First official day of our spring cleanse….

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It has begun!  I tend to be a fan of a more gradual cleanse, so we’re starting off relatively mild to begin and will progressively intensify our cleanse over the next few weeks. As crazy as it even sounds to say, I can’t even think of a single day since being back in the US (11 months now) where we didn’t eat some sort of meat in at least one of our meals in a day. As such, this first week we might give ourselves one fish meal, but other than that we are removing meat and cheese from our diets (cheese will be easy for me, but that’s a killer for Kristi!). We’ll be drinking daily psyllium and bentonite shakes, making fresh juice daily, and start every morning off with a shot of aloe juice and a full glass of water the moment we wake up. We’ll also be supplementing with extra activated Charcoal, and some support for liver detoxification (although we’ll begin a proper liver flush sometime next week). We also cut out all coffee from our diet five days ago (we had been on an intense trend of daily drinking for a number of months now… parenthood… wow. Can’t even remember the last time I slept a whole night through…)

Today’s diet was pretty simple. First thing in the morning we began with a shot of Aloe juice and a glass of room temperature water. Then, we had flax flakes with raisins and a banana for breakfast, a Spinach Salad with walnuts, cranberries and carrots for lunch, and stuffed Bell Peppers (with wild rice, onions, garlic, mushrooms and tomatoes inside) for dinner. We also each had a 2oz shot of wheat grass this afternoon, along with about 16oz each of fresh juice (kale, celery, apple, orange, grape).

Tonight we’ve had our Psyllium and Bentonite shake, and the liver support (separated by about 45 minutes each, otherwise the Bentonite will absorb much of the herbs before they go into the blood stream).

This program will likely continue for the next few days with little change in our diet. Next week we’ll probably drop down to two meals a day and start taking an extra psyllium and bentonite shake, a downward purger of some sort (to help move the bowels), and do a liver flush.

I’m debating trying oil pulling tomorrow. Oil pulling is an ancient ayurvedic technique where you swirl around oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes first thing in the morning. The oil draws out many of the toxins and bacteria in your mouth, and it’s said to help will all sorts of oral hygiene and health issues, as well as claims of other health issues. I have pretty sensitive gums, and being a big coffee drinker these past few years, my teeth have definitely seen whiter days. Oil pulling is said to help with both of those. In the early stages of any type of detox and cleanse, people often notice that their breath get’s pretty scary… OP is said to help with that as well 🙂

(If you’re interested, you can find out more about Oil Pulling here: Oiling Pulling,comErin Huggin’s Blog and Oil Pulling.org)

Thanks for reading, and I’ll continue to post regular updates about how the cleanse is going. Feel free to email me at ashton@virajati.com if you have any questions or comments.

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