There's been a lot of talk lately (among my circle of friends anyway) about food cleanses. If you're not familiar with them, the most extreme version is the Master Cleanse, which involves drinking only a mixture of water, lemon, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for something like 10-14 days (and no food!). Another version, less extreme, that some of our friends have done is just to eat only brown rice and plain vegetables and fruits for about a week. And plenty of others abound: the raw food cleanse, the food lover's cleanse, Michelle Obama's cleanse.
The basic idea of all of these is to give your body a little time to recover from the heavy foods many of us eat during our regular lives. To intentionally take a break from the things we love but that leave us feeling too full or too heavy or uncomfortable. I've heard that these cleanses will often change your palate--making you realize how salty or sugary many of the foods we eat actually are.
But because one would hope that a temporary fix like this would actually lead to lifestyle change, rather than just a week break, I was particularly excited by this Food Lover's Cleanse from Bon Appetit.
This woman basically just ate really good, whole foods for two weeks, following recipes based on what's available in winter. Dishes like a Black-Eyed Pea Curry and a Celery Root and Apple Salad. You can download her whole recipe plan here.
But isn't this just how we should be eating all of the time anyway?
What do you all think? To cleanse or not to cleanse?