What will I eat?
This answer will be different for all of us. You get to design the cleanse that fits your life. During our first call, and using the workbook, you will learn about the different options. I will guide you in designing the version that fits your life. If your regular diet is a lot of processed foods, you might want to start with adding in more whole foods. If you’re currently eating a primarily vegetarian or vegan diet, you may gravitate toward juicing, smoothies, or living soups. Or you may choose a mono diet, eating kitchari for your meals. The bottom line is that it’s not about starving yourself, it’s about simplifying your digestion and finding a deeper level of self-care.
What if I’m traveling or have a wedding/special event during the JOY Cleanse dates?
You have the choice of delaying your start date. You can attend the calls and plan your cleanse and start it on the date that works for you and then continue past our end date. Another option is to get creative. I’ve known many people who have gotten very resourceful in traveling with their cleanse foods, a blender, etc. or they’ve made special food to take along to a family event or planned their meals for around the event.
Do I need to starve myself to be successful?
First, the definition of successful comes back to your WHAT and your WHY—your reasons for joining the cleanse. Only you can decide what “successful” means to you. It may be feeling a sense of ease, improving your digestion, feeling less bloated, feeling less stressed or anxious, losing a few pounds, or something else. Most importantly remember that it’s never about being perfect.
Secondly, the JOY Cleanse is not about starving or depriving yourself. You may have experienced a cleanse or a detox that focused on not eating a lot or restricting your food. The JOY cleanse is about nourishing your cells by adding in healthier options. You may have as a goal to not eat junk food, etc., but it can be helpful to make your focus about the things you’re adding in–more water, more vibrant, colorful fruits and vegetables that are full of prana (life force), more time in nature, etc.
How will the 21 days be organized?
Week 1 – I’ll guide you in designing your cleanse, and you’ll ease into the cleanse
Week 2 – We go a little deeper into the cleanse.
Week 3 – We gently emerge from the cleanse.
What if I’m currently eating a clean diet, do I still need to cleanse?
There are many variations to the cleanse, so even if you’re eating what you consider to be a clean diet, you will find an option that fits your where you are and can allow you to find a deeper level of digestion and detoxification for your body, mind, and spirit.
When we cleanse, we are simplifying our digestion, but not just of food. We can also simplify other things we take in through our senses–conversations, media, the news, etc. You might choose to be more intentional about the types of entertainment that you take in (especially avoiding violent movies, music, and news).
We can also extend our focus to simplifying our lives. It can be a beautiful time of focusing more on self-care, which is something that often gets put on the back burner. You may choose to look at your calendar and give yourself some extra space for self-massage, yoga, journaling, and meditation. You might schedule some body work or other healing practices. During the cleanse, pay attention to what you’re saying, “Yes” to. Every time you say “yes” to something, consider what it is that you’re saying “no” to.
It’s also a great time to focus on spending less time on devices, social media, or in front of screens.
Self-care practices are just as important as the foods we eat.
What if I “mess up” or give into temptation and eat something that doesn’t fit into my cleanse?
Pick yourself up and keep going. It can be easy to get stuck in all-or-nothing thinking and decide to throw in the towel when you feel like you didn’t do something perfectly. The invitation here, is to go for a B-. Throw away that idea of needing to be perfect–none of us are! Perfection ends up holding us back from what we really want.
You might even want to share your experience with the group. Chances are you’ll find that there are others who had a similar struggle, and by sharing it, everyone in the group gets stronger.
Should I take my vitamins, minerals, etc. during the cleanse?
Unless they are prescription or under the recommendation of your physician, you may want to discontinue taking any supplements during the detox. This will allow you to really simplify your digestion and get the nourishment that you need from the foods that you are eating. It will also allow you to add them back in one at a time so that you can observe how they affect you and whether or not you need them on a daily basis.