February 5th, 2016 (actual date written)
January 19th kicked off my cleanse and today marks the 18th and final day. I went a few days over the time allotted because I figured why not! I have been doing this 15-day Bio-Detox once a year for the past 4 years, and it has been as good for me physically as it is mentally.
The cleanse program is designed to help you detox on a biological level; to cleanse the cells of your body so that they are ready and open to receiving true nutrients. Our bodies have natural detoxification pathways that we are able to tap into with the natural supplements in the Bio-Detox packets to assist with cleansing. This is not one of those cleanses where you juice, eat nothing, and drink fiber packets. It's completely opposite from that. It is a 15-day cellular level detox. You eat as much as you want, BUT only when hungry and at a slow and controlled pace. The slow and controlled is a bit hard for me since I eat all my meals on the go but dinner; however, I did make a conscious effort to sloooooowwww down.
The cleanse is pretty basic. Start the morning with 8oz of warm water with fresh lemon, pink sea salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Eat organic grass-fed meats, wild caught fish, pasture raised chicken/eggs, and wild game. Load up on ALLLLL the veggies and include fats from oils, avocado, and olives. Steer clear of nuts. My vegetables included broccoli slaw, Power Greens, leeks, beets, okra, brussel sprouts, broccoli, mushrooms, green onions, butternut squash, kelp, sauerkraut, kimchi, artichokes. I ate at least 1 cup of beets per day-- a 1/2 cup 1st thing in the morning with a hard-boiled egg and 1/2 cup post-workout with a hard-boiled egg. Beets are essential in this cleanse because they provide betaine (to protect the liver), cleanse the blood, intestines, and liver. I also included bananas, berries, apples, and grapes if I had a sweet tooth. They are great topped with cinnamon and frozen! Avoid alcohol, caffeine, supplements, and sugar.
WHAT I LEARNED....
It's ok to be selfish. Say No if it does not benefit the bigger picture of where I am going and what I am up to. This time around the cleanse was not about losing weight, but taking 3-weeks to slow down, reflect, and focus on what I need and want for 2016. I have clarity around my goals and what is next for my future. I had a mental shift, and each day I choose to live in a space of gratitude and abundance, which has created new possibilities on a daily basis. It's amazing what can happen when you change your focus. I am more confident in my coaching, training, and business management. I found a church that I am super pumped to start attending regularly. I reconnected with friends I had not seen in a while. I started going back to the Barton Creek Farmers Market. I started Gymnastic Bodies. Needless to say, I am primed and ready to crush 2016! And...an added bonus was I lost 8lbs!
Do you take a time-out once or twice a year to slow down, cleanse, and reset? I challenge you to do this for your mind, body, and soul. I am always here for support along the way.