The Baby Food Cleanse: It's Not as Crazy as You Think
Before I became a certified health coach, I tried just about every diet under the sun on the quest of reaching my goal weight. For me, it was never about being a size six (but I'll take it, honey!) or fitting into a certain mold. Reaching my goal weight has always been about loving myself enough to position my body for optimal health.
As someone who's a mere five-foot-two on a good day, weighing in at 175 pounds meant I was at risk of dealing with some pretty serious issues. Even though I was healthy (which literally just means my blood and organs were vital), the extra weight meant my heart and lungs would have to work harder, my joints were under more pressure, and I was increasing my chances of potentially facing diseases that I wouldn't have to think about if I were at a healthy weight.
Knowing this is why I go so hard against the misperception of self-love that's so prevalent in society today. Self-love isn't merely about confidence, refusing to play the comparison game, or accepting yourself as you are. Self-love means you treat your body, mind, and soul with the proper care it needs to thrive.
But, I digress. We're here to talk about baby food.
The best "diet" for me on my weight loss journey is clean keto. (I'll talk more about diets, nutritional theory, and bio-individuality in another post.) I don't know about your year, but with how my 2020 is set up, I've gotten off track more times than I care to admit. At this point, what I need more than anything is a total reset.
Enter the baby food cleanse! It still makes me laugh when I think about it just because it sounds so... well... desperate, but once I put my health coach skills to work I realized that it actually makes perfect sense.
Baby food is clean food.
There's nothing more refreshing than flipping to the label and seeing ingredients that match the product packaging. You know what's in a two-pack of Gerber Sweet Potato? Sweet potatoes. And in a pouch of Up & Up Banana, Plum and Oats at Target? You guessed it: banana, plums, and whole grain oats with a little lemon juice to keep it fresh. (Come through, natural preservatives!)
It's super convenient.
A baby food cleanse is a mega time saver. Eating baby food is pretty much identical to doing a smoothie cleanse, juice fast, or broth detox. The only difference is you don't have to prepare anything. Not to mention, storage is a cinch since baby food can be stored in your pantry.
You'll save big bucks.
I bought a mix of Gerbs two packs ($1.29 each) and Target's Up & Up baby food (85 cents each). To the penny after tax, a five day cleanse cost me $73.55! That's $14.71 per day. Most of us eat that cost up in one meal.
You're not skimping on calories
Every day, I'm eating 1230 to 1320 calories in fruits and veggies. (I don't think I could stomach the baby food with the meat. Yuck.) This means my intake is high enough to not starve and low enough to where I can skip working out.
Remember, it's temporary.
The whole goal of the baby food cleanse is to give your body a break for processed foods and meats. It's a reset. Just like with any other cleanse, three to ten days is plenty.