Weight Loss Cleansing

Summer is over.  I know, I’m sad too.  I’m also, like you, refocusing on my eating habits and food choices.  Gone are the lazy summer evenings grilling cheeseburgers while dipping my hand in the tortilla chip bag.  (Okay, you’re right.  My chips were organic and my burger was grass-fed local and all natural. But STILL; the pounds can pack on in the summer!)

Ready to lose some weight? We recently posted a podcast about weight loss cleansing (http://forthehealthofit.podbean.com)  I’m writing to further motivate you and clarify details on how to make your weight loss cleanse a success.  Let’s start with the simple details.  The most obvious question is: What can I eat?

Vegetables, fruit, vegetables, oatmeal, vegetables, brown rice, vegetables, fish, vegetables, almonds, vegetables, eggs (if not allergic), vegetables, lentils, vegetables, seeds, vegetables, lean meat if you choose, vegetables and goat cheese!  To see a full list of all cleanse-friendly food, click on the podcast link above then click on the link marked “Cleanse Food List.”  Surprisingly, there is a lot you can eat.  Many people find that they learn to enjoy many foods they would never have tried such as hummus and rice crackers, swiss chard (sauteed with garlic, onion and coconut oil), and Ezekiel bread (sprouted grain).

The next obvious question is: What can’t I eat?  To summarize: alcohol, chocolate, dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream), salt (except Celtic sea salt), sugar (except honey and maple syrup), white flour products, wheat products, corn and corn products, bread (except brown rice or Ezekiel or 100% sprouted), nuts (except almonds or walnuts), fried food, white vinegar, and butter.

If your main objective is to lose weight, I recommend backing off caffeine and NO cream or sugar in coffee or tea beverages (honey and rice milk are okay.)  If your main objective is to cleanse, strive to completely eliminate caffeine (slowly if necessary!)

The two trickiest ingredients to avoid are wheat and corn.  When you start looking at package ingredient labels you will notice that wheat and corn are everywhere!  By avoiding these two allergen-producing, often genetically modified ingredients, your body will be happy and lose weight more easily.  Be especially watchful for corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup.

I know what you’re thinking.  How can I give up sugar?  I know it may be hard, but you must!  To put it bluntly, that sugar you love is what’s responsible for the size of your belly and the width or your thighs.  If you really want a leaner body and better health, say goodbye to sodas, candy, cookies and cakes.  If you look closer, there’s probably sugar in your bread, salad dressing, pasta sauce, soup and protein bars.  Sugar has infiltrated itself through our food supply and is one of the biggest factors in obesity.  Once it’s gone for awhile, you will find your taste buds reset and cravings will diminish.  Once your body experiences the satisfaction of REAL nutrients, it will feel more alive.  Just give it time.

Now that you know what to eat, and what to avoid, the biggest focus for cleansing is on preparation.  When prepared with healthy food choices, it will be much easier to not reach for the junk. Avoid setbacks by having healthy delicious food prepared and available.  Spend a few hours cutting up fruit and making a fruit bowl for the week.  Same goes for vegetables that can be steamed or put in salad.  Put small bags of nuts in your car, work drawer and pocketbook.  Prepare containers with water and have them ready for when you run out the door.  Hard boil a dozen eggs, peel them and have them waiting in the fridge for a quick snack.  Make a cleanse-friendly soup to heat up at the end of a long day.  Buy a rice-based protein powder and frozen fruits for making quick yummy shakes.  Pre-plan which restaurant and menu items are cleanse-friendly for that special occasion.

Cleansing is always easier with a buddy.  It’s even easier when done with the people in your home.  But, don’t force anyone to do this with you.  Do it for YOU.  Having support is extremely helpful.  Being certain you want to do this is critical.  I recommend you tell, write and review your goals often.  If you want to lose weight and all the people around you know it, you’ll likely feel more supported and accountable.

Length of time to cleanse should be at least one week.  Two weeks is better and many people will cleanse for four to six weeks.  If you only do a week or two, I recommend buying a herbal cleansing kit to speed up the detoxification.  The one we sell at the office is great and most people lose 5-7 pounds in a week.

We have more supportive handouts and binders of information available at the office if you’d like to read up on cleansing, or want to also focus on cleansing a certain organ.  If you solely just want to lose weight, remember the three golden rules:  eat less overall, eat nutrient dense food, and eat more in the beginning of the day with less in the evening.  I can’t wait to hear your results!

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