The importance of Fasting and Cleansing


The Importance of Fasting & Cleansing


We know that for many people, the standard diet advice simply does not work. For years we have been told eat lower fat, consume fewer calories, and exercise more, yet the obesity rates in North America continue to rise. The process of fasting & cleansing is a radical alternative.  It has the potential to change the way we think about eating and weight loss. Fasting demands that we think about not just what we eat, but when we eat it.


Why fasting works: It is simple

  • There are no complicated rules, it’s flexible and easy to follow
  • There’s no need to log calories or serial deprivation
  • Weight loss is only one benefit of fasting. The real dividend is the potential for long-term health gains.
  • It is a sustainable strategy for long-term health.


The Science of Fasting:

Periods of feast or famine used to be the norm.  Eating 5-6 small meals a day is a new concept in our history of evolution. Our remote ancestors would go for long periods of time without having anything to eat. These days’ things are very different. We eat all the time, including many snacks, and the idea of fasting is seen as a rather radical, not to mention, unhealthy thing to do.


Won’t skipping meals lower your metabolism?

One reason people eat frequently thought-out the day is that they believe it will increase their metabolic rate and help them lose weight.  This, unfortunately, is false.

In a recent study, researchers at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague evaluated two groups of type 2 diabetes. Both groups consumed the same number of calories but group 1 ate twice a day whereas group 2 ate 5-6 mini meals.  Despite eating the exact same number of calories, group 1 lost an average of 3 lbs more and 1.5 inches (1). Als, the 5-6 mini meal group felt less satiated and found it harder to stick to the nutrition plan (1).


By eating multiple meals a day your body is constantly spiking its insulin levels. This may predispose individuals to insulin resistance, especially if consuming meals high in carbohydrates. Insulin is also a storage hormone making fat loss more difficult!


Things I have learnt from fasting:

  1. From my initial fasting experiment, I discovered I often was eating when I was truly not hungry. I realized I ate because I was conditioned to eat at a certain time, or I was actually thirsty, or there was an emotional need that wasn’t feeling fulfilled.
  2. I discovered that hunger passes. During my fast I felt more energy and focus than ever before.
  3. I feared that fasting would be hard to do, but I released it truly isn’t!


How to ease into fasting: JUICING

I personally love juicing and incorporate Refresh Juice Co. into my wellness regime.  I love Refresh Juice Co. because I know their products are 100% organic, locally sourced, and they offer nothing but the highest quality. Clients in my Wild Side Wellness program are encouraged to complete a juice cleanse, or 24 hour fast, in prep week along with weeks 4 through 6. Since incorporating Refresh Juice Co. into my life, it is remarkable what positive transformation has followed.


The attachment to eating unhealthy foods is powerful, as evidenced by the 60 percent of Canadians who are overweight or obese (2). It is critical to break the cycle of habitual eating and dependence on high sugar, high fat, and processed foods.  In addition to braking the cycle of cravings for foods that are detrimental to your health, a juice cleanse offers much more! Here are my top favorite reasons for giving myself and clients a “juice detox prescription.”


  • Digestive Rest:

Your body is either resting and digesting or it is healing itself. It is critical in my opinion to give your digestive system a break. By providing large amounts of phytonutrients a plant-based juice diet allows for foods to be assimilated through the intestines quickly. Providing the gut with nutrient dense foods that are toxin free helps allow the gut to heal itself.


  • Floods the body with Super Nutrition:

Nutrient deficiencies are common due to the nutrient void, Standard North American diet.  A juice cleanse floods the body with key nutrients including vitamins, minerals and important phytonutrients that assist the healing process.


  • Appetite Control and Cravings:

The custom Juice Cleanse for the Wild Side Wellness program includes all vegetable based juices. It is important to regulate your insulin and blood sugar levels if you want to curb those cravings for good.  Often clients report a juice cleanse allows them to get back on track and stay focus on foods that promote health.


  • Rehydrates:

Being chronically dehydrated is a major problem I see in clients. Consuming inadequate fluids, in combination with diuretics, like coffee or tea, makes it difficult for the body to operate properly. During the juice cleanse you not only consume the liquid from the juice but also flood your body with additional water.  Drinking enough water may increase your energy, eliminate brain fog and headaches as well as insure proper elimination of toxins.


  • Reduce Inflammation:

Chronic Inflammation is the common denominator seen in many diseases.  Inflammation is a natural response by your body to protect itself from harmful microorganisms and to heal wounds. When inflammation becomes chronic, you are now opening yourself up to a multitude of health problems. Reducing inflammation is key to treating a wide range of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, asthma, arthritis, cancer and obesity.  One of the primary causes of chronic inflammation is an unhealthy diet. Sugar, refined grains and processed foods, which are nutrient depleted, create an overly acidic environment in your body.


  • Fight Free Radicals:


Cold pressed juices provide a large array of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals, which make other cells unstable. They can “steal” electrons from the lipids in our cells causing “lipid peroxidation” which can lead to cell damage and accelerate aging. Overall, having more antioxidants in your body, which may help to fight disease and reduce risk of cancer.


  • Convenience:

One of the major “pain points” for a lot of my clients is nutrition is confusing, time consuming, and requires too much effort. Refresh Juice Co. simplifies healthy eating with delicious, ready to drink juice. My clients love the flexibility of the order ahead picks up, as well as local home delivery. If you have ever juiced at home you know the prep work and initial investment is substantial. Refresh Juice Co. does all the hard work, leaving you with a stress free, convenient cleanse day.


If you’ve made it this far, you are obviously serious about taking your health to the next level and I want to help.


Because I love to help MOTIVATED and EDCUATED people just like you, I’m offering a special Wild Side Wellness discount rate to Refresh Juice Co. customers who commit to 3 days of juicing during weeks 4 through 6 of the Wild Side Wellness program.


Act fast, as this $40 OFF offer is only active for the May 22nd round of Wild Side Wellness. I would love to have you on board and become an exclusive member. I am confident this will give you the best exercise and nutrition regime on the planet, all for $159 USD.



What does the program involve?

Through this program, we will be focused on intermittent fasting, gut health, lean muscle gains, and fat burning. We will improve our endurance, balance, strength, and speed. You’ll see some workout moves from me you haven’t seen before and I plan to push you to the limit with controlled fatigue training.

We will cycle low carb, high carbs, training day calories, and low calorie days. Our focus is primarily on fat loss, however you will still maintain and potentially gain lean muscle through this program. We do not have “cheat days” but there will definitely be a day that you get to enjoy some additional calories & carbohydrates. I want you to feel 100% in control of your food choices while also enjoying some fun foods with your family if applicable.

My mission is to help you lose weight, create a sustainable healthy lifestyle, and feel great about accomplishing your goals. I am taking a very holistic approach through this program.

In addition to tremendous fat loss, expect to see an increase in energy, less anxiety, more control over your food choices and mood, and much more! I would encourage you to read some of my testimonials to hear what my clients are saying about my programs.

My next Weight Loss on the Wild Side program will start on Monday, May 22nd, 2017. You will be added to a private community group to learn the meal plan details, workout routine, wellness education, and pertinent information.


If you are ready to commit to this 6-week program, Click Here (

The 6-week online training program will start on Monday May 22nd, 2017.

What can you expect from this new program?

  • Convenient multi-week program that fits your busy schedule
    • Comprehensive Guide – program overview, food cycle, supplements, goals, mindset, pelvic health information, meal plan.
    • Fasting practice information
    • Wild Side Wellness Cookbook (150+ recipes)
    • Weekly Meal Plans to get you inspired
    • Pelvic Floor Health Guide
    • Gratitude Journal
    • 6 Week Exercise Plan
  • Daily accountability and a supportive approach that keeps you on track to accomplish your goals
  • The focus, quality, intensity, and commitment you’d expect from me, a results driven individual with over 7 years post secondary education in Biomedical Sciences & Naturopathic Medicine


Here’s how it works:

  • Six-week training program starting on May 22nd
  • You will be given a grocery list with a list of approved and unapproved foods as well as guides on what to eat each day.
  • You will be expected to follow a 6-day per week workout plan that includes written workouts and hyperlinked videos.
  • Exercises will be appropriate for all levels with modified options for beginners. The workouts will include plyometrics, running drills, and heavy weights.
  • Participants will be required to pay in advance and fill out all health forms, waivers, and liability forms before the program begins.
  • Participants will be required to log their food and do daily check-ins with me via the facebook group or email.






  1. Kahleova, Hana et al. “Eating Two Larger Meals A Day (Breakfast And Lunch) Is More Effective Than Six Smaller Meals In A Reduced-Energy Regimen For Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomised Crossover Study”. Diabetologia8 (2014): 1552-1560. Web.

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