Beyonce’s done it. And Gwyneth Paltrow glows even more in her utter gloriousness because, as she says herself on her website, Goop: “I like to do fasts and detoxes a couple of times during the year, the most hardcore one being the Master Cleanse.”
As Gwyneth tells us: “It was not what you would characterize as pretty. Or easy.”
Yes, that’s right the Cleanse is a detoxification program, the most vigorous being different variations on a 28-day program, such as the Master Cleanse that Miss Gwyneth says she has done.
Well, I’ve been hearing that a bunch of moms around Walnut Creek are getting a fresh start on the New Year with a 28-day Cleanse program. A popular one I’ve been hearing about was devised by a Walnut Creek nutrition expert named Ti Cauldron, who runs a company called The Metabolic Edge.
“The 28-Day JumpStart is a life changing way to achieve a clean slate through a revolutionary nutrition program. While eating whole foods and practicing principles of detoxification, the mind and body are renewed and vitality returns,” it says on the company’s website.
Apparently, it can help you lose weight, as well as rid your system of all that icky stuff that contributes to feeling bloated, grumpy, depressed, lethargic, unmotivated, even chronically sick or in pain. The Metabolic Edge claims that this program is safe and effective. It’s not a fast, or a “juicing” program.” As an ideal detox program, it incorporates “amino acids, B-vitamins, and foods / supplements that support the liver, gall bladder, colon, and kidneys.”
Lots of testimonials on the site about how participants not only lost weight but overcame unhealthy cravings for those fun things in life—like sugar, coffee, chocolate, alcohol.
I ran into an old friend from high school at Whole Foods, and she was urging me to do it. Then, I ran into another friend at a yoga class this past Sunday. I know her from my son’s former elementary school.
She has just finished her training to be a Certified Nutrition Educator herself. She was telling me how about 20 moms at my son’s former school are doing the Cleanse, including the principal herself. The friend said she did it herself, and she said it worked just fine, and could recommend it.
However, she’s working at building her own nutrition practice and is working out her own program, and has invited me and some others to give it a try with her and give her feedback.
In an e-mail to me, she says: “The reason that a person might do this is to 1) just clean out the body of accumulated toxins that can affect energy, weight, mood and mental clarity; 2) to lose weight; 3) to figure out how certain foods are affecting one’s health. If you are eating foods that you are sensitive to, the fall-out can cause lots of random symptoms, including aches and pains, gas, allergies, mood swings, anxiety, skin problems, weight gain, brain fog — many issues we can easily yet erroneously write off to getting older.”
I’m thinking of doing it. Goodness knows, I have all sorts of unhealthy habits, and doing this blog has sort of unleashed a sort of crazy energy in me that, I convince myself, gives me license to indulge more than I should.
Anyway, if you have done the Metabolic Edge, or the Master Cleanse, or any other detox program, I’d love to hear about it, and, probably, so would some other readers who are maybe looking for something to jumpstart their lives …