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.

hair out of H20My clients are those most personal trainers would not seek.  However, as a registered nurse, my background is helpful in meeting their unique challenges.

Few are interested in detox.  Yet when I explain “my take” on detox and “master cleanse,” interest is sparked.

As I wrote in my previous post, “Clean up your act..” detox to me is more than a 3-10 day enema.  It must begin with how you view yourself, and then may end with cleansing your body.

Eradicating negativity is an essential beginning.  You may not be able to rid yourself entirely of a toxic environment.  You can change your response to it.  You can also choose not to be a part of it.   Unlike a little cayenne pepper and lemon juice for your body, this is more than a brief stint.  It is a lifelong process; definitive in rerouting and re-wiring balance.

You want a better body?  Start with a balanced life.  How do you do this?  There is no “one size fits all” answer.  However, I believe awareness of need is the first step.  Have you ever considered your body is a reflection of that awareness, or lack thereof?  You’ve no doubt heard “you are what you eat.”  If it were only that simple.

Food and fluids are essential to life.  Equally so, is preparedness.  Being prepared to meet the stressors of everyday living requires “tools.”  What are yours?  Do you know when to use them?  As any apprentice can tell you, knowing which tool to use, is as important as having the right one to use.

KEY POINTS

1.  Eating should not be a recreational activity.  Food is a requirement; not a hobby or a pacifier.  Most of us outgrew pacifiers at the infant/toddler stage.  No need for a substitute now.

2.  Stress is a necessary part of life; and a teacher.  Stress is not always bad.  Unfortunately, it usually causes a cascade reaction, which ends up making us miserable.  It reverberates physiological and psychological changes, many of which we can control.  We choose to leave the situation if possible.  We remind ourselves of the impermanence of it.  We can solve.

3.  Response.  There is always a certain amount of trepidation when facing the unknown, hostile, or frustrating.  We all share these feelings, and few if any are totally immune.  The question becomes–now what?  Again, it’s the “then what” that intrigues me most.

Most of us have our own ways of dealing with stress.  The question becomes–how’s that working for you?  If not too well–time to cleanse.

As stated earlier, I don’t believe in a monochromatic remedy for balancing life’s circumstances.  We are all different–and while one may choose meditation and quiet time, another may choose a strenuous workout.

Me?  I need a combo plate.

Quiet time for me is a solo run.  It has and continues to help me keep sane on many an insane work day.  It is my balance between eastern style meditation and strenuous workouts.  However, running is not my only tool for handling stress.  Removing myself–whether physically or mentally (or both) from a situation, is tantamount to keeping my balance.  While it may not be easy, I have learned to empathize, yet de-materialize.  I am no service to anyone, if I can’t provide the best possible “me” to “you.”  This requires due diligence, just like caring for a client or a patient.

I have also found that understanding I am not “blotting paper” for the world is crucial.  Empathy? Yes.  Sympathy?  Yes.  Sounding Board–maybe.  Blotting paper–absolutely not.  Again you are of no use to anyone, if you inter and interpret their difficulties as your own.

Detox 360.  Yes, there’s a little more to this than herbal supplements inducing loose stools and flatulence.  If you were looking for the latest trend on a simple body cleanse; sorry to disappoint.  But as the title suggests–we are talking 360.

This is the second installment of my idea of a “master cleanse.”  More to follow.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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