It’s a one week long cleanse that focuses on healthy eating and exercise to detoxify the body and it’s happening throughout the local area. I was pretty keen on taking part.
The cleanse information and the recipe booklet were put together by my naturopath. Several yoga studios in the area are taking part and offering free or discounted classes as well. If you are interested in the cleanse you can sign up online.
The benefits of participating in the cleanse include: improved energy levels, an increased ability to cope with stress, improved recovery time after strenuous exercise, improved physical performance and stamina, a strengthened immune system, improved concentration and focus, enhanced weight loss, and feeling healthy!
Here is a breakdown of the foods that are allowed and to be avoided during the cleanse:
Allowed – all fresh vegetables except white button mushrooms
Avoid – canned vegetables, white mushrooms, corn/corn products
Allowed – fresh and frozen fruit
Avoid – oranges and grapefruits and their juices, melons, dried fruit containing sulphites
Allowed — legumes and peas
Avoid – soy products that are not organic
Allowed – Raw nuts and seeds including almonds, walnuts, hemp, flax, chia, sesame, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts
Avoid – peanuts; any roasted/salted/flavoured nuts
Allowed – organic chicken, turkey, and lamb; wild game; low mercury fish (Clam, Ocean perch,
Alaskan salmon, tilapia, flounder, sole, catfish, sardines, herring, and anchovies)
Avoid – red meat, processed meat, dairy, eggs, seafood, high-mercury fish (shark, swordfish, king
mackerel, tuna, orange roughy, marlin, Chilean bass, lobster, halibut, and snapper), Farmed or Atlantic salmon, fish from the Great Lakes.
Allowed – sea salt, herbs and spices, nut butters, bean dips, mustard, apple cider and brown rice vinegars, sweeteners: stevia and agave
Avoid – table salt, MSG, food additivies, preservatives, colouring, Sweeteners: corn syrup, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, white sugar, glucose, maltose, maltodextrose
Allowed – 6-8 glasses water daily, 100% fresh fruit/vegetable juices, Herbal and Green teas, Unsweetened rice, soy, or almond milk
Avoid – Caffeinated beverages including coffee, black tea, pop, alcohol, dairy, fruit juices high in sugar, vegetables drinks high in salt.
In running news, I am 5 weeks into my marathon training and I ran my personal distance record today for my marathon training. 14 miles!!
Sweaty Me, post-run in the locker room.
I ran on the treadmill because the weather wasn’t the greatest, but mainly because I wanted to watch In Her Shoes while I ran. Love that movie. I love the fact that W’s chick flicks coincide perfectly with my long Sunday runs!
I fuelled up with 3 dates halfway through my run to keep my energy levels up. The run itself felt great. I ran at a speed of about 5.8 miles per hour. I didn’t tire out too much, but my only complaint is the chaffing. Oh the terrible chaffing! I have sore, unsightly red marks on my chest, back, and bum. I need to do something about this chaffing problem.