colorado cleanse

Health: Do you Feel Called to Cleanse?

Colorado Cleanse Breakfast option of rice cake, avocado, salt and sunflower seeds This is the third year that I've done a spring ayurvedic cleanse, aka panchakarma, but the second time I've done the Colorado Cleanse (a version of the panchakarma). Usually cleansing comes easy to me, until this time...

Since I've been eating a little bit of everything these past few months, and getting lots of joy out of it on many levels, limiting myself to this diet for two weeks was a struggle, to say the least! I felt hungry and deprived of eating yummy fun food!!!:(

During the cleansing process we get in touch with the emotional and psychological aspects of how we relate to food. There is no snacking allowed so as to regulate our blood sugar levels, and we eat the same thing at every meal for an entire week (kitchari) which gives the digestion a break and delivers healing herbs to our bodies!

One of the benefits of this protocol is to take us away from the auto pilot habits of grabbing and going! It creates discomfort within that though, which helps to strip you down to your emotional state of being and how food offers that source of comfort and joy that we are all seeking.

If you're new to eating whole, clean foods, this is a necessary thing to raise awareness and take the first steps of establishing a healthy relationship with food.

But here's the thing, I've gone through so many years of eating clean, whole foods that my diet basically consisted of a cleanse in and of itself! Now that I've incorporated a little bit of everything into my diet, and have felt so much happier and peaceful, I realized that I probably didn't even need to do a cleanse this time around in the first place, because I've found such a good balance! What a miracle!

During my macrobiotic days, I finally came to realize that I was practicing eating a 'healing diet', and I wasn't trying to heal anything anymore, so I could finally let go of it since it was only causing me to go in the opposite extreme of 'cleansing'! Now that my diet has evolved, I'm realizing that the old ways of feeling like 'I should cleanse' are still lingering and that that was really why I chose to do it this time! I honestly don't even feel like I needed to cleanse because I have really started to find that balance! HA! But I guess I did need to to realize this epiphany!;)

Newman's O's

Cleansing and dieting could be lumped into the same category because they are both short term concepts that take us from one extreme to the other! (Check out my Dieting Domino Effect Post for more on the matter) I mean, the first thing I did after this cleanse was eat my cravings of Newman's O's cookies, pizza, and amy's organic coconut ice cream! Not to mention that we cheated on our cleanse last week at an event! Cheated! On a Cleanse! The thought of cheating on a cleanse is not even an option! Who do I think I am?! But you know what, there is no 'Cleanse Police', right?! We did the best we could in trying to also live our life, and that's healthy balance I think!

While I do believe that cleansing comes in very handy if you're looking to hit that reset button, or you've gone too far and need to reel it back in, it's really just short term, and the real work exists when you come out of it! How you function in your daily life is the real challenge! How can you find balance in nourishing yourself, having fun and being conscious of how you treat your body?

I feel like I've finally found a balance that works for me,  even though I may need to cleanse every so often just because of the modern world we live in with all of it's toxins, but drinking water, getting good sleep, breathing long and deep, taking triphala each night, and practicing yoga are all daily detox-ers anyways though, that I practice regularly!

This cleanse helped me realize how much I love cooking my own food, the importance of staying hydrated (drinking half of your ideal body weight in ounces along with hot water to stimulate the lymphatic system) and how important it is for me to eat an early/light dinner so I can get a good night sleep! I think it's a great tool to fall back on but I am so glad I realized that it's not something I feel like 'I Should' be doing every spring or fall!

I am so grateful that I am in tune with what does and doesn't work for me and what is truly important to my well being! Food is everything, there's no escaping it, it's what we revolve around, and it's amazing how many people do not have a healthy relationship with it! It is an intimate relationship and propels how we are in this world! I hope you too have found a healthy relationship with what's on your plate, and if not, I hope cleansing and eating whole foods will inspire you to develop one!

In good health!




LifeStyle Lessons: The Cleanse Conversation

colorado cleanseHere we are's the end of summer and everyone is complaining about how gross they feel. Summer has a way of making us overindulge and get off course with our self care practices. I'm completely guilty of it this summer, but I do have a new perspective on it...having some fun is healthy too!;) I used to be 'addicted' to cleansing. If I ate something out of the norm for a few days in a row, I'd instantly go to my cleansing kit of tricks. Now, I realize just how unhealthy that can be too. Living in moderation is my new practice, and so with that comes some indulgences, as well as self care...BUT, sugar can quickly make me swing to the crazy side and stay there for a little too long...

I'm noticing that I've probably had something sweet everyday for the past month or so! I do not eat refined sugars, but dates, cacao, maple syrup, and honey are all 'sweet treats', even if they are considered healthy...the expansive energy of these foods send our bodies into 'la la land' which only makes us crave more comfort as we try to ground ourselves again. It's a vicious cycle, and I'm totally in it. Not to mention the fact that I've been drinking wine again lately (and loving it btw;) which also acts as 'sugars' do...

So, we need to reel it in from time to time to re-establish our healthy balance point. That's why I love the Ayurvedic way of cleansing. It's a healthy approach to detoxing that is recommended to do twice a year ~ once when we break from winter to spring, and again when we break from summer to fall. I cannot wait to get off this sweet treat wild ride!

This cleanse balances blood sugar levels and relieves us of cravings, all while eating 3 meals per day! I've done juice cleanses and love them, but this cleanse is more sustainable for me because I like to chew my food!;)

JuicingI'm embarking on the Colorado Cleanse this time around. It's two weeks long and has 3 phases. In the first and third phase, I will eat a whole foods, clean diet made from the recipes in the back of the book, followed by eating an apple after each meal to thin the bile, and drinking a beet tonic (to thin the bile and move the lymph) and green tonic (to rejuvenate the bile and liver) juice each day. There is no snacking, only eating 3 meals during the entire time and taking herbs 15 minutes before each meal, sipping on hot water and drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water each day.


In phase 2, the real cleansing starts, where we eat a nonfat, traditional Ayurvedic dish called Kitchari (basmati rice, mung beans, spices and ghee) for all three meals, and take increasing amounts of ghee each morning to nourish and attract toxins, so we can easily rid of them at the end of the cleanse. The 'Final Flush' is the laxative therapy that done on day 11 to release all the toxins.

Upon completing the 14 days, your digestion is reset and you're able to integrate back into eating a well balanced diet!

Since it's best to do just as we break for fall, I plan on doing this cleanse towards the end of September, but I find it's great to pick a date on the calendar and mark it there so your intention is clearly set on when you'll be doing it. (During the waning moon is optimal for letting go) That way, you can mentally and physically prepare for it.

Check out the website and decide which kit you'd like to order. And buy the book first so you can read about it! If this cleanse sounds too weird to you, I also LOVE the CLEAN program cleanse (it's 3 weeks long but a great elimination diet and a way to get savvy eating whole foods).

Enjoy the rest of summer, and rest assured knowing that you can always start over making healthy choices!