Nourishment & Cleanse FAQs


Private Consultation and Program Questions

Is Halé available for individual consultations?
Consultations can be in person, phone, or by Skype. Depending on the area of concern and scheduling, sessions are one to two times in the first month and then usually once every 3-6 weeks thereafter. The initial session is 2 – 2.5 hours at $350, and consecutive sessions are $175 per hour. Due to the deeper nature of the nourishment work in supporting alignment of body-mind-spirit, most consecutive sessions will be 1.5 – 2 hours. Credit cards and checks are accepted. If a private consultation with Halé is not possible, we can refer you to someone trained in the nourishment work. For further information, please email us at and let us know your particular area of concern.

Does Heart of Nourishment offer any training or mentoring programs for transformational nourishment?
The Heart of Nourishment occasionally offers both individual and group Mentoring and Training programs in the local Boston area. Please email us at if you are interested in either a training or mentoring program.

Cleanse Questions

What Nourishment Cleanse products do you recommend?
There are a number of cleanse products on the market. Please check the Resources section of our website for more information.

Is the Nourishment Cleanse™ a fast?
The Nourishment Cleanse™ is a food based cleanse and not a fast. You will be feeding yourself regularly throughout the entire process.

Is The Nourishment Cleanse Workbook available in bookstores?
The Heart of Nourishment Workbook is not available in bookstores at this time and only available through our website store.

Should vitamin supplements be taken while doing a Nourishment Cleanse™?
You can maintain your normal supplements while cleansing.

Is the Nourishment Cleanse™ safe during pregnancy and/or nursing?
Cleansing is not recommend during pregnancy or nursing. If you are nursing a baby older than 1-1/2 years, the third phase of the Cleanse can be incorporated to include plenty of protein, vegetables and grains.

Is it okay to eat more frequently during the Nourishment Cleanse™?
The foods you will be consuming are easy to digest and will move quickly through your system. Most people need to feed themselves every 2-3 hours. Listen to your body and respond accordingly.

I normally eat a lot of grains but am experiencing a drop of energy during the second phase of the Nourishment Cleanse™. Should I continue or go to the third phase?
Your body’s response to the energy drain is fairly common with people who have sensitivities to carbohydrate digestion. For some people it is best to have a very short second phase or go directly to the third phase. These body responses may indicate that you are carbohydrate sensitive and may need to consider lessening the amount of grain at each meal. Also, be aware of other carbohydrates or fruits that you may be unknowingly consuming as snacks. It may also be supportive to add flax oil or fish oil to your diet as you lessen the carbohydrates.

I don’t eat much grain normally. Can I skip the second phase of the Nourishment Cleanse™ and go to the third?
Some people can go directly from the first phase to the third phase if they are very clear that grains are not optimum food for them.

The sugar in fruit makes me feel unfocused and hyper. Do I need to eat fruits during the first phase of the Nourishment Cleanse™?
Many people would benefit from eating less fruit or no fruit at all for the first phase, or for some, the entirety of the Nourishment Cleanse™. This also allows you to be more creative by including more vegetable options.

I haven’t prepared for the cleanse as well as I would have liked to because of my life/work schedule. What would you suggest to ease my transition into the Nourishment Cleanse™?
To ease the transition into cleansing, you can start from the third phase and work backwards. This phase will allow you to gently rid your body of the toxins with minimal reactions from the body, which can allow an easier transition to the other phases. I recommend this approach of starting with the third phase, moving to second (optional), then the first phase, for many people.

Can using the food combining principles in the Nourishment Cleanse™ help with digestion?
Because one of the main purposes of the Nourishment Cleanse™ is to simplify digestion, many people find the food combining principles very helpful to continue in their daily practice after the cleansing process.

How can I adapt the Nourishment Cleanse™ guidelines to foods available in my local area? I live outside the U.S.
The easiest guideline for people in different geographic locales is to pay attention to what is growing in your area presently. When undertaking a cleansing discipline, always choose locally grown green + starchy vegetables, fruits, and proteins when possible.

What is the recipe for the Grapefruit Flush you recommend?
During the winter, a 14-day Grapefruit Flush first thing in the morning helps kick the winter blues and flush out the extra accumulations from winter eating. Use a fresh grapefruit and hand/machine squeeze it. Do not use the packaged variety. People who are on medications should ask their health professional before using grapefruit juice.

  • Juice of one grapefruit
  • 1 Tbsp Flax oil or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp organic soy lecithin
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)

My multivitamin causes constipation. Is there an alternative way to supplement my vitamins and minerals?
Consider purchasing a “green drink” product that can be mixed with water. There a number of them on the shelves at natural food markets. Please check our Resources page for reference. Additionally, go a la carte with the vitamins you feel are important to you. For example, purchase vitamin C, calcium-mag, B-complex, etc, separately and swallow them with the green drink. Consider adding 1-2 Tbs flax or fish oil to your daily supplement regimen as well.

Are there probiotic capsules without gelatin for vegetarians?
Yes, please check our our listing of probiotics in the Resources section of our website.

Is edamame okay to consume during phase one of the cleanse, since it is a protein?
Organic edamame is acceptable in the first phase if you feel your body needs the extra vegetable protein and fiber. Check in with your body to see if it should be introduced in the first, or perhaps a later phase.

Food Questions

Why do you recommend eating yogurt? Is it okay to eat yogurt in combination with grains or proteins?
High quality organic plain yogurt is a cultured food with good bacteria and is one of the few foods Americans consume that have a live culture. The good bacteria is essential for our intestinal health and digestion. Yogurt is cooling to the system, and is an excellent food for some people. To get the maximum benefit from the cultured food, eat it alone or combine it only with easier to digest grain (quinoa) or protein (walnuts). Cooking it in sauces will kill the live cultures.

Why should I feed my family organic milk vs. regular milk? It’s so much more expensive.
Since children have much smaller bodies, they can be more sensitive to the excess of certain substances in foods. Because organic milk does not have antibiotics and synthetic hormones it is a better source of nutrition for families and worth the extra cost. Also consider goat milk as an alternative, especially for children who may have sensitivities to cow milk.

My children have peanut sensitivities. What are good alternatives for a nut spread?
Peanut sensitivities have become very common in children. Here are a number of healthy options that you can try as substitutes: almond butter, sesame butter or tahini, organic soy nut butter, hazelnut butter, and cashew butter.

I may have a wheat sensitivity but wheat is in everything! How do I begin to make changes?
Sometimes GMO wheat is the problem. Decrease or completely eliminate your GMO wheat consumption. Switch to organic wheat products only. At the same time, expand your food choices to include more low and starchy vegetables, as well as grains without gluten. Consider using organic spelt or sprouted breads in our Resources section, as well increase your intake of fish or flax oil as you decrease wheat flour products.

How can I get my children to eat more vegetables?
The perennial question! Children model what we do, not what we say. Connect to growing vegetables, going to local farmers’ markets, and cooking and preparing in your kitchen so that your children will have an opportunity to engage in the process with you. The more we connect to the process, the more nourishment we receive.

I eat fairly healthfully. Should I still be aware of genetically modified foods?
Certain foods that are grown in large quantities for the national and international markets, such as wheat, corn, soybeans, potatoes, and rice are now mostly grown with GMOs. Most livestock in the US are also fed GMO feed. Do your own research about organic vs. GMO foods and make decisions that work for you.