Our 8th annual cleanse starts tomorrow, and here is everything you need to know to get started! This post was written by Brandi Geiger (Owner @ Fit Mind N Body) who introduced us to the cleanse back in 2009. Whether you're joining us this year or simply want to learn more about the guidelines, read on! Make sure to check the Community page for cleanse tips, updates and recipes.
I have been in the medical, health and wellness industry for almost 30 years. I was drawn to the industry because I was born with a hole in my heart and grew up having a slew of uncommon medical issues. I wanted to be as healthy as possible so I studied Exercise Science, Nutrition and Athletic Training, and then went to school for massage and myofacial work. I was introduced to cleansing many years ago when I struggled with adrenal fatigue and parasites. Cleansing, clean eating, exercise and bodywork have helped me feel my best and keep my immune system strong by keeping my organs working efficiently and my inflammation under control. It’s such an easy program that anyone can follow.
The cleanse is not about being perfect. In fact, many people have done the cleanse multiple times and have taken away something new each time. For example, some people never go back to caffeine or eating gluten because they find they feel better without it. The cleanse helps our bodies feel their best so we can continue on the clean eating path at an 80/20 rate, meaning 80% of the time we eat clean, then 20% of the time we enjoy our favorite treats post cleanse. The cleanse hopefully helps you change some habits that stick with you for a lifetime. It’s why I do a few a year to keep on track when I start to wander.
This cleanse is all about eliminating the inflammatory foods (listed below) from your diet. For ultimate success, determine whether you are an “All or None Person” or a “Baby Steps” person. I’m an “All or None” person, so I just need to cut everything out of my diet at once and go all out. “Baby Steps” people may get overwhelmed by that and quit if that is their only option. I suggest “Baby Steps” people remove the inflammatory foods out at a slower rate if they are overwhelmed. For example: if caffeine is a problem for you, maybe do half caf/half decaf for a few days and wean off the caffeine or coffee during the second or third week.
Optimal Food Choices:
Some websites with great information: