Not the title that you were hoping for today was it? LOL! Many of you from the challenge have contacted me and are asking about good maintenance and what's next. I do plan on doing the challenge again in 2010 but thought it might be a good idea to do a cleanse before schedules get too crazy - can you believe October is just around the corner?
I have decided to do a 10 day cleanse for a little pick me up and rejuvenation that will start on October 19th and would love to have a support group! I am hoping that this should give you plenty of time to research the cleanse that you would like to do and get the necessary items in your home and take out the UN-necessary ones.Which cleanse to do?
There are several programs out there, I am going to review which ones that I have done and why I do or don't like them. Remember this is from my own personal experience.
Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness - The book is great, I love how she talks about living an aware life that includes meditation, exercise, conscious eating, self work, and having FUN. I definitely recommend this as a read. But the cleanse is an intense 21 day complete body cleanse. I lasted a week. I was a mess - I didn't feel good, in fact I felt very ill. It's all apart of the cleanse experience, I am sure, but I didn't want to feel like that for 21 days. I think I could probably do this type of cleanse now - but a year ago it was not a good option for me. I recommend doing this cleanse if you have already done one in the past and if you are an experienced vegetarian. If this is your first time doing a cleanse keep reading...
Goop, Gwenth Paltrow Detox - I loved doing this detox (cleanse) and will incorporate some of the meal ideas for my cleanse. You can see my first post here of the cleanse. This is a seven day program - which you can extend for the 10 days that we are going to be doing. I will tell you that I didn't do all of the recipes, I re purposed the ones that I liked and made modifications. The brocoli and arugula soup was very filling and I repeated that recipe for soup - I didn't do the cucumber avacado soup. I also didn't do the juices, just for convenience I did my Greens First mix. This detox/cleanse helped me kick the diet coke habit in the butt!
Advocare Herbal Cleanse - This is the one that I will be doing, incorporating the dietary recipes from the above Goop detox. I really like how it is organized (checklist of what you take each day), but most of all I love how the Probiotics are included and essential to this cleanse. Probiotics are the good microflora (you have seen the Activia commercials right?) that supports intestinal health and funcion. Advocare recommends doing their herbal cleanse every 90 days, at this time I am averaging every 180 days. Here is are the dietary guidelines for this program (this will bring back challenge memories for some of you):
- eight to 10 servings of vegetables and fruits - if I can't get this in I will supplement with my Green's First drink
- Drink at least eight glasses of water each day - we are already doing this right??
- Eat starchy foods such as breads, rice and pasta in the whole grain form. Avoid processed starches such as white bread and white rice.
- Reduce your dietary intake to as low an amount as possible. This means reducing or eliminating the use of butter, margarine and high-fat salad dressings. It also means cooking with water or vegetable broth rather than oil or butter.
- Scrupulously avoid all friend foods.
- Be sure to avoid sugar (table sugar or sucrose). Eat a piece of fruit instead! This is why I planned this BEFORE Halloween...
Please let me know if you have any questions - so who's on board?
Here's a little giveaway... When you comment on this post letting me know that you are joining me, that will enter you in a random drawing for an Advocare Herbal Cleanse system! I will do the drawing on Monday, September 28th - so that gives you almost a week to think it over. I do expect that the person who wins the system must actively participate in the 10 day cleanse!