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FAQ4: Spring is the time for cleansing!


Today's FAQ video is all about cleansing! Spring is the perfect time to do a cleanse. The energy of Spring is uplifting, things are in bloom, it's a time of rebirth. So that means it's time for your rebirth!! (did you stick to those new year's resolutions to eat better? I didn't think so!)

Jessica asked what my opinions are on cleansing and how to go about it. I think cleansing is different for everyone. We could all benefit from giving our digestive tracts a break. But if you've never done a cleanse before it's best to do a program with a professional that can guide you. Once you experience a few types of cleanses you can find out what works best for you. 

I have friends that do juice feasts where they drink only fresh juices for 3, 7, 14, 30 days at a time. I personally don't make it past day 2 with this type of cleanse. Hunger takes over and I always seem to be working on recipes for my next book or the blog. So what I like to do is an all raw cleanse that includes juice, but also smoothies, salads, raw soups and fruit. Usually a week is good for me to get back on tract. If you try a juice feast and you feel really uncomfortable know that is normal. I say if your cleanse is affecting your daily life then don't be afraid to eat something whole, like fruit or a salad. Most people get over the hump of feeling icky after day 4 or 5 (depending on your previous diet).

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The kind of cleanse that I like and recommend for anyone that doesn't already eat a healthy diet is the 30-Day Vital Life Group Cleanse by Melissa Costello. This cleanse is food-based and done in a LIVE group setting online. You won't starve or ever feel deprived and you'll get to eat lots of yummy delicious food! This is great if you are trying to transition to a vegan diet, need to get off sugar, processed foods, caffeine or alcohol. 

She is offering a special discount just for my readers of $175 off the normal cleanse price. You will only pay only $150 using coupon code: blissfulchef – THIS DISCOUNT ENDS TONIGHT so take advantage of it now!

For more details and if you have questions, visit Karma Chow's website

The 21 Day Detox is a great program, which is self-guided but has everything you need for it. Just missing the support of a group, so if you really need that community then go with the the 30-Day Vital Life Cleanse above.

Heather from Healthy Eating Starts Here has a great video and blog about detox plans.

Body Ecology Whole Life Detox starts May 9th. 

If you have the time to take off from work and travel there are great programs at True North, Tree of Life, and great books that have cleanses in them like Crazy Sexy Diet, The Beauty Detox Solution, and The New Detox Diet. The list could go on and on! Find something that works for you 🙂

And if you need support during a self-guided cleanse or after your cleanse to keep yourself on track, I'm available for phone and Skype consulting from anywhere in the world! Check out my Services here

So tell us in the comments, what kind of cleanses have worked best for you? Do you know of any great guided cleanse programs?

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Posted in My Blog on 05/03/2012 11:52 am


  1. So funny you should post this, I just started my first cleanse ever for candida — the Candida diet: http://www.thecandidadiet.com/ It is super tough and very restricted, and I don't know if I would recommend it without checking in with your doctor first. I did lots of research and had some symptoms, and it seemed to be the best cleanse for me.  

    The diet during the cleanse is mostly vegetables, excluding starchy and acidic-types — so a lot of greens! No fruits/sugars, no soy-based anything, no nuts, no beans, no grains. I've "cheated" on the last one and incorporated brown rice in the evenings and some puffed kamut in the mornings, just to give me energy and prevent major migraines since I do work during the day. 

    It's been hard to come up with new recipes with such limited foods. Case in point: this morning I just threw a bunch of vegetables in a blender with a leftover avocado soup and am trying to wolf down that concoction for lunch 🙂 

    I wanted to do the diet for at least 2 weeks but I don't think I'll last past Day 5 (I'm on 4 now). Since I eat very healthy usually (vegan 10 years, mostly macrobiotic), I haven't experienced any major die-off/detox symptoms. But I also haven't been doing any yoga or anything strenuous, again to avoid major headaches. I feel about the same, but boy do I miss variety!! Going on these cleanses certainly inspires you to cook/bake when they are done! 🙂


    • Candida cleanses are some of the hardest, especially if you want to be vegan. If you feel good having some gluten-free grains I don't think there's anything wrong with that if that means you will stick with the rest of the cleanse for longer. 

      You should check out my friend Ricki's site. She's the expert on anti-candida recipes that are vegan! 



  2. Great post Christy! I find juice feasting a bit too restrictive for me, too… I just need to chew things sometimes!!! And I figure if I juice an apple, or eat it, it's still good 🙂


  3. I love this suggestion for spring.  I've been juicing pineapples a bunch lately since they are such a great anti-inflammatory food and to speed up recovery from a running injury.  I eat a lot of raw foods so maybe the liquid version  would be a nice way to transition to a lighter spring/summer diet. Great & informative post 🙂


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