Many of us have either engaged in cleansing, detoxifying and fasting or heard of people who have. Yet, not everyone believes in the necessity. It is true that the human body is well-equipped with natural and effective detoxification pathways and that these pathways work whether we turn them on. Your liver works 24-7, performing about 500 complex biological functions, including moment to moment detoxification. Your kidneys are detoxification/elimination organs too, as is your colon, and to a much lesser degree, your sweat glands and lungs. To use the metaphor of a house, daily detoxification is like doing the dishes, sweeping the floor and putting away your clothes. It is a necessary daily task that keeps the system running smoothly. Yet, many of us experience the psychological and physical benefits when our house undergoes a deep clean. We remove the dust bunnies from under the bed and couch, and clean the dirt in and above the fridge. Amanda Love, The Barefoot Cook and author of The Nourishing Cleanse explains:
Humans have been cleansing for centuries. Islamic, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian religious texts each provide different instructions for purifying oneself through food choices, usually as a way to attain greater connection with the divine. Ancient Greek scholars like Plato and Pythagoras advocated cleansing practices to prepare their students for study, and Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, prescribed cleansing diets as a treatment for a range of ailments. These are just a few examples. Nearly every ancient culture has had guidelines for attaining health and clarity through food. Our ancestors recognized the healing properties of cleansing and allowing the body to rest. In our increasingly toxic modern world, it is especially vital to devote the necessary time to tune in to your body, reconnect with ancient wisdom, and rejuvenate yourself. By cleansing, you are setting an intention to return your body to its healthy, intelligent, strong state—how it is designed to be. You will be taking the time to reset old patterns and learn to savor nourishing, healing foods.
Amanda lists these Important reasons to cleanse:
- Increase mental clarity and memory
- Boost energy and feel more youthful
- Lose weight and burn fat
- Improve sleep
- Rejuvenate cells and clear cellular debris
- Regenerate the digestive system and improve digestive terrain
- Gain awareness of food sensitivities and how they affect you
- Reduce inflammation, allergies, and pain
- Improve skin
My own experience
I have learned that our organs of elimination and detoxification can get clogged, even on a nutrient dense diet. Even though I eat well all year round, I have done a number of cleanses over the course of the last 15 years in order to “deep clean”. One of which is called Panchakarma at the Ayurvedic Instituted in New Mexico, which includes a mono diet of ktichiri – mung beans and rice, daily enemas, and a number of therapuetic treatments. We took lab test before and after. The number of heavy metals in my body decreased dramatically as did pesticides such as DDT, that were revealed via blood tests. For thousands of years, Chinese medicine and other traditional healing practices have recognized the relationships between seasonal changes and our bodies. Spring is a time of rebirth and an opportune time to harness that transformative energy of renewal. Google spring cleanse and you will see countless entries. Last spring, I did a 21 day group Standard Process Cleanse lead by Anne Fischer Silva, the nutritionist I’d been working with for several years. My digestion and elimination was quite robust, I lost weight and definitely felt revived. This year I’ve decided to do another group cleanse – The Nourishing Cleanse led by Amanda Love. I loved the experience of cleansing with communal support and I like the fact that a practitioner will be guiding us. Amanda is a Nutrition, Wellness and Real Food Cooking Consultant. She is a Certified Healing Food Specialist, Real Foods Chef, Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, past Weston A. Price Conference Chef, and recipient of the Weston A. Price Food Activist Award. She is also a board member of the food activist organization, The Cornucopia Institute. Amanda is also a long time supporter of Nourishing Our Children, having donated to receive every iteration of our educational materials since 2006. This year she became one of our sponsors. She has been one of my visual communication clients, is now a close friend, and has created some of the most delicious, nutrient dense foods I’ve ever eaten.
So back to the cleanse …
On each day of the ten-day cleanse, you will eat nourishing, delicious and healing foods which focus on the following six healing pillars: broth, protein, healing fats, green vegetable juices, probiotic-rich foods, and hydration. Amanda explains:
This cleanse is different then other cleanses because it is centered on time-honored healing foods [all in alignment with the recommendations made by the Weston A. Price Foundation]. These foods specifically help to flush out toxins, detoxify and lighten the load of the liver and gallbladder, clean out the colon, remove yeast and bad bacteria, add enzymes and beneficial bacteria, and heal and seal the intestinal lining. The Nourishing Cleanse is also very gentle. It avoids the extremes many other cleanse programs recommend, like fasting or eating high-glycemic foods [i.e. juice-only diets, high-fruit diets, etc.]
I am excited about the fact that this cleanse also includes instructions for journaling, and workbook pages focused on self care rituals such as affirmations, personal intentions, and visualization, as well as additional detoxification methods including deep breathing, dry brushing, sunshine, salt baths and more. Amanda is offering our community members a discount on the group cleanse. She usually charges 159.00 but, we can enroll for 50% off – 79.50. Here is our discount code: spring. Please see this screen shot of the check out interface so you know where to enter the discount code. You’ll see the words in blue Have a discount code? Click here to enter it. Sign up by May 17. The cleanse is May 18 – May 27. We’d love you to join us! You many also cleanse on your own without the group for 50% off. The Nourishing Cleanse book is regularly 59.00 but, is offered for 29.50 during this promotion. Included:
- Email Questions/Support with Amanda Love
- Daily Email Inspiration
- Secret Facebook Group
- 15 Minute Phone Support with Amanda
- Gently detox with the support of a group
- Bonus: Free Spring Seasonal Menu Plan with purchase of Nourishing Cleanse [valued at $59.00]
In addition, all of Amanda’s products are currently 50% off during a spring promotion May 4 – May 11. She offers:
- Seasonal menu planners, as well as a year full of seasonal menu plans as .pdf files. I’ve downloaded them all and am excited to start to use them.
- Brain Upgrade supplement
- Soothin’ Infusion organic herbal ice tea – both sweetened with stevia and unsweetened, which I’ve enjoyed at home at at the Weston A. Price Foundation conferences
- Here is our discount code: spring. Amanda has extended the discount through the end of May.
On May 8, Amanda will give 4 individuals one complimentary gift of their choice.
- All Seasonal menus plans: spring, summer, fall, winter and the year of seasonal menu plans – a 199.00 value
- 1 bottle of the Brain Upgrade – a 97.00 value
- 1 case of Soothin’ Infusion organic herbal ice tea – either sweetened or unsweetened – a 99.00 value
- 1 free group cleanse – 159.00 value
[Results – Heather T, gottdesirae, Pam P, and Lucy Tyrala’s qualifying responses were randomly chosen for this giveaway.]
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85 Responses to The Nourishing Cleanse
I’ve never actually done an official cleanse. I did a “cleanse” of my own creation by cutting out sugar and wheat for a few weeks. My cleanse had me dropping extra weight, but as soon as I added wheat back in my diet it all came back. I would love to do a proper cleanse. I think that cleansing is a good idea in today’s world of toxins and less nutritious foods!
I have never done a cleanse. I have never really understood the benefit of doing a cleanse. This post explained the purpose and process well. I think having group support would be quite helpful. Honestly, still a bit apprehensive, but very curious and interested, and willing to try it!
Hi Jo, Yes, you said it! Group support is really helpful and helps you follow through with your original intentions for the cleanse. There are many benefits of cleansing, but one of the main ones is taking a break from normal eating habits to let your body heal, rejuvenate and release. Hope you join us! Amanda Love
I’ve never done a cleanse before. My husband and I intend to try for baby #3 in the fall of this year. A cleanse has been strongly on my mind as a way to prepare my body for pregnancy and also as an attempt to escape morning sickness this time around.
I suffer horribly from Hyperemisis Graviderium (sp) with lots of weight loss and hospital visits.
I’m will be hoping a cleanse would be a wonderful launching point to start my pre-pregnancy diet
Hi Jessica, I do think it is important for women to prepare their bodies for conception. I recently took a 10 week course with The Brighton Baby Institute which very much advocated a WAP diet and preparation of the body before conception was very much a focus. Cleansing before conception can significantly reduce your chances of having morning sickness. I highly recommend it!
I have cleansed before and felt fantastic. I lost a lot of weight and felt more alert and had a lot less brain fog. I am thinking of doing this one because it looks more along the lines of what I believe to be quality food. The previous cleanse I did, had to be modified because a lot of the ingredients weren’t healthy. I look forward to checking this one out.
Hi Heather T, I do think it is important to be careful about what kind of cleanse you choose. Many of the cleanses out there emphasize cleansing only with juice or fruit or harsh supplements. The fact is that you need animal fats to release the fat soluble toxins. If you only drink juice, you will only be releasing water soluble toxins. The Nourishing Cleanse is exactly that .. nourishing. It emphasizes eliminating any potential inflammatory foods for the duration of the cleanse and leaves you feeling nourished, refreshed and rejuvenated. Would love to have you join us!
I did a cleanse with my husband probably 8 years ago. I’m sure we didn’t finish the whole thing, but we both commented on how it reset our tastebuds to food. I think we could both use another cleanse right now, and this is the first I’ve seen that I would be willing to do since abandoning the fat-free train. We could use a jump start on losing some weight, and a reset again. It’s hard to justify doing something different sometimes, but if we win it then it’s hard to justify not doing it!!
I have not done a cleanse at all. It would be interesting to see the effects that it would have on my asthma, allergies, and eczema. I would never want to do a strict cleanse that did not allow food groups like carbohydrates though (or even sugars), because our bodies need those too. I have considered doing a brief raw (grassfed!) milk cleanse though, because it contains good fat, carbohydrates, sugars, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water that our bodies need. I wonder if cleanses have lasting effects?
I wonder if these responses will be used for marketing purposes?
We just send out an email to all of the respondents letting them know of the winner!
Also, I wonder if cleanses affect metabolism in any way? I’m sure that some do by depressing the metabolism.
Is this cleanse safe to do while breastfeeding? I have an 18 month old who still breastfeeds three to four times a day.
Yes! It is safe. It is a whole food, gentle, healing cleanse, with nutrient dense foods.
I’ve done a spring cleanse of clean eating and emerged with 2 great recipes and a sense of wellbeing. I do or attempt to do the whole 30 (essentially strict paleo) several months a year. This winter I experienced lots of colds. Time to press the reset/reboot button!
I’ve never really done a proper cleanse before. I have PCOS (low BMI) and because of this I made changes to my diet over the past few years to try and improve my fertility: cutting out processed foods, gluten, refined sugar, pasteurised dairy, and increasing nutrient dense foods. Pleased to say my symptoms have really improved, however, I still get quite forgetful and have developed a pronounced tingling on the soles of my feet, bit worrying seeing as I’m under 30. In the past I have been worried about doing a cleanse because they were normally fasting or juice based which made me worried that I’d lose too much weight and stress out my system too much. Feels like I’ve done the basics to improve my health but probably need a slightly more drastic yet safe method to really make a difference!
I have not experienced a cleanse before, but I would love to! Since discovering the WAPF and all the healthy things that I know now, I have been either pregnant or breastfeeding. I have not attempted to cleanse any more than just what eating healthy, organic food daily will do for you. If I can make it past breastfeeding before becoming pregnant again, I was planning to do a good herbal cleanse. However, this cleanse seems much more gentle and safe for breastfeeding, and I’m excited this is something I could do now!
I have not done a proper cleanse before but I would love to try! I have friends that cleanse all the time but this one based on WAPF foods sounds amazing. Also the part of cleansing with a group seems like it would be more beneficial than going it alone. I also like thinking about a spring cleanse to start new. There are so many wonderful choices at the farmers market in spring, too! Thanks!
I have never experienced a cleanse before. I have eliminated foods like gluten and that certainly brought me more clarity. However, I have always wanted to try a proper cleanse. I have looked into several different types and never ended up doing them because they seemed very harsh and not at all conducive to being able to get proper nutrients while cleansing. The Nourishing Cleanse is something I would try. It seems reasonable to me and I am excited to learn more about it.
I’ve been hesitant to do any major cleanse or detox procedures because I’m still breastfeeding. I’m concerned that all the toxins leaving my body could be relocated into my child’s body via breastmilk. Granted, a nursing child is getting toxins from mom anyway, but a detox/cleanse seems to involve a more significant exit of toxins from the mom. I’m wondering if this cleanse you are describing is very different from the current way I am eating – the Paleo AIP (autoimmune protocol).
I definitely understand your concern about breastfeeding while doing the cleanse.
The Nourishing Cleanse is a very safe cleanse because you are simply eating nourishing food, soups, broths, juices, ferments, etc. But the idea is to detox and to lighten the load of the liver and gallbladder and heal the intestinal lining. I can not say whether or not toxins will release. Some people have detox reactions and some people just feel more energy and clarity. Doing the cleanse could add a lot of nutrition to your breast milk, but it is possible that toxins could come out as a result of not eating certain potential inflammatory foods and eating more of other healing foods. The cleanse was developed several years ago before I knew about AIP, but it definitely seems to be compatible with the AIP diet. There are only a few foods like some culinary spices and stevia that are allowed on the cleanse. You could easily adjust and remove anything that doesn’t go with AIP.
I would suggest to:
1. follow your intuition/listen to your gut
2. ask your health care practitioner/doctor if you feel concerned.
Hope this helps! Amanda
I have done occasional cleanses over the years, but never with guidance. The most effective, but also the most brutal, cleanse that I’ve ever done was during Holy Week many years ago when our children were small. I had tennis elbow, not from playing tennis but from using a screwdriver to assemble a bookcase, and it would not go away. During that last week of Lent, I ate only raw fruits and veggies for a couple of days, then juice fasted for two days (I couldn’t take it anymore – the headaches and lethargy!), then ramped back into raw fruits and veggies before integrating fats, proteins, and carbs back into my diet. I hated the experience, but it worked! The tennis elbow disappeared on Day 4 and has never come back. That was before I knew about WAPF principles.
I’ve done quite a few cleanses. My favorite so far was a cleanse that covered all aspects of cleansing, such as exercise, journaling, meditation, baths, homemade spa treatments, homemade herbal teas, etc. I am quite intrigued by this cleanse as it seems to cover some of the same + it’s based on the WAPF principles, which the other wasn’t. I’ve also tried cleanses that involve powders, and although I lost weight, i did not sense that my body had truly been cleansed. I didn’t feel the lightness i have with the herbal cleanse. I never experienced robust bowel movements. Excuse me if this is TMI, but this is a huge part of cleansing.
Riki, this one covers it all as well, which is one of the reasons I have been drawn to it as well!
I have not done a cleanse before. I am interested in this one, because it has real food! I have been worried to try one that offers little nutrition. I hope this will help with my health and energy. I’m excited to read the book :-).
I have done cleanses in the past which included juicing and UltraClear. But never a cleanse incorporating WAPF recommended foods. I would love to participate in this cleanse with nutritional support. I follow the WAPF eating guidelines, but have put on 20 lbs in the last 15 years. It’s all around the middle and have been told that this is hormonal belly fat. It is
definitely time for a cleanse and it would be spectacular to lose some weight along with detoxifying my body.
I have never done a cleanse before. I would like to give it a try! Of course I would want to try one that is wholesome and healing such as this! Now that I’m not pregnant and nursing anymore, it’s a good time to try it out! Thank you for the opportunity to win!
Hey there! Yes, I have experienced cleansing before with great success.. But only to repeat not so healthy habits after a while. I eat per WAPF guidelines (my family as well), exercise and try to keep a positive attitude. I love the bit of info I read about your cleanse because it does not appear to be extreme. Nourishing foods to remove build up is what I so desire! The last cleanse I did was after amalgam removal by a holistic dentist followed by an intense protocol to remove the metals from my body. I would love your guidance to continue the process of restoring my gut health along with improving life and overall well-being! Thank YOU!
Like Sandrine, I have also completed the 21 day Standard Process Purification Program. My results were great! I was able to kick my sugar & coffee habit for quite a while (it always creeps back into my diet), my energy increased, my digestion improved, and my skin cleared. I was even able to stop a migraine cycle in its tracks. I do try to be mindful of what I eat so a nutrient dense cleanse with group support is just what I need to give me a boost this Spring.
I have struggled with weak and sensitive digestion my entire life but never been officially diagnosed with a particular digestive disorder. Recently, I’ve also had more problems with inflammation. Allergy testing only revealed that I have vasomotor rhinitis. Over the years I have tried several different approaches: vegetarianism, Ayurveda, acupuncture, homeopathy, supplements, eliminating foods, Paleo, & incorporating WAPF foods, particularly probiotics/fermented foods & bone broth. Many things have helped but then I slip into old eating habits, get sick, & then re-commit to being healty again. I’ve never cleansed and think that my body could benefit greatly from one. Most cleanses seem extreme & like they could cause potential harm. I’d be curious to try this cleanse because it seems gentle & based around nourishing my body.
I have never experienced a cleanse before but am ready to try one now. After three babies in three years, now done breast feeding, my body is trying to find its new balance. We eat fairly well but I have some (pastry) habits that are hard to break. I’d love to make a purposeful, communal effort towards a cleanse and feel the results! I am also in a holistic health coaching program and am learning about a variety of cleanses, some of which are based in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is a great time to kick start the learning and make it actionable!
I have never tried a cleanse. I’ve had friends try the cleanse where you only drink a concoction with lemon and I believe it was cayenne pepper, which sounds horrible to me. I like the idea of this cleanse since you are resting nourishing foods. I’m still new to the whole Weston a Price lifestyle and haven’t made all the changes yet but have been working hard at it. I’m also, not the best cook so I sometimes get discouraged easily. Does this cleanse come with recipes?
Hi Marcie! Yes, there are over 40 delicious, nourishing recipes included with this cleanse. And this cleanse is really the opposite of the cleanse with lemon water and cayenne. I never could stick with that cleanse because I was so hungry! I created this cleanse after being unsuccessful with so many other cleanses and wanting to cleanse but feel nourished at the same time. It has worked for me and many others that have tried it over the last several years.
We are a family of twelve farming naturally raising nourishing foods (including A2A2 100% grass fed milk, kefir, butter and yogurt!) we also offer classes and support to customers and anyone seeking to “return to the ancient paths” of wisdom where nourishing used to be normal. I’m a certified natural health practitioner working on a Doctor of Naturopathy. Our family has experienced different forms of cleansing. My husband has done the milk cure in his search for help himself overcome Gulf War syndrome. I have done green superfood liquid cleanses and in my more ignorant days the “master cleanse” which consisted of lemon juice and maple syrup water! After having nine babies my body is a bit fatigued. Life for a transplanted city girl on the farm has been a challenge too and to top all, my 88 year old mother in law lives with us so we can provide her care and support in these years of decline. We are blessed to have abundant resources of nourishing foods. Our health and wellness are a blessing, but not “perfect” we have a lot to overcome… years of ignorant “lemming living” I like to call it where vaccines, antibiotics and terrible packaged McFood were staples in our lives. So I am passionate and aggressive about learning more. Customers and clients trust me to know how to direct them to healthier choices and practices. Doing this cleanse in community with like minded people and people who are new to a whole/real foods lifestyle would be a wonderful experience! What a fabulous idea!
I’ve never done a cleanse before however my husband and I read a lot about traditional cultures and fasting or cleansing. I would love to try one but my biggest issue is what if I’m hungry or weak I would not be able to complete my job duties. With that in mind this cleanse sounds nothing like that! If I had the money I would jump on this opportunity because 10 months ago I had a baby and my body is still not regulated and optimal, it would be great to jump start that process!
Hi Coryann, I totally understand your concern about being hungry and not being able to do your work. This cleanse emphasizes eating real food until you are satisfied. Everytime I have done this cleanse, I am still able to work, but I try to relax and keep me schedule as light as possible.
Will there be help with detox symptoms?
Hi Janice, Some people have detox symptoms and some people just feel great with heightened energy, mental clarity, clearer skin, quicker thinking, etc. Whether or not you have detox symptoms really depends on how clean your current diet is, your exposure to chemicals/heavy metals and how well you typically detoxify. In the cleanse manual, I list ways to help detox symptoms move along quickly. If you have detox symptoms, I will be here for support.
Hi Sandrine, I think this would be fun. :) Thank you for letting us know about the group cleanse. I am on my 31st day of a raw milk fast and have not decided how long I will go. I do feel great, but have not lost much weight and was hoping that this would fix my thyroid. Perhaps this cleanse will be the perfect way to end my fast and transition in to real food again. I will look into all the materials on her site.
I would love you to join us on this cleanse Jamie! Thanks for responding!
I have never done a cleanse before. We have, as a family, done elimination diets and still avoid foods, hygiene products and cleaning products with artificial ingredients. But I know that that alone doesn’t help get rid of what has been accumulated. I would love to be able to flush all of the toxins that I’ve been exposed to over the years. I’ve got really achy joints and a very sensitive sinus so I hope to help alleviate those issues as well.
I have never done a cleanse before. I am slowly converting to the Weston Price diet, but having a hard time finding snacks my husband and children can eat. I want to do this cleanse because I have been struggling with hives on and off for almost 10 years. When the hives come it is usually due to lack of sleep, anxiety, soy products and stress. My children are also always sick and I want us to be a healthy family!
I recently read about a raw milk cleanse that I was really interested in doing. However, because I am nursing, I wouldn’t be able to do something that drastic. I do anticipate doing a cleanse in a couple of months. My energy has been low and after two births spaced close together, I think it’s time to do some real healing so that I could be a better mother. I have recently cut out sugan and flour from my diet as a step towards purity. I have also purchased raw milk directly from a farmer. I am really excited to feel cleansed and have that feeling of a fresh start. It is an invigorating thought.
My first experience with a cleanse was 7 years ago. It was a 10 day raw food cleanse with some supplements. In hindsight, the idea was to just cut out the junk. I thought I had seasonal allergies and was taking an allergy pill at $2/day. I cut the pill out during the cleanse as part of not putting junk into my body. Within 3-4 days of the cleanse, I didn’t have allergy symptoms that I had struggled with for 10 years. No more running rose, itchy eyes or sneezing. And neither did my husband who did the cleanse with me. The cleanse helped me figure out that I was actually allergic to pasteurized dairy!! So no more pasteurized dairy and no more allergies! If I do any by accident, I get all my allergy symptoms back within 2-3 hours. Now there were other benefits to the cleanse such as losing weight, better looking skin, more energy after it was over and realizing that our food portions were really too big. I’ve been pregnant and/or nursing since doing that cleanse but not that I’m done, I’d love to do another one. I imagine doing cleanses are like peeling onion layers and they uncover new things and bring different benefits each time.
Oh wow! As a breastfeeding mother of 4, I am so excited to hear this is safe for me! I have been wanting to do a cleanse for years, but never found one that seemed safe and effective for someone like me. I have been either pregnant or breastfeeding for the last 8 years. And following WAPF guidelines for the last 5. Even did GAPS for a year. I just feel like, with as dedicated as I am to a traditional foods diet, I should be feeling better than I do. Maybe a cleanse is the key?
i have never done a cleanse before but I have wanted to! I haven’t really known how to do one. I would love to win a free pass to do this cleanse! It would be perfect timing-I am weaning my child and I will just be returning from my 10-year wedding anniversary trip. I know I need to quit sugar, and I think this would be a great opportunity to start.
I have never done an official cleanse. I was always one to think that our bodies are built to adequately cleanse the toxins but this article really explained the importance for even the healthiest to complete one. I have always been intrigued by them but most cleanses seem so harsh. I have been breastfeeding for the last five years so I figured a healthy lifestyle was enough. I think it is time to embark on a new journey and finally complete a cleanse!
I have never done a cleanse before but certainly know and understand the benefits of doing one (an actual beneficial cleanse, not the idea of a cleanse in mainstream) as I have done much research on true holistic health. I have been researching for quite some time now on how to really nourish your body and I have found the WAPF guidelines to be amazing. I don’t necessarily suffer from any diagnosed disease, disorder, etc. but I do get headaches often and just feel fatigue a lot of the time and I feel as though a cleanse could really do that “deep cleaning” for my body and get rid of those sneaky toxins that are more tough to get out. Financially I am not able to afford the cleanse right now, which is why it would be such a gift to receive this for free! Thanks for putting such a great cleanse together that actually nourishes the body. Cheers!
I have done a cleanse in the past, actually several. I found them to be quite difficult and did not notice any lasting, beneficial results. I am very interesting in the Nurishing Cleanse and hope that it can address issues of gut dysbiosis, mild leaky gut, hormone imbalances, adrenal and thyroid issues. I look forward to learning more about it while I research it this evening and will certainly purchase the book while it is listed at the promotional price. Thank you for making this available, and I look forward to improved health. Blessings to you!
Ah! Typos! My keyboard is sticky. The second sentence should say “I am very interested”, not “I am very interesting” and my “o” didn’t make into Nourishing, so my original post says “Nurishing”. How embarrassing! I cannot find a way to edit it, so hopefully this reply will right the wrongs of my post.
I’ve done a cleanse twice before. Each time I felt WAY better than before. Each time started because I was eating healthy, but too much sugar had entered my diet. I’m in the same boat now. After my second pregnancy, I’ve gotten away from my usual habits, and need another jumpstart/reboost back into better health!!
The closest I’ve done to a cleanse before was the 21 Day sugar detox. It was difficult at first, but I felt amazing by the end. I went four weeks without a migraine while on it. That was the longest I had gone in 12 years of suffering from them. I would love to try a detox that focuses on foods that are so highly recommended by the WAPF. It would be wonderful motivation to make them a regular part of my family’s diet, something I’ve wanted to do for my ten and 13 year olds for years, but that’s become much more of a priority now that my six month old is starting solids. I don’t want to instill the same bad habits in him that my older two picked up because I wasn’t as educated about truly healthy foods when they were little.
I’ve never done an official cleanse before. I’ve been approached by a number of people to try various cleanses and cleanse products, but so many include replacing real food with powders and processed concoctions that a quick look at the ingredients leave me scratching my head as to how they can be good for the body, let alone improve it. With what I’ve read about this cleanse I’m excited to learn more. Like so many things in our life I think we are removed enough that we have forgotten what the natural rhythm is suppose to be. (Things that our great grandparents did naturally are things that are alien to us now). And our world is so much more toxic now than it was for our forefathers that our bodies need to process and eliminate things that previous generations never had to deal with. I think this maybe the first cleanse that I try (and take my family along for the ride). :)
I have done a few cleanses. I think the most beneficial for me were a juice/broth cleanse for 10 days while I lived in China and a Master Cleanse I did after my 2nd pregnancy. I lost weight and felt a lot better; felt like my body was “re-set” and I no longer had cravings for bad foods during the China one. The master cleanse had similar results, though I don’t think they were quite as pronounced. It did help get me on the path back to hormonal balance after a bad pregnancy, though. I think they are very beneficial and that group support is important, though I didn’t have that.
The first cleanse I did was for 30 days, a colon cleanse, which ended with a week of juicing. It was hard to start but I felt very energized and I lost 20-25 lbs. but of course I could not maintain a raw foods lifestyle and 12 years later, all that weight has returned and is difficult to lose. I love the idea of using Weston Price dietary guidelines to cleanse, as I love fermented foods and have begun making bone broths.
I did a cleanse 10 years ago and felt great ! It was a 10 day plan where you take natural supplements. I lost 5 pounds (of sludge I imagine). It was a great jumpstart to my weightless. I’m currently nursing so doing one without supplements would be great.
I have actually tried a few different cleanses. Most of the time, I don’t really notice much as I go through it, or see much difference after I’m finished. The only one that I truly felt the impact with was a 30 day Raw Milk fast. I hit a pretty hard detox (in bed sick for a few days), then it leveled out. I felt more energetic, was never hungry, many of my issues disappeared (eczema, no energy, unable to sleep, etc.), and I even lost 10 lbs! Of course, I didn’t make the proper dietary changes after I finished the cleanse, so the effects weren’t lasting. The secret to it all is making lifestyle changes, not just trying to wash away the mistakes you make. Thanks for this opportunity! And for all that you do!
I’ve never done a cleanse before either. After three babies I’m feeling like I could use a boost. A little mental clarity and some energy would be amazing too. We’ve been on the real food journey for a few years now and I’m looking for something new to experience. I’m pleased to find something that incorporates what I believe in nutritionally. I am also breastfeeding my 9mo.
The closest attempt at a body cleanse I have successfully accomplished would be a spring raw milk only diet three years ago. I drank only raw milk from a jersey grassfed cow for 30 days and nothing else. Reading all the available material on the raw milk diet I had high expectations. The first attempt simply turned my stools to something akin to baby poop in color and texture ) and no other noticeable signs. The second cleanse the following year began like the first but had to be abandoned when my stools turned from baby poo like consistancy to hard yellow rabbit pellets. I was disappointed in the raw milk diet and will not try it again.
I would love to do this cleanse, and out attracts me as its based on WAPF principles which I already espouse. I spotted my husband through a cleaner, which I couldn’t do at the time while pregnant, so I would enjoy being able to participate in this deep clean, with a group.
Hello, Sandrine and Amanda! I have not gone through a detox or cleanse, but I want to at some point in the future. While I don’t follow the WAPF diet to a “T” I do eat a fairly “clean” diet. What concerns me, though, are the toxins in the environment that I’ve been exposed to for the last 46 years. Heavy metals and pesticides concern me the most. I wonder what my lipstick has done to me and what it may do to my daughter in the future. A gentle cleanse would be a nice introduction to detoxification, and the group support would definitely help me stay on track. I’m looking forward to learning more about the process through your book, The Nourishing Cleanse.
i have never done a cleanse before. I have been trying to get my hormones & thyroid under control for 6 months now, unsuccessfully. I now believe, after reading the post, that this cleanse may be the answer. I tend to get low blood sugar so I have not tried a cleanse before. I’m trying to cut all wheat & sugar, because that has helped in the past, but so far it hasn’t yet. I am really ready to try this cleanse! It sounds perfect!
I have done one cleanse. It was during my early 20’s and it was shakes with one meal if I remember correctly. Completing that cleanse gave me a deep since of accomplishment. I don’t remember if I lost any weight. But, I felt so good. The cleanse jump started my desire to eat healthy and that zest stuck with me for quite awhile.
Question: I now have three little girls and I fix them the same food that I eat and eat what I fix them. Are the menu’s family friendly? Is there anything about the cleanse specifically that would not be recommended for children? I get overwhelmed with trying to cook healthy meals and I think the group please would be motivating.
HI Christy, Yes, many of the recipes are kid friendly if your kids are used to eating real, nourishing food. For example, some of the recipes are chicken soup, pot roast, cream of broccoli soup, roasted chicken. There really are lots of choices of meals that will likely work for your kids. Hope you join us!
My husband and I did a cleanse years ago. It was after we “discovered” a real foods diets but before we learned about traditional foods. It happened to be a vegan cleanse with almost no fat. I remember by day 4 or 5 of the planned 10 we both were writhing on the floor in pain – no exaggeration! We both needed to stop immediately. Needless to say, we haven’t tried another cleanse. I am very intrigued by The Nourishing Cleanse though since it is a traditional foods cleanse that can give the body what it needs.
I have never done a cleanse before. I really want to and having a support group would be awesome! My 6 month old has food allergies and although I’ve been on gaps for a month I’ve not been able to get all her symptoms to clear up. Her eczema, diaper rash, and constantly spitting up have all cleared up but she has horrible tongue lesions. Nothing I’ve tried has worked so I’m hoping a cleanse would help.
It may be too late to get my name in the drawing today, but wanted to try anyway!
Last summer was my first official cleanse. I did the Master Cleanse. I only made it right days because I developed several mouth sores which made it very painful to drink the lemonade. So I couldn’t get enough lemonade down to have enough energy. I was getting too weak.
I did the cleanse with a friend but she was three hours away. I chose this cleanse because I wanted to detox, have more energy, loose a little bit of weight-not much and to feel better overall. I do not have any health issues but I believe cleansing is helpful and I finally had the money and the right timing to do one. I was not pleased with the Master Cleanse. I still believe it’s a good cleanse, but for me I just didn’t have any significant results. I expected to feel different and I just didn’t. I am interested in your WAP cleanse and your year menu! Our family of seven needs to take further steps to a healthier diet. I have had the Nourishing Traditions cookbook for eight years, but your resources sound very helpful!
I did a cleanse 4 – 5 years ago. I had a good experience overall, just one bad night after 18 rounds of golf so maybe I overdid it! The cleanse is called anabolic because it’s suppose to provide all necessary daily nutrients while restricting calories. At the time no food was allowed but they have since changed it. I would recommend it but as a breastfeeding mother it’s too detoxing and not something I’m interested in doing at this time. It’s also vegan and I would not want to restrict animal proteins and fats for that reason. I already purchased this cleanse but I am still interested in the Seasonal menu, so thank you for hosting a giveaway!
I have done a cleanse before but nothing like this! A few years back I was told I could not have children without the intense help of medical invasion. I tried a cleanse lead by an NTP and within the first month my body was functioning properly for the first time in 13 years! Two healthy kids later, it is my turn to do a cleanse for me. This cleanse sounds so amazing, so much common sense! To partner with your body, to give it what it needs, to do what it needs to do, to be healthy! I cannot wait to go through this and tell my clients more about it!!!!!!!!!
A cleanse is just what I need, I think. I am trying to get my life in order and hoping to jump start my body and a cleanse might help. Your products and inspiration are just what I need. Thanks for all the support. Hope to win.
I completed a 3 day juice fast cleanse several months ago. Though I felt good the first day, by the third day I had super brain confusion! I didn’t feel hunger per say but boy did I need nutrition! I immediately gained those 4lbs I lost during the cleanse.
I now am preparing my body to conceive and I want to approach this journey very differently then I did with my first pregnancy. I want to treat my body like the sacred temple that it is and will be for our future developing baby. I also have MS snd severe allergies and believe I am continually dealing with the effects of vaccine injury. This cleanse speaks to me more than any other I’ve researched. This feels right and it sounds like I won’t be torturing my body with an extreme “cleanse” or diet like I have many times in the past. It’s about nourishing, supporting and healing this one body we have. Looking forward to it!
Hi Lucy, just wondering if you’ve looked into the Paleo autoimmune protocol to address your MS and allergies, and homeopathy to address vaccine injury. Just mentioning those as possible roads of healing for you. :)
Yes I am currently on homeopathic remedies and they are helping. Thanks!
I have done a mild cleanse before, mainly by adding coffee enemas, intermittent regular enemas, epsom salt soaks, body brushing, and castor oil packs to a diet that contained plenty of ferments and fresh carrot juice (I usually don’t do any juicing). I did this for a week, in a “retreat” setting that made everything feel all that much more clearing for me. I think emotional nurturing is also important during a cleanse, and time outdoors. Sometimes I read about cleanses and feel concern that not enough emphasis is made on making sure that our elimination pathways are clear before doing an intense cleanse, so that is why I tend to prefer the gentler cleanses. I feel they are safer, less risk of pushing released toxins further into our bodies if elimination pathways aren’t fully clear.
The only cleanse I’ve attempted was drinking bentonite clay. I’ve noticed more bowel movements but then for a while I felt it may have gotten slowed down. I then took a break and have yet to continue back to sinking daily.
I’ve never done an official cleanse. I have from time to time done mini cleanses where I drink a glass of warm water with organic lemon squeezed into it when I wake up. i always notice a big difference in how I feel, but somehow I lapse out of it. I like the sounds of the cleanse described above, with broth and following Weston A Price diet guidelines. I’ve been “afraid” to do some cleanses thinking I’d end up feeling weak and sick. I’d love to do the group cleanse, I think it would keep me going and I would see real results.
I haven’t done an official cleanse but have wanted to try it out. I have done a little fasting, which I truly enjoyed.
I have never done an “official” cleanse but have done a number of cleansing food days or weeks in the past. I feel that I am currently in need of a proper and deep cleanse. I am certain it will help me get more energy and loose some unwanted lbs. The group cleanse is an excellent idea. It will give each of us needed support.
I have never done a cleanse! The reason is I never thought starving myself was a very good idea, haha. I would love to try your method! The thought of a cleanse that allows me to grapple my gut with food it amazing! I have what I think are gall bladder attacks that I have been trying to heal through diet. It looks like I may have found something right here!!! Thanks for everything you do!
I would really love to do this cleanse. I did a juice fast/cleanse about 8 years ago. It was a good experience for the most part, but I did feel that something was missing for me. I think I really need this reset right now. I have gotten way off track lately with working too much and other everyday stresses! Looking forward to joining!
Something inside me has peaked my interest and desire to do a spring cleanse for years but I’ve never felt comfortable taking the plunge. As I age, I feel my toxic body burden growing and needing attention. I’ve always feared doing a cleanse because of my low body weight in fear of experiencing low blood sugars and in fear of weight loss.
I’ve never found a cleanse or a practitioner that I really resonated with. But doing a cleanse by eating nourishing foods sound like a perfect match for me.
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