Post # 1
Anybody complete a cleanse before to jump start their healthy changes/workout plans?
I am thinking of doing the Master Cleanse or a Juice cleanse and would really like to hear some experiences with cleansing.
Post # 3
I really recommend not doing a cleanse like that. Your body is designed to clean itself. If you want to do a “cleanse” try not riddling it with chemicals. Do a 50% veggie diet and all organic.
You dont get anything out of those other cleanses. You may lose some weight, but mostly its water weight and muscle weight… muscles are what you need to increase your metabolism. without it you need to continually eat fewer calories to keep the weight off.
Once you eat its much easier to gain weight actually.
Post # 4
@garden_bride: I tried the Master Cleanse for 4 days, the directions said 2 weeks but by the 3rd day I was a shaky mess. I was giving it a try because my friend suggested it might help with my seasonal allergies since she had such a great experience with it. Honestly? My feeling is that one would need a two week vacation to do this thing – I mean no work, no school, just some place where you can be near a bathroom *TMI Alert – because I was in there all. the. time.
I’ve had a better experience with the Paragone clease by Renew Life. It’s an intestinal parasite/yeast cleanse that helps clean your system of any critters and/or bacterial imbalances in your body. I had spent a few weeks overseas eating some questionnable things and walking around barefoot and then came back home and had the misfortune of stumbling across an episode of ‘Monsters Inside Me.’ And then I Googled. And then was convinced I had every parasite known to man.
The Paragone Cleanse basically requires you to cut out all sugar from your diet – no fruit (fructose), no dairy (lactose), no processed starches (sucrose) and no shellfish, pork or red meat (because of potential parasites) or funghi etc. for 21 days. You can eat as much as you want to, just limit yourself to certain food: sprouted grains, brown rice, turkey, almonds, veggies (no mushrooms), stevia (plant based sweetener).
It was a very bland diet and difficult to stick to at times, but honestly I felt loads better afterwards. Because I had basically cut sugars out of my diet my palate was very sensitive and I could actually taste foods. Baby carrots were almost too sweet for me and I couldn’t stomach the sugary sweet taste of Diet Coke (which I loved previously) because it tasted too much like chemicals.
I’d recommend a cleanse that focuses on wholesome foods or one that perhaps cuts out processed food or sugars. I personally dislike cleanses like the Master Cleanse or the Juice Fast because they feel like a quick fix and don’t really change your palate or eating habits, which is what you really need in order to jump start a health body.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried them because I thought they would help. But honestly, I don’t feel good on those types of cleanses – my energy level is in the basement and I’m a shaky mess. I hope this helps, if you have any questions feel free to PM me and I’ll be happy to chat. Good luck!
Post # 5
I’d suggest just eating healthy, like lefeymw said… why bother going on some 2-week thing when you could simply start living HEALTHY and do something you can stick to for life that isn’t going to mess with your body’s normal functions? Cut out processed foods and sugar, up your veggie/fruit intake, switch out fizzy drinks/juices for water and green tea and you’ll be good to go. Add in light exercise, and you’d be amazed at how much improvement you’ll see in a short span of time.
Honestly, cleanses to me sound just like the elixirs and other junk people used to take in the 1800’s – nonsense pushed by companies who want you to buy their products. I wouldn’t trust them.
Post # 6
The Skinnygirl cleanse you can actually take everyday while eating and it helps to just get your system on track. Plus it’s a natural product. If you feel as though you are full of waste, this is the best type of system to use, to still have a functioning life.
Post # 7
@mwitter80: Is that a Bethanny Frankel product? I ask because I am in love with her and her margarita mix…
Post # 8
@PinkPandaBear: It is one of her products :)I love her too and all of her products. I can’t wait to give birth so I can try the sangria!
Post # 9
Be wary of cleanses that don’t allow you to eat. It makes more sense to do a cleanse that restricts sugar, preservatives, and fats from meat products, while still eating. You should always use supplementation while doing these cleanses. This will give you a good liver detox. I did one like this and lost maybe a pound, but quickly gained it back. If your point is to lose weight, there are better ways than some of the crazy cleanses out there. I’m glad you’re taking the time to do your research.
Post # 10
I don’t like cleanses… even if it’s “natural” it doesn’t mean it’s safe. Arsenic occurs naturally and it’s lethal. Drink a lot of water and stop putting junk in your system- your body will clean itself naturally. That’s what your kidneys and liver are for.
Post # 11
The best way to “cleanse” is to eat real food (no junk, no convience foods, no prepacked/overly-processed food) and drink plenty of water.
Post # 12
I’d recommend doing some serious research and talking to a doctor before doing any sort of “cleanse.” They’re unhealthy, void of nutrition, and medically speaking, have no real benefits (the body is more than capable of expelling waste; there isn’t a “toxin build-up” in your colon..)
“Do cleanses have any real benefits? No. The whole basis to this cleansing business is people say it can help things like the immune system, fatigue and depression and it can clean the toxins out of the colon and it can aid in losing weight. There is really no evidence to that at all. Sometimes those cleanses could actually be quite harmful, too. Both in terms of what’s in the cleanse and also in administering them.” – Dr. Michael Picco, a consultant on gastroenterology at the Mayo Clinic
Post # 13
A cleanse will not help you kickstart anything. It will most likely leave you feeling “better” for a couple days before your regular cravings come back. And it wont motivate you to get off the couch and put in some gym time. In fact, it will probably leave you weaker when you start.
If you want to do a cleanse, “cleanse” your home of junk food. Replace it with healthy snacks. Buy some cute workout clothes or new sneakers. Find a gym with a ton of hot guys there… find something else to motivate you than a really unhealthy trend.
Post # 14
Like most people here I don’t like the juice cleanses, they don’t seem healthy to me. What I have done in the past after the holidays or a long vacation is eat clean for three days. By this I mean fruits, veggies and yogurt/cottage cheese only for breakfast and lunch and plain chicken breast and veggies for dinner. And lots and lots of water. I forget where I heard this idea but the stricter diet helps get your body back on track and then after three days I return to my normaly healthy eating.
Post # 15
My friend is a licensed nutritionist for a professional football team and is getting her PhD right now so she uses her facebook page to post all her ‘articles’ she is writing and that she uses for her educational purposes. I swear she posts at least one per day about how cleanses are the worst thing you can do to your body. And she apparently feels so adamant about it she always posts the title in caps (may be another reason why I always notice them). She is always saying they crash your metabolism so it slows your weight loss, it’s only water weight, they mess with your internal organs, cause bad skin, hair and nails, and repeated cleanses can lead to weight gain, etc. I agree with the others. Do a jump start of flushing your system of toxins by eating a high veggie diet for a week. This may be TMI, but I’ve always found when I cut out refined foods and start a healthier diet, my body ‘cleans’ it self out pretty quickly.
Post # 16
Wow – I think I’m going to be the first proponent of cleanses. I’ve done the 3day cooler cleanse 2-3 times (Selma Hayek endorsed version) which is similar to the blueprint cleanse but a bit cheaper (and located right near me in NYC so easy delivery).
Everytime I’m on the cleanse I feel GREEAT! I wake up every morning raring to go and I am totally not a morning person. Yes, I get major psychological cravings for food but it really does make you conscious about how you’re putting in your body. I’m already a vegetarian and about 100lbs so I never really lose much weight on the cleanse but it reminds me to eat healthier (and avoid processed food, sugars, sweets, excess cheese, greasy food, etc). After you put such healthy ingredients in your body, you actually get repulsed but that nasty stuff.
I recently bought a juicer and have been just making the juices myself based on the ingredients listed in the various juices (they’re all pretty easy to replicate and you can make your own variations). From now until my wedding, I’m doing a 3-5 day cleanse every 3 months just to keep me on track. When you make your own juice, you have flexibility to choose how much you want to juice and not be stuck with a “program” so you can do juicing + 1 healthy meal a day or whatever you choose to do.
So as you can see, I’m a huge fan of the cleanse. If you have more Qs, feel free to PM me!