Curious about our nourishing, food-based cleanses? Want to know more about how they'll help you feel lighter, more energetic, and absolutely RADIANT? Read on for Marissa Cohen's recap of her two week journey on the Philosophie Cleanse!
Two weeks ago, I decided to embark on the Philosophie 14 Day Cleanse to kick start my spring. All of the Philosophies cleanses are food based cleanses (repeat: juice is a snack, not a meal) that focus on filling your body with high vibrational foods and Philosophie superfoods, of course. I chose to do to the fourteen day program because I felt I needed a longer commitment.
Typically, I eat a balanced diet, so why did I feel a need to cleanse? Well, I felt heavy from this winter. The cooped-up energy from the cold here on the east coast, along with the tension from the change in world events and my own life events left me feeling weighed down physically and emotionally. I felt a need to focus on caring for myself holistically, and having done the Philosophie cleanse before, I knew this was the way to go.
What makes the Philosophie cleanse different?
Within the first few pages of the Philosophie cleanse booklet, you will notice that this cleanse is about abundance, not restriction. Sophie dedicates a page on “how much to eat,” encouraging those following her format to “eat as much as you feel you need to.” There are numerous, delicious recipes in the program, but there are no listed portion sizes. A part of the cleanse that can be challenging for some people, and it was for me, is learning to trust your intuition.
So often we follow diets and detox programs that tell us to have ¼ cup of almonds or 1/3 cup of quinoa, but the Philosophie cleanse encourages you to eat how much your body truly needs in that moment–to learn to reconnect with our innate hunger signals and to trust what our body is craving.
The program is designed to be plant-based and gluten-free, but you have the option to include clean sources of protein as you desire. The cleanse offers a guide of what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks over the duration, but you have the freedom to mix and match as you desire.
Craving the Carrot Cake Smoothie every day for two weeks? Enjoy it! Do you want to have a different one of the salad recipes every day to keep yourself excited? Go for it! Would two bowls of the beautiful, nourishing vegetable curry leave you feeling satisfied? Then go for the seconds, my friend. The guidelines of the cleanse are there for you to fall back on, but ultimately your body will tell you what and how much of the foods you need each day.
The food is delicious.
As I mentioned, this cleanse is not about deprivation. Philosophie does not subscribe to the mindset of figuring out how little you can eat to keep yourself functioning throughout the day. Instead, the focus is on filling yourself with as many nutrients as possible. I found that I was eating more diversity than ever before. We’re talking Mint Chip Mylkshakes for breakfast, crunchy, satisfying salads for lunch, and warming, creamy pad thai for dinner, with figs dipped in almond butter and Matcha Green Dream Fudge in between. Actually drooling.
I felt supported.
The cleanse is about more than just the food. It is about creating rituals that ground you and releasing tension you may be holding on to. With the booklet and superfoods, you also get detox soak baths and herbal teas to pamper yourself. A few days into my cleanse, I felt I needed more direct support, so I reached out to Sophie and had a one-on-one consultation. I also joined the Philosophie Cleanse Facebook group and followed along with Sophie’s vlogs of her cleanse experience on her YouTube channel. With these resources, I was able to communicate my troubles and triumphs and connect with others on the same journey. No Philosophie babe left behind!
How did the cleanse make me feel?
At the start of the cleanse, I was so excited to get going. I knew that I needed to go inward and focus on restoration. I took yin yoga classes, meditated, journaled, and was gentle with my body. By the end of week one, though, I had so much energy that I needed to release!
I felt excited to do HIIT workouts. My sleep improved and I woke up feeling a sense of peace. I found myself smiling more and scrolling through social media less. Having IBS, I have always had digestive issues, but once I was rolling with the cleanse I found myself regular. The bloating was virtually gone. What a relief! Overall, I felt empowered.
And it started to show on the outside.
Before the cleanse, I was breaking out around my chin, an area that typically flares up for me under stress. By the end of the two weeks, my skin was better than it has been in a while. That “glow” that people in the health world talk about? Yeah, I have it now! I can’t say that I dropped 20 pounds in the two weeks, nor was that my goal, but I felt lighter and my clothes were looser.
My stomach is certainly flatter, even though I guarantee you I was eating much more than I had been! The “good fats get rid of bad fats” motto certainly proves true. I had spoonfuls of the Philosophie coconut butters throughout the day and my body (and taste buds!) couldn’t be happier. People asked me what I was doing differently, and I realized the answer was simple: I was eating an abundance of real foods and taking care of my physical, spiritual, and emotional self.
So what comes after the cleanse?
The “cleanse” is actually more of a lifestyle. I refocused on the principles of the program for two weeks, and now feel ready to bring the practices back into my daily life. Virtually all of the recipes of the Philosophie page are cleanse approved. Having the PDF of the booklet means that I have access to all of the recipes from the program forever!
So whether you’re a newbie to the world of clean eating asking yourself what the heck a chia seed is or if you drink your green juice while balancing in crow pose, the Philosophie cleanse can benefit you. Philosophie makes cleansing simple, fun, and full-on delicious. It goes beyond what’s on your plate and transforms you on a deeper level, although we promise you your plate will be as full as heart by the end!
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