By: Jennifer L. Long, RN, NCN
A wedding invite has just come in the mail! How exciting, a CAPE COD wedding in
JULY….…oh wait, that means you need to get a dress…and its summer so that means less is
covered up! You put your hands over you belly and start dreading the ﬁtting room. Feeling
bloated, and a bit uncomfortable in anything form-ﬁtted you panic! What do you do? !
! You have seen them advertised in magazines, offered by big name supplement
companies and even commercials on TV. There are so many detoxes, cleanses and “miracle”
diets promising to get rid of the bloat, the weight you don’t want and improve your health. The
problem is, they are not all they are cracked up to be. Cleanses and detoxes are meant to aid in
improving digestion, removing toxins and kick start your weight loss, but when they are not
based on the physiology of the body, they can actually cause damage to your digestive tract,
cause rebound weight gain and decrease muscle tissue (which is what burns the fat). Many
cleanses recommend avoiding certain foods or food all together while being utilized. Anything
that suggests NOT eating is a RED FLAG! We are meant to eat frequent small meals, a balance
of protein, fat and carbohydrates in order to stabilize our blood sugar, maintain homeostasis and
protect muscle and organ tissue. So what happens with these abrasive, often expensive and
“miracle” cleanses and detoxes? Most often you stop eating or drastically reduce your caloric
and food intake. This immediately causes a drop in your blood sugar. At this point you are no
longer using fat for energy, you are burning muscle in order to make up for the defect. This is
when cravings, mood swings and other RED FLAG warnings from your own body are
screaming, but the goal is to see a drop in numbers on the scale so you keep going. You see
the drop and get excited but feel miserable! You are losing muscle!!!! The aggressive detox
formulas probably have you rushing to the bathroom every 5 minutes too…and moms, who has
time for that…really? Then you have to make sure when you pack extra clothes for the day, you
throw an extra pair of panties hidden under the wipes. Come on, NOT CUTE! How many days
did they say to do this, 14 days? You realize its only day 3 and your children's snacks aren’t
safe from your carb frenzy and everyone is getting on your last nerve! Yup, thats a low blood
sugar kicking in. Oh and no one mentioned the awesomeness of the rebound weight that comes
on after you complete the cleanse and go right back to your normal routine! So what happened? !
Well, what did you learn? NOTHING!!
So, is there a way to actually CLEANSE? GREAT NEWS………..YESSSSSSS!!
First, you must realize that you must be ready for a lifestyle change, after a cleanse you have to
continue to make changes and it must ﬁt your life. Second, make sure what you are doing is
gentle and acts like your body does naturally. You really need to cleanse your colon, liver and
kidneys. Third, KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUGAR STABLE by eating in 3’s!!!!!! You CAN detox and
cleanse while eating super clean proteins, fats and carbs…cut the foods that bloat and ﬂush
with good old h2o! A cleanse should only be about 7 days, unless you are a heavy drinker,
smoker or have over 50 pounds to lose. If you want to learn how to detox safely and get
LASTING results and learn to change your lifestyle, I am accepting new clients. Always check
with your health care provider before taking ANY supplements.
Cape Cod Moms