One of the most valuable things Debbie [Kim, an acupuncturist, herbalist, and nutritionist] has taught me is that a purification process (what others may refer to as a cleanse or detox) can be a glorious recharge button that wipes the slate clean of any unwanted graffiti that cover your true masterpiece. When someone does a more traditional cleanse, they may live off juice for ten days, only to go bulldozing back into a burrito because they’ve felt so deprived. A purification process doesn’t deprive you—it simply gives your regular eating choices a much-needed makeover.
This five-day* purification features five meals a day that you can drink and chew—and it even includes snacks! I recommend using all organic ingredients and fresh herbs when and if possible. You can use protein powders, too. [Budig recommends chocolate and vanilla Sun Warrior Protein Powders.]
Debbie Kim’s #1 rule to a successful purification process is this: Take it slow. Be sure to do that. The recipes in the process are quick and easy, but they do require daily cooking. Switching up your routine may not be convenient or easy, but it’s one of the best ways to wipe the system and reboot in order to perform to your ultimate ability. If that doesn’t fit with your schedule right now, focus on adding more servings of vegetables to your daily diet. Think of the purification process as a way to truly connect with what you’re putting into your body and how it makes you feel. Ideally, you’ll feel so much better that you will start craving the clean food from the purification process!
This is an excerpt from Aim True by Kathryn Budig. Copyright © 2016 by Kathryn Budig. Reprinted by permission of William Morow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
*This is day one of the cleanse, for the other days as well as yoga sequences and way more, pick up Aim True on sale now.
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