Keto, Paleo, Atkins, South Beach, the Zone, Weight Watchers, Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw food—is there any end to the different diet plans out there? Some of them are tailored for losing weight, while others are designed for lowering cholesterol, lowering blood sugar, or saving the animals.
Some end up as “fad diets,” promising dramatic weight loss. However, the kind of diets that promise these types of results are usually unsustainable long-term, and once you go back to your normal way of eating you gain back all the weight you lost and more. So I have learned to stay away from “fad diets” that will only make me thin today and fat tomorrow. The reality is—there is no magic pill or diet plan that will make me (or you) look like a supermodel
For me, however, it’s not about how I look but really about how I feel. The paramount goal is to feel good and to keep my body working at optimal levels. That is why I stay focused on eating right, drinking lots of water, and exercising. But in addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I do a spring cleanse. I have found this to be a good “reset” for my body, and it helps me get ready for the summer.
This year I am trying Young Living’s 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse. The goal of this cleanse is to give “your body time to expel toxins, effectively ‘resetting’ your digestive system allowing for optimal functionality.”¹ And I am so excited! I just got my nutritive cleanse in the mail and was pleasantly surprised that it includes so much. This cleanse takes less than a week—only five days—but it includes both NingXia Red and protein shakes three times a day. It also allows for plenty of healthy snack options.
Miguel De Cervantes, a Spanish poet and author, once said: “The man who is prepared has his battle half fought.” So since I will begin my cleanse on Monday, May 14, I want to take this weekend to get prepared. If you want to do the cleanse with me, this is what I am doing:
1. Getting supplies–This cleanse has a lot of extra options, more than just lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup like the Master cleanse I used to do. We can have fruit, veggies, nuts and nut butters, broth, protein shakes, NingXia Red, and Slique tea—all sorts of fabulousness! So by taking the time to prepare, we will not be left inconvenienced or hungry. My husband, Judah, is going to be so happy since he is doing the cleanse with me.
2. Preparing physically–Drastically changing eating habits can cause bloating, discomfort—even unexpected dashes to the loo. So this week Judah and I have been drinking lots of water, with green smoothies for breakfast and salads with lean protein for dinner. Doing this ahead of time makes it easier for my digestive system to adjust to the cleanse. I will have to give up coffee on Monday, but the great thing about a cleanse is that it gives me tons of energy, so I don’t think I will miss the caffeine.
3. Preparing mentally–Anything worth doing is worth doing all the way. I refuse to allow myself to think about cheating even a little; instead I am mentally planning for 100% success. Don’t doubt it, just do it!
Another side benefit to the cleanse is that I will save a ton of time because I don’t have to cook. Isn’t that exciting? I am going to look at my list of passion-projects and my anti-procrastination list to see what I can accomplish with all my extra time.
If some of you Nesters want to do the cleanse but can’t for whatever reason, there are a few other things you can do. You can make small choices such as increasing your water intake, adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, reducing or even cutting out meat, sugar, or simple carbs for five days. Just doing one or two of these little things can make a big impact on your body. So choose to Nest Pretty and choose to improve your diet—even if it’s just for five days.
I am really looking forward to trying this cleanse by Young Living and seeing how my body responds. Visit next week to read about my experience.
¹ Quote from Young Living’s 5- Day Nutritive Cleanse information brochure, published by Young Living