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Exit Strategy

January 19th, 2013

Exit Strategy


I was raised on  Oscar Mayer cocktail weiners and Cheerios. As you can imagine, my detox symptoms were pretty extreme when I did my first cleanse. I decided to try an Ayervedic Diet based on the book, Dr. Joshi’s Holistic Detox.  21 days, no processed foods, no gluten, no yeast, no sugar, no fruit (eg bananas), no condiments, no nightshades, no caffeine. I really thought I was going to die. My body was so toxic! This began the detox journey. Thank goodness my very best friend did the cleanse with me. I don’t think I would have finished without her. A week or so into the cleanse, about the time we were starting to feel really good, she broke down and ate some sweets. The girl was so sick!


I convinced my husband to try the cleanse with me a few months later. We both felt great by the end! The day after we concluded the cleanse, we went out to dinner with friends, and while I pretty much stayed within the guidelines of the detox, he ate bread and butter, had cocktails, and a steak dinner that included a less than detox friendly preparation. He, too, was so sick!


After living a clean lifestyle for 3 years, (juice everyday, clean meals, no grains, organic produce, no refined sugars, organic meat and eggs) we have learned that we are healthier and happier staying within the guidelines of the cleanse.


A few tips:


  1. Don’t go crazy after the cleanse. We know you are hungry! You feel good, clean, light, but hungry. Try to put good quality food into your clean system. Listen to your body and pay attention to your body’s reaction.
  2. Introduce foods that you may be sensitive to with care. There is a reason that gluten free products are so marketable. Many people are allergic to gluten and grains in general. We currently follow a Paleo diet.
  3. You have just given your body an intense cleaning, similar to spring cleaning. The better you treat your body, the longer it will stay clean. If you put junk back into it, you’ll feel gross. Respect yourself enough to treat yourself with care.
  4. Prepare! If you know you are going out to dinner, read the menu ahead of time and plan.
  5. Stay away from food like products. Eat real food!
  6. Have fun feeling good!!!