You’re fed up.
You’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.
The weight you are carrying has become unbearable.
You’re tired of being lethargic all the time, no energy to do the things you love, let alone the things you need to do. Or maybe it’s none of those at all. Maybe you are tired of the illnesses and diseases you have been faced with and have been told were hereditary and it was inevitable that you’d live with them some day. Or maybe you’re ready to transition into a healthier lifestyle, but you’re just not sure where to start.
I always recommend that a person starts by detoxing. Detoxing? What is it exactly? Detoxing or cleansing basically means cleaning the blood of impurities and toxins. The liver contains most of the toxins within our bodies, as it is the central point of where they are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin.
There are several ways a detox or cleanse can be done. There is no one way fits all, you must find the one that works best for you and one that you will adhere to.
For me, the first cleanse I did started out as a 3 day water fast, followed by a 10 day juice cleanse. The first 3 days were hell, as I had withdrawal symptoms from sugar, carbs, and so forth. I was lethargic, foggy brained, and had headaches, but I pressed through. I deliberately took the first 3 days off work and school because of all the research I had done and hearing people repeatedly say the first 3 days would be the worst. By day 4 my body began to have energy unspeakable and by noon that day I had my first juice. I could feel the life in the juice flow through the blood in my veins, a tingling sensation as the nutrients uninhibited began to get to where they were needed immediately. My thinking became clearer and my memory on point. I naturally went to bed by 9:30 pm every night and slept soundly through the night, which was a major blessing since I suffered from insomnia since my mother’s passing in 2009. I stopped setting my alarm clock to wake up as well, as my body naturally began to wake up bursting with energy between 4 and 5 am on the dot.
I also followed a smoothie cleanse just recently, by JJ Smith. I did not have that lethargic feeling as many in the Facebook group had, and I believe that may have been because I was already fully vegan at that point and did not have to deal with the body cleansing from sugars, meats, and dairy. Her cleanse allows for snacks in between and in MY opinion is more geared towards shedding a number of lbs. She gives you a set of recipes for the 10 day smoothies, along with approved snacks to have throughout the day.
If you are healthy and you can physically do it, I say jump in with a few friends and do the water/juice cleanse. If there are health issues involved, I say try the smoothie cleanse. You have to do what is right for you and only YOU know your body. I am NOT a physician or licensed nutritionist and cannot stipulate what is best for you.
I have contemplated doing a cleanse again and I can’t say that I will never do the smoothie cleanse again, but I know that what my body is needing on a regular basis is the water/juice cleanse. Do not get me wrong, both are excellent, but this is why I say YOU have to KNOW YOUR BODY and do what is best and fitting for you. My body thrived on the juice cleanse more so than the smoothie cleanse. Consult with your physician, I was hard headed….well, not really. I consulted with the Great Physician through lots of prayer and meditation and followed what He would have me do for me.
So, you want to detox. You have a couple of examples above, or maybe you’ve done your own research…which I am a total advocate of. You’ve come to the conclusion of which detox is best for you. What should you be prepared for? Within the first 72-96 hours be prepared to have headaches, achy muscles, feeling like you’re coming down with the flu, runny nose, chills, lethargic and no energy. If at all possible, start on a Friday morning so that day 3 falls on a Sunday. If you can take off a Friday and Monday, great, start on a Thursday morning and be prepared to sleep the rest of the time. Stay hydrated no matter which cleanse you choose. Lots of water is key to flushing out the toxins and keeping yourself hydrated. You will develop a white coating on your tongue, your breath WILL stink, this is the toxins being released from your body as well. Invest in a tongue scraper which does not have to be overly expensive. Brush your teeth often. Seriously, the key will be to let your body dictate what you do. I don’t suggest any exercise in the first 3 days. Reserve all that energy and allow your body to do what it needs to do to eliminate the junk. And in all honesty, you’re body is really just going to want to sleep. Sleeping is when our body begins the healing process. You nod off, but your body is just getting started in healing and restoration. Once you feel your energy rev up, start back your exercise routine on a modified basis until you feel you can go harder or farther. The key here is to listen to your body, don’t push it.
After your detox is complete, do NOT rush into eating solid foods. Your body is not ready for this and it can cause serious harm. After ending a cleanse, if you are transitioning into a vegan lifestyle, I recommend starting the 21 day Daniel Fast. (Daniel 10:2-3). If you do not plan to go the vegan route, then the first three days after your cleanse should consist of broths and smoothies for breakfast/lunch, with a light soup or simple salad for dinner with a simple dressing of lemon juice alone or a simple vinaigrette. On day four you would have broth or smoothie for breakfast, with a light soup or salad for lunch and then for dinner introduce other fruits and vegetables back into your system. After day 7, you should be safe to introduce meats back in.
How often do I detox? I do a major detox at the beginning of each year. This consist of the 3 day water fast, juice cleanse, and 21 day Daniel Fast. I no longer do this for health or weight issues, but to draw closer to God and give the new year to Him. I follow up with a cleanse every 3-6 months after that, depending on what my body needs and then I do it for only 3-10 days in length, again listening to my body, but mostly going before the Lord and letting Him guide me.
What to expect? Some, if not most, will experience weight removal (no, not weight loss. We aren’t losing it and we do NOT want it back). This weight removal may be in pounds and it may be in inches. Do not compare yourself to someone else who has done a cleanse. My first cleanse, which I will discuss at a later time, resulted in me removing 100 lbs. The most recent cleanse resulted in a 15 lb. removal. Each person’s journey will be different.
Your taste buds will change and you will begin to desire healthier foods and options. You won’t want the sugars and when you do have them, they will most often be too sweet. If you have an overgrowth of candida yeast, you will notice this will be diminished if not completely reversed. Try not to reintroduce the junk back into your life. And during your cleanse, begin to ask yourself what is your why? Journal what you’re feeling throughout the cleanse and how your body is reacting to each new day.
For me it was better health, long life, energy, and living life to the fullest. How could I share the gospel of Jesus Christ and be an example of His goodness in the grave?
And throughout my posts you will see my one major theme is educate yourself.
Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
While cleansing I recommend watching several documentaries. Most can be found on Netflix or Youtube. Netflix offers a free trial period. Just be sure to set an alarm the day BEFORE your trial ends so you can be sure to cancel it if you don’t plan to keep it.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead I and II
Forks Over Knives
What the Health
Super Size Me,
Hungry for Change
I love the quote by Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
It wasn’t too long ago that we as Americans held true to this and it’s time we get back to this. Your doctor most likely will NOT educate you on this or advocate it for you. There is zero money in their pockets with healthy people. You have to educate yourself and press forward.
I fly to D.C. to visit a plant based doctor, because I know he advocates what I stand for. The dollars spent on plane tickets are absolutely worth it, my life and health are worth it. And it’s a blessing and bonus that he accepts most major insurance plans.
God’s bountiful blessings to you. We will chat soon. Praying you great success in your detox journey.