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Bliss Cleanse takes aim at mind, body and spirit

An undated image of the Bliss Cleanse book.

An undated image of the Bliss Cleanse book. Credit: Blisscleanse.com

Every spring, people feel the crunch to get into bathing suit shape before the warmer summer months hit. For years a popular choice among many looking to shape up and shed away those winter pounds has been a cleanse.

These programs, traditionally, are dietary regimens and challenges designed to revamp eating habits and rid your body of unwanted and sometimes harmful toxins. They can vary in length and requirements, with some pushing a strictly raw food diet and others still touting juicing as the most effective method.

While there are many options to choose from, it is always recommended to consult your physician before starting any program.

The Bliss Cleanse, a newer program co-authored by Lorraine Miller -- a Long Island native from Port Washington -- takes a different approach from more traditional cleanses. Rather than placing emphasis on what Miller calls “secondary foods” (actual foods that are consumed), Bliss looks to also help participants cleanse their “primary foods” -- our relationships, jobs and spirituality.

A certified holistic health coach, Miller said that placing emphasis on things like day-to-day relationships is essential to the cleanse explaining that, “you could be eating all the organic kale and quinoa you want, but if you’re in an unhappy marriage, or you hate your job, it’s going to affect your health.”

Stemming from that logic, Miller and co-author Lindsey Smith decided that they wanted to create a more rounded program and ultimately established an online group program, e-book and print edition of the Bliss Cleanse.

If you are looking to begin a cleanse of your own or even just correct unhealthy habits, Miller offers a few simple tips to help change your day-to-day health:

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-Drink lemon water every morning to help bring your body to an alkaline state.
-Drink one green smoothie a day.
-Set goals for yourself early on and establish your intentions for the cleanse.
-Introduce changes gradually so they don’t become unmanageable and overwhelming.
-Ban perfectionism -- If you’re participating in the Bliss Cleanse, Miller explains, “this program is very flexible, and there’s a lot of suggestions, but if you try to do every single thing you wouldn’t enjoy it.”

To find out more information about the Bliss Cleanse you can visit their website.

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