Cleansing diet programs are becoming more and more popular, but there are several things to consider before you get started. Whether that means considering your current diet or how one plan compares to another, you need to ask questions. Let’s take a closer look at five questions to ask before starting a cleansing diet program..
What Is Your Current Diet Like?
It’s important to take a closer look at your current diet to see what type of plan would be best for you. If your diet has been loaded with fast food, fried foods, etc, a cleanse will be very helpful, but you shouldn’t choose for your first cleanse to be only liquid. On the other hand, if your diet mostly consists of healthy fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains with the occasional bad food, your body can more than likely handle a liquid cleanse.
Is the Season Right for Detoxing?
Most cleansing diet programs revolve around fruits and vegetables. This means that the best time to start a program is during the summer when there are lots of fruits and vegetables to choose from. This also gives you a chance to purchase locally grown, organic produce from farmers’ markets. If you choose to cleanse during the winter, your options are going to be very limited.
Can You Devote Time to Your Plan?
Another important question you need to ask is whether or not you can devote time to this plan. Cleansing isn’t something you should do when you’re rushed, stressed, or having a bad week. Instead, you should opt to start a cleansing program when you can focus on the program, such as a long weekend.
What Do You Hope to Gain From the Experience?
Why do you want to cleanse? Is it because of your diet? Have you not felt well for the past few months? There are a number of things that cleansing can improve, but you need to know what you want from a cleanse before you can choose a program. Each program is different and will offer different results.
How Does This Plan Compare to Others?
Last, but not least, don’t jump at the first plan you come across. Instead, take the time to compare different cleansing programs to ensure that you have the best program for your needs. This all begins with following the step listed above and knowing what you want from the program.
Cleansing diet programs can be a wonderful way to improve your health, but you shouldn’t jump in head first. You need to research programs and, more importantly, you should ask questions to ensure you’re making the best choices.
About the Author: Ela Osinski is a dietitian who regularly tries to steer her clients away from fad diets. She does approve of occasional plans to detox your body but is always careful to review a person’s overall health routine before recommending a course of action.