Now that you have prepared your body for the upcoming shock of a cleanse, you can begin. You might feel a “Healing Crisis.” This is what happens when you talk to people and you ask them how their cleanse was and they say…”I caught a cold or I broke out so I quit. It didn’t work for me.”
In Fact, what is actually happening is what is supposed to happen. Your body is purging and lets face it…Amy Winehouse wrote about rehab for a reason. Cleansing takes determination, stamina and community support. A cleanse will rid your body of excess rubbish by burning it off in a fire of purification. Think of yourself as the Phoenix that rises from the Ashes.
This is normal. Continue, or don’t. It’s your life. It’s your body and you are going to do whatever you want to anyway. It’s worth it. All the stars a lining up for your success.
Day 1, 2 & 3:
Start light. Start with a fruit fast for two or three days. Again try to eat fruit that is in season. After a few days you have helped your body become accustomed to fewer calories.
Day 4, 5 & 6:
Now you can begin your juice fast. It is much better to have a juicer and juice your own. No more than you can drink in one serving. We recommend the Norwalk Juicer or the omega juicer, but really any cold press juicer will do. But if a juicer is not available look for organic juices from your local health food store. Try juicing for two or three days.
Day 6, 7 & 8:
After a few days, now you can begin your water fast. Try water for two or three days. Drink only water. Be aware that your water may be contaminated with chlorine, fluoride, or worse. Try to drink water that is spring or filtered. Even steam vapor distilled.
If you are feeling a little sassy you can make one or two of your water days a master cleanse day. Just add half a lemon, a few shakes of Cayenne pepper and a dash of Maple syrup to your water. The ingredients of the master cleanse helps to purify the body deeper. Lemon acts as a cleaner for the internal functions of the body. Cayenne pepper helps to dilate the vascular capillaries aiding in the excretion of toxins through the blood stream. Adding the maple syrup in not necessary, but it can provide a little extra steam from the carbohydrates of the natural sugar.
Come out of your fast the same way you entered it. GRADUALLY. Now reverse your cleanse. Have juice for a day or two.
Observe your thoughts, feelings, emotions. Observe your habits. Notice how you feel. Lighter. Less aches and pains. More energy. Younger.
You can experience a number of things during your cleanse. Each person is an individual. And you have your own autobiography. Durning our last cleanse at the equinox, I felt chilly. I caught a cold. My broken bones stared to ache. Then, after all the complaints were over, I felt great. I noticed how much extra time I had saved from not planning for our weekly menu, not shopping for food, not preparing our food and not cooking our food. What could you do with your extra time?
Limit your physical activity. Type A people, Try not to run any marathons…Type B people, Try to do the whole 10 days.
Depak Chopra says in his book, “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind” there is no cell in your body that is older than 7 years. So every 7 years you are (biologically) completely reborn. So what does this mean? Your taste buds can change. Especially once you remove impurities. Try something you thought you didn’t like. You might just like it now.
It also means that the things that make us age are metabolic waste, toxins in the body and scar tissue. These can all be removed by a consistent yoga practice, a natural foods diet and regular cleansing.
10 Days? I thought this was a 40 day cleanse. It is. You will do this cleanse 4 times a year with each change of season. Start it so that the peak of your cleanse falls on the solstice or equinox. So this spring you would begin the cleanse on March 21 to come into alignment with the celestial rhythms of the Earth.
Some tips to help with the success of your cleanse.
- Get on the same page with your household. If you can cleanse with your partner or family. It is not fair for the cleanser to have to prepare the meals. In fact, I suspect it was used as a torture device in the dark ages…
- If you’re feeding the family pick up some prepared meals at your local deli or order a carry out.
- If you can’t get on the same page with your household, find strength in numbers. Buddy up. Get a yoga or gym buddy onboard with you. It’s easier with support.
- Educate yourself. Collect data and make informed decisions for yourself. “The Detox Book” by Dr. Bruce Fife is an indispensable resource while cleansing.
- Keep a journal. Log your thoughts, feelings, emotions, dreams, anything and everything really. Cleansing is a time of reflection and meditation.
- Keep it simple. The more difficult you make it the harder it becomes.
- Smile. Life is happier when you smile.
Have you done a powerful cleanse already? What were your effects? Do you have any tips to share? This is an international blog and people are always looking for tips. Please share in the comments section!