I’M NOT EATING FOOD FOR 5 DAYS, HERE’S WHY …
You may have seen over on Instagram, or in my latest newsletter that as of Tuesday 1st November, I’m doing my first juice cleanse, and I’ll be sharing the journey as a featured cleanser for Sol Cleanse.
Sol Cleanse are my fave juices, so when they asked me to come on board is was a no-brainer, especially considering I have wanted to cleanse for years, but always let fear get in the way of me giving it a go.
And the absolute truth is, I’m pretty nervous about drinking only juices and smoothies for 5 days, so I’m making sure I’m prepared.
The good news is as the feature cleanser I also have a very generous 10% off discount code, for you if you want to join in and cleanse with me, starting this Tuesday! So if you’re keen to join, use the code KATECADDLE10 at checkout. (Note that this offer is now expired).
You’ll also probably pretty stoked to know that Sol Cleanse have an awesome bonus valued at $144 for anyone who cleanses in November. You can check it out here. (Note that this offer is now expired).
All that goodness aside, today I want to share with you just why I’ve chosen to cleanse, how I’m feeling about it, how I’m preparing, and what I’m going to do to support myself through the cleansing process.
There is a list as long as my arm that states the benefits (and reasons) why people choose to cleanse, but for me, it’s predominately about boosting my health. I want to give my digestive system a break from working overtime to break down the food I eat regularly, as well as my liver – which is always working overtime due to the fact that I am oestrogen dominant.
You can read more about the benefits of cleansing here.
But if you’re choosing to cleanse with me, I encourage you to think about why you’re doing it. And does it come from a place of love or a place of fear? Are you choosing to cleanse to support your body, or does the reason come from a place of self judgement?
Check in, get clear, and you’ll be a whole lot more likely to stay motivated.
WHAT’S MAKING ME NERVOUS?
The idea of not eating food for 5 days (they also have 1 and 3 day cleanses if that’s more your style) is kind of scary. I am a little concerned about where my energy levels will be at, but I trust the process. I’m called to do it, and I know I’m more than capable. Millions of people have cleansed or fasted before me, it’s tried and tested, and I know I will be better for it.
But I will be sharing my honest journey with you, so watch this space!
WHAT’S EXCITING ME?
Not having to cook or do as many dishes! It’s the truth! I don’t really love cooking, so it will be nice to have a break, especially since my husband is joining me and cleansing for 5 days as well. Mike has chosen the Active Cleanse. FYI don’t drop by my place next week, all I’ll have for you is tea!
I’m also excited to see how my body responds. I’ve heard lots of comments about increased energy levels, clearer skin, mental clarity, improved digestion and so much more. I can’t wait to see how my body responds.
But most of all, I’m excited about give my body a supercharged boost of organic goodness.
HOW AM I PREPARING FOR THE CLEANSE?
I have quite a clean diet anyway, but I’ve been focusing on more smoothies and juices over the past week, less carbs, and a whole lot more plant based food. I’ve also reduced my sugar intake from fruit. This is totally a personal thing, but I know my digestive system works best without too much fructose.
I’m also making sure I stay super hydrated.
Even though I’ll be consuming a lot of liquid, it’s really important to support the body with the excretion process by drinking lots of clean water consistently. This will help to flush out any toxins.
I’m not a coffee drinker, but Michael is, so he’s been coffee free this week in preparation. And let me tell you, it hasn’t been pretty! My goodness that stuff is addictive!
I’ve also cleared my schedule as much as possible next week, only keeping the essential things in my calendar. This means that I will have more time to rest if I need it. But of course, if I’m feeling great, I’ll be able to continue with my work week as usual.
I encourage you to give yourself a little bit of space where you can. But don’t allow this to be a factor that stops you from cleansing, if you can’t take a day off work, or cancel a few appointments, maybe like my hubby, the Active Cleanse would work for you?
HOW I’LL BE SUPPORTING MY BODY THROUGH THE CLEANSE
Dry Body Brushing
I do this regularly anyway, but I’ll be making sure I do it daily through my cleanse to assist my body in removing toxins.
Epsom Salt Bath
Adding goodness to my cells. And who doesn’t love an excuse for a daily bath?!
Float Tank + Far Infrared Sauna
A float take is like meditation, across with an Epsom salt bath, across with being a mermaid. Heaven.
Far Infrared Saunas are my new favourite, helping to remove toxins from the body, by working on a cellular level.
Again, already a regular practice for me, but I know this will be beneficial to help my body through the cleanse.
Lots of water
Hydration, hydration, hydration. Flush out all those bad-guys. The key here for me is consistent sips of water, as apposed to sculling lots at once.
Stretching, gentle yoga at home and walking.
Quite time alone, to read, enjoy the sunshine and just take time out for me. Allowing myself to just be.
Journaling + Meditation
Because they rock, but also because clearing on a physical level, very often is matched with emotional clearing, I’ll be allowing whatever needs to be released, the opportunity to do that.
With all of this preparation noted, the key is I’m surrendering to the process of the cleanse. My aim is to be present in it, listen to what my body needs throughout, and give it to it! Follow along on Instagram for daily updates.
I want to finish by saying that I am not a health care professional, all of this information is what I have gathered and learnt along my own journey and is my opinion only. If you’re unsure about juice cleanses, as Pete Evans says If you’re unsure about adding more whole foods, to your diet, and reducing processed, high sugar items – definitely consult a Doctor first… (Cheeky but true!)