23 May Love Lists – Coming Clean: A Conscious Guide To Food Cleanses
Suzanne Boothby is a health writer, speaker and author. Coming Clean: A Conscious Guide to Food Cleanses is a powerhouse book which offers its readers everything they’ll need to know before embarking on their next cleanse. A FREE copy will be given to 5 participants of my Summer Countdown Cleanse and 1 will be given to one of our lucky readers just for liking The SPEACH facebook page or by leaving a comment below with their personal juicing experience (good or bad).
We are ecstatic that she agreed to do a Q&A for our readers! Thanks Suzanne!
Q: So I just finished your book, “Coming Clean: A Conscious Guide to Food Cleanses“. The book is a great read LOADED with information. Let’s get down to the basics. Can you tell us what a “cleanse” is?
A: In my book I quote Hippocrates who says that we each have a physician inside of us. A cleanse is taking some action to ignite that inner healing. Many times, it’s taking away certain foods and lifestyle habits and others times it’s adding more good stuff in. I’m into expanding the definition to include actions that create a cleaner, healthier life.
Q: What about “toxins”? Do you believe food could be toxic?
A: Definitely! First of all eating too much of almost any food can become toxic to your body. Packaged, processed foods are generally full of preservatives, chemicals, additives and other strange ingredients that can be harmful to the body.
Q: What have you found are the reasons it may be beneficial to do a cleanse?
A: I think anyone can benefit from a cleanse, the secret is to connect a cleanse to a more specific goal to really get results. One of the great reasons to try a cleanse is to see if you have food allergies and sensitivities. People who suffer from bloating, headaches, skin issues, uneven energy levels, joint pains and more tend to have great results on a cleanse.
Q: Fasting and food cleanses have long been used for spiritual, physical and personal growth. Could you tell us about about the historical figures and ancient cultures who took part in this practice?
A: Yes, all major religions and cultures have some form of fasting or cleansing. Before humans had modern medicine, they had to rely more on the body’s ability to heal itself from either physical or emotional pain. Jesus, Gandhi, Plato and Socrates all fasted for greater peace and awareness. Ancient cultures around the world, especially in India and China, have used detoxing to rest and relieve the body from illness for centuries.
Q: The first time I did a cleanse, I did it mainly for mental clarity and wrote about my insights. Do you think it’s important to set an intention and to keep a diary of your experiences?
A: Yes, I think cleansing is a great time to get clear about intentions and track your progress. Keeping a journal can really help you during the cleanse to process emotions, along with seeing what foods you crave or feel great without. The mind-body connection is always strong, but I think many people see it more clearly when they are cleansing. It’s a great time to get creative and plan for more of what you want in your future.
Q: Prior to this book, you wrote, “The After Cancer Diet“. Could share your favorite Spring smoothie recipe that could also be used to reduce the risk for cancer?
I like the Green Tea Delight recipe because it uses green tea to blend it, which is a great cancer-fighting ingredient. Strawberries are naturally low in sugar and full of vitamin C and antioxidants that are great for boosting the immune system. Plus, it has dark leafy greens which are the best defense in the plant world against cancer. It’s a little tart, so just add a little raw honey if you want to sweeten it a bit.
* EXTRA FREEBIE Suzanne also co-wrote “Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness“ with Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Click below to get 2 free digital chapters of this book along with a complimentary 3-week study guide!
Suzanne Boothby is a Brooklyn-based wellness writer, certified health coach and cook. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She also has an advanced certificate in Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and received training as a California-certified Master Gardener.