What is a cleanse and why should you try one?

by Shannon Talbot

A cleanse? No thank you. I’ll starve. Do I only drink juice? I can’t just drink juice. I’m cranky enough as it is when I’m hungry – my family won’t survive me doing a cleanse, seriously. I have too many meetings this week to sit on the toilet all day. Any of these thoughts sound familiar? These are all examples of what ran through my head whenever I had heard someone talk about doing a cleanse. Enter 2020 and COVID-19 and me bingeing on chips and wine and feeling blah in my body. After a few months, I learned about different types of cleanses and their benefits and I slowly started to buy-in. Key here being slowly. I decided to try one that the Health Coach Institute (where I studied) designed, and it wasn’t nearly as awful as I thought it would be and I I had some pretty great results. So, in today’s post I’m going to share more about this 14-day reset cleanse and my experience with it.


What is the 14-day reset cleanse?


It’s a special diet designed to renew your wellbeing by releasing toxins, removing excess bloat from your tissues and resetting your digestive system. It’s also an incredible way to learn which foods affect your body either positively or negatively.


The cleanse is broken down into 3 phases:

  • Phase 1 – 2 days for prepping (planning, shopping)

  • Phase 2 – 7 days of the cleanse diet

  • Phase 3 – 5 days of reintroducing foods


What are the benefits of doing a cleanse?


My clients who have completed the cleanse have:

  • Lost weight

  • Felt more energized

  • Understood which foods are best for their body

  • Kickstarted new healthy habits

  • Felt lighter and clearer

  • Slept better

  • Felt less gassy and bloated after eating


What is the cleanse diet?


It’s a diet designed to eliminate foods that are either higher in toxins (chemicals) and foods that are associated with allergies that cause inflammation in our bodies. Our bodies are full of toxic chemicals from the air we breathe, the foods we eat and the water we drink. While the body is self-cleaning, we can get overloaded with toxins requiring some extra help to excrete them. By eliminating food categories that commonly cause allergies (i.e., gluten) and then reintroducing them one by one, we can see which foods have a stronger impact on our digestive system and can change our diets accordingly. For those of you who are parents, think back to when you first started feeding your baby solids – you tried one new food at a time to see if there were allergies. This is a similar process.


The 14-day reset diet consists of eating simple, clean foods such as whole vegetables and fruits, brown rice, quinoa, beans, nuts, fish and poultry. In other words, not eating gluten, dairy, red meat, eggs, alcohol, sugar and caffeine.


Now you’re probably thinking that’s a heck of a lot of foods to avoid eating but I can say from my husband’s, mine and my client’s experiences, it’s really not that bad and the benefits are more than worth it.


What was my personal experience (and my husband’s although don’t tell him I shared haha)?

  • My husband’s biggest benefit – weight loss

  • My biggest benefit – not having the mid-afternoon slump and having more focus

  • Caffeine withdrawal hit me hard and actually caused me to be in bed for part of a day – a good sign I was drinking too much coffee. For my next cleanse, I will ween myself off slowly ahead of time.

  • We have since reduced our coffee intake and my husband has even started drinking green tea, which is a big change for him. I also primarily use natural sugar such as date sugar and almond milk instead of cow’s milk now.

  • We discovered new meals that even our kids eat – ground turkey and rice taco casserole, smoothies and bone broth – yum!