"What do I do once the Cleanse is over?"
Participants initially perceive the Cleanse as a finite period of time. For us, though, the Cleanse is not about 'fasting' or 'detoxifying' for two weeks. It's not meant to be a 'quick fix'. Rather, it's about discovering or, perhaps, rediscovering, how to deeply nourish your body, mind and spirit. The Renewal Cleanse series is an invitation to reset the rhythms of your body to the Seasonal Energies. By eliminating inflammatory & allergenic foods the healing wisdom of your body can grow brighter.
The recommended formula remains the same after the Cleanse: eat lean proteins that are locally & sustainably harvested, enjoy lots of local, seasonal veggies, and be sure to include healthy fats in each meal. If and when you choose to reintroduce corn, eggs, soy products, nightshade veggies, legumes, root veggies, grains, gluten, sugars, caffeine, dairy and/or alcohol remember that these are inflammatory foods. Introduce these foods one at a time. Allow 2-3 days between each reintroduction as it can take up to 48 hours to feel the effects of an allergen or sensitivity. Spreading out the reintroduction of foods gives you a clear sense of how certain foods impact your physical, mental and emotional health.
Having removed processed & refined foods and included seasonal whole foods and healthy fats you will likely notice that your ‘need’ for the sweet taste has diminished. One of the coolest things about the Cleanse is that what we once thought we 'had to have' - coffee, chocolates, alcohol, etc - are no longer on our radar. Or, much less so than before the elimination. Move gently into the reintroduction phase. Allow for the unexpected.
Decaffeinated drinks and fruit juices are not recommended as they tend to spike blood sugar levels. Opt instead for hot water with lemon. In the winter adding a spoonful of coconut oil to this will nourish you deeply. Try herbal teas (green and red roiboos, stinging nettles, oat straw, chamomile, mint, fresh ginger or fresh turmeric tea) without sweeteners. Even honey and natural sweeteners will spike glycemic levels. Home made nut milks (depending on the season warm or room temperature) with a dash cinnamon, or turmeric, ginger, fresh vanilla bean.
Eat a breakfast that includes protein every day. Good sources of breakfast protein are: happy, local eggs (as you reintroduce eggs, notice how your body responds), sausage, bacon, steak, ground grass fed beef, left overs from dinner, and nut butters. Avocados are great at breakfast. All commercial breakfast cereals, pancake mixes, or breads will spike glucose levels and set you up for a blood sugar crash.
As an alternative to a meat breakfast occasionally enjoy: seasonal fresh fruits with toasted (unsweetened) coconut, sprouted seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia, flax), and a handful of crispy nuts *(see recipe in maintenance hand out).
Balance carbs, fats, and proteins. Accompany fruit or vegetable snacks with crispy nuts, nut butter, meat, avocado, or slices of raw cheese (if you choose to reintroduce dairy).
Lunch and Dinner:
While it is important to eat your veggies, take care not to leave out a organic, pasture-raised meat (protein & fat) component of your meal. Be mindful of vegetables that are high-glycemic (grown below ground) as even they can spike blood sugar levels when eaten alone. Please continue to share new discoveries and recipes on the Seasonal Renewal Facebook Page.
How you proceed after the Cleanse is entirely individual. We hope, however, that the positive shifts in mood, energy and sleep during the first 2 weeks inspire you to continue eating in a manner that fortifies & enlivens your whole being.
May you be healthy & happy... alway