With the holiday season comes a month or two of sweets, treats, and overindulgence. Even if you didn’t gain any weight in the past two months, you may be feeling bloated and sluggish—and looking for a way to cleanse away the excess from your body. Now is an excellent time to commit to a two week, one month, or three-month vegetarian or vegan cleanse. Don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it might sound!
Why A Vegan Cleanse?
The goal of a post-holiday vegan cleanse is to consume foods that are easy to digest, and to avoid meat, refined sugars, gluten, diary, coffee, artificial colors, and processed foods. This will help your colon, liver, kidneys, and blood to cleanse your body of the excess toxins you’ve been enjoying—and essentially “reset” your body.
Misconceptions About Going Vegan
There are a lot of misconceptions about a vegan cleanse. No, you won’t be limited to brown rice and veggies, or bland foods. In fact, if you plan properly—you will always be full and satisfied, and will enjoy hearty and flavorful foods. My suggestion is to invest in a well-rounded vegan cookbook, or to Google for filling vegan recipes. One of my faves is The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone. Her website is also packed full of vegan recipes. You will even find some impressive vegan sweets and treats that are at least better than the store-bought alternatives—and which are perfect treats if you are committing to a longer cleanse.
One of the reasons I encourage a short-term vegan cleanse, is that it is an effective method of detoxing your body—without doing anything too extreme. And if cooking’s not your thing, head to the deli section of your local health food store in search of vegan take-and-bake or grab-and-go—or become a regular at a local vegan hotspot. Also, keep in mind that most vegetarian restaurants offer a vegan alternative on some, or all, of their menu items.