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What You Need to Know Before Doing a Cleanse

If you’re thinking about doing a cleanse, spring and summer really are the best times for it. There’s so much fresh produce in season that emphasizing fruits and vegetables becomes easy without needing to resort to frozen items.

Cleansing generally means cleaning your system out, particularly the gut, but it could look different for everyone. Perhaps it means a 3-day juice fast or a month-long elimination diet. Maybe you just want to avoid gut-irritating foods for a few weeks while sticking to raw fruits and veggies.

Doing a cleanse isn’t necessary more than once or twice a year, but it’s important to do it right (and safely) from the start.

Why and How to Cleanse

There are many ways to cleanse, but the key benefit is giving your body a break--it’s an opportunity to rest and recover from being constantly inundated with food (especially food that doesn’t support optimal health).

If you choose to do a water fast, your digestive system gets a chance to play catch up and discard anything it doesn’t need--without having to worry about more incoming food to digest. Homemade bone broth or juice can nourish you during your fast without demanding too much from the gut. The amount of days can vary, but generally 1-3 is fine for this type of cleanse.

Not feeling up for a water fast? You might experiment with intermittent fasting or time-restricted eating instead. This means you only eat or drink within a 10-hour window during the day, and then consume nothing else besides water from early evening until morning (about 15 hours). Time-restricted eating has been shown in studies to improve blood glucose levels and help cells clean out and discard waste.

If you’ll be focusing on fresh vegetables and fruit during your cleanse, try adding the juice from half a lemon to warm water in the morning and sip green tea throughout the day. This homemade beet kvass recipe is also great for gently flushing toxins out of the liver.

Note: While fruit is always a better choice than cookies and pastries, trade high-sugar options, like bananas and melons, for berries, cherries and citrus fruits.

Other Points to Keep in Mind

While you’re cleansing, be sure to get plenty of rest. Keep your exercise light and short, and include relaxation activities like yoga and meditation in your day. Try to avoid having your cleanse fall on particularly busy weeks or the same month as your cousin’s wedding!

The most important thing to remember about doing a cleanse? It’s about support, not starvation. Do it as a kindness to yourself, not because you’re feeling self-conscious about bikini season. When you give yourself proper care and nourishment, it’ll reflect positively on how you look and feel from the inside out.

Need Guidance? 

Request a consultation with me to make sure your cleanse is safe and health-supportive! Contact me here to set up a time to talk.

Summer Sipping Vinegars

You’ve probably heard by now that apple cider vinegar (ACV) is really good for you. It helps detoxify your body and clear out toxins. But for many, its tangy taste can be a little hard to get down. Good thing there’s is a new drink in town, called Sipping Vinegar! Well, it’s actually not so new. People have been drinking it for centuries, but it’s all the rage right now. 

My first vinegar-based recipe was called the Flu Shot a.k.a. Fire Cider. This was made from a combination of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, orange juice, fresh herbs, turmeric, garlic, ginger, peppercorns, horseradish and more… I’d let this infuse for about 6 weeks and take a tablespoon or two to keep cold and flu germs away. 

So when I came across the idea of Sipping Vinegars, I knew they were for me. I’m all about the powerful health benefits and immunity boost. I also knew I could have some fun in the kitchen, because the flavours are vibrant, fresh and exciting. 

For the base, you can use any type of vinegar from ACV to balsamic to champagne. The creativity comes with the plentiful array of summer fruits and herbs you can add. For example: strawberry and basil, blueberry and thyme, raspberry and mint or ginger and cilantro. The list can go on and on.

To make Sipping Vinegars, I refer to the recipes featured on Ellen Ford’s DIY Network blog. They’re quite simple and quick to make—and as you know, I love simple! 

Summer Sipping Vinegars

Basic Formula:

1 cup vinegar
1 cup fruit
¼ cup herbs
½ cup sugar

Recipes:

For recipes and flavour combinations, check out Ellen Ford’s blog, “How to Make Drinking Vinegar.” (We have our eye on the Cherry & Sage in Champagne Vinegar.) Give one a try and enjoy a delicious, non-alcoholic sip all summer long! 

Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Or, post a pic on Instagram. Tag us with the hashtag #summersips.