Managing Toxic Body Burden Part 4: Cleansing 101
What kind of feelings come up for you when you think about putting your body through a cleanse or detox? You might feel hesitant and afraid of unpleasant symptoms such as headaches, increased and urgent bowel movements, and fatigue.
I'm with you 100%! I avoided doing a cleanse for YEARS because I was so fearful of how I would feel. Until I learned that it doesn't have to be unpleasant, you don't have to starve and be cranky, and you don't have to send your friends away because of a bad mood or horrible symptoms.
This is the final post for this series on Overcoming Toxic Body Burden, so here are the links to the first three:
Here's what I've learned about cleansing by after implementing the concepts that Anthony William, The Medical Medium writes and speaks about. (I am in no way affiliated with Medical Medium, I am simply sharing my personal experience. I receive no compensation for sharing my positive results).
1. What to eat when cleansing
Fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices, and wild foods. These are the '4 food groups' that Medical Medium discusses in Life Changing Foods. I noticed that when I changed my diet to incorporate more of these foods, I was cleansing in a healthy way. It's just a natural result of eating this way.
So what is recommended by Medical Medium to eat?
Fruit: mango, papaya, bananas, apples, oranges, berries (especially wild blueberries, not cultivated), kiwi, pears, grapes, etc.
Vegetables: GREENS and more greens (keep 'em varied), cruciferous veggies such as brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, and cauliflower, cucumbers, celery, sweet potatoes and potatoes (yes potatoes, just steam them and don't add any fat which keeps the liver cleansing and the liver is ESSENTIAL to cleansing).
Herbs and spices: parsley, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, sage, turmeric, ginger, garlic, etc.
Wild foods: FRESH aloe vera (buy the big leaf in the produce section), dulse and other sea vegetables, chaga mushroom, raw honey, dandelion and nettle.
This is a VERY abbreviated list of the possibilities there are to eat within these four groups. It doesn't sound like a lot of food, but believe me... there truly is!
Some have chosen to continue to eat beans, lentils, and some nuts and seeds while cleansing. Adding them will certainly slow down a cleanse, while eliminating them will speed up a cleanse.
2. Do not starve yourself-eat, eat eat!
It's true I've cut out many things such as meat and most of the fat I was eating, but I've added an incredible amount of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
Actually, I'm pretty much just eating fruits and vegetables. And let me be the first to tell you as a former Paleo dieter, I never would have thought in a million years that eating only fruits and vegetables would satiate me. But they do, and I feel great.
The trick is, to eat A LOT and often. I elaborate on this in number 4.
3. Allow your intuition to come through
No two people experience detox with exactly the same symptoms, for the exact same time period, or with the exact same intensity.
It's crucial that you listen to and learn the cues your body is giving you. Common symptoms of detox can be fatigue, increased bowel movements, headaches, skin reactions, and bloating.
However, if these symptoms get to be too intense, back off what you're doing a little bit. Slow down the detox. Replace a raw food meal with a meal of cooked food.
One of the most common intuitions is knowing what you want to eat (not cravings, see below). I'm talking about intuitive eating. When you're preparing your meal and you're searching the pantry and refrigerator, just using the ingredients that jump out at you.
Or as you’re shopping for fruits and veggies, which are jumping out at you? These will be the most nourishing to you at the moment because you're using your own intuition to feed yourself and give your body what it's asking for.
4. Know the difference between a craving and intuitive eating.
Now that you understand intuitive eating better, let's compare that to a craving. A craving is urgent. I will just die if I don't have such and such.
Generally, a craving is something that's not very good for us. A savory, fatty, comfort food, something salty and crunchy, or a sweet, luscious, decadent dessert are usually what's calling our name.
When you have that kind of craving while doing a cleanse, DO NOT GIVE IN! You're having the craving because those are the toxins associated with that food that is trying to exit your body. They're causing your body to crave it so it can stay and not be eliminated.
But let me tell you, once you eliminate it, you will never have the craving again. Be strong. On the other side of that craving is less bloating, less water weight, and an increase in intuitive eating.
5. Smoothies and Juicing
Smoothies are a great way to have a snack or meal while on a cleanse. You can add your desired superfood powders, add more greens in like spinach, and it’s an easy way to increase your fruit intake (especially those nutrient rich wild blueberries!).
Juicing is taking a cleanse one step further. Those really advanced with cleansing will sometimes do a 3 day juice fast- I have not yet got to that point! However, beginning with 6-8oz of a juice and working your way up to 16 oz of any juice is a great way to add juicing to your regimen. Apple and Cucumber is another one of my favorites.
6. Raw vs Cooked
The more raw food included on a cleanse, the more cleansing can occur. The more cooked food, the slower the cleanse. Most days I'll eat raw all day and have a cooked dinner. There are a couple of days during the week when I'm feeling particularly good and I'll choose to have a raw dinner. Again, this can be based on intuitively what you're feeling.
Cleasning and Decreasing Toxic Body Burden is DOABLE!
In parts 1-3, we talked about where we come into contact with everyday toxins, how we can rid them in our homes, and why they’re so particularly harmful. And this may be a lot of information if you’re new to this… and that’s okay! Just take it one step at a time.
Providing your body with an increase in phytonutrients and enzymes will deeply nourish your body on a cellular level and aid your body's ability to remove toxic substances. And it starts with adding more fruits and vegetables.
I'm on this as a long term plan because I have certain issues that I’m healing. But cleansing could just be a short term plan for you. Either way, I have the PERFECT resource for you:
The 3 Day Gentle & Deep Cleanse to Kick-Start Better Health is a comprehensive cleanse that can be extended for as long as you need.
Need more guidance before starting your own cleanse? Work with me.
To your health and healing,
Mandi Palmer, “Food and Wellness Guru,” is a Holistic Certified Health Coach who has been inspiring and leading others in their pursuit of wellness since 2008. Her well-rounded approach to helping others achieve wellness includes nutrition, healthy-never-over-doing-it movement, building purpose and reslience to stress, the ancient art of qigong, comfortably cleansing, and using the published works of Anthony William, The Medical Medium.
>Disclaimer< This information is to be used for educational purposes only and is not to be used to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. The author of this article is not a doctor, licensed dietitian, or licensed nutritionist. By reading this article, you are agreeing to take responsibility for your own health and decisions regarding food and you waive the right to hold Mandi Palmer responsible for any negative instance or result that may occur after engaging with this information.