It uses Ningxia Red, Digest and Cleanse, and Balance Complete. All are Amazing products from Young Living. It just happened that I ordered a bottle of Digest and Cleanse last month, and now have all the appropriate products on hand.
I read the book Inner Transformations Using Essential Oils by Leanne Deardeuff a while back, and it mentioned this Cleanse. It actually mentions a lot of Cleanses, targeted cleanses for specific systems or organs of the body. It's very interesting. If you think about it, it makes sense. Our bodies cannot filter out waste (i.e. kidneys) or digest what we eat (intestine) if they are full of crap. So periodically, we need to clean out the system so that our bodies can do what they are designed to do.
The 5 day Nutritive Cleanse is not a targeted cleanse, it's not specifically aimed at the colon or kidneys. It's supposed to give me targeted nutrients while enzymes and fibers clear things out naturally. In the 5 days, I deprive myself of refined sugars, and thus give my body a chance to clear out.
It sounds really strict, to only live on basically Balance Complete shakes, veggies, nuts occasional fruits, and Ningxia Red.
But it's only 5 days. I can do this for 5 days.
I have been interested in doing this for a while, and I was thrilled to find a friend to do it with me. I found an article by someone else who had done it, and it didn't sound too terrible. I wrote Steph, and she was just as on the fence as I, so we discussed the Perks.
1. Break the Sugar Addiction - Think about how much sugar you eat a day! It's in my coffee, it's in my breakfast bagel, it's loaded in the Starbucks I stop for! That's just the morning. And the holidays, oh so many cookies. Last Friday I finally threw away the cookies that were left, I couldn't do it anymore. I needed to get the Problem out of my face. Here's the problem: You have some cookies. Your blood sugar goes up, you have energy, pep, feel good, for like an hour or two... then your blood sugar drops, Radically, Quickly, because these refines sugars doing have the natural fibers, healthy oils to sustain a gentle rise or fall. That sugar drops quickly, so what do you do? "I need a snack!" More Cookies! My body doesn't need more cookies. It wants more sugar to sustain the fake happy feelings of having the sugar. My body is designed better than that. My body is capable of more than that. But I've been feeding it crap for so long, it wants to take the easy way. Time to break it of that habit.
2. It's a Gentle Cleanse. Some of these Colon Cleanse, like the lemonade one with the cayenne pepper, sound super strict, and may leave me stuck at my house afraid to leave my toilet. I dread that. I can't be tied to a toilet. I have 3 little kids, they need Mama able to come running. Im entering that age, when the yahoos have stuff going on, I can't take weeks or a month off away from them to be tied to a toilet. From what I've read of this one, I can leave the house, I can keep my regular schedule, and I can survive on things outside my home. I can still have an apple in my pack for a snack if I'm on the road, or (my favorite!) a nice Cup of Herbal Tea with friends. I'll be able to do my job as Mom, and be OK.
3. Get my money's worth. My Oils, my Supplements, and even the Exercise I do on my journey to Wellness will be More Effective because they won't get caught up in the sludge.
4. What if I lost a few pounds? This cleanse does not claim to reduce weight. However, if I think of it logically, and I break my sugar addiction, for me, that spiral could lead to weight loss. If I'm not eating cookies every two hours, I will lose weight. If I'm not feeling bloaty and gross, I may feel like getting out to the Y and exercising. Novel concept.
Is it Worth It? I have all the stuff on hand. Why not give it a try?
What's really Awesome is that I'm not doing this alone. After chatting, Stephanie and I are doing it together. And Eric has decided to give it a try too. I'm pretty excited!
More to come of my Tale tomorrow.