Cleansing & Detox

What’s the difference between a Nutritional Cleanse & a DIET?

So, the Fabulous Husband and I are on day 6 of a 10 day mini-cleanse and we are both feeling fantastic.

Now before you roll your eyes thinking: “Course you’re a freakin’ health coach, that’s what you DO riiiiiiight????

Nope, not so fast.

First know this:

I buck 90% of food trends unless they really prove something to me through science, in my life and in the lives of my clients.

I was brought up by an avant-garde Mom who flat out denied my absolute raging desire to begin my day as my friends did with Wonder-not bread toast, slathered with transfat margarine and cinnamon flavored sugar.

“But Mom, margarine is soo much better for you!!!”

“Sweetheart, I just can’t imagine that much sugar is good for you. And butter has been around much longer than margarine. And those ugly tubs they come in are, well, not something I want in my kitchen.”

That woman rocks.


I believe:

We should eat both for pleasure and for health, and I believe they go hand in hand.

Each person has a bio-individual way that they should eat for THEM. Our bodies are incredibly intelligent and will tell us what we need.

There are good things about many diets and most of them work for some people.

There are bad things about many diets; the main thing being, that most proponents/creators of them think their diet is the end all cure all for everyone. If that were the case,  well, you probably wouldn’t be reading this right now. Donchathink?

The idea that “one size fits all” with any diet is an absurd notion and I’ll go so far as to say, an insidious idea, that our advertising culture has hammered into us.  How can that possibly be? We all have a completely different genetic make up, likes and dislikes, family histories and lifestyles. Why should we all eat the same? Nope. Not buyin’.

That if we have been eating the standard American diet (SAD) filled with GMO gluten, loads of processed sugar, and foods so screwed up with chemicals, our grandmother would run like hell if she saw a label on the average jar of just about anything:

Sorry, I’m back, I get quite caught up in the Grammy pics..

Then a good solid cleanse, along with a temporary elimination diet, rooted in cutting edge PROVEN science can not only renew your health, help you lose stubborn pounds around the middle, ditch those crazy sugar & carb cravings, digestive distress, the joint pain, and the list goes on, but it could potentially save your life.


Because science now knows, a couple of thousand years later, what my Homie Hippocrates, knew way back in the day:

Food is medicine.

“Let Medicine be Thy Food and Food by Thy Medicine” – Hippocrates (like, 2000 years ago. DUDE!)

To take it further what that means is:

Food has the ability to turn on and off genes.

In a non GMO nutshell:

We all have a specific genetic make up that can tilt us either towards health or in the direction of specific diseases.

It’s in our DNA. We can’t help that. But what we know now is that food has the ability to turn on and off those genes towards radically better health, radically better bodies, and radically better well-being on a daily basis.

Most of us know about, or have heard of inflammation.

It is now recognized as the underlying basis or root cause of things like: arthritis, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.

But often BEFORE we experience these things often we will have signs of inflammation like;

digestive distress, bloating, belly fat, fatigue, brain fog, joint soreness, skin rashes, hypersensitivity to scents like perfumes, water retention, difficulty sleeping, and many other symptoms.

While many of us live with these things, we’ve begun to think it is normal to feel this way, and to have these conditions. It is NOT NORMAL. Feeling like crappola all the time is not what we were designed for.

Since we know inflammation is the root cause of many diseases and homey Hippocrates also said:

All disease starts in the gut.

We need to get to the gut of the matter, and deal with that first.

So, the good news is, that we can fix many of these things or greatly improve them by what we eat, drink, and how we think.

That is a big HUGE freakin’ deal my friends!

So HOW to KNOW what WE should eat?

Well, this where a good cleanse/detox/elimination food plan comes in.

There are 7 main culprit foods that can cause an inflammatory response in the body:

  • Gluten
  • dairy,
  • soy,
  • corn
  • eggs
  • peanuts
  • sugar

If you take those foods out of your diet for 21 days and then reintroduce them systematically, one day at a time, you will begin to learn what your amazing bod pod is telling you to eat. You will experience symptoms of “um, no thank you sisatah,” or “YES, YES, YES!!!”

Then YOU can decide what to do with the information your body is communicating to YOU.

It’s quite brilliant. You can figure it out by tuning in to YOUR body.

So it’s not a “diet” in the sense of what most diets are: Dictators. They tell you what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, all in a detailed outline, usually leaving little room for tuning in to what your body is trying to tell you.  Sure, you might lose weight temporarily, but the second you step off the “plan” the weight usually returns.

A good Nutritional Cleanse is the utimate in freedom, to learn about your body. To figure out what YOUR body craves and feels best with.

I’m not gonna say it’s the easiest thing to do. But it can be really fun. I have made it very simple and supportive in my annual group cleanse which starts Oct. 6.

If this resonates with you and you want to hear more check out my free webinar, where you will learn:

  • Why these 7 foods can make you sick and keep that bellyfat rockin’, and keep those dis-ease symptoms bringing you down
  • My step-by-step plan to how to have success on nutritional cleanse
  • Details on my fall Clean & Clear group cleanse to see if it might be a good fit for youHow to FINALLY discover what YOU should eat, so that you can lose that extra weight, start the fall with a clean healthy and lean body and move forward feeling confident about your health!

Note: this free webinar will empower you with all the info you’ll need to do a full on Nutritional Cleanse, whether you join us in our group or not!  

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  1. I have to admit that I eat all 7 of those culprits foods most days without Fail :O and yes I am extremely sluggish and lazy most of the time. Definitely gonna try a cleanse and cut them all out, am looking forward to feeling good from my food again!

  2. This is a great article. It’s true that there’s no one-size-fits-all diet solution, but I think we can all agree on cutting out the processed junk and sticking to a whole foods based diet. I’ve never got past day two on a juice detox so I don’t think cleansing is for me, but well done you for getting so far!

    1. @Allie I Agree with you completely! Juice fasting can be very hard on the bod pod. I steer clear of those types of “cleanses”. Cleansing is not something everyone is up for and I think it’s great that you know that about yourself! Rock on Sister! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I think the hardest thing for me to get rid of for the 21 days would be gluten. I’m a huge bread freak. And where would I be without rice, noodles? Cereal? AGH! Where do you go without all of that? How do you fill up? Seriously? I’m not a big meat eater, mainly because it’s so darn expensive. Suggestions?

    1. @Chloe, this is true for most people for SURE! Also dairy. But I include some delicious gluten free options that everyone really loves. Rice noodles we can work with! I generally help each client adjust the cleanse to where they are with food. That way everyone is happy! Costco has a great selection of delicious organic meats now! They see more organics than #wholefoods does these days!

  4. This sounds good, may have to give it a shot……but I’m half Asian….rice and noodles are eaten just about every day! Ahhh, what to do?!?!

    1. We can TOTALLY work with the rice noodles. No worries @Wendy. AND there is plenty of nutrient dense, delicious foods on this cleanse. @Chloe, You not be starving…not on my watch Sister! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. When you talk about taking out sugar from your diet are you meaning even natural sugars from fruits? Because when I “diet” that’s where I get my sweet tooth cravings satisfied from. I think Gluten and sugars for sure would be my hardest to give up. I’m not a milk person, it’s just to THICK! Maybe once a year I’ll get a craving for it, and it has to almost have ice crystals in it for me to drink it. 🙂

    1. Hi @Christine, no darlin’ fruit is fine on this plan. We don’t go crazy with it, but berries and cherries, and lovely low glycemic fruits are encouraged! They are included in the morning smoothies, which are fabulous!