Meatless Monday: Spring Cleanse Time
I hate to admit this but I haven’t been eating as well as I could be. I’ve been eating too much sugar, not eating enough grains, eating junk food, and not eating at regular meal times. What can I say, I’m human. Spring is the best time of year to do a cleanse and recommit yourself to your health. Energy is flowing, things are in bloom and the energy of the season can support you in making new commitments in your life.
I’m going to do a cleanse that is my own take on the 21 day detox. I’m going to shorten it to 15 days since I already eat vegan and really well. If you would like to follow along with me I encourage you to do so! 15 or 21 days is easy for anyone to do and since you are eating food the whole time it is so much easier than fasting (I don’t recommend fasts to my clients, but cleanses are great!)
Here’s how it works:
Week 1 – Eat only plant-based whole foods. No animal products whatsoever, no processed foods, sugar, bread, junk food of any kind. No caffeine, drugs, alcohol, etc. Buy all organic. Have one liquid meal in addition to 2 other plant-based healthy meals, snacks are fine as long as they are whole foods like nuts, veggies, or fruit.
Week 2 – Eat only raw living foods. Have two liquid meals per day if possible in addition to a raw meal like a huge salad, snacks are fine in moderation as long as they are raw.
Week 3 – Have only liquid blended meals, like smoothies, juices, raw soups, etc. There is an optional water fast that can be had on day 3 of week 3 which you can continue for a few days if you feel comfortable. If you start to feel dizzy or uncomfortable do not continue water fasting. It isn’t for everyone, so be sure to take care of yourself.
At the end of Week 3, moving into Week 4 you would break the cleanse by eating whole raw foods and liquid meals for a few days before you start eating cooked foods and grains. Don’t just jump right back into eating your usual diet or any junk food. It’s best to ease the body back into cooked foods again, and hopefully you’ll be feeling so good you won’t want to put the junk back in your body! 🙂
If you complete this 15 or 21 day detox, you’ll be set to continue a lifestyle of healthy eating. Since our taste buds change every 3 weeks, this is the perfect amount of time to recharge your diet. The first week can be a tough one especially if you are used to eating sugar or drinking caffeine, but I promise as you continue the cleanse you will start to feel clearer, cleaner, and high on life.
I’ll be sharing some delicious raw recipes with you over the next few weeks. And if you live in Los Angeles, I’m giving a raw food cooking demo at Whole Foods in West LA on May 12th, 6:30-8pm. Come by and see me!
Have you done a cleanse or fast before? How did it go for you and did you stick with eating healthy after?