You need to do an all-liquid detox to remove toxins from your body.
Liquid-only detoxes have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of detoxes can backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the detox ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health. An effective detox will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.
Myth #4: Detoxes are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements.
Supplements involved in a detox should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition. While on a detox, you should get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources.
Supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from these foods. For example, by including probiotics in your diet, you help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and remove toxins from the body.
Aside from the benefits discussed above, detoxing is an incredibly effective way to identify if you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones, and establish healthy habits for the long term. It's a great way to give you data about how to most effectively and productively nourish your body.
I’ve worked with cleanse participants who not only have lost weight and kept it off, but who have also seen their energy level skyrocket, their skin clear up and even their allergies disappear. Score!
Are you ready to discover the benefits of healthy detoxing for yourself?
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What questions or concerns do you have about participating in a cleanse?
Before you try something new, like a clean eating cleanse or detox, it’s normal to feel hesitant. I like to call it FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt). If you're ready to get big results in a small amount of time, I'd love to hear from you.
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And I'll leave you with my favorite closing words from Dr. Dean Ornish:
"Eat Well...Move More...Stress Less...Love More!" It's the little things that count=)!
Blessings & XO!
Charlie Jordan Brookins Your Girlfriend in Whole Body Health Founder, Fit thru Faith