Cleanse Update: Reporting back from a month of cleansing, dieting, running, and meditation.

Siamak Shirazi, LAc

To all my 2bwell friends, patients, and followers, I am happy to report that I (along several of our friends and patients) have survived a month long Anti Inflammatory Diet (AID) regimen. Every year around this time I start a month long program to cleanse my body and revitalize my energy. I have been doing this for a number of years and think of it as my personal spring cleaning. I usually follow the principles of the AID that I learned from one of the pioneers of drainage therapy in naturopathic medicine, and add a few other elements like more exercise and sleep.

This year, a group of my friends and a few patients who learned about it asked to join me and participate, thus the "2bwell April Wellness Challenge" was born. As usual, within a few days from our starting time of April 1st, my energy improved and I started feeling better. And things improved as the days went on: I slept better and was able to think more clearly, I was able to focus better, my vision improved, and I lost a couple of inches around my waistline by the end of the 28 day program. But what was different this year was the amount of positive feedback I received from other participants throughout the program and especially towards the last couple of weeks. Remarks like:

"I just wanted to say how thankful I am for this group! Even though I am not following it to the T (couldn't do without my morning coffee), I am feeling a whole lot better. My joint pain is almost gone…"

" I am so grateful and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me in this group. Although I had done different elimination diets in the past for different reasons, this one by far was the best and honestly I couldn't have done it this well without your help and guidance and also the support of our group! "

These are just a couple of the many comments I received from our small email group. It was the first time I opened my annual tradition and included a few others, and I can actually say it made it so much more productive and interesting. Many participants came up with such good questions that I sometimes had to research to find appropriate answers, so it became a group learning experience. Plus we all held each other's hands, so to speak, as the program went along; we supported one another when people felt they needed it.

2bwell Wellness Challenge was a very positive experience for me and others who participated, thus I am posting the program below, just in case anyone would like to start it on their own. You can find a copy of our AID on the website under articles. Please feel free to send me your questions and comments, and let me know if you like to sign up for 2bwell's next wellness challenge.

Be well,

  • Go to bed around the same time and sleep at least 7 hours every night.
  • Incorporate at least 10 hours of physical activity into your week.
    • I will be running/jogging/walking (no excuse) three times a week by the Willamette River downtown. Monday - Wed - Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 Am. Starting at the RiverPlace Athletic Club. You can carpool and park at the RAC if you like and I will get your parking validated.
    • I will be doing cross-fit, TRX, Yoga and other activities, so let me know if you're interested in joining any of them.
  • Drink at least 10 glasses of filtered water a day.
    • Make 4 reminders in your phone for morning, lunch, afternoon and evening so you don't forget. It is best to sip and drink your water slowly, but drinking it fast is better than not.
  • Invest on a blender/juicer combo machine (Ninja or Vitamix are great brands) and drink 16 to 20 Oz of "Ninja juice" everyday (best to have it first thing in the morning).
    • These are some basic items to mix and match, expand from, and make your own creations. Just keep in mind that if it's sweet (even healthy fruits), it has more calories. So aim for a good balance to have a little of all the essentials.
      • 2 Celery sticks
      • 1 cup Baby Carrots
      • 1 whole fresh beat (pilled)
      • 1 cup Spinach
      • 1 cup kale
      • ½ Banana
      • 2 Dates
      • ¼ cup of fresh Mint
      • ¼ Cup of Blueberries
      • ¼ Cup of Strawberries
      • ¼ of a whole Mango
      • ½ Tea spoon of Cinnamon
      • ½ Teaspoon of Matcha Green Tea (the only form caffeine allowed)
      Add 2 cups of water or ½ cup of coconut or almond milk with 1 & ½ cups of water to the mix before starting to blend.
  • We can add many different supplements and vitamins to help you with mood and energy, but let's start with the basics and see if there is a need for that. If you lack energy, we have a great product called "Energy Formula" at the clinic. It's a powder you can add to your water which will give you a healthy dose of B-Vitamins. Also, all our naturopaths do B-Vitamin shots, and one of them even does Vitamin IV Therapy. So, we you can hook you up (literally) if need some extra energy.
  • And finally, I will be meditating every night for 20 minutes starting on the 1st, and I recommend it to you all as well. Please let me know if you need any help with that; if you're interested, I can point you to the right book, app, audio files, etc...