What to Consider When Doing a Cleanse

1. Plan ahead. Planning is key to a successful health journey. The most common feedback I hear from my health coaching clients who struggle to stay on track is “I didn’t have time.” We all lead such busy lives, and also things beyond our control come up. Plan as much as you can, and then be flexible and creative to still meet your goals.


2. Set goals you can keep. I know how this sounds, but this is not at all settling or having a low standards for health. Incrementally increase your goals to achieve success. Outright lofty goals can be so overwhelming. It’s hard to stick to them. Don’t set yourself up– set yourself up for success.



3. Consider your health. Your current status of health is crucial. If you are on medication or have any particular condition, you will need to consult your physician before doing a cleanse. Cleanses are good, but they are not one-size fits all. Doing a juice cleanse for instance, may not be enough.

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4. Don’t do it for weight loss. Weight loss is often a bi-product of doing a cleanse, but it should not be the objective. You don’t want to change a cleanse into a crash diet. You’ll put undue pressure on yourself and your body. A cleanse will help your body perform optimally by removing toxins and boosting metabolism. It can definitely jump start your weight loss journey, but I feel strongly that it should not be a weight loss technique.


Green smoothie cleansing drink

5. Don’t cheat. We can reason our way out of anything. We humans are crafty this way. This is why #2 is so important. Setting goals you can reasonably stick to instead of ones you will later disregard when they matter most. Take the raw/vegan challenge, for instance. I knew that I would not want to do raw food all day. I’m stuck in a ridiculously cold, over air-conditioned building for almost 10 hours each day. All I really want when I get home is warm meal, and not cold food. I felt it was much more reasonable to do what I’ve seen others do which is raw before 4pm. This gave me to opportunity to enjoy a warm, sensible vegan meal each evening.



6. Get rest and lots of water. Sometimes as your body is adjusting to a cleanse and ridding itself of toxins, you may feel a bit tired. The tired feeling will not last, but it is good to plan for it and get to bed early the first few days. You should also consume lots of water, though I won’t tell you how much that is. Your water intake should be based on a lot of factors: your weight, level of activity, and the weather, to name a few. I’ve never been a fan of just blindly doing a gallon of water a day drinking challenge. For what? Not everyone needs that. I think the water intake needs a little more thought. But let’s just for now stick to a minimum of 8 glasses per day to be safe. 🙂


Stay tuned for a follow-up post and video next week of what I ate during the cleanse and more tips!

So that’s it! These are just a few tips and tricks that you might consider if you’re thinking of doing any type of cleanse. I hope it helps you decide if a cleanse is best for you, and makes you think more in depth about how you might need to customize your plan. If you have further questions, comment below!



7 Reasons Your Skin Is Breaking Out!

7 Reasons Your Skin Is Breaking Out


I used to spend so much money on products to clear my skin, lighten dark spots, and tame acne. Little did I know, some of the habits I had were contributing to m unhappy skin. Here are 7 things I’ve done to achieve clearer skin!

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1. Dirty makeup brushes. Oh my gosh, healthy bunnies! This one is major. I’m ashamed to say when I first started buying good quality makeup brushes, I didn’t wash them. At all. I didn’t really know any better! Now that I do, I wash them once a week with a gentle yet effective cleanser. I don’t wear makeup daily, but if you do you may need to wash them even more frequently. Find what works for you.

2. Not exfoliating. I remember when I would use Yves apricot scrub. The more it burned, the more I thought it was working! It turns out that was way too harsh for my skin. You only need gentle exfoliation to sloff away dead skin, and to improve circulation and the regeneration of new cells.

3. Not enough water. Water seems to be the universal cure, doesn’t it? In this case, water is a way to rid your body of impurities. Water works as a daily cleanser for you liver, kidneys, skin and more. Don’t forget! Check out this video I made about all the benefits of water.

4. Stress. Why does stress cause break outs? Stress causes breakouts by first affecting your body’s natural hormone balance. The result? Skin that is unhappy, and it shows. Manage stress for your health’s sake.

5. Dry skin. Your skin not being properly moisturized can lead to excessive production of sebum (the body’s natural oil) which can clog your pores. The solution is to find a great moisturizer which works for you and keeps your skin balanced. When I was young I always had oily skin. Little did I know it was from under-moisturizing.

6. Food. Not only junk food, but food you are allergic to can really cause acne to flare. Be mindful of what you eat, and even keep a log for a few weeks of how your skin behaves, along with what you are eating. Watch this video that promotes healthy skin and hair.

7. Your hair products. I remember for a really long time I was breaking out on my face in a specific area. I didn’t at that time know I even had sensitive skin, but I decided to pull my hair back every day for a week. Magically, the break out flares stopped. Dirty hair, or hair products can definitely break out your skin. Also, I use a lot more natural hair products now, and that really helps.