Thanks to much of what we hear in the media, cleansing or detox has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “cleanse,” or “detox”, do you immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements and short-term deprivation for short-term gains?
The truth is, a cleanse doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you cleanse in a healthy, supportive way, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain and full-body health.
And improved fertility.
Here are 4 myths you may have heard about cleansing. Understandably, these myths may cause you to be hesitant to try a cleanse.
Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why cleansing might be just what your body is craving.
Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a cleanse.
The truth is, for the cleansing that I’ve done every season since January 2012 (except when I was pregnant and breastfeeding), I ate a lot, and if you cleanse with me you’ll eat a lot too – 3 meals and 2 snacks every day.
While you might eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, cleansing isn’t at all about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are so many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and detox your body. The possibilities are limitless!
The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, most of my cleanse recipes involve 5 ingredients or less, and 5 steps or less to prepare using foods you can find at any grocery store. I want to make things as easy as possible for you so that you’re not spending all your time chained to your kitchen stove, but enjoying your cleanse experience.
During my own experience in cleansing, I’ve always discovered new foods and recipes that I absolutely adore and that have become staples in my diet even when I’m not cleansing – some of them I’ll share with you during my upcoming cleanse, Renewal for Fertility!
Myth #2: You’ll constantly be hungry while cleansing.
I’ll admit, this is a tough one for me! I usually feel hungry the first few days as my body gets used to eating correct-size portions (this is telling me that my portions are too big during “regular” life – this is great information to learn and is something I’m working on). But I drink more water, which helps, and after the first few days, after my body adjusts, I’m fine.
While you might end up consuming fewer calories while following a cleanse, you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, which not only makes your body less efficient in the long run, it also can disrupt your ovulation which can negatively impact your fertility.
By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help cleanse your body while feeling satisfied.
Myth #3: You need to do an all-liquid cleanse to remove toxins from your body.
Liquid-only cleanses have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of cleanses can (and do) backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the cleanse ends, but such restrictive eating for several days is detrimental to your health. An effective cleanse will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.
Myth #4: Cleanses are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements.
Supplements involved in a cleanse should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition. While on a cleanse, you get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole foods.
The only supplements I require during Renewal for Fertility are a good prenatal and Vitamin D. The prenatal or multivitamin gives you a good insurance policy on getting the essential vitamins and minerals you need while TTC. I include Vitamin D because Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked with infertility and it’s become standard practice for reproductive endocrinologists to include Vitamin D supplementation in their treatment protocol.
Aside from the benefits discussed above, cleansing is an incredibly effective way to feel great, balance your hormones which is so essential for the fertility journey, and establish healthy habits for the long term.
Are you ready to discover the benefits of healthy cleansing for yourself?
Click here to learn more about my upcoming cleanse program, Renewal for Fertility.
It all starts on October 22. Register by October 16 and save $50!
I’ll be doing the cleanse too and can’t wait to cleanse with you!