Detox and cleansing – words which are as synonymous with the start of a new year, as indulge is to Christmas. But are juice cleanses and detox diets just a marketing fad? With over 20 years experience in the field of health and nutrition and having read every book under the sun about detox and cleansing, Sheena Skinner, founder of Detox Health Beauty, was just the person to speak to.

She has a deep passion for this method of healing and we asked her to tell us about her annual cleanses.

We would love to know about your annual cleanses. Can you tell us about them? 

Every year around the spring and autumn equinoxes, I put anything from seven, ten or 21 days aside to do a cleanse. I have been doing this since my early twenties and these cleanses always leave me feeling incredible – like the best version of myself, so I know from years of experience that these work for me. After studying nutrition at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition I found switching people over to a super healthy, colourful, fresh, nature-filled, abundant and plant-based diet to be incredibly powerful and helpful. 

So what time period should I set aside? 

When I ran a detox food delivery company in London we fed people this way on a weekly basis. The results and feedback were astonishing and the experience taught me that all I needed was seven days with someone to help them to make a huge difference to their life, health and well-being. The switch to plant-based food and drinks, good hydration, slowing right down, relaxing and putting self care at the forefront of your life can make an enormous difference to the way you look and feel.

What do you eat during this time?

During my personal time of cleansing and detoxing, I drink lemon and ginger hot water, herbal teas, lots of water, green juices and green smoothies. I eat only plant-based food – an abundance of fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, pulses and beans, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat pasta and lentils. Going dairy, wheat, meat, alcohol, caffeine and sugar free may sound daunting, but eating such an abundance of colourful, super healthy food which is so flavoursome and tasty, and leaves you feeling great energy wise, ensures the switch is worth it. The one thing I struggle with at the beginning of a cleanse is not having my morning coffee, so I always experience a headache for the first few days, but after that I start to feel all the amazing benefits. I try to eat as seasonally and as organically as possible and go for more warming foods during the autumn equinox and eat an abundance of colourful salads, fresh fruit and vegetables during the spring equinox. 

I like the idea of a cleanse but feel my busy life won’t allow it? 

If you are interested in experiencing this super healthy way of life without the distractions of day-to-day life, join us for one of our retreats. This year we are running a Summer Detox and Well-Being Retreat near Brighton and an Autumn Equinox Retreat near Lisbon. Both experiences are utterly immersive. An incredible time for learning, deeply relaxing, pressing the reset button and leaving with the most gorgeous inner and outer glow. 


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