I don’t always recommend a cleanse for my patients, but when I do, I try to understand their palate so I can help them be more successful. Cleansing can be challenging from many perspectives, not least of all taste! If you are challenged by a particular flavor of a cleanse, it can mean an early exit leading to disappointment and even being discouraged enough to derail weight loss or prevent you from ever trying it again. As I started my annual cleanse this past week, I found myself altering what I consider a fantastic product that is a bit too sweet for my tastes. Many manufacturers use stevia or monkfruit, which provide a very sweet taste profile. Some of you will also experience a bitter taste with products containing stevia. It’s a gene trait that I have too, and we can’t change it. Drinking 2 sweet protein smoothies a day is also super challenging for me because I don’t use added sugars and rarely eat sweet treats. So if you are like me, you might be looking for more savory flavors, or at least a very light sweetness that doesn’t taste like a milkshake. By the way, one of the reasons I don’t often recommend a manufactured cleanse, is that most of them rely on your taste for sweets. As a nutritionist who spends a lot of time counseling patients to step away from sweets, I am professionally polarized by many of these products. My decision to use VegeCleanse this time, was that I didn’t have much time to devote to setting up a whole food cleanse (although I eat that way most of the time), I wanted something economical, and I have several patients and my co-worker Dr. Dave Larson currently on the VegeCleanse. What can I say? I love good company! So here I am, adjusting the cleanse for my palate and thought you might need some help too. Here are my downloadable tips that I hope will keep on track with your cleanse! Just click on the link to view the tip sheet, then click on the tip sheet to download! Follow me on Instagram to share how you are doing with your cleanses and give us your tips on how to manage the challenges of a cleanse! If you’d like to try the VegeCleanse, head on over to ABOUT ME and visit my Fullscript link for special pricing!
Author: Linda Illingworth, RDN CSSD
Linda Illingworth is a widely recognized nutrition expert, Board Certified Sports Dietitian, specializing in weight loss, diets for heart disease and cancer prevention, gastrointestinal disorders, and diabetes. Utilizing her belief that “food is your best medicine”, Linda is masterful at designing personal nutrition plans that can prevent many health problems and increase longevity. Linda is the founder of Nutrition Muse, providing nutrition programs to individuals and corporations, works as the Registered Dietitian at Lifewellness Institute, and is the past Nutrition Director at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa. She maintains memberships with Dietitians in Functional Medicine of the American Academy of Nutrition, the American Society for Nutrition, and the California Dietetic Association. In addition, she is a featured expert at National University’s Integrative Medicine Health Review, works in partnership with the USDA as part of the Nutrition Communicators Network, represents Kids Eat Right with the American Dietetic Association, and provides peer review for Natural Standard, an international integrative medicine database. She attended California State University, Long Beach graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and then completed an internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, a world-renowned pioneer in cardiac and cancer care. Linda has been seen on Los Angeles ABC news and in print media, such as the Los Angeles Times, Time, Inc., Well+Good NYC, Fitness, Spa, Malibu, Elite Traveler, C and Angeleno Magazines.