Friday, January 16, 2015

40 Days To Greatness Cleanse!

 Welcome to the 40 Days To Greatness Cleanse!

This cleanse is broken into 3 parts. 

Physical (a cleansing of the body)

Mental (a cleansing of the mind, to free ourselves up so we can achieve more of what we are passionate about) and last but not least...

Spiritual (a cleansing of the soul, to build new foundations of productive habits, healthy self image, and loving attitudes of gratitude)

First you will need some items for the physical part of the cleanse:

  • Herbal Tea (we suggest organic green teas, pu-erhs, detox teas, ginger teas, kava teas, and jasmine teas. Any tea will work, but keep in mind non-herbal black and orange pekoe teas will not benefit your body and may limit the results of your cleanse. The idea is to drink teas that assist in cleansing. If you need more info on teas that cleanse, check out this article 18 Teas For Detoxing )
  • Purified/Bottled Water (We strongly suggest trying to find bottled water that has NO FLUORIDE in it. This however can be very hard, so don't feel bad if you can't find a brand that doesn't add this harmful chemical. Here's hoping one day they stop poisoning us eh? ;) )
  • Organic Lemon Juice (you can find these at most grocery stores)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (Once again we suggest an organic ACV, but if you can't afford it, no worries. You will still get some benefits from any brand you buy, but organic will maximize these benefits)
  • Vitamins (we suggest whole herb vitamins such as Echinacea, Fenugreek, Cinnamon, Bee Pollen, etc. You can also use Cayenne if ya like it a lot, B12, and St. John's Wort. These vitamins will be used in our Power Smoothies so try and get ones that can be finely crushed into powder, or ones in gel caps that you can pop open and just dump the herb right into the blender)
  • Smoothie Stuff (This includes fruits and veggies that are prime for cleansing. Spinach, cabbage, celery, apples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, banana, kale, etc... You can do fresh or frozen, either way is fine. Frozen tends to be cheaper and lasts longer. *Fruit* not veggies of course, do not use frozen veggies or canned veggies...ewww. ;) )
  • Juice (The juice is for mixing your smoothie. Try to use organic ones with low sugar contents. We suggest cranberry, orange, apple, and pomegranate juices.)
Other things you can add if ya like are protein powders, ones with little to NO CARBS or sugar. Just plain protein powders, soy is usually better than whey for a cleanse like this.

Now there will be moments you might feel like caving, I mean 40 days is a long time. So in those moments trying eating whole fruits, soups with NO CARBs and a low fat intake, or Salads with low carbs and high protein content, low fat as well.

Now each day you're going to want to do your physical cleansing products in this order...

Wake Up:
  1. Drink a full bottle of water with 3 tablespoons of lemon juice in it. (You can also substitute for a cup of hot lemon water if ya'd like) This will prep the liver to do it's job!
  2. Drink a power smoothie (It is best to make these the night before, so you aren't tempted to grab something quick and non-cleanse like haha)
  3. Drink a cup of herbal tea (we suggest one that gets the body pepped in the AM, one that assists in cleansing really well is best when you first get up)
  1. Drink at least 1 bottle of water with 2 to 3 tablespoons of ACV in it. (This will boost the metabolism which will give your extra energy, and this will burn away toxins and fat build up)
  2. Drink at least 2 to 4 cups of herbal tea. (If you work a job that makes this hard, we suggest bringing the tea bags to work and a thermos with hot water. This will keep the metabolism going and it will continue to assist in the removal of toxins. It also helps keep you feeling full and satisfied throughout the day) Quick tip about the tea: USE Stevia or Monk Fruit sweetener, organic is best. DO NOT USE WHITE SUGAR, in fact even turbinado might be too heavy. For maximum cleansing, use stevia, monk fruit, even agave is cool.
  3. Around dinner drink another power smoothie
After 6pm:
  1. Drink tea and water all evening. This is where it gets great! At night you can permit yourself 1 to 2 cups of tea with CREAM! Yep ya heard right! :) Cream is an excellent way to convince your body its getting something decadent, and it won't hinder the process much at all. If you can go without the cream, awesome! But don't push yourself too hard.

Now for the Mental and Spiritual Parts of the cleanse!

Each week on Sunday evenings I will be posting on this blog as well as some of my other social media outlets, CHALLENGES! These weekly challenges will be what make up the mental and spiritual part of the cleanses! They will have tasks and goals for each day of the week and will include things like...

  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Selfless Acts
  • Relaxation Practices
  • Breaking Our Comfort Zones
  • Trying Something New
and much much more! The first week of the cleanse has no challenge, this is due to the sluggish fatigue you will most assuredly have to endure. The first week your body is working extra hard to rid itself of toxins, and this may cause headache, fatigue, nausea, etc...for a list of what is normal during a cleanse check out this amazing article...Detox Explained Now there are lots of debates over detoxing and how to do it safely...yada yada yada. Let me just say that each body is different! If you start to have MAJOR complications, QUIT! If you try this and it doesn't work, I am sorry, Everyone's body is different. I do believe however that most of you will experience a serious and wonderful change in your body and mind and spirit and will be able to boost your 2015 into GREATNESS!

One of the greatest after affects of this cleanse will be weightloss, if you are a smaller person, we suggest taking in clean foods every day of the detox, so as not to drop weight rapidly and go into a bad BMI range for being underweight. :( But if you have weight to lose, this will help in so many ways! The average woman on this cleanse will drop anywhere between 10-30 lbs during this cleanse! The average man will drop more...ugh. Anyway ;)

So this Sunday the first Mental/Spiritual challenges will be posted and I hope to see you all on the other side of Greatness soon!

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