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Do you have difficulty waking up in the morning and find that you have low energy all day long? Are you unable to concentrate at work, feel sluggish and depressed? Do you suffer from poor digestion, bloating or constipation? If so, you could be a good candidate for a cleanse. Cleansing your body of accumulated toxins can help you gain energy and improve overall health. Many people report more clarity, greater alertness, overwhelming joy, and incredible insight after a cleanse.
A simple test you can do to determine whether you would benefit from a cleanse is to eat a few leaves of a dark, leafy green vegetable such as kale or down a couple of shots of fresh wheatgrass juice. If you can get it down without cringing, then chances are your system is already alkaline. If however, these foods taste horribly bitter and nearly cause a gag reflex, you will certainly benefit from a cleanse.
There are many excellent articles and books dedicated to cleansing so I won’t get too much into the details in this post. What is interesting to note, however, is that all of them prescribe complete abstinence from animal-based foods and focus solely on plant-based nutrition during the cleansing process. My take on this is that if you feel so good after a cleanse, then why not adopt a “continual cleansing” type diet? That’s what I call the Thrive Diet, a commonsense, simple approach to eating that is based on plant-based, whole foods.
You’ve decided to take the plunge and do a cleanse. That is a great first step. Once you have completed the cleanse of your choice, you will likely feel much better and you won’t want that great feeling to go away. How do you extend and expand upon these cleansing benefits for long term optimal health and vitality? Start by consuming lots of raw, alkaline forming fruits and vegetables. Eaten on a regular basis, these foods will start the natural transition process away from processed foods that cause the body to become acidic.
At first, however, the body will not naturally crave plant-based foods when it is accustomed to processed and refined foods. You have to simply begin by adding more raw natural plant-based foods to your diet but without subtracting anything. Over time, you will naturally and painlessly have less interest in eating the more processed foods and you will gravitate towards the least processed whole foods. I know this sounds overly simplistic but it is a scientific fact that when the body has all its nutritional needs fulfilled, cravings will dramatically decline.
To get to the point where you no longer have to restrain yourself from eating unhealthy food is a great feeling and a telltale sign that your body is cleansing itself and making a smooth transition to a much healthier lifestyle. Constantly fighting cravings is not a mentally healthy way to live so changing the perception of what your body desires is fundamental to breaking cravings permanently.
While the idea of cleansing has really caught on over the past decade, I prefer to focus on a lifestyle approach. By consuming plant-based, whole foods on a regular basis, you’re body will thrive. For those who haven’t read my books – The Thrive Diet (Canada) and Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide (USA) – provide details on how you can make plant-based, whole foods a part of your continual cleansing lifestyle.