Updated: Sep 29
That moment you realize your health & fitness may have gone on a slight detour...
It happens. Sometimes we get off track, sometimes we lose our way, and sometimes we just had a little too much "fun" for a season and need some help finding our way back to healthy habits. If that sounds like where you are, it might be time to hit the reset button!
Have you considered a 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. If one of your health and fitness goals includes healthy eating, a short-term dietary cleanse could be a great way to help kickstart that habit!
What? A dietary cleanse typically lasts anywhere from a few days to a month. Most cleanses reinforces healthy eating habits by asking the participant to implement a diet of whole and nutrient dense foods, thereby eliminating (or minimizing) processed food and alcohol consumption, which in turn relates to reductions in saturated and trans fats, added sugars, salts and other unhealthy additives and preservatives.
How? You could opt to go solo, research a popular 7-14 day cleanse guide, or purchase one of many cleanse kits on the market. A cleanse kit typically contains supplements that can help detox the body's filtering organs (i.e. kidney and liver) as well as a fiber supplement to bind those toxins and promote their exit (via the bowels).
Why? Wonder if a dietary cleanse is right for you? Do you want to reduce your added sugar intakes? Cut back on processed foods? Gain or improve energy? Enhance mental clarity? Crush food cravings? If you answered yes to one or more of these, then a cleanse could be a great reset option for you!
Benefits of going on a short-term cleanse:
Reduce unhealthy 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: high 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
Eliminating added sugars and salts
Limiting alcohol consumption
Reducing empty calorie consumption
Along with supporting healthy eating habits, a dietary cleanse also encourages 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 incorporating regular exercise, drinking more water, taking time for mindful practices, and surrounding yourself with positive and like minded people who will support your healthy habit goals. Now that is what I call healthy living! So whether you are just starting a health & fitness journey, need help breaking through a plateau, or are ready to hit the reset button and recommit to a healthy lifestyl
Bottom line – maybe you have lost your way, perhaps you have gotten a bit off track, or maybe you just need a helpful boost to achieve your health and fitness goals. Whatever the reason, hitting the reset button might be just the kickstart you need! A dietary cleanse allows you to refresh those healthy habits and reinforce healthy lifestyle behaviors, reminding you how good it feels to eat, move, and feel well.
Please note - while a dietary cleanse can be a great health and wellness tool, it is not 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 beginning a dietary cleanse.