| lillian Jacobs
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):
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:
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:
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.
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