Detoxing… According to Dictionary.com, Detoxification is ‘the metabolic process by which toxins are changed into less toxic or more readily excretable substances.’ In other words, removing toxins from the body to benefit our overall health. Let me start by saying that I’ve never done a cleanse nor have I ever been interested in doing one in the past. Every cleanse I came across were ones that required you not to eat at all, and to fill your body with mixtures and drinks that would not properly nourish the body, and suggested avoiding exercise. I was not willing to give up my already clean routine for those options. That was up until recently, when I began to work with the lovely people at Boston Cleanse and realized how beneficial their cleanse could be for me. You simply replace 2 meals a day with a cleanse shake (stay tuned for recipes), drink plenty of water, exercise and eat clean whole foods!
Another reason that aided me in starting a cleanse: I just got some news that I have a pinched nerve/bulging disc in my neck. Rather than being upset, I’m taking this news positively. This will be a time for me to get into better cardiovascular shape and get more into yoga. I am putting my weight lifting on hold for the time being. I am glad I listened to my body and am doing what it needs to be strong and healthy. Therefore, I thought this was an appropriate time to let my body rest, and detox some of those toxins from my body.
What is The Boston Cleanse?
The Boston Cleanse is a seven day program designed to support your body’s natural detoxification process. By using our carefully selected products and methodically constructed nutritional plan, you can restore the function of the main detoxification systems of your body and achieve the goal of whole-body cleanse.
The products taken over the course of the program come in the form of powders and capsules. The powders consist of an all-natural vanilla pea protein and a functional food powder for detoxification. The various capsules are combined in a packet for your convenience.
The nutrition plan we developed for this program is based on the concept of elimination. During the program, allergens such as gluten, dairy and soy are removed from the diet. This low-allergen diet is designed to reduce inflammation and give the digestive system a break from the toxins and chemicals found in heavily processed foods. High-allergen diets are damaging to the digestive system and can lead to an unhealthy gut that is not able to properly absorb nutrients and keep bad substances out, inevitably leading to disease over time.
What Products Are Included?
RawPea Protein: an all-natural, raw, vanilla pea protein that serves as the main protein source. Protein is very important for sustained energy and fueling detoxification pathways.
Cleanse Powder: a functional food powder acting as the main cleanse component of this program. Contains a blend of herbs, nutrients and antioxidants needed to support the liver in balancing the two detoxification pathways.
Amino Acid Support (in packet): provides the amino acids necessary for restoring and enhancing liver detoxification to eliminate toxins and chemicals from the body.
Liver + Gallbladder Support (in packet): supports bile flow and the elimination of toxins from the liver. Contains essential catalysts of liver detoxification enzymes.
Plant Digestive Enzymes (in packet): digestive enzymes to assist in protein digestion and reduce gas, bloating and discomfort sometimes associated with high protein intake.
What to Avoid?
- Sugar in all forms, including sucrose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, agave and maple syrup. Natural low-impact sweeteners such as stevia & polyols (e.g., xylitol & erythritol) are allowed.
- Artificial sweeteners (sucralose, maltodextrin, saccharin, aspartame, Sweet ‘n’ Low, Splenda, Equal)
- Gluten-containing grains: avoid foods which contain wheat, oats, rye, spelt, kamut, bulgur, couscous, and barley. This includes pastas, bread, crackers, cereals, and other products made from these grains. Gluten-free whole grains such as brown rice, wild rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat are allowable during the detox program.
- Dairy products, including milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream
- All alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages including coffee, tea, and soda
- Soy protein, including tofu and tempeh
- Desserts (chocolate, candy, baked goods)
- Processed, packaged foods
- Fried foods, hydrogenated oils, margarine
- Peanuts/peanut butter (high allergen legumes)
I will update my progress throughout the week as well as posting smoothies recipes!
Now… If You’re Interested!
If You Are Interested, head over to The Boston Cleanse and use code Lexi2013 for 10% off! Feel free to email me with any questions you may have!
P.S. I am also LOVING the Boston Cleanse Fish Oil!