cleanse day

Day 21: the players

day 21

well, i made it. 4 deep cleanse days are in the books and 9 more days until my 30 days is complete.  i seriously feel the grooviest. i figure i should give you the low down on the key players of a deep cleanse day since we’re running out of time.

so here we go…..

*the star of the show is Cleanse for Life.  there’s kind of a misconception here that this drink cleanses your body….it doesn’t, it gives your body what it needs to cleanse itself.  your body knows exactly what to do….this just equips it to do it more efficiently.

aloe vera – soothes the digestive system and increases bioavailability of other nutrients

licorice and turmeric root – supports liver and promotes detoxification

berry blend – supplies potent antioxidants

peppermint –  supports digestive system and soothes g.i. tract

plant adaptogens – help maintain homeostasis and increase body’s resistance to stress

*the next player is Ionix Supreme. this drink is a blend of natural botanicals called adaptogens that help your body deal with all types of stress:  physical stress of exercise or hard labor, environmental stress in the form of toxins and life stress from all sorts of causes. it also gives you a natural boost of energy.  all from plants. all natural. no crap.

*Isagenix Snacks are little wafers to support you during cleanse days. they contain the same pure, balanced ingredients as our shakes and are just enough to curb hunger with minimal impact on digestion during cleanse days.

*IsaDelights (i heard angels singing when i typed that).  these are the bomb.com of cleanse days for sure. these little bits of chocolate heaven contain green tea extract, amino acids, antioxidants and b vitamins and like the Isagenix Snacks, they’re perfectly balanced to support you on a cleanse day without disrupting the process.

*Natural Accelerator Capsules –  these contain natural thermongenic ingredients such as cayenne, green tea and cocoa seed to help to support thermogenesis and boost metabolism so you can burn fat safely and effectively.  no whacky stimulants here folks.

and finally…..

*IsaFlush Capsules – these are simply a blend of magnesium and gentle cleansing herbs to promote a balanced digestive system and a healthy gut. they contain bentonite clay to absorb toxins and soothing peppermint to keep your belly happy

so that’s it guys.  nothing weird or harsh, no stimulants, no crap. just exactly what your body needs to get rid of the toxic burden that gets placed on it as a result of poor diet and simply existing in today’s world.

along with all those things, you need to drink lots and lots of water.  i shoot for a gallon.  you can also have herbal tea, green tea and low acid black coffee.  we also have these amazing little energy shots that are cleanse day approved.  again, all natural ingredients…nothing to make you jittery.

you can check out all the posts about cleanse days right here.   yay…i get to go have a shake now.  catch you tomorrow.

Day 20: seriously

day 20

just wrapped up my 3rd deep  cleanse day of the month and headed into my 4th. i haven’t eaten anything since about 7:00 pm monday night….it’s wednesday morning. and i feel amazing…seriously. i’m not half crazed, my mood is generally happy and positive, i have a ridiculous amount of energy which is a good thing, because i have a lot to do today.  my tummy is rumbling, but i’m not starving by any stretch of the imagination.  i’m even going to meal plan and hit the grocery store.  you know how they always tell you not to go to the grocery store when you’re hungry because you’ll buy a bunch of junk food?  well, i always seem to need to grocery shop on deep cleanse days and it actually has the opposite effect on me.  i feel so incredible and my body is so happy, that all i’m drawn to is the good stuff.  i do notice that my self control in the produce section is lacking and sometimes i over buy and we can’t eat it all before it spoils..oops.

this is not hard people.  it’s different from our norm because we’re so used to satisfying every craving, whim or hunger pang, but it’s more than doable. and once you experience the cleanse day high, it will click.  you’ll finally understand what i’ve been shouting from the rooftops these last few years.

i’ll offer a little disclaimer here though.  cleanse days aren’t always this amazing.  sometimes they are challenging.  sometimes the timing is just bad and it doesn’t work.  sometimes your body is dealing with some serious toxic overload and you don’t feel so hot as your body is releasing them.  that’s normal too. but i promise, if you embrace the lifestyle, use the tools, lean into the process and deep cleanse regularly, this is what you can expect…energy, emotional lightness, physical lightness, fatloss, an enormous sense of wellbeing, mental clarity, improved sleep.  seriously.

if you want to check out the nuts and bolts, ins and outs and why of  deep cleanse days, go back to day 7 and day 8  for a refresher.

i’ll check in after day 2 of deep cleansing and day 21 of my 30 day cleanse.  until then, i’m off to tackle wednesday cleanse day. i love it when my cleanse days fall on a wednesday. 🙂

Day 8: much ado about toxins

day 8

there has never been a generation exposed to as many toxic chemicals as we are.  i don’t care how diligent you are to avoid them, how much organic food you eat, you are toxic.  if you exist and breathe in this world, your body is carrying around a toxic burden that it was never meant to bear.  our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made….a true miracle.  they were designed to eliminate naturally occurring toxins safely. but they weren’t created to deal with dioxins, furans, polychlorinated biphenyls, polybrominated biphenyls, organochlorine pesticides…just to name a few.

like i said, our bodies are a miracle so they adapt.  one of the self preservation measures our bodies put into place is to trap these unrecognizable chemicals into fat cells to keep them from running amok and wreaking complete havoc.  that doesn’t keep them from affecting us entirely though.

 if we’re storing excess toxins in our fat cells, what do you think happens if we don’t get rid of them and keep adding to them?  yep, you guessed it…those fat cells grow larger to accommodate the toxins and our jeans get smaller.  this is why so many people who eat healthy and exercise still struggle with fat loss.  and don’t be deceived thin/fit people, you are most likely accumulating this toxic fat around your organs and this is super dangerous.

the toxic burden we carry around affects so many other things that we have just accepted as the status quo…the norm for growing older.  it affects our quality of sleep, our mood, our mental clarity, our energy levels, our libido, our overall well being. and these toxins?  they cause inflammation and disease. i  know we can’t control everything, but why in the world wouldn’t we take the bull by the horns where we can and fight for this one life, this one body we’ve been given?

when we do nutritionally supported deep cleanse days and allow our cells the chance to rejuvenate, our bodies also have a chance to focus on breaking down those fat soluble toxins so they can be flushed out.  unfortunately, this isn’t once and done, because i don’t expect our exposure to toxins to be eliminated anytime in the near future. the process of nourishing and cleansing must become a lifestyle.

so…knowing what i know and having experienced my own personal mental, physical, emotional and yes, even spiritual breakthroughs with this process, i will continue to fight the good fight against these nasty boys.   day 8 is in the books and it looked pretty identical to yesterday.  very much looking forward to my shake in the morning.

i’ll leave you with this groovy article from Dr. Michael Colgan .  see you tomorrow.

Day 7: nuts and bolts of a cleanse day

day 7

as promised, today and tomorrow you get a peak into what deep cleanse days are all about.  ideally, you will include 4 of these during your 30 day cleanse, either 2 sets of 2 or 1 per week. we can chat about those options another day.  but today, i want to tell you why we do this.

our cleanse days are a form of intermittent fasting that we refer to as nutritionally supported fasting. you may or may not experience some mild detox symptoms in the beginning, but generally speaking, since it’s nutritionally supported, you will feel nourished and energized instead of deprived and run down.

i want to make it clear before we go any further….this is not a harsh, laxative (or otherwise) induced colon cleanse.  by abstaining from solid food while nourishing your body with  phytonutrient-rich botanical beverages, your body’s natural detoxification systems begin to do what they were meant to do.

frequent eating keeps our cells in a continuous growth pattern. cleanse days give our bodies a chance to rest so that our natural cleansing and rejuvenation processes can occur more efficiently.  old cellular components are broken down into basic building blocks and recycled into new components.  this process, which is responsible for cleaning up worn out parts within our cells, is known as autophagy.

cleanse days also mobilize stored energy in the form of body fat. so lots of fat burning going on during cleanse days….especially, the very dangerous visceral fat that surrounds our organs.

and lastly, cleansing supports a healthy metabolism. during cleanse days our bodies become more sensitive to the action of insulin which is essential in maintaining normal blood sugar levels.

so that’s that….the why of it all. it’s why i’ve been regularly practicing cleansing for 3 years and will continue to do so until i step into the wild blue yonder.

the nutritionally supported part comes into play with these two beverages. both of which can be consumed warm as a tea, iced, as a slushy (great option for summertime) or simply as a shooter.

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these little dandies are formulated just perfectly so as not to disrupt the cleansing process, but still keep you from eating your own thumb off.  and yes….that’s chocolate. and yes….it’s crazy delicious.

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along with the things mentioned above, you must drink lots and lots (did i say lots?) of water.  as you are breaking down and releasing toxins that are trapped in your cells, you’re going to want to flush those bad boys out of your body.

you can also enjoy green and herbal teas, black low acid coffee (which we now have…yay…it’s incredible).

yeah…so that’s that.  day 7 rocked. got a little munchy, but once you understand the why of it all and how beneficial it is, it’s pretty easy to just lean into the process.  see you tomorrow for day 8 and my 2nd cleanse day.