Friday, May 25, 2012

foodie friday: cleanses

i'm super interested in cleanses and fasts... mostly because g.palts told me to be... kidding. sort of... a few years ago one of my besties gave me a book called "detox 4 women" by natalia rose and that started my obsession with cleanses and detox diets. since then, i've read "clean" by goop's main man dr. alejandro junger, "the new detox diet" by dr. elson haas, and most recently, "the beauty detox diet" by hollywood's favorite nutritionist kimberly snyder. disclaimer: i am in no way an expert on diets, but i do think i have a decent little arsenal of information on the matter... to be safe, before you start any detox diet it's probably best you talk to a nutritionist or dietician.
why detox?? i think that everyone needs a detox now and again! we all have to give our digestive system a rest. i believe detoxing often helps eliminate bloating, clear skin, strengthen your immune system, and help your bodies natural ability to heal itself. as if clear skin isn't enough of an incentive, people you will be sick less often... i swear... i can't remember the last time i was sick... i'm not a doctor, but i do know that eating clean and balanced unprocessed food is the most certain way to achieve optimal health.
i think the key to a successful detox is to be honest about where you are with your diet... if you eat processed food every single day, doing a full blown juice detox is gonna be rough and probably unrealistic!! so i'm a big believer in detoxing in stages as most of these books suggest. for some people, simply cutting out diary, sugar, meat, caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods is enough of a detox!!! what??? i didn't say it would be easy!!! now for people eating a fairly clean diet, going raw and cutting out any remaining bad habits will definitely give you a solid detox. for the super clean folks, raw foods and juicing might be more appropriate. if you are one of the processed loving peeps that wants to go to the extreme and do a juice cleanse, please, please please, do an elimination diet first!!! you need to give your body a few weeks to slowly cleanse all of that junk for your system, then you can try juicing.
what a detox is not! a detox is not a way to lose weight long term! so if you think that by detoxing you are gonna look like a movie star, unfortunately, you are mistaken. you may lose weight, you may even loose a lot of weight, but let me assure you, you will gain all of it back. the only exception might be with a long term detox diet, like natalia rose's or kimberly snyder's where you are not only detoxing, but creating a long term lifestyle change... just do it, eating clean rocks!!!
if you want to try a juice cleanse you can, of course, juice yourself, but honestly i think buying the veggies can cost more than some of the absurdly expensive delivery companies. pressed juicery and the blue print cleanse are both popular juice detoxes that use quality ingredients and actually taste good! for the san diegan's we have the detox lounge in downtown that i am so excited about trying the next time bo is out of town.

how do you feel about detoxes?? have you ever tried one? would you ever try one??

3 comments:

  1. The idea of consuming only raw, unprocessed foods for a few days sounds appealing in theory, but I probably wouldn't last more than a day in reality. The juice cleanse companies make it seem so easy though!

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  2. The idea of consuming only raw, unprocessed foods for a few days sounds appealing in theory, but I probably wouldn't last more than a day in reality. The juice cleanse companies make it seem so easy though!

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  3. The idea of consuming only raw, unprocessed foods for a few days sounds appealing in theory, but I probably wouldn't last more than a day in reality. The juice cleanse companies make it seem so easy though!

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