Should you cleanse? Maybe not!

smoothieI was never one much for a cleanse.  I figured my body knew what to do and didn’t really need much help from me.  I also like to eat and not chewing for a few days was not something I was going to do voluntarily.  Then I was introduced to cleansing via foods, whole foods that a person could eat three times a day.  It would give the body a rest from allergens, rev up the metabolism, help me shed a few pounds, get my eating back on track and I was intrigued.

Did I mention you get to eat? Delicious meals that don’t feel like deprivation!

So why does the body need a break?  You may have a pretty clean diet but still breathe in toxins from the air or absorb them through your largest organ, the skin, if your water isn’t filtered.  Maybe you drink socially, have a lot of caffeine, eat sugary treats or just a few too many healthy treats.  It could be that you’re having a little too much pasta, bread, potatoes or cheese.  Many of our convenience foods have ingredients that our bodies do not recognize as food and they confuse our system.

It’s also good if you are feeling stuck in general.  Can’t decide what to do next or feeling stagnant in your job?  Maybe you’ve just felt like something is missing.  A cleanse is a good way to clear the cobwebs in our brains.

smoothieA cleanse is not a fast.  It’s more of a rejuvenation and a reminder to feed your body what it really needs and not just what you are craving.  It’s something I like to do in the spring and the fall, a sort of prep for the upcoming seasons.  It’s especially great in the spring when we’re prone to congestion.  Clean foods have a way of helping congestion leave the body.

While most of us, even the healthy eaters, could use a cleanse there are those who should not.  If you are in the middle or end of training for an endurance event or if you have a compromised immune system the cleanse is not for you.  Endurance event participants need more fuel and their bodies need to build strength.  Those with a compromised immune system need their energy to heal.

I am leading a 5, 7, and 10 day cleanse beginning April 7.  You will have daily support, over 35 pages of delicious
recipes, instructions for what do pre and post cleanse, as well as instructions for the cleanse itself.  For more details click: press-the-reset-button-cleanse.   Please email me at janinemchale@empoweredplate.com if you are interested and I will send you the details.