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  1. Thanks for this discussion, Lisa. I have been wanting to do a cleanse for quite sometime now, but, due to pregnancy and nursing, that idea was shelved. This approach, however, sounds so manageable for the entire family. I love the idea of focusing on x amt of servings of fruits/vegs as opposed to concentrating on restriction. And the webinar sounds like a great opportunity to learn a bit more about holistic cleansing; I just signed up for it! Thanks for offering such useful resources.

  2. I too would love to do a cleanse. I did one with taking pills each morning and night and limiting my foods but felt nothing! Do you have any suggested menu plans. I can look at all your ideas but need a plan to somewhat follow or work with.

  3. your post is nicely timed! I am embarking on a short-term cleanse for the reasons you mentioned. I need an about face.

    But establishing good habits using a one month focus is excellent. Once I finish my cleanse, I think I will begin a series of one-month focus on good health practices.

  4. I love the idea of crowding out the bad stuff. Now that our first crop of spring greens is harvestable we’ve been eating lots of salad. I’ve been trying to eat less carbs and the more I eat all these good veggies, the less room I have for anything else. It’s a great way to turn the deprivation model of dieting on its head!

  5. This post is great timing for me. I’m getting ready to do a cleanse I’ve actually never thought of doing one for an entire month. I’ve done both 7 day and 10 day but I can understand your reasoning for doing it for a month. I think I’m definitely going to rethink my strategy.

  6. I have never done a cleanse, Lisa, mostly because I am wary of elimination diets, and as I feel we eat pretty healthy on a day to day basis.

    However, as spring produce begins to come into season, we are juicing a lot more and that feels great!

  7. I have been doing a spring detox every May/June for the last two years. I started with a month of raw food – mostly green smoothies – and lost 20 pounds in that month! I also discovered that I am gluten-intolerant as a result, so I’ve been able to pretty much maintain that weight loss (first time in my life EVER that I haven’t gained all the weight back). Last year, I did the Master Cleanse for 14 days. That was a hard one, but well worth it. Last month, I just completed a two-week juice/raw food cleanse by the Juice Lady (Cherie Calbom) and lost my winter ” tire” that accumulated this past winter season. The juicing has been my favorite cleanse, by far. In her book “The Turbo Diet”, Calbom gives great alternatives to processed foods and delectable juice recipes; I really enjoyed it! The important thing, however, no matter what cleanse you do, is to make a decision before the cleanse ends about how you will maintain a whole-foods diet afterwards. Otherwise, it can be more harmful than helpful if you just go back to your old way of eating…

  8. my husband and i have done a couple of juice cleanses and a smoothie one (3 days was the shortest and 2 weeks was the longest). they were tough at first, but we found our favorites and that helped. i loved how clean my body felt.
    we also tried doing raw foods (90%) for 3 months and that really changed cravings and taste bud expectation like you talked about. overall, i loved that too.

    funny side note: we got pregnant the month after each cleanse! i guess my body really responds to this healthy thing. :)

    • I also got pregnant after my first cleanse! I actually recommend cleanses for women who are having trouble getting pregnant…infertility is often a result of our bodies not being able to function properly because of troublesome food and/or food allergies.

  9. I also like to do a cleanse however the best time for me where I live is going into summer months get rid of all the winter blues. So do a liver, kidney detox and then do a gall bladder cleanse as I suffer with gall stones > I must be honest I feel awful for the week that follows but after that I feel like a brand new person with loads of energy and ready for the summer months.