If, like me, you also filled them with cheese and truffles, then it’s time to return to normal eating patterns. Better yet, time to kick start improved, cleaner eating.
A few of my peeps are tossing around the idea of doing a cleanse. They’re eyeing up the Master Cleanse. Acknowledging my low energy and stubborn weight gain, I admit I’m intrigued by a “kick start” approach to detoxification.
But I’m suspect of severe restriction.
The most rigorous of plans always seem to be followed by an equally rigorous binge. Yes, some people benefit from chain-drinking cayenne lemonade or complete fasts. Even my 71 year-old mother touts mental clarity after even one day of fasting.
It seems those who learn the most from stark detoxification are those who have already established a healthy relationship with food, gained through clean eating habits and intuitive bodily awareness, not through deprivation and guilt.
Most of us do not fit into this category. Most of us have bellies full of cheese dip and an assortment tray of bad habits. Most of us are looking for that quick fix in the early days of January.
So I’m collecting more data. I found this great resource that describes almost 40 detox and diet plans. I’ve decided to go with my own…
Common Sense Cleanse
- Include essential nutrients: calories, vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and fat.
- Find ingredients that are accessible and affordable. Feeling better shouldn’t require small investments.
- Avoid starvation diets that render you useless mentally and physically. It’s hard to exercise when you’re irritable or weak.
- Do uncomfortable symptoms like crushing headaches and diarrhea have to happen during a detox? Enjoyable sensations, not feeling like crap, promote longer-term participation.
- Steer clear of plans whose success is contingent on spending money for items developed by the diet’s creator.
- Pick a program that suits your personality. Some thrive on meticulous plans, some just need an encouraging guide. I’m not sure what makes this a “cleanse”, but Bon Appetit’s Food Lover’s Cleanse appeals to my culinary senses.
- Learn food preparation you can use on a daily basis rather than selecting limited menu programs. Research substitutes for obscure ingredients that you can’t find or afford.
- Above all, think long-term. We can clean out, but we need to learn how to stay that way. Holistic programs promote clean eating, exercise AND mental strengthening.
Detoxification after holiday binges, prolonged illnesses or general maladies is an exciting idea. Unfortunately, too many of us do it for the wrong reasons. We seek immediate results with unrealistic expectations. With a little common sense, you can pick a “kick start” that promotes long-term cleanliness.
Have you or someone you know tried any of the popular cleanses or detox diets? We’d love to hear about it!
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