How did you go over Easter? Hopefully you had some lovely times with family and friends, enjoying some down time and fun time with the important people in your life.
Maybe, you had such a good time, you’re ready to give a detox a try.
Detox became a bit of a buzz word over the past few years, and there are literally thousands of plans and supplements you can buy because of the trend, and for the most part I think they’re unnecessary and a bit of a commercial trap. Detox is simply a process of clean-eating to give your body a break from the toxins and heavy foods a typical diet inflicts upon it. You don’t need anything in particular to do one – you just have to commit to eating cleanly for a while.
About a year ago, I did a four week process of detoxing and rebuilding my diet (this one) and it changed everything for me. For starters, I felt awesome. I came out of it without the fatigue I went in with. The night time waking and anxiety disappeared. I felt happier overall, for no particular reason. I lost weight without trying. My skin looked younger (bonus!). Aches and pains disappeared. I was less stressed.
Secondly, and most importantly, it changed my understanding of food completely. It was like a switch went on somewhere. I could feel the profound change in my body and mind because of the change in diet. I felt the power of that change in every cell. I got ‘it’. That you ARE what you eat. It set me on a course of further research and interviews on the power of food and its impact on the connection between mind and body, and eventually inspired me to do the nutrition study I’m doing. Even though we were eating fairly well here, it supercharged how I fed myself and the family.
Over the course of last year, I spent around six months on and off in detox mode. This year, I’ve not been so good, slipping back a little into a couple of bad habits of old – an extra coffee here and there, and too much bread – and I feel the worse for it. So, in a couple of weeks time, I’ll be doing a four week recalibration again.
I’ll blog about it here, and update on Facebook and Instagram, and I’d love for you to join me. In the first two weeks, all meat, dairy, gluten, sugar, caffeine and alcohol are out. After that, some meat and gluten come back in, and a dash of dairy, but everything else stays out. The first couple of days can be hard going, especially if you’re a big sugar eater, and it can be an idea to gently start cutting back on the nasties over the next two weeks in preparation.
So how about it? Are you up for it? Any questions, ask away here, or over at the Facebook page.