After careful consideration, I decided to rid myself of certain toxins. I have never undergone a process or entered a program that will allow me to cleanse from unhealthy substances. My family has decided to unselfishly join me in my journey of clean living. My quest is to have a fresh start towards a healthier lifestyle. This treatment starts tonight (Sunday, February 7th, 2010) and it will span five days until Friday. May God be with us!!
I have never done a cleanse before (have you?) and I’m excited, anxious, thrilled and nervous about it – all at the same time. After our 6 night 5 day cleanse, we are going to try to stay away from the evil white stuff – dairy, sugar, potatoes, rice, flour, and bread as much as we can. We do love those foods though. We’ll curb, but never eliminate.
The real issue (when we get right down to it) is: we just love our carbs! We love white potatoes (frites, mashed, stuffed, hash-browned, au gratin, etc.,) and white rice (buttered, pilaf, vegetable-fried, with black beans, with meatloaf, with steak and onions, with chicken Marsala, etc.,) and white flour and white breads (pasta, Italian bread, French Bread, French Toast, Paninis, Monte Cristos, cookies, Biscotti, cakes and pie crusts) and don’t get me started on sugar!
A cleanse is suppose to re-invigorate your body’s system. It should be performed (so they say) about once to three times a year. A cleanse or detox helps to strengthen the organs that the body uses to flush toxins from the body on a daily basis. These include the skin, the lymphatic system, the intestines, liver, lungs, and kidneys. Detoxing gives your body a break from the toxic excesses that modern life creates. By removing the body’s necessity to burn excess energy (for digesting heavily sugared and fat-laden meals and snacks that are difficult to metabolise, which plays havoc with blood sugar,) your energy is released to cleanse and regenerate your bodies tissues and vital organs.
So why haven’t I tried this DETOX before? I don’t know…maybe I saw a detox/cleanse as a starvation, weight-loss thing. Maybe I saw it as more harmful than helpful sort of a thing (I know of a male friend who fasts one day a week, I believe on Wednesdays, because he wants to retain his size 32 waist…he’s 39 years old and can’t lift anything over 45 lbs.) Maybe I saw it as something “women” do (I am so beyond sexist, so please save your letters.) Maybe I was uneducated about the benefits of a cleanse. Or maybe, just maybe, it was something I thought I could not do (I hate failing at ANYTHING!)
On our program, we are drinking our breakfast and dinner via smoothies and soups. For lunch we have a sensible (but small) meal of lean protein (chicken or fish) with some brown rice or buckwheat noodles. We can also have a decent serving of roasted or steamed vegetables. Wish us luck!!!
Our detoxification program is based on the “Whole Body Action plan” by Alejandro Junger, M.D., author of CLEAN.
Alejandro Junger, M.D., is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology, having trained and now practicing in New York City. In addition, after completing his medical training, Junger studied Eastern medicine in India. He was the medical director of WE Care Holistic Health Center in Palm Springs, a world-famous center for fasting, cleansing, and detoxification. Currently, he is in private practice at the renowned Eleven Eleven Wellness Center and is the director of integrative medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
In the Page titled “Entertaining” under Detox/Cleanse http://www.hluizpresents.com/entertaining-ideas/detoxcleanse/ , I will be listing my 5 day cleanse menu if anyone’s interested. I will also give a little cleanse-journal of our progress as well.
PS: I just realized that I went from posting about McDonald’s to posting about a “Cleanse” – the two have no correlation to one another. Again, my McDonald’s post was about the “interior” of ONE store, a definitely NOT the fast food.
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