Lately, my eating habits have been less than awesome. I have been inhaling sugar like it is vitamin C and treating myself to midnight snacks of lamb burgers and French fries. This type of snacking is a recipe for disaster. Having too much of anything will likely result in both your mind and body feeling slightly off. However, that result is especially apparent when you are eating mass quantities of Oreos or chocolate peanut butter. Monday through Friday my diet is filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and a treat here or there. It is the weekend that gets me every time. After about a month of feeling lethargic and uncomfortable, I decided that it is time for damage control: Dr. Frank Lipman’s Cleanse Program.
Dr. Lipman’s Cleanse is a two-week detox filled with three shakes per day, light lunches, early dinners, and pills as dietary supplements. I primarily chose this cleanse because it is not about depriving your body of delicious meals consisting of solid food. This cleanse is about eliminating all of the common irritants in a diet such as sugar, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, and wheat. These are typically the culprits that hinder your detox system from working smoothly.
First shake early in the morning
Second shake mid-morning
Light lunch with pills
Light dinner with pills
Dr. Lipman provides a lengthy shopping list of approved foods free of the irritants listed above. I basically have free reign to mix and match any of these foods for lunch and dinner within reasonable portions.
Again, this cleanse is not about starving myself in order to lose weight. I would simply like to press my body’s reset button and feel my mind reap the benefits as well. Ultimately, I would like to I feel more energized, focused, and perceptive. I am definitely looking forward to the changes that will occur throughout the entire process. Although, my fingers and toes are crossed that I can avoid visions of butter pecan ice cream and Babycakes cupcakes while lying in savasana at Strala.
I will check in halfway through the cleanse with a progress report (hopefully cheat free). After the fourteen days are up, I will stop in again to give an overview of the outcomes and my thoughts on the experience. Stay tuned!