A few years ago, a client and friend asked me to facilitate a food "cleanse" for her. I was not quite sure what I would be doing exactly when I agreed to it. Then a few more friends joined the cleanse and followed through with 21 days of no sugar, alcohol, dairy and gluten.
At the time, I myself was contemplating quitting alcohol completely, so this seemed like a great way to get myself started. I had taken breaks from alcohol in the past, but always would come back to drinking to a point where I would wake up in the morning with bad headaches.
After the 21 days, some of the clients/friends that had joined had very surprisingly positive results, so I thought that this program could really help other people. Now I offer this cleanse consistently 3 times a year: January, May/June and October. The next one starts June 3rd.
It is a program that has helped my clients transform their bodies in ways that otherwise would have not been possible to accomplish with just exercise.
As I have been saying for almost 20 years: “Exercise and nutrition are equally important to lose fat. In fact, you can lose fat with no exercise at all and just good nutrition, but it just won't be as fast, healthy and effective.”
On a personal level, I am much more in control of how much alcohol I consume. Over the whole of last year, I was able to limit my consumption to as many glasses of wine as I previously would have consumed in a week.
Most people that join the cleanse find it most challenging to let go of one of the ingredients we eliminate, but really enjoy the new variety of foods they can consume during the 21 days.
The challenge is to let go of the one thing that we need to leave the most. Challenge yourself, take out the evening drinks, the chocolate, the cheese, the chips, whatever you feel will be the biggest challenge to go without for one day.
Here is what some of our previous cleansers say:
"This detox is not about weight loss; it's about resetting your body and learning to make better decisions when it comes to food. It absolutely neutralized my cravings and brought my mind to clarity! And guess what? When you finish the 21 days you feel so good you want to continue eating this way!."
"I must say I am delighted to have gone through the whole process... my skin is definitely brighter and looks cleaner... my clothes fit me better and I feel lighter, stronger and healthier... more in tune with myself and alert to my environment. The best for me was that Ana's plan was not difficult at all to implement on a day-to-day basis."
This is not a quick fix diet, it is a first step into changing your unhealthy eating habits for the rest of your life.
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