There are a lot of different types of cleanses out there, and many reasons on why to do a cleanse. Some of the reasons for doing a cleanse are:
1. Weight loss
2. Detox of the kidney, colon and liver
3. Jump starting a new fitness program
There are countless other reasons however for me personally. I recently suffered a loss of my kitty and so I didn’t workout AT ALL for like a week and a half. Eating as if I was going to workout but then decided to just snuggle on the couch with my puppy who seems to miss kitty too. That led to a few extra pounds that I do not want to keep and I have a 5k race coming up in a month. So doing a cleanse will not only help me to drop some of the extra pounds but also kickoff a new training schedule to get me ready to run in the next month.
There are many different types of cleanses:
1. Contain protein and veggies
2. Protein, veggies, and fruit or fruit juices.
3. Fruit or fruit juices only
4. Combination of all but add in special root herbs and laxatives.
With a cleanse you will be consuming a relatively low amount of calories. You will want to consume a lot of water to keep everything moving through your system, keeping yourself hydrated and feeling full. You can sometimes be tired or get headaches due to the releasing of all the toxics. It is also a type of fasting so calorie level is lower than normal, so with that in mind you should only be doing very light activity (walking only) and should consider doing it on a weekend. Cleanses can range anywhere from 2-7 days. I don’t recommend doing more than 3 days.
My current Cleanse Day one and two:
6am – 1 scoop of protein powder and 8-12 oz of water
8am – 1 scoop of protein powder and 8-12 oz of water
10am – 1 scoop of protein powder and 8-12 oz of water
12pm – 1 scoop of protein powder and 8-12 oz of water
2pm – 1 scoop of protein powder and 8-12 oz of water
4pm – 1 scoop of protein powder and 8-12 oz of water
6pm – Large salad with 2-4 cups lettuce and any additional veggies (mine was red onion, celery, carrots, spinach, green pepper), 4 oz of chicken with dressing of oil and vinegar.
Day Three – This is a juice day cleanse
6am – Juice – Mix of veggies and fruits (see below from today)
9am – Juice – Mix of veggies and fruits
12pm – Juice – Mix of veggies and fruits
3pm – Juice – Mix of veggies and fruits
6pm – Large salad with 2-3 cups lettuce and any additional veggies (mine was red onion, celery, carrots, spinach, green pepper), 4 oz chicken with dressing of oil and vinegar.
P.S. This is not a long-term solution, this is just a way to get your body back in balance. Overall health and wellness should be achieved from a clean diet, exercise, rest and lots of water!
***Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, licensed nutritionist, dietician or trainer. I’m simply a health and fitness enthusiast who is sharing my experience and what has worked based on my own personal research and experience. Please consult your doctor with any medical issues, before beginning a cleanse or training program.