Detoxing Done Right
The holidays are practically here. That means most people will fall into one of the two categories: 1) they will try to watch what they eat prior Thanksgiving or Christmas, so that they can indulge on those two days; or 2) they will mark this season as the beginning of #SummerBody2019, and start to portion control and restrict certain foods from their diet. That’s cool, however, these plans almost never work and the people in both categories find themselves “detoxing” until the unofficial first day of summer, Memorial Day. Detoxing can be an amazing thing if done right. The 3- day green juice fast or 21- day cleanse can give you results the results you seek if you are disciplined.
It is easy to find a detox plan. A quick search on Google or Pinterest will populate a plethora of different detox plans. Plans are a great way to start; however, if you lack the self-discipline you will find that the detox that was supposed to last 30 days, only lasted 5 days. Self-discipline is key in sticking to any goal that you want. The first thing you can do to enhance how disciplined you are is to not impulsively start a detox plan and be realistic. You know yourself and your habits. Do not detox because you ate ‘too much stuffing’ or ‘too much pie.’ Instead, try to understand why you truly want to detox and how long you can commit to. If you have been saying you are going to go to the gym 4X a week for an hour and eat only lean protein and veggies, but, in reality have only gone 1X a week for 30 minutes and have had a bag of chips every day, why the in the fuck do you think you can commit to a 30-day cleanse that limits you to only green juices and smoothies? It’s all about setting a realistic expectation for yourself.
When you come to a sensible conclusion on what you can commit to, the next step is adding the “detox.” There are plans that want you to buy different fruits and vegetables and only eat them on certain times of the day. Once again that’s cool, but your detox does not need to be that complicated. The ingredients for a detox are fruits, veggies, and water; that’s it. Well not really… see we can also get into alkalinity, but that topic is not for now. However, in order to truly reap the benefits of a detox, your fruits and veggies should be raw. Raw fruits and veggies have powerful enzymes, minerals, and vitamins in them. When you cook fruits and vegetables, you are killing these powerful nutrients. Nutrients are what your body needs to feed and cleanse itself. The lack of nutrients can cause a slew of things to happens from feeling tired to serious chronic illnesses. Along with fresh fruits and veggies you should incorporate water. If you are already drinking water, that’s good. However, during a detox you should aim to drink a gallon a day. Drinking a gallon will assist in keeping your lymphatic system and body hydrated, and flush out toxins.
Detox has been a buzz word for many years. It often represents a new beginning. Starting anew can be an amazing thing. So, if you are going to start a detox you should do it right. First off, only start a detox if it aligns with your reality. Do not sign up for a detox that is out of means. If you cannot dedicate the time and commitment it will not work. Once you have that in place, you need to incorporate: raw fruits, raw vegetables, and a gallon of water per day. Following this simplistic plan will not only help shed the pounds but it will give your body the nourishment it needs. Lastly, in order to truly “detox,” you need to not only nourish your body with the proper food and hydration, you also need to give it the respect and honor it deserves. So, also try “detoxing” those negative thoughts and feelings you may have about yourself , and replace it with positive words and affirmations.