At some point in our lives, every one of us dazzling human beings clomping around in heels gets an important call from the “This is Your Chance” hotline. For some, like me, the entry point comes in the form of medical desperation. Life hits a 911 tipping point and suddenly you’re up against the ropes of mortality, begging for one more shot. You realize that the only way to get out of the rubble is to rebuild a more sustainable you. For others, a divine disco light ignites the spark and your third eye explodes with love for yourself. In that instant, your inner queen wakes up to the holy “Wow, I’m worth it” truth. Goodbye, woe-is-me thinking, and hello, royal care. The awakening is like a cosmic consciousness cocktail that makes you tipsy with self-empowerment.
Or maybe it’s not quite so dramatic and extreme. Maybe your call to action comes from boredom or just feeling “over it.” You’re literally sick and tired of being sick and tired. No more sofas, remotes and stalking people on Facebook. No more excuses.
Regardless of how you arrived here, you have what it takes to become a kick-ass wellness warrior. It’s time to clear the slate and get back to basics. There are many things that are out of your control (your neighbor’s bratty kid, rainstorms, skinny jeans and tube tops), yet you have a lot of power over your health, happiness and life—and it starts with your mouth. What you put in it and the words that come out of it determine your destiny.
Health is more than just the absence of disease; it is the presence of vitality. Health is freedom from obstruction; it’s living in a harmonious way that creates both inner and outer peace. Change the menu. Rewrite the recipe and break your bad eating habits before they break you. Life is complicated, gorgeous, staggering and wild. Let your hair down and ride it bareback. Here’s how.
Detoxification is as necessary for life as the beating of the heart. Our cells are constantly forming toxins as normal waste products of metabolism. The cells release the toxins into the blood; within a few heartbeats, the toxins are swept into the liver for detoxification.
The detoxification process is intricate. While the toxins are still in your bloodstream, circulating antioxidants latch onto them, neutralize their oxidizing capacity and then escort them to the liver. Once there, a liver cell grabs the toxin and releases the antioxidant molecule to go back into circulation. The liver cell then gets to work on the toxin.
What happens next (what’s called the detoxification processing) has two steps. In phase one detoxification, chemical reactions within the liver neutralize and then eliminate the toxin by one of three routes:
Sending it into the bile to eventually pass out of the body in feces.
Sending it into the urine and sweat to be eliminated.
Converting it into an intermediate compound that may actually be more toxic than the original toxin.
When a toxin is converted, phase two detoxification kicks in to deal with the intermediate compounds. During this process, additional chemical reactions in the liver neutralize the compound and make it watersoluble. Once that process is complete, the neutralized toxin can be eliminated.
Evolution has designed your detox system to handle a natural diet packed with fresh, raw and alkalizing plant foods. If we humans ate just our natural diet, we would have all the antioxidants we need to protect our bodies from the oxidative damage caused by circulating toxins. We’d also have in abundance all the nutrients the liver needs to perform both detox phases efficiently.
Of course, modern life has added thousands of toxins to the picture. Many foods today are heavily processed and loaded with chemicals. Instead of eating actual nutrients, we digest foodlike molecules that trick the body into absorbing them. Once inside the body, they can’t be used—and they cause irritation and inflammation. Our environment also has seen an exponential increase in the amount and variety of chemicals. Sadly, this leads to some serious internal problems that cause everything from funky breath and fatigue to frequent colds and even cancer.
Let the adventure cleanse begin
So, you’re convinced that it’s a good idea to clean up your diet and get your body back to functioning as it was meant to. Consider this 21-day cleanse the jump-start you need. At the end of it, you’ll feel magnificent and look beautiful inside and out. And if you love the new you, keep going! Let this diet be your foundation—a home base to come back to whenever you veer off. This cleanse is intended to give you freedom from obstruction and liberation from all the stuff that’s been holding you back. It’s not meant to create or support more stress in your life. There’s no such thing as perfection. Perfect is beige. Obsessing over every bite is completely contrary to the purpose and spirit of this plan. Your overall goal is to have a peaceful feeling in your head and in your body. It’s that simple.
Here’s the deal: This crazy, sexy diet is a low-fat, vegetarian—or better yet, vegan— program that emphasizes balancing your body’s pH by eating more lush whole foods, low-glycemic fruits, raw veggies, alkalizing green drinks and super-powered green smoothies. By increasing the amount of alkaline foods you eat while decreasing acidic foods (read: animal products, processed sugars and starches, etc.), you reduce inflammation and boost immunity and life force. Set sail on this cleanse filled with green juicy goodness, plenty of produce and no stinky dead stuff to kick your beautiful butt into high gear!