11 January 2018

How to Kill It On A Cleanse


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How to finish your cleanse without cheating

For those of you who follow my Instagram @anniebri_ , you know that I have been powering through the Candida Cleanse. To my surprise, I haven’t cheated whatsoever. That means I haven’t had a spec of sugar (this includes fruit), alcohol, dairy or coffee for weeks. I can’t say it’s been easy but so far, it has definitely been worth it. 

Through the migraines, sleepless nights, mood swings and little to no patience, I’ve still been able to get through my day to day life- without even cheating. Meaning, walking past bakeries without hesitation. Giving out cookies to the kids and making delicious meals for the family I work for. On Sunday night there were 10 people over at the house enjoying champagne and delicious wines; I didn’t even have a sip!

How? You ask.

Well, though I have been known for my willpower, I am also known for binge eating and savoring every sweet known to mankind. So, how have I done it? 

Well, whenever I’m on a cleanse, I do these specific things to help me get through. Each and every time I’m detoxing/fasting or cleansing, I’m always able to go through with my plan 100%. And it all boils down to these tricks.

Plan Your Cleanse 


This is probably the most important step. There have been times where I have seen others (including myself) plan a cleanse a week before a big event. In their mind, they say to themselves “oh I just won’t drink” or “I just won’t participate” – wrong. Don’t ever plan a cleanse during a time where you will be extremely busy with work or with social gatherings. Unfortunately, the cleanse just won’t pan through. Wait until your schedule clears up.

The best time to organize a cleanse is when you’re not that busy. When you still have regular daily activities but won’t be too busy and won’t be too bored.

If you’re too busy, you won’t have the time or energy to follow through with the cleanse. You could end up feeling weak and unsteady. This leads to binging and will mentally push you back.

If you’re too bored, all you’re going to do is think about all that delicious food you can’t eat! Make sure you have things to do, even if you’re on vacation or something. Plan a movie or a yoga class – something to keep you busy.

Don’t Let Your Ego Take Over

cleanse, you can do it

It’s always the way. You begin your cleanse, you’re doing great and then that little voice in your head tells you “its ok to have a bite” or a sip… or whatever it is. No. It is NOT okay. You have a goal and you are set out to achieve it.

This little voice in your head is just the craving, the withdrawal, the ego. Sometimes it feels like the more you try to ignore it, the more you get tempted to follow through with it. How I deal with this is what I call “Cutthroat Thinking”. 

“Cutthroat thinking” sounds harsh but it is the only technique that has allowed me to actually follow through with not only cleansing but anything in my life. It is that firm voice in your head that just doesn’t allow you to sway from your goals. It cuts in right before any other voice in your head and tells you how it is.

You want a piece of cake? No, and deal with it. That is just that. Don’t allow yourself to have any other option. You are on a cleanse, you have restrictions and rules, you must follow them. That is just that. The problem is when people start allowing their thoughts to take over. They let emotion control their decisions but logic is what is needed. Tell yourself it is not an option to cheat before you even allow your emotions to take over and tell you otherwise.

If you’re interested in me making a video (or even a more in-depth post) to explain more about how I utilize “Cut-Throat Thinking“, make a comment down below. 

Remember Your Goal


I always try placing photos of my goals on my phone, computer screen or even printing out images. Even writing little sticky notes and sticking them all over the house for me to see. Anything to help remind yourself that this is something that you want and though it may get tough, you CAN accomplish.

I’ve always been a fan of using a journal, not only to write out the things that I’m eating but to vent about my feelings. During a cleanse or detox (or even any diet) you’re going to be experiencing a ton of crazy emotions. Your body begins to let go of all the toxins in your system and this can create depression, anxiety, insomnia and mood swings. It’s important to write out the way you feel as it will help you during your journey. It’s actually been proven that those who write during a cleanse are more likely to complete their cleanse fully and without cheating.

Final thoughts

It’s important to be positive during your journey. It’s much harder said than done but it will significantly benefit you. In my post on methods and remedies to reducing anxiety, I talk about telling yourself 10 positive things every day while looking in the mirror. This is another method that you could use to improve your results. Staying positive and feeling good is vital to the longevity of your cleanse. It helps you not only build your confidence but to help you make healthier choices in the present and future. 

Cleansing can be difficult but with these steps, I believe that anyone can complete a cleanse without cheating or even second-guessing themselves. Believe in your journey and most importantly in yourself. It can be difficult, actually – it will be difficult. But, the end result is the most amazing feeling you could have ever imagined. The feeling of succeeding in something very important to you as well as the feeling of getting rid of the toxins in your body. 

Thank you so much for reading my post. 

If you enjoyed this post today please make sure to leave me a little comment down below. I love hearing your feedback.

Lots of love,

Annie Bri


  1. Anna says:

    Hi Annie – I came across your blog on Pinterest and I am so glad!! I think I have indentified that I have a candida problem and I need to cleanse and heal myself! So, I am trying to pump myself up with the determination and courage to start a cleanse on the 15th of February. I am nervous because even though i don’t eat terribly now, I do love to eat everything that’s on the ‘no no’ list for candida! And i’m a toddler mom and wife-to-be and they will not be joining me on this cleanse unfortunately haha Anyways, all to say, I’ll be following along with your blog for sure and trying out your recipes – so keep em coming please!! I’ll also start following you on instagram ‘cause I’m on there enough, I might as well be following someone inspirational! 🙂
    And I will try my best to get my cut throat mindset on asap!!
    Thanks again,

    • Elaine says:

      How long should the cleansing diet last for and once you have done it sucefully how can you incorporate other foods to your diet without feeding candida?

      • Annie Bri says:

        Hi Elaine, the problem with candida is that there isn’t a precise cure that will work for everyone. I always say – listen to your own body. Making sure that you’re aware of the tell-tell signs when you’re body is finally cutting candida out of your system. I always say that the first two to three weeks are the hardest. After these couple of weeks of struggle, this is when i believe you can stat incorporating new foods into your diet – see how you react and let your body lead you into the next steps.

    • Annie Bri says:

      Hi Anna, thank you so much! I’m so happy you love my blog. I apologize for the late message but hope you have been doing well. I will be posting a great post on remedies for candida coming up this week – i think you would really benefit from this. Let me know how everything is going, I love keeping up to date with everyone’s journey. I have been a little M.I.A lately but am excited to start back up and show you everything I have learned lately. I hope youre on the mailing list, I have some great things to send out shortly. xox!

  2. Theresa says:

    Hi, I wrote down some of your recipes to try. My candida is full blown & have tried alot of recipes. My problem is I have a high metabolism so dieting for cleansing I lose too much weight too fast. What do you suggest for making or keeping some weight as I continue the diet?

    • Annie Bri says:

      Hi Theresa, so happy that you have stumbled onto my site. Candida is so difficult to beat.. and I find it is even harder for those with fast metabolism. But what you can do is make sure you are eating a lot of food. Increase your protein (keeping in mind you are eating free-range meats). This can be done using my fitness pal.. enter all of your food and make sure you are hitting your calories for your age/height/weight. It will definitely be hard at first and feel like you’re eating too much, but push through and you will feel energized. What you’re eating is healthy, therefore you cant eat too much. Also, eating foods like quinoa and really getting creative with what you’re eating is important! Dont forget your snacks and a big healthy breakfast. This should help, but make sure to keep track. All the best and let me know how you are doing! 🙂

  3. Bobbie says:

    Hi Annie, my daughter actually sent me your blog post. I have Candida and I am going to try and do another cleanse. I went on a Candida cleanse for 3 weeks a few years ago and it was difficult to stick too, but I did it for 3 weeks, lost 20lbs and felt great! Then slowly started adding things back in and before you know it I was back to my old eating habits and quickly put the 20lbs back on and started having the same issues again. So this time I want to do the cleanse and find a healthier way to eat so that I can stay Candida free. I know I can stay away from sugar, but I do love my coffee and I enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail now and then. I really love your idea of planning out the cleanse because I think if you have the right food, mindset and tools (recipes) to complete the cleanse that will be half the battle. Thank you so much for sharing and if you have any ideas how to eat following the cleanse I would love to hear them.

    • Annie Bri says:

      Hi Bobbie, thanks so much for reaching out. Sorry for the late reply on this one. I have been updating my site – ready to launch some new and exciting things so I didn’t get the chance to reply. But, I’m so happy that you have reached out because this is literally that one thing that seems to be the problem with everyone. Especially when it comes to weight loss and candida cleanse. Its hard to find a happy medium. I actually am in the process of writing a full post regarding what to do following a cleanse – so make sure to stay tuned! BUT, some of the most important things, i have found is writing out everything that i eat even after the cleanse. Allow yourself a cheat meal, where you can indulge and enjoy – not go overboard but enjoy the things that you love to eat. Whether its pasta or a glass of wine, or whatever it may be.. allow yourself to have this. Because if not, your brain acts like a teenager.. it wants what it can’t have- if you can’t have it you’ll want it even more. So, let yourself have it but limit it. Try to plan ahead all of your healthy meals. I know it seems easy but this is where we fail.. all the luck to you and stay tuned for my posts – they should be posted in the next coming weeks!

  4. J.P Cook says:

    Hello,I am starting your cleanse on Monday and did I miss the part that says how long phase 1 is? I love what you said about leaving notes and reminders around.I did this b4 a recent surgery I had to get down to a certain weight and it worked like a charm!I have a long journey ahead towards health and wellness and I am looking forward to starting here. The no cup of Java in the a.m will be a killer but I will deal!! Thank you. J.P

  5. Michelle Diston says:

    Thanks for sharing your tips. I am on week 3 of my candida cleanse. I have had a rough first two weeks as the toxins start to release and my emotions were all over the place. What has really helped me to not cheat is my family being really supportive and keeping busy. I have been remodelling and painting my daughter’s room. This definitely helps to not think about food.

  6. Jay says:

    Hi! Thanks for making a post about Candida! I’m about to start the process. Just need clarification after the 2 day liquid fast for 2-3 weeks phase 1 approved veggies and fruits minus apples until I complete the 2-3 weeks the. I can add then in right?

  7. Jay says:

    Thanks for making a post about Candida! I’m about to start the process. Just need clarification after the 2 day liquid fast for 2-3 weeks phase 1 approved veggies and fruits minus apples until I complete the 2-3 weeks?
    Then I can add in the apples right?

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