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If you had to travel and didn’t plan ahead, or you went to a work party and succumbed to a temptation, all is not lost. (Although you’ll be happier with yourself, and with the outcomes, if you are a purist on the cleanse. It is worth it!) Do not quit on the process just because you made a mistake. Go right back to the program and pick up where you left off.

A 95 percent detox is exactly 95 percent better than 0 percent detox. So forgive yourself, pick yourself up and dust yourself off, and soldier on. What will happen? Well, now the body has to spend a bit of time recovering from the insult, just as it was getting some momentum in the focused “housecleaning” and “rebuilding” tasks it was working on. It will need to contain and clean up after the invaders, and that diverts attention away from the process we had begun.

If you find yourself bored by the prescribed diet and wanting something different, eat a plate of fruit or put some unsalted butter on your baked potato or yam. Or put a pinch of stevia or maple syrup, some coconut milk or coconut cream, and a shake of cinnamon in your oatmeal. These ideas will give you a treat without dramatically sabotaging your cleanse program.

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