Have you ever tried to cleanse because you thought it was a good idea for losing weight and a path to get away from constant dieting?
I did my first cleanse back in the year 2000. I didn’t really know much back then, but I thought it was a good idea. It involved drinking some kind of tea while still eating food. The taste of the tea was dreadful and it was certainly a struggle to drink it, so I didn’t even last a day!
I know it’s challenging to make a decision on which cleanse is best because there are so many different options available. Some sell a cleanse along with taking certain pills that they have a financial interest in. Some suggest removing animal products, sugars, gluten, etc. and focus on eating a cleaner diet free of pesticides and chemicals for a certain number of days.
I personally like an all-liquid cleanse because it gives the digestion a break. Makes sense, right? Your digestive tract is probably on overload from rushing your meals and not chewing the food thoroughly. Plus, the other stuff you have on your plate these days such as information overload, calendar overload and stress also take a toll on your digestion.
When eating well is part of your daily life, such as organic versus conventionally grown produce, and ditching processed and “convenience” products, cleansing becomes natural and enjoyable. It will also break you free from constant dieting. You see, years ago, I wasn’t ready for a cleanse. I wasn’t committed to a healthy lifestyle. Sure, I was sometimes, but I wasn’t invested like I am now. I was using it like a quick fix to clean up my body and lose some weight. I was craving many foods on the cleanse, and as soon as the cleanse was over, I was eating everything I missed. Not ideal at all.
I encourage you to make juicing (this is when the pulp is extracted), and smoothies (nothing is extracted, it’s all blended) part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s a great investment in your health and will lead you to natural weight loss if that has been an area of struggle for you. You will also start to feel better and have more energy. When you are doing this on a regular basis, cleansing becomes a lot easier and something to look forward to. A win-win for your health and your waistline. A diet free life is so wonderful!
Please leave me a comment and let me know what you have experienced in the past and what you plan to do going forward.
Ellie Savoy is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and the author of the #1 international best selling book “Stop Dieting Start Living: 5 Foundations for Your Health to Permanently Lose Weight Without Dieting Starvation or Suffering in Silence”. She is also the founder of the Stop Dieting Start Living Weight Loss System. Her commonsense and step by step approach has literally transformed the way people look at their body, health and life. She spent over two decades under a great deal of stress. She lost sight of the importance of her health time and time again; gaining weight and yo-yo dieting to take care of it, skipping meals during the day, eating too late at night, and letting work dictate how all of her time was spent. Many people need a trigger for change in life and the first trigger for her was her mother’s passing in 2008. Then just 21 months later her father passed away. Not only was this a ton of grief to process, but it started her on a deeper exploration of what is really important in this life. The saying “you can’t take it with you when you die” really hit home. She had been living with so much stress striving for more and more losing sight of herself and her health. The final trigger was in 2011 when she was diagnosed with two uterine fibroids. The four options she was given were actually not options for her! Three involved surgery and the other one was to do nothing. This scared her into understanding what she needed to do to naturally heal her body and permanently end the yo-yo dieting dilemma. This was when she really embraced making healthy permanent lifestyle changes. Since then she has been enjoying living a diet free and healthy life, without aches and pains, medications and a bunch of rules! She hasn’t looked back since. Ellie’s approach is not just for yo-yo dieters or those wanting to lose weight – it’s for everyone who is concerned about what their future looks like and wants to take control of their health. She has helped women with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid imbalance, irritable bowel syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and a host of other symptoms. Ellie helps you to show up in your own life, stop making excuses, shift your mindset, have a plan and connect with the passion in your belly to live your best life. It’s a lot of fun!