When you hear the word “Spring” what comes to mind? Sunshine, flowers, and cleaning, perhaps? But when you think of a detox or cleanse, you may think of liquid diets, expensive supplements and deprivation.
The truth is, a cleanse doesn’t have to involve any of these – and if you cleanse in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve, lasting results in weight loss, energy gain and full-body health.
Let’s look at four myths related to cleansing and see why a cleanse may be just what your body is craving.
Myth #1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a cleanse. While you might have to eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, cleansing isn’t about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and cleanse your body.
The best part is that good cleanse recipes incorporate real food and can be prepared by a cooking novice. In fact, my cleanse participants always discover new foods and recipes that they continue to eat even after the cleanse ends.
Myth #2: You’ll constantly be hungry while cleansing. While you might consume fewer calories while following a cleanse, you shouldn’t deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run.
Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a cleanse should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help cleanse your body while feeling satisfied. My participants are always amazed that they never feel hungry during my cleanses.
Myth #3: You need to go on an all-liquid cleanse to remove toxins from your body. Liquid-only cleanses have had more than their fair share of popularity. Yet this approach can often backfire. Not only do people often gain weight back after the cleanse ends, but such restrictive eating can be detrimental. An effective cleanse will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.
Myth #4: Cleanses are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements. Supplements involved in a cleanse should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition. While on a cleanse, you should get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole food sources.
Yet supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from the food. For example, including probiotics will help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and remove toxins from your body.
Aside from the benefits discussed above, cleansing is an incredibly effective way to identify whether you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones and establish healthy habits for the long term. Not to mention, refreshing your liver so that it can carry out its many functions more effectively – like washing the windows or cleaning the filter.
I’ve worked with cleanse participants who not only have lost weight and kept it off, but who have also seen their energy level blossom, brain fog dissipate, and skin clear up. Spring cleaning at its best!
Are you ready to discover the benefits of healthy cleansing for yourself? Click here to learn more about my Spring Reviving Cleanse.