| LINDSEY WILSON
Do you have an OWL Reset on your horizon? Diet, lifestyle and environmental factors leading up to the reset will all impact how you feel, so don’t fret if each time you cleanse it feels a little different than it did the time before. From my personal experience, I’ve noticed that when I adequately prepare for a cleanse I feel better all around from day one. I’ve also noticed that properly exiting cleanses allows for the feel-good-cleanse-glow to last a lot longer. Ready to begin? Here’s my top pre and post Reset tips:
WEEN THE CAFFEINE
Don’t panic, it’s just temporary. I also love my cup of coffee in the morning but it’s important for your adrenals to give coffee a rest a few times a year. The OWL Reset is a caffeine-lovers breeze because we incorporate matcha into your morning mylkshake. You’ll still get a light dose of caffeine that will support you throughout your day but is gentle enough to allow your adrenals to rest. If coffee is a part of your daily routine, start weaning off of it a week or two before you’re ready to start the reset. Trust me, this way is much more pleasant than the cold turkey approach (and yes, I’ve tried both):
Cocoa tea is brewed with a cocoa stick and can include other tasty ingredients like.
- Cinnamon stick
- Bay leaf
- Vanilla extract
- Non-dairy milk
- And a gut-friendly sweetener like monk fruit
Mushroom tea might sound strange, but hear us out. Made from chaga, to lion’s mane, to turkey tail, to reishi, there are several different options when it comes to mushroom tea. Many of these ingredients come with the same energy benefits of coffee like a boost in energy and brain power, without the jitters.
SAY SAYONARA TO SUGAR
When you eat sugar your brain releases dopamine, a neurotoxin connected to feelings of pleasure and happiness. This is why sugar can be so addictive, when we feel those happy feelings our body starts asking for more, more, more! I’ve found that I don’t realize how much sugar I actually consume daily (and how addicted to it I am!) until I have to cut it out. If you attempt to cut out sugar cold turkey during the reset you may be knocked down with symptoms of sugar-withdrawal. Take my word for it, it’s not a pleasant feeling. Here’s how to go about easing the symptoms of withdrawal in order to make your reset experience more enjoyable overall:
Before beginning your Reset, you’ll want to eliminate foods that might be considered healthy but that can also be hard on the digestive system. Many people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome are aware of High FODMAP foods. These are fermentable carbohydrates that produce a lot of gas inside your intestines and can cause discomfort in people with IBS. The point of the OWL Reset is to give your gut a break. So in preparation for your cleanse, even if you don’t suffer from IBS, you’ll want to lay off the the following:
- Snow peas
Following our approved foods list will give you a better idea of what foods can nourish your body while letting your digestive system rest.
Chronobiology + Nutritional Timing
The OWL Reset combines the practices of Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and Chronobiology to bring you the ultimate healing experience. When referring to our approved foods list, we recommend following the principles of Chronobiology throughout the day. This means your body will be syncing with the rhythm of the sun by eating specific foods at specific times. By doing so, you’re aiding your body in optimizing digestion and absorption of valuable nutrients.
OWL Supplements (Pre-Cleanse)
Our holistic approach to healing the whole body from the inside out gave birth to our digestive supplements line. These herbal remedies were concocted to enhance your cleanse experience and boost the effects of the cleanse as well.
Gut sweep will help get your digestion going as an all-natural alternative to fiber powder. These tablets are meant to ease elimination and soothe the lining of your intestines to set up your body for prime restoration before you begin your Reset Cleanse.
SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY
It’s nice to give the gut a break as you ease into a liquid based cleanse. Focus on easy to digest meals for about 3 days before your cleanse. One of the easiest ways to do this is to cut out condiments. The sauces and spreads that make our food so very tasty often have multitudes of ingredients, sweeteners, thickeners and preservatives. None of that is easy on the gut. Swap it out for fresh herbs and spices, which have healing properties as well. It’s a double win! Here’s a few of my favorite pre-cleanse food ideas:
You’ve made it through the OWL reset, hooray! Now what? You’ve been asking your body to do lots of deep healing work throughout the reset and it’s important to remember that your body doesn’t know it’s over on day 4. As you ease out of the cleanse be gentle on the digestive system as it will continue to detox and restore for a few days after the reset. If you celebrate making it through the cleanse with a burger, fries and a beer on day 5 it could be such a shock to the system you may find yourself feeling awful. Take a few days to gently introduce new foods into the system and let your digestive system continue to do it’s deep healing work. Here’s a few tips to follow:
- Our Yeast Buster is an excellent tool to have handy after your cleanse. This blend of healing herbs was designed to keep your candida under control. It will fight infections, reduce inflammation, promote digestion, and alleviate skin issues.
- Liver Boost is a big supporter of the natural functions of your liver. It helps protect against oxidative stress, damage from free radicals, and supports your liver’s ability to cleanse toxins from your blood. Post-cleans, you’ll be reintroducing foods back into your system, and your liver will need an extra hand to ensure a smooth transition out of your Reset.
I hope these tips are helpful for you! Above anything, remember to be gentle with yourself. If you fall off the wagon - get back on, your body still appreciates the work you’re doing.