Cleansing has never been something I have taken seriously in my fitness journey, which seems surprising even to me as I type this. So why haven’t I taken cleansing seriously until now? First of all, cleansing is often done poorly, with clients having little to no education about what they are doing. As a result, they end up worse off than when they started the cleanse. As a trainer, I often see a fair amount of weight gain after the client has finished his or her cleanse due to improper food intake post cleanings. Unhealthy habits of quick fixes start to form, and clients’ body fat actually increases due to the damage their metabolisms have suffered.
With that said, I do believe cleansing can be a great thing for the body when done properly. After my last fitness shoot, I knew my body needed a break from meat and a little love in the nutrition department. But I also understood that I didn’t know a whole lot about cleansing or the type I should choose. When it comes to eating, I know how to fill my body with all kinds of goodness, but juicing is a whole new world for me. Because I knew this is an area about which I wanted to learn more, I decided to seek the help of Jami, from Alchemy Cold Pressed Juice and Superfood Elixir.
Jami has been a huge support to me in answering questions and teaching me about the benefits of juicing. She advised me to start off small and begin with a cleanse that really nourishes the body. Jami offers a 3-day cleanse, which I felt was the perfect starting point for me! In the past I had wanted to cleanse, but I always put it on the back burner, telling myself I didn’t have time and I couldn’t risk feeling like crap and missing training sessions. But one thing going away to Encinitas, California taught me was to SLOW DOWN! Being healthy, fit, and active is way more than the gym clock we punch every day. Taking care of your body, reducing your stress levels, and giving it the nutrition it needs is going to benefit us way more than rushing to the squat rack or hitting up as many boot camps as we can every week. If I had to choose for my clients nutrition or fitness, I would hands down say nutrition. The nutrients we put into our bodies account for 80% of the results we achieve, fight off disease, and allow us to enjoy everyday life with a clear mind. So today is day #1 of me choosing to slow down and allow my body to heal, restore, and rejuvenate.
Have you cleansed? What was your experience? I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment.