Autumn is a particularly good time to reset as we still have an array of fresh, seasonal vegetables available. Plus with the holidays coming, a cleanse sets the stage for looking great, and feeling even better, during the season of (over) abundance. However, most cleanses promote salads, and smoothies—the last foods we want when it’s cold outside.
Here’s how to prepare for a fall cleanse that will help you accomplish your goals and leave you feeling super satisfied; not hungry or deprived.
1. Warm up your menu
While your summer cleanse or diet might have involved a lot of juices and raw foods, your fall cleanse should incorporate warmer foods that your body starts to crave as the temperatures drop. Think hearty steamed or roasted vegetables, baked squash, or stir fried dark leafy greens. Some of my favorites: beets, carrots, spaghetti squash, and of course, anything pumpkin.
2. Hydrate, in style
If you’re not in a habit of cleansing each morning with water and lemon, now is a great time to start. Invest in a lovely pitcher to fill each morning with lemon slices and filtered water. Sip your lemonade throughout the day until the pitcher is ready to be filled again. Lemon is alkalizing and will make you feel more clear and energized, and will also help to eliminate bloat, an instant bonus! (Want a more seasonal option? Add cinnamon and spices to your water. Delicious!)
3. Know what to expect
A cleanse means you’ll be cutting out common inflammatory food groups, like soy, gluten, sugar, dairy, and processed foods (I share all of the details in my book). There are variations of this depending on your style and needs, and this part can be as personal as your Nutritional Style. If you’re intimidated by giving up all at once, do what you feel ready for. Cleansing is not a contest, and a VItamix won’t show up on your doorstep if you complete it. But then, again, you never know…
4. Don’t get hangry
Hangry = hungry + angry. And it’s no fun for anyone when you “go there.” Stock your kitchen ahead of time, so that you have what you need on hand, and available for you. This is really important if it’s your first cleanse and you’re concerned about feeling deprived. Make sure you’ve got your fridge stocked with lots of fresh vegetables, quality sources of protein, and your cupboard with healthy oils. Gather your healthy recipes ahead of time, too.
5. Brush your skin
Dry brushing is one of the best exfoliation techniques, I do it every morning. It’s also a great way to help your body eliminate toxins. Plus, it’s easy to do and super addictive once you get used to it. As the temperatures drop, your skin becomes more dry and flakey, and this is a skin savior.
You can learn more and get my tips here. Above all remember, a nutritious cleanse has nothing to do with starving yourself and feeling deprived. At least not in my book! To discover your Cleansing Style, and how to do a cleanse that best suits it, check out my book, Discover Your Nutritional Style