It’s that time of year again! My husband and I do a few cleanses a year, usually around the change of the seasons or in correspondence with holidays. The type of cleanse we do varies for the different times of the year – because our bodies crave different things based on the seasons, and also to help certain organs detox and heal. Sometimes we do raw food cleanse; sometimes cooked foods. Every once in a while, a juice cleanse.
But my favorite detox is super simple. There are no complicated meal plans, no fasting for several hours, no dark green juices (unless I want them). The detox is this – no processed food for 10 days. That’s it. Sounds simple right? It is.
Except that almost all the food we eat today is processed in some way. Something added here or there to preserve freshness or add flavor. These little additions gang up on the body and over time the body wears down a bit.
Like all detoxes, this cleanse is designed to give the body a break, to get rid of cravings and to increase energy and health. So that means a total break from anything processed, whether that is minimally processed or highly processed.
No bottled salad dressings or sauces. No lunch meats. No nut butters, unless you make them yourselves. No canned beans or soups. Not even sprouted flour-less breads. Like I said, some of these have almost nothing done to them. Almost. But a detox is a complete break from something. So almost doesn’t count here.
The cleanse does include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Organic meats and wild caught fish. Slow cooked beans and comforting vegetable soups. Fluffy grains tossed with raw nuts and seeds. And homemade salad dressings with cold pressed oils and fresh squeezed lemon.
The best part about this cleanse is that you rewire your brain to remember all the whole foods options that are available to you. And after the initial adjustment, you find easy ways to prepare and include these foods into your regular schedule. It is also a crash course in food preparation. You don’t have to follow any fancy meal plan, but you do have to do a little preparation so your fresh foods are available and edible.
The next time you want to do a cleanse, consider my favorite one. You’ll be surprised how something so simple can change your life so much.