The 180 Cleanse: Transitioning Back to Reality

The 180 Cleanse: Transitioning Back to Reality

It's almost here; the end of the work week and the final days of The 180 Cleanse!

You're doing great! Have you noticed any differences since starting your cleanse? Energy levels? Mood? Attitude? Appearance?

Weekends are often the most difficult when sticking to a healthy eating plan. We often eat more food and make less healthy choices on the weekends when we don't have a work routine to keep us in check. How do you plan to overcome temptation?

You're probably wondering how to keep up this healthy eating once the cleanse ends. Here are some key tips to keep in mind!

Transitioning to a healthy diet post-cleanse:

You’ll probably hit the grocery store this weekend to stock up on some food for next week. I strongly urge you not to resort to your old ways (if they were unhealthy, that is!)

  • Continue to NutriBlast for one meal a day. Most people enjoy a NutriBlast for breakfast, but any time that suits your schedule is perfect.
  • Be mindful of portions. You most likely have been eating less food during the cleanse than you usually do. It's best not to overload it with large quantities of food. Pay attention to reasonable portion sizes and stop eating when you are satisfied, not stuffed.
  • Choose recipes similar to the ones you've enjoyed during the cleanse. You probably have some ingredients left over for some recipe experimenting. Or check out some of my favorite healthy food blogs like Oh She Glows and Deliciously Ella for inspiration.

Once the cleanse is over, keep the “rules” in mind and try to choose healthier options more often.

  • Cook more, eat out less and reduce consumption of packaged products.
  • Eat less meat and more plants.
  • Dairy alternatives are less inflammatory than milk products.
  • Be mindful of sugars – they show up in the most unsuspecting foods: breads, crackers, condiments, pasta sauce, frozen meals, yogurt, flavored oatmeal, etc.
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol. Wait longer than a week or more to re-introduce your happy hour toddy! Alcohol is very toxic to a clean liver (or any liver for that matter).
  • If you are not gluten-intolerant, you may incorporate these grains in whole form.
  • Goes without saying, stop smoking if you do.
  • If you plan to eat out, stick to vegan options. Try a soup, salad or plant-based dish, but if these aren't available, choose a lighter protein like fish. Keep clear of dairy for now if you plan to reintroduce it eventually - nothing will hurt your stomach more than a big cheesy pizza. And when you do, notice if it makes your stomach upset or if you feel less than stellar. Same with any gluten-containing grains.

This is a time to be mindful of how your body reacts to food - it has been blessed with an abundance of nutritious foods the past 5 days and it'll most likely let you know when you introduce something that doesn't agree with it. Your body's a porche, not a beat up pickup truck; treat it as such!

Registered Dietitian

Comment by bmalt2001
January 09, 2015
Finished my 5 day cleanse yesterday and feel great! Added bonus, down 5.8lbs :).
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