| 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.
Lillian is a holistic health coach through The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and an Ayurvedic Health Coach through The Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda. Lillian’s passion for holistic health and wellness started at a very young age. She was diagnosed with a mysteriously long list of food allergies as a young kid. As a result of the restrictive diet she grew up in a household where we made our own food coloring with beets, ate 'kraut and introduced many other healing practices into her life. She was able to heal from her gut issues completely and the food allergies went away! The seed was planted for a career in health and wellness.
Fast forward a few years (2011 to be exact) and Lillian was introduced to Ayurveda during a yoga teacher training. She started incorporating Ayurvedic principles into her diet and then completed first 10 day kitchari cleanse. Suffice to say, she was hooked.
As she continued into her adult life, Lillian continued to learn over and over again that food is truly medicine. She continues to look to holistic healing practices to not only heal but to thrive in day to day life! Lillian is a firm believer that the body wants to thrive and be healthy. Every body is unique and has different health needs. As a health coach she aims to help individuals connect with their own bodies and find their unique healing path.
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