I don’t know about you, but I’m getting wiped out by all these juice cleanses. Maybe it’s because I already sustain a pretty healthy diet, but personally, the moment I’m done with a juice cleanse, I end up eating worse food than I did before!
Cleansing has turned into an enormous business, and on many levels, I feel that it preys on people’s guilt and self-hatred: “I have been eating so badly — I need to cleanse.” It’s like a form of punishment. Once we have incurred the punishment, we are then absolved — free to do as we like — because we have paid the price. The problem is, the price can get pricey. Some of these cleanses can cost hundreds of dollars!
Cleansing can also be just another version of crash dieting — or in some cases, even anorexia. If someone just stops eating for three days, we think they have an eating disorder, but if they are “cleansing,” somehow that makes it okay.
Instead of diving into starvation mode, why not simply swap out a few foods that you know are not the best for some that will give you a natural boost. For instance, instead of an “energy” drink filled with sugar, try a “Tumeric Alive.” Their Original Elixir is a great place to start. Or, if you want more protein, how about some nuts? KIND Bars are packed with them — and you can actually see the ingredients in their natural state. For maximum protein, try their “Almond Walnut Macadamia + Protein” bar. You’ll still feel light and “Spring-y,” but you’ll also have some fuel!
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for cleansing — I do it often and I have been doing it for 20 years. I just recommend that it be done with a grain of salt (figuratively). A cleanse isn’t the second coming and will not erase hard living. That said, life should be fun! I think we can all have a drink every once in a while if we want, and dessert maybe a little more often. Moderation is the key. Yoga is, after all, about balance.
That is why I created the Clean Slate Cleanse program for Gaiam TV. I have been teaching yoga since 1995 and taught my first detox program in 1998. This short program for Gaiam TV is a culmination of years of reworking, tweaking and finely tuning my extended detox workshops. I selected the most vital parts and honed them into a lean, mean video program. It may not sound like much, but it has truly been 15 years in the making.
Try Sara’s Clean Slate Cleanse for free with your 10-day trial to to Gaiam TV!