April 02, 2014
This is something we do often and either myself or my hubby will suggest it and then we will both do it to support the other. This time around it was hubby's idea as he has been feeling tired and run down and it was actually very timely for me as I had just gotten back from eating and drinking myself silly on a WA holiday.....Maybe that's why hubby is so tired? 😉
It really is some very simple practices we follow as with 2 young children and a very busy life, simple works for us. There may be some people reading this that say "oh, that's how I live anyway!"
So all we do really is give ourselves a time frame and cut out things that burden our liver for this time. That's why I call it cleansing rather than 'detoxing' although I do think doing a detox now and then doesn't hurt anyone and have written about my 'Detox Do's and Dont's' here.
So we picked 21 days for this one as we thought we would clean up our act for a while before Easter was upon us. Today is currently day 4 and we have both just moved out of the 'cleansing symptoms'.
For hubby this was headaches for the first 3 days, lethargy and cold type symptoms. This is very normal for coffee drinkers as the body starts to function without caffeine again which does place a bit of a load on the adrenals. Phase 2 liver pathway cleansing almost always gives you a dull headache.
For me, it was extreme fatigue. I don't drink coffee but I had been drinking a wine (or 2!) every night for the past week or so and that was slowing me down, just clearing that from my system. I write this stuff in, by the way, not to shock the teetotalers but to help anyone who thinks they have a problem by drinking that often. If a naturopath finds herself in that predicament sometimes, then surely it's not so bad if you do too is it? Just because we know something isn't good for our health doesn't always mean we do what is right BUT it is important to recognise this and cut back or abstain. No matter how social you are or even if it's become a habitual thing, your body will not stay well doing that indefinitely. Count on it.
So what gets cut out?
Any refined carbohydrate whatsoever
Your list might be longer, depending on what your diet already entails but we generally have a very good diet as we eat whole foods, we don't eat gluten unless we are out and have the occasional slip up at a restaurant (damn you brioche at that French restaurant!) and the only dairy we eat is cheese and butter. We eat meat - all kinds, but for the sake of this gentle cleanse, try and stick to grass-fed meats, organic and free range chicken and wild caught fish and seafood.
So what are we eating?
Vegetables - loads of them.
Chicken, Fish, Eggs, some legumes (but mainly only chickpeas as we are making a hummus at the moment which is to die for!) nuts and seeds
Brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat (these are quite minimal and not daily as we do tend to favour protein and veg dishes as it works so well for both our metabolisms)
Fat in the form of butter, coconut oil, avocado and olive oil
What are we drinking? Only filtered water, coconut water, vegetable juice and kombucha
What we do daily on top of this is-
On rising, we drink 2 glasses of water with 1-2 capfuls of apple cider vinegar
Daily vegetable juice. We have a slow pressing juicer, or masticating juicer so the nutrients and enzymes are kept alive longer without the heat of the blade. This means we can juice the night before, store in the fridge and drink before breakfast the next morning and before hubby goes off to work otherwise I doubt we'd have the time. You could drink this juice in the afternoon though or any time you have time to juice - We are juicing 'liver loving' vegetables to help the process of our cleanse so our juices consist of - beetroot, carrot, cucumber, ginger, celery and apple.
We exercise only on the days we have energy as it's not about pushing ourselves at all. Today was the first day I felt up to going to the gym (day 4 of the cleanse)
Get to bed by 9.30. Your body does most of its repair between the hours of 10pm and 2am so we want to be sure to be asleep before this time hits. Of course this is a house with kids residing in it, so this one can be tricky some nights 😉
We avoid going to restaurants and cafes unless they are paleo type ones etc. during a cleanse as it's simply too hard to manage the menu and there is often a compromise....and really it's not forever so we don't find this hard. Work out the situations in your life that you will have to navigate if you did a cleanse and perhaps just stay in more often? It's good for the body to rest as much as possible when cleansing or doing a detox.
So that's it! Very simple. You could take liver cleansing herbs and nutritional supplements and I would recommend that on a detox as such but for a simple cleanse we stick to our usual probiotic capsule, our superfood powders in our meals and extra Vit C.
I like to keep the cleanse simple.
We also take my Cleanse Blend as that is nice and gentle and contains essences that support all the main elimination organs and the emotions associated with them. So there are essences for the lymphatic system, bowel, kidneys, liver and skin and it helps release and clear emotional waste and residual by-products to clear built-up emotional baggage.
Remember whatever you do to your body physically has an emotional effect and vice versa!
I also take my Cravings Control blend when my emotional cravings get me thinking I need a wine or something sweet.
Hope you enjoyed this blog as I really wanted to specify that things don't have to be extreme or fancy to do a lot of good and we all need breaks from things from time to time. We are all human so if you feel there is something you need a rest from or a complete break up from, just start slowly and simply.
Yours in Health,
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