So today’s the day and our 7 week gut cleanse has started. It has taken a good couple of months of planning, but we’re ready to go.
After over 30 years of studying nutrition – and 11 years of working with holistic health practitioners – we’re about to dive in (as a family – yes the kids are doing it, too!) and go for it with a gut cleansing and rebuilding programme.
We’re combining the inspirational work of Alejandro Junger with advice from our Integrated Health Doctor, 30 years of nutrition study, over a decade as an NLP Trainer plus my husband and I are both yoga and meditation teachers – and bucketfuls of common sense.
What’s our ‘big why’?
We can tell that our family is generally healthy, but we’re all feeling tired – some of us more than others. I have been running an adrenal fatigue pattern for many years which hasn’t responded to the usual holistic methods to improve it. According to Junger, this is likely to be down to a combination of Candida, leaky gut and parasites. Bleurch!
And if one person in a family is running that load, then chances are that the rest are, too.
What are we doing?
We were already pretty much wheat free and sugar free (refined sugars), but now we’re going the whole hog and spending at least the next seven weeks totally gluten free, all-sugar free (no dried fruit and only fresh berries), alcohol free, caffeine free and even dairy free.
Interestingly, dairy is the main thing that the pesky pests in your gut feed on, so you really need to cut that out for the cleanse.
We’re also going to be following a programme we have co-created with Alejandro Junger’s advice, plus that of our Integrated Health Doctor (who is also a kinesiologist) and our Ayurvedic nutritionist, for suitable supplements and herbs, to speed up the process.
The way we see it, there’s not much point in clearing out your gut with a gut cleanse unless you also replenish it and allow it to heal with the right supplements and herbs.
What’s left that we can eat?!!!
Cutting out dairy, wheat, most grains, most carbs, sugars, caffeine and alcohol is a pretty broad sweep. But it does still leave plenty of options (she says, trying to convince herself and quite glad that the kids are still asleep and don’t realise it’s green smoothie minus the usual apple for breakfast!).
You can eat most vegetables and berry fruits. You can eat some grains like quinoa and buckwheat (we’ll be soaking them first, to remove enzyme inhibitors). You can eat seeds, nuts and sprouted pulses (we already did a lot of this). You can eat herbal teas and Dr Junger even says that the caffeine in green tea is ok – in moderation – which will be essential in getting me through the first week of the summer holidays.
And we’re already into sprouted seeds and pulses and fermented foods, such as kombucha, kimchi and Sauerkraut, so we’ll be increasing our consumption of these. The kids already love kombucha (‘boochie’) so that will be a big help to start with. We’ll be playing with adding berries for the ‘secondary ferment’ and I’ll do a video for you soon to walk you through how you could do this, too.
How did we get started?
We have just spent two weeks on holiday in Italy, eating and drinking pretty much whatever we wanted. So now I know I WON’T miss pizza for the next 7 weeks!
To make things easier, my husband and I did two weeks without coffee or booze just before our holiday – partly to prove to our Monkey Minds that we could 😉 and partly to make the detoxing easier now we’re properly on the programme.
We spent the weekend clearing out EVERYTHING that we can’t eat from our home and storing it, locked away, in mouse-proof boxes in a shed. This is to remove temptation from us (and the kids) and also to make it easier with cooking. Basically everything left in the house is allowed on the gut cleanse.
It feels kinda scary, but also exciting.
How to follow the fun…?
I’m going to be posting regularly here with the recipes that work, the low-down on the experience of doing this cleanse, and top tips for keeping on track. I’m also going to be sharing insider secrets from the world of psychology and motivation (I’ve been an NLP Trainer for over a decade) to show you the tools I use to keep on track, even when I’m not in the mood.
Plus I’m going to be doing plenty of deep relaxation, meditation and restorative yoga (I teach all three), to help my body to relax, to gently detox and to heal. I’ll be sharing the best of the best with you on that here.
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Time to get started
So this morning’s usual black tea with milk (Hubs brings it to me in bed when he gets up – sweetie pie) was replaced with a Jasmine green tea. I wasn’t particularly grateful, but I have definitely survived. And now it’s off to the big breakfast prep for the kids.
How about you?
I’m curious: have you ever done a gut cleanse? How did it go? Did you find it easy? Was it a battle of willpower? Any top tips you’d like to share? Or questions? I’d love to hear from you, via the comments.
With love, Namaste,