Winter Got You Down? Bounce Back With A 3-Day Cleansing Diet

Wintertime leaves most people feeling icky. Our skin gets dry, pale, and our eyes can seem dull and lifeless , but it doesn’t stop there we usually are not making very good food choices either. Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve – all come with decadent dishes and calorie-laden cocktails. It’s no wonder that by the time spring arrives, we could really use a pick-me-up.

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And those are just a few of the things a quick cleanse can remedy. Have you been plagued by chronic constipation, allergies, sinusitis, or any other chronic aches and pains? If you’re tired of visiting the pharmacy counter( a lot!) to make it through your day, there might be a culprit(blockage) in your body’s elimination system. Does this seem like TMI (too much information)? It is okay if you are a little uncomfortable with this particular topic, but I do think it is important to know how your body reacts in certain environmental conditions. The more you know, the better you are able to handle it , especially if or when the situation ever comes up again.

Stomach Aches are no Fun

Basically, what this means is your backed up, to put it plain and simple. This means that mucus and other waste builds up in your body’s elimination system and that you might be suffering from mucus and other wastes building up in your body’s major routes of elimination.

Getting rid of this waste build-up will better allow your body to get the most out of your regular diet – a bit like the performance difference you see between low- and high-octane fuel.

Important Things to Consider Before You Begin…

Of course, the three day cleansing diet isn’t for everyone. Some people may be too weak or may suffer from conditions that make the cleansing diet too dangerous to undertake. For this reason, it’s important to stress how vital it is to first consult with your doctor before you begin a new dietary regiment.

Also, I can’t stress enough that this is a diet to help you cleanse your system out, not too help you lose weight. Misuse could be extremely hazardous to your health!

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s delve on into the specifics of the cleansing diet.

The Diet in a Nutshell…

While you may come across several different variations of the 3 day cleansing diet, here are some of the things they’ll all have in common:

• You’ll have to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day
• When it comes to foods, be ready to restrict your diet to 5-6 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, preferably raw or steamed.
• In case you didn’t get the hint, that means NO meat.
• If you do opt for breads or cereals (and you probably shouldn’t), it’s important that you only chose whole grains
• During this 72 hour period, it’s important to avoid sugars, coffees, and sodas. If you’re afraid you’ll suffer from headaches from caffeine withdrawals, you might want to begin slowly reducing your coffee intake prior to the “fast.”

The Cleansing Diet in Action…

Although there are many variations of the cleansing diet, most of them follow the pattern below:

Day 1 – A complete food fast, water only
Day 2 – 5 or 6 servings of fruit and fruit juice only (water is still a must)
Day 3 – 5 or 6 servings of vegetables and veggie juice only (water is still a must)
Day 4 – Go back to your regular diet

Of course, variations exist but with a little trial and error and some research, you should have no trouble finding one that works for your own unique needs. Three days later, a whole new, detoxified woman or man, will be looking back at you in the mirror!