As I’ve mentioned before, I am a self-confessed diet book/DVD/article junkie. I read/view everything new and exciting that I come across. I’ve been noticing a trend ~ most books or articles now include the “cleanse” or detox phase to any new diet. Said phases are supposed to be a big deal – and jump start your healthy new life. I’ve never done a detox – or a cleanse…well, there was that time I gave up desserts and alcohol for “Lent” (even though I am a non-practicing Catholic)…but I cheated 3 times. So, we won’t count that. 🙂
I’ve been reading a lot about balancing yourself (chakras, yoga etc) and I think my body is probably pretty out of whack. So, I like the idea of a cleanse/detox and incorporating more meditation etc. into my life. I need less stimulation and more relaxation.*
Jillian Michaels’ book “Master Your Metabolism” lists a million and one things you need to cut from your life stat. She claims that “toxins” in processed junk food, medicines, and the environment can throw our hormones, and thus our metabolism, out of whack. That means getting rid of: sugar, salt, gluten, alcohol and most dairy along with “toxins”: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), mercury, pesticides (buy only organic) etc. She also pushes the idea of never using plastic. Extreme for the average person. But, you don’t need to follow anything to the letter.
There’s also the ever popular “Master Cleanse” – I have friends who love it…but I can’t get with the idea of eating NOTHING. I might die. (Is my dramatic tone coming across in the post? I hope so!). The MC is a mixture of organic lemon juice/organic grade B maple syrup/ ground cayenne pepper/ filtered water that you drink all day for 10-14 days.
I heard from a friend about the Quantum Wellness Cleanse – a 21-day cleanse that Oprah tried and blogged about. From Amazon: “This book takes a common sense approach to healthy cruelty-free eating. It also addresses a lot of the weak points in the diets of many Americans such as alcohol,caffeine, sugar, meat and dairy etc. If you can give up these things for 21 days you may just be able to give them up forever. The menus at the end are very sensible and do not include any extremes in calorie restrictions.”
So, my decision is 2-fold.
1. Do I need to detox/cleanse? Will it help me break my addictions to caffeine and HFCS? Will it realign my body?
2. If I do, should I try the Jillian or the 21-Day….or should I make my own? What should I include/exclude?
*As a result of my recent interest in balance, I decided to make the picture of the post a rainbow “Om” – trust me, when you Google “detox” and “cleanse” you get a whole lotta pictures not suitable for posting. Anywhere!