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21-Day Cleanse

Elimination Diet - Reintroduction Phase

Elimination Diet: Re-Introduction Phase  
 
What is an elimination diet?   
As the name implies, this diet is designed to temporarily avoid certain foods for 2 weeks (this is called the elimination phase), followed by a period of systematic reintroduction of certain food groups. People with severe digestive issues may be asked to remain on the Elimination Phase for a full month before moving on to re-introduce. It is essential to give the body time to heal and repair so you can have the best results.

Preparing Your Kitchen for a Cleanse: Necessities

Your kitchen will be the most important command post of your cleanse. Be prepared!
 
What to post and where to stay on track:
 
Post your cleanse calendar in your kitchen so you can see your start date and finish date. Post your Elimination Diet on the fridge for quick and easy reference. It is also a great idea to post your goals, or some motivational quotes that will keep you on track. 
 
Get your systems in place,
Make sure your pantry is clear of all packaged foods, tempting foods, and those not on your cleanse.

Starting your Cleanse - Elimination Diet

Elimination Diet - Starting Your Cleanse
 
 
The Elimination Diet, is a dietary program based on removing all of the foods from our diet known to cause allergies, food sensitivities, and cause disruptions in the digestive process. When our foods excite allergic reactions, our body uses more energy to address the inflammation, leaving us feeling tired, bloated, constipated, gassy and depressed following meals. Allergic reactions to foods can also lead to cravings for more food and weight gain.

Preparing Your Body

Stage 3 - Prepare Your Body: Eliminating Irritants
 
When detoxing and making big changes to your body and lifestyle; you must always build a foundation and start slowly. Work from the ground up and you will build success, going from zero to hero will have you feeling sick and deprived on a cleanse. This is why I recommend anyone embarking on a cleanse start with the Elimination Diet, to ease your body into the cleanse, by clearing out of your body foods and chemicals that you may be allergic or sensitive to and freeing up energy for detoxification.

Preparing Your Time and Kitchen

Prepare Your Life
 
This could be the best step you take during your cleanse to last a life time.  This step involves scheduling and preparing your home for cleansing. Doing a cleanse program at home has both its challenges and benefits. Obviously it is more finacially viable that going to a fasting retreat centre or spa; but it is also easy to fall into old habits. Changing habits is the most difficult task no matter what habits you are trying to change, changes in the way you eat and drink are some of the hardest.

The Wellness Plan - Stage 1 of 3

The plan for wellness starts before you even begin your cleanse. This is your preparation stage. Planning the the most important stage, a quote that always comes to mind for me is "If you Fail to Plan, you Plan to Fail", and it is true. When you plan for your health you will see both growth and success. Plans help break the big stuff into achievable small steps. Your wellness plan should be broken into various stages.
 
Stage 1 - Preparing your Mind
Stage 2 - Preparing your Life

You Eat What You Are

The standard American diet, is overloaded with refined grains, sugars, engineered foods, and processed foods. These foods cause a roller coaster of cravings and energy swings- a key factor in both contributing to and maintaining our our modern toxic states.  
 
The foods most of you are eating every day are not only keeping you sick, but also addicted.
 
The standard diet is both contributing and maintaining your toxic state. Most people are aware of the phrase "You are what you eat"- the quality of the food you eat directly relates into the quality of how you feel and look.

The Bionic Burger - Not a Whole Food

Day 1 - Decifering Whole Foods
 
I am sure it is ultra obvious that synthetic and packaged foods are not part of a whole food program. A lot of people are confused as to what a whole food is, or more specifically what it is not. Many people also confuse fast foods, and restaurant foods as whole foods. So let me be specific.
A whole food is one that is in it's closest form to how nature first produced it. Your whole foods include: Fruit, Vegetables, Grains such as Oats, Quinoa, Whole Grain Rice, Beans/Legumes, Eggs, Nuts and Seeds.

21 Days to a Cleaner You!

Detox programs are now a dime a dozen, this makes it harder for people to find the right cleanse for them. You can do a 3-day, 5-day, 7-day, 21-day and even up to 40 days on a cleanse. What determines how long of a cleanse you will need? Well really this is best determined by evaluating your current state of health. There are many methods with which to evaluate this. An easy subjective method is to evaluate your answers to the following questions.
 
1. Do you have more than one bowel movement a day?
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