Use a Cleansing Diet
to detox and feel healthier
The benefits of using cleansing diets.
A cleansing diet is a nice middle of the road path to cleansing and detox. It's not as disruptive to
your life as the more rigid fasting methods, but drastic enough to get, and keep, your attention on a
new eating regimen.
For those of us who live with other people, the more rigid fasts like
water and the
Master Cleanse can upset the whole
household, especially if you end up in bed at any point.
While fruit fasting and
rice fasting are easier and milder to
perform, causing less disruption to your life, a cleansing diet goes a step further. Instead of eating
just one food, you eat a variety of natural, wholesome, nutrition-packed foods.
The point is to eliminate the foods that are contributing toxins and possible allergens to your system,
including the toxins in microwaved
food, and to lessen the quantity and complexity of foods your system must handle.
The effects of cleansing diets are similar to those of fasting
This break from regular heavy eating gives your body a chance to "catch-up" on internal housekeeping, neutralizing and expelling toxins
and waste materials, while still allowing yourself a somewhat normal eating routine. You will not detox as
quickly as with a more traditional fast, but you will cleanse nonetheless. And it will be much more
comfortable than pure fasting.
When you stop eating the foods that are annoying to your body, you not only give your system a rest from
the onslaught, lessening the burden, but you also give it a chance to clean up and clean out. A chance to
neutralize and eliminate any stored toxins and wastes it was too over burdened to deal with at the time.
Your body, in its infinite wisdom and complexity, can handle these elements, but it needs the
appropriate energy and resources to do so.
At first, as some of this stored material is released, you may have mild typical detox symptoms of
tiredness, aches and pains, sinus discharge, headaches, nausea -- but much milder than if you were fasting.
You can use dry skin brushing to help
facilitate the removal of these toxins. And take 1-2 tablespoons of psyllium husks (a natural laxative
and colon cleanser) daily to help clear the colon, or
see here for a colon cleanse recipe and
more information on psyllium. There are
other methods for cleansing the colon, as well.
After a few days you will begin to feel better than you have in a long time.
This isn't to say that our bodies are "dirty", or "toxic", or "broken". They do a pretty good job of keeping
us alive and compensating for all we throw their way (stress, over-eating, lack of sleep, lack of exercise,
etc.). Our goal is not so much to "fix" something that's wrong with our bodies, as it is to "get out of the
way" of their natural tendency toward health.
Once you get started with a cleansing diet,
the break from your normal eating habits will shed new light on why you were eating the way you were, same as
a fast. Several days on a cleansing diet can change your tastes; you'll find yourself naturally drawn to
more nutritious, wholesome foods.
Kitchari is an Indian dish often used for cleansing.
When used alone as a mono-diet, it's
called a kitchari cleanse, but it can be used in conjunction with other wholesome foods as a part of a cleansing
diet. The link above has several different kitchari recipes.
Of course, any whole grain, with the exception of wheat, can be an excellent part of a cleansing diet, but be sure to
soak the grain first to neutralize the phytic acid
so it doesn't interfere with mineral absorption. Wheat can be included once you're sure you aren't wheat-sensitive.
Some cleansing diets, as prescribed, will just sound like good eating sense to you. Fruit for breakfast, salad
for lunch, rice and beans for dinner--it's the way we should be eating anyway. Sticking to this routine can, for
some, just feel like they're on another "diet".
So shake it up a bit more. Remind yourself it's a cleanse. And not just a physical cleanse, but also a mental,
emotional, and spiritual cleanse. Take time to assess your habits in those areas as well. Take time to spend with
yourself, to reach inward. To listen quietly to the messages that are always there.
Wanting to add more whole grains and beans to your diet? Check out Brown
Rice Recipes and Vegetarian Bean Recipes for easy healthy recipes.
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