Updated: Mar 18
The moment you realize your healthy habits may have taken a slight detour...
It happens. Sometimes our healthy habits get off track. Maybe it's stress, maybe it's a season or life change, or maybe you just lost our way for a bit. If you are finding yourself having a hard time breaking unhealthy food habits - constantly craving added sugars, processed foods, caffeine, or alcohol - it might be time to hit the reset button and try a short term cleanse.
For centuries dietary cleanses have been used to help improve and enhance physical, mental and spiritual wellness. They continue to be popular today for their ability to promote healthy habits, improve health and wellbeing, and support healthy lifestyle goals.
What is a cleanse?
A dietary cleanse typically lasts anywhere from a few days to a month. Most cleanses reinforce healthier eating by reinforcing a diet of whole and nutrient dense foods, while eliminating (or minimizing) processed food and alcohol consumption, which in turn reduces intakes of saturated and trans fats, added sugars, salts and other unhealthy additives and preservatives that can have negative impacts to your health.
How do they work?
There are many types. From store bought 7-14 day kits with supplements to help flush toxins and restore gut health, to sugar detox groups typically led by a health coach or nutritionist. What is right for you will largely depend on your needs and goals.
Should I consider one?
A dietary cleanse can be a great resource to kickstart healthy behaviors, improve health, and support overall health and wellness, they may not be advisable for everyone. Before drastically changing your diet, if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or have a chronic health condition, please consult with a trusted health care professional before engaging in a dietary cleanse.
Benefits of going on a short-term cleanse:
Reduce food cravings
Promote a healthy waistline
Enhance and/or boost immunity
Improve digestive regularity
Reduce bloating and inflammation
Improve mental clarity
Enhance skin clarity
Reduce food cravings, such as:
Sweets: chocolate, candy, cookies, cakes, pastries, etc.
Salt: chips, crackers, white breads, and other processed foods
High “bad fat” foods: full fat dairy products, high fat cuts of meat, pre-packaged snack foods, commercially baked muffins, pastries, etc., and fried foods
Promote healthy dietary habits, such as:
Consuming more fruits and vegetables
Relying on “good fats” found in foods such as salmon, avocado, nuts, flax and olive oils
Incorporating lean proteins from sources such as chicken, turkey, beans and eggs
Minimizing processed food consumption
Reducing added sugars and salts
Limiting alcohol consumption
Along with supporting healthier eating, a dietary cleanse can also encourage other healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as moving more and stressing less!
Studies show, one healthy choice often leads to another. That is why when you are feeling well and have more energy, you are more likely to embrace other healthy habits, such as engaging in regular exercise, drinking more water, practicing mindful activities, and surrounding yourself with positive and seeking out the support of like minded people who will keep you moving forward with your healthy habits.
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