The January Cleanse

il_fullxfull.710656326_5q8cRyan and I like to do a light detox every January (I posted about past ones here and here, and about the yoga class that almost ended all my resolutions here). If you don’t feel like clicking, basically we just cut out meat, alcohol, dairy, and junk from our diets and amp up our work outs a bit for a week or two. Enough to say we did something, but never enough to really feel much different. This year we went bigger.

clean-the-book-largeWe decided to complete the full three weeks of the Clean program. I was sold on this cleanse over others based on a few things:

  1. You get to eat. No juice fasts for me please, thanks.

  2. I noticed a healthy dose of Western medical information mixed in. My father’s a surgeon and I have great respect for modern medicine. I needed a cleanse that fell somewhere between, “Take some Rx liver medication and call me in the morning”, and, “Let’s cleanse our Chakras today!!!”.

  3. Gwyneth said it works. Say what you will, girl looks amazing.

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We took the easy route and downloaded the ebook to my phone for the cleanse info (which was good because it was 75% testimonial stories and only about 25% pertinent facts), and purchased the hard copy of the cookbook that accompanies the cleanse.

Pretty much, if it’s in here, you can eat it. There are a few non-cleanse recipes, but they are well marked. So we embarked on three weeks of no wine, no coffee, no gluten, no sugar, no dairy and only 1 solid meal a day. Yeah, breakfast is a smoothie and dinner is a pureed soup. I thought it was going to be impossible, but it is really incredibly easy. The big lunch meals from the cook book all taste like spa food and are so good that I don’t miss the 100’s of ingredients I’m not allowed to use. In fact, there is only one single solitary thing that is difficult. Coffee. I want my coffee!!!!!!!

That’s where the chai comes in. I’ve always liked it, but usually as a latte from Starbucks with all sorts of sugar and dairy additives that I can’t have now. After about a week of no coffee, every cell in my body was begging for it. We had a morning meeting that required celebration (more on that in a few weeks), so I decided to cheat and get a small cup. Heaven. So while caffeine is definitely on the NO list with the Cleanse Program, I’ve found that the minimal amount of caffeine in a cup of brewed chai is just enough to perk me up without getting jittery. If I didn’t have it I might just quit the cleanse altogether, so it’s actually a good thing that I’m cheating a little…right? That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.

 

Shed 2014, Nourish 2015 (Your Skin, That Is)

shoppingI am a long time advocate of dry skin brushing, and if you haven’t tried it yet this is a great time. What’s better than doing something that’s great for you that also has a symbolic purpose, thanks to the new year?

Dry brushing not only removed built up dead skin cells, leaving you glowy all over, but also stimulates the lymphatic system when done correctly (always move in long sweeping motions, towards the heart). You can use a simple bristled brush like the one pictured above (I’ve never used this particular one, but I found it online here). After realizing just how beneficial this is to my beauty routine, I switched to the Clarisonic Plus, with body attachment heads for the added benefit of the sonic frequency. I couldn’t find the exact one I bought last year, but I did find a pink version that comes as a gift set here. Mine looks like this:Plus_White_HeroAfter skin brushing, hop in a nice warm shower and rinse off all the unneeded bits of skin cells that were weighing you down (and perhaps rinse yourself of some unneeded mental stress while you’re at it). Once you’re out, towel dry and then nourish the new skin beneath. I do this with natural oils, my favorites being argon oil and the Lotus + Hibiscus oil by Ænon’s. aeonsFor best results, or to see if it’s something you want to add to your healthy and beauty routine, I recommend doing it daily for at least two weeks, but preferably thirty days to see the full result. After that, I think you’ll be hooked for life.

I chose to post about this today because the new year is such a perfect time for letting go of ideas, assumptions, and parts of us that no longer serve us, and nourishing new ideas, goals, and choices that are making their way to the surface.

 

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