Getting Rid of All the Bad Stuff

In the world of fiction, making a lot of big changes all at once is often referred to as “burning it all down.” It’s a good way to create a “fresh slate” for your characters or the world you’ve built. Fiction isn’t the only place that “burning it all down” applies. It can be applied to most aspects of life.

Are you feeling stagnant and need a shakeup at work? Apply for a promotion or start hunting for a new job. Do you feel like you’ve explored everything there is to explore in your town and you’ve grown bored and irritated with your surroundings? Maybe a move is in order. Are you feeling slow and sluggish and blah? Maybe it’s time to focus on changing your diet.

Of course, when people make radical shifts in diets, it’s usually called “getting rid of toxins.” And, if you take matters to an extreme to create a “fresh start” inside? That is called a cleanse.

Cleanses often get a bad rep because they’re seen as fads. It’s true that some have co-opted the cleanse as a method of rapid weight loss. Fasting to jump start rapid weight loss is not a cleanse. It’s starvation and it is a bad idea.

We also want to note that if you are dealing with an eating disorder or feel like you have a relationship with food that is beyond your control, you should get professional help for that. Talk with your doctor. Weigh the option of checking yourself into an in-patient program. Many residential drug treatment programs offer eating disorder and body dysmorphia programs alongside the more traditional rehab programs you might have heard of.

If you feel capable of taking on an at-home styled detoxing cleanse, here are some of the safest and most popular plans out there.

Lemonade Cleanse

The Lemonade Cleanse is also called the Master Cleanse and its website bills it as a rapid weight loss program. You know our position on rapid weight loss programs. Still, we wanted to include it on our list because many people have had great success with this program. And when we say “success” what we mean is that participants have reported feeling less burdened by food choices when they started eating normally again. This cleanse helps them feel more at home in their bodies and forces them to re-examine their relationship with food. Even just a few days of this cleanse can be helpful for cleaning out your system. It is not, however, meant to be a long-term plan.

Whole 30

Whole 30 has gotten a lot of play over the last few years, thanks to its best selling cookbook and diet planning manual. Whole 30 is, essentially, paleo–but with a holistic and healthier approach. The idea is that you eat only whole foods–no processed foods or foods with processed ingredients (bread, pasta, candy, booze, we’re looking at you). Instead, you focus on foods you can make using organic ingredients. The idea is that if you follow this diet plan for 30 days (and only for 30 days! It is not a long-term plan) you can kick your body’s addiction to sugar, msg, hfcs, and other additives.


By now you’ve probably heard of soylent, right? Now there’s a new player in the “food substitute game.” That new player is called Huel and it bills itself as a nutritionally sound and complete meal replacement. Think Slim Fast but on steroids. In some ways this is like the Lemonade cleanse but with Huel you don’t have to worry that you’re depriving your body of important nutrients. Reviews of the program are mixed–most don’t like the taste but did say that they felt as healthy as they would have after eating solid food. This is best used to replace one or two meals a day but if you’re hoping to hit a personal “restart” button, living on Huel for a few days to a week isn’t too bad.

These are three diet cleanse plans that have proven to be popular and effective and–when done in moderation–healthy. What is your favorite detox cleanse? Let us know!