dancer in white  This post originated in August of this year.  It was titled “My favorite reset cleanse.”  Intermittent fasting or “cleansing” has become the latest technique in battling the bulge.  In my opinion, nice and easy does it.  So this is my version of a “cleanse.”

Cleansing can be a vital component in revitalizing your life, your lifestyle, and yourself.

In my last post “Detox 360–body work,” I discussed intermittent fasting.  It is a segway into my favorite “reset.”

SLOW AND STEADY

I’m sure you realize by now, I am not a proponent of a cleanse that doesn’t encompass lifestyle change.  It is why my series is entitled Detox 360, starting with “Clean up your act….”

Yet I do believe there are benefits to hitting the “reset” button.  Your body (for the most part) is quite proficient at digesting, synthesizing, and eliminating food and fluids.  This doesn’t mean it couldn’t use a break.  Hard hitting cleanses coupled with fasting, which induce runny stools and flatulence, isn’t my idea of giving it a break.  It can upset the ph balance in your body, and wreak havoc with blood sugar levels.  Therefore taking your body from meals, to heavy fluids, to finally H20, I believe is a better alternative.

CHOOSE YOUR WAY

This cleanse can last a day or a week.  There are those who make it last longer, by decreasing what’s on their plate, a little at a time.  Know you can shorten or lengthen at your discretion.  If you are diabetic, take medication requiring food, or trying this for the 1st time, consult your medical professional.

Begin with eating a meal you normally consume. Your subsequent meal should be lighter in nature.  Your next should consist of an opaque juice, such as V8 or a blend.  Lastly, you end with only H20.

If you are doing this over the course of a week, remember your meals should progressively become lighter. You then transition to opaque fluids to ever clearer ones, until you reach your H20 phase.  It is essential to keep yourself well-hydrated, once you begin with fluids only.  What does that mean?  Your urine reflects your hydration status; therefore it should be clear, slightly to moderately yellow.  Anything dark is telltale for inadequate hydration.

How long do your fluid only days last?  For me, it is not longer than 1-2 days.  My H20 day is just that–one day.  Again, this is not meant for everyone; especially if you are diabetic or taking medication requiring food.

BRING IT BACK

Your H20 phase doesn’t spell the end of your cleanse.  It is only the “reset.”  It is a reset for your body; but also for commitment and perspective.

Just as the cleansing process was a subtle yet steady progression, so is the reversal.

Starting with clear lighter fluids, you gradually progress to opaque or heavier ones, then to soup (can be thicker or creamed), then to salad/veggies, then a meal.  Again, this can be stretched out for as long or as short as you like.  My last “add back” however are heavier carbs like potatoes, breads, and pastas–then my animal proteins.  You may choose to go with meat first, then your carbs.  This is your body, your cleanse.

I realize for “detox purists,” this is not their idea of a cleanse.  Far from being one of those, is why the post is entitled “my favorite cleanse.”

THE BENEFITS

This is a the pause button for my mind, as well as my body.  It forces me to make a commitment, stick to it, and remember that I made this choice.  After concluding this regimen, I not only feel a sense of accomplishment, but find I am consciously engaging in meals.  I chew my food more slowly (without really trying), savor each bite, and unconscious snacking all but disappears.

For me, this cleanse gives my digestive system the break it needs.  It doesn’t send me sprinting for the bathroom, play “hill & valley” with my blood sugar, or leave me incapacitated to complete a workday.  Yes, there is an adjustment period.  In comparison to some detoxes however, the side effects are marginal.

Have a favorite detox or cleanse you would like to share?  Contact me at serrenity.c@gmail.com

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.

dancer in whiteCleansing can be a vital component in revitalizing your life, your lifestyle, and yourself.

In my last post “Detox 360–body work,” I discussed intermittent fasting.  It is a segway into my favorite “reset.”

SLOW AND STEADY

I’m sure you realize by now, I am not a proponent of a cleanse that doesn’t encompass lifestyle change.  It is why my series is entitled Detox 360, starting with “Clean up your act….”

Yet I do believe there are benefits to hitting the “reset” button.  Your body (for the most part) is quite proficient at digesting, synthesizing, and eliminating food and fluids.  This doesn’t mean it couldn’t use a break.  Hard hitting cleanses coupled with fasting, which induce runny stools and flatulence, isn’t my idea of giving it a break.  It can upset the ph balance in your body, and wreak havoc with blood sugar levels.  Therefore taking your body from meals, to heavy fluids, to finally H20, I believe is a better alternative.

CHOOSE YOUR WAY

This cleanse can last a day or a week.  There are those who make it last longer, by decreasing what’s on their plate, a little at a time.  Know you can shorten or lengthen at your discretion.  If you are diabetic, take medication requiring food, or trying this for the 1st time, consult your medical professional.

Begin with eating a meal you normally consume. Your subsequent meal should be lighter in nature.  Your next should consist of an opaque juice, such as V8 or a blend.  Lastly, you end with only H20.

If you are doing this over the course of a week, remember your meals should progressively become lighter. You then transition to opaque fluids to ever clearer ones, until you reach your H20 phase.  It is essential to keep yourself well-hydrated, once you begin with fluids only.  What does that mean?  Your urine reflects your hydration status; therefore it should be clear, slightly to moderately yellow.  Anything dark is telltale for inadequate hydration.

How long do your fluid only days last?  For me, it is not longer than 1-2 days.  My H20 day is just that–one day.  Again, this is not meant for everyone; especially if you are diabetic or taking medication requiring food.

BRING IT BACK

Your H20 phase doesn’t spell the end of your cleanse.  It is only the “reset.”  It is a reset for your body; but also for commitment and perspective.

Just as the cleansing process was a subtle yet steady progression, so is the reversal.

Starting with clear lighter fluids, you gradually progress to opaque or heavier ones, then to soup (can be thicker or creamed), then to salad/veggies, then a meal.  Again, this can be stretched out for as long or as short as you like.  My last “add back” however are heavier carbs like potatoes, breads, and pastas–then my animal proteins.  You may choose to go with meat first, then your carbs.  This is your body, your cleanse.

I realize for “detox purists,” this is not their idea of a cleanse.  Far from being one of those, is why the post is entitled “my favorite cleanse.”

THE BENEFITS

This is a the pause button for my mind, as well as my body.  It forces me to make a commitment, stick to it, and remember that I made this choice.  After concluding this regimen, I not only feel a sense of accomplishment, but find I am consciously engaging in meals.  I chew my food more slowly (without really trying), savor each bite, and unconscious snacking all but disappears.

For me, this cleanse gives my digestive system the break it needs.  It doesn’t send me sprinting for the bathroom, play “hill & valley” with my blood sugar, or leave me incapacitated to complete a workday.  Yes, there is an adjustment period.  In comparison to some detoxes however, the side effects are marginal.

Have a favorite detox or cleanse you would like to share?  Contact me at serrenity.c@gmail.com

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.

healthy living waterfallHave you ever wondered if cleanses and detoxes are worth the bother?  Not to mention the unpredictability it may wreak during your work day?

If you haven’t exacted the less than warm and fuzzy effects of detox/cleanses on your body, should you?  Perhaps.  However, my idea is not limited to a little lemon juice and cayenne pepper.  Pricey supplements (some will run upwards of $200) and herbal concoctions may promise a sparkling clean colon and clear skin.  But what happens when you finish your 5-10 day stint?  It’s the “then what?” that interests me.

Regardless of how acne free your skin may become, or how many pounds you lose, this way of life is not sustainable.  Even if it were, do you really want to ingest only pureed food substances, or drink lemonade laced with hot peppers for any length of time?  Maybe add a little cabbage soup to the mix for variety?  If that’s what it takes to remain healthy, I’d rather be worm fodder.

DETOX AND WEIGHT LOSS

While detox/cleansing can “jumpstart” your weight loss, you can expect it to slow, stall, and then stop.  The same holds for any other attribute you experience while performing your cleanse.  However, if you are feel you are in need of such a feat, choose wisely.  Every cleanse is not for every body; just like exercise routines.  Your body has its own ideas of how to assimilate and eliminate what it doesn’t need.

DETOX 360

Want real change?  Not a temporary fix?  Then realize cleansing may not start with the latest herbal remedy inducing flatulence and runny stools.  Real detox starts with changing your mind.

Detox 360 understands your body may not be what requires cleansing first.  Your perspective, how you relate to the world, and how it in turn answers you, should be your starting point.  What does this have to do with fitness and health?  Time to find out.

How you view yourself is essential.  Do you allow others to dictate your self-worth because of a few pounds on the scale?  If so, time to cleanse.  Cleanse those people right out of your life.  I’m not advocating turning a deaf ear to medical professionals, or a diagnoses which insists on weight loss.  But to those “well-meaning” frienemies which subtly (or not so subtly) sabotage your esteem, offer them a polite “get lost.”

We often hear about how our world is suffering from environmental toxins.  Indeed.  Environmental toxins may be closer than you think.  Sure they’re out there.  More to the point, are they in there?  In your social circle?  Your household?  Time to cleanse.  You may not be able to totally eradicate that gossiping co-worker or nagging relative from your life.  But you can certainly change how you relate to them–or even if you relate to them.

The last piece in this detox puzzle is discernment.  How you discern your environment, is how your environment responds.  If you see this world as hostile, dog eat dog, and uncaring–guess what?  That is exactly what it will give to you in return.  If you see yourself as less than, the world has no problem in confirming your accusations.

Yes, detox and cleansing your body may have benefits–temporary as they may be.  There are many to choose from; touting cures from everything to acne to diabetes–even cancer.  Who am I to judge.   Yet for me, a cleanse for the body is a latter piece in the puzzle, of a much bigger picture.

My idea of a master cleanse?  You’ve just read the 1st part of it.  Second part next post.

Keep up and keep at it.  Questions?  Comments?  Contact me at serrenity.c@gmail.com