TIMING is everything when clearing ones temple. ENVIRONMENTAL factors you are subjected are your CHOICE. Choose wisely. INFLUENCE vs SUPPORT can make or break your first few days and can even be a deciding factor of whether or not you even go through with your sanitise. In stating this, it definitely won’t hurt you to be so courteous as to promulgate your “out with the old, in with the new” showdown.
If you have no common knowledge on health and fitness or detox then a bit of google research (consulting your local doctor or a naturopath is a pretty good idea i’d say, but who does that these days?!) won’t go astray.
TIPS to make note of and realise:
LISTEN to your body during detox, you know how it FEELS normally, then act respectively in relation to your thoughts and feelings over the duration of detox. This includes but is not limited to:
FOOD – which foods you crave – ignore sugar and red meats for the time, I’m talking about clean eating – veggies, fruit, nuts, legumes, fish etc.
SLEEPING/REGENERATION/HEALING – how long do you FEEL you need to sleep? What TIME do you go to bed and wake up?
TRAINING/WORK OUTS – how does your body FEEL? It is important especially at this time to tune into the mind/body connection and acknowledge any unusual feelings your body signals which otherwise are not apparent. Do you FEEL more tired or energised than usual?
RELATIONSHIPS – ELIMINATE TOXIC ones NOW. Cull anyone that no long contribute to your higher purpose and with love.
MEAL PLAN – Which foods have you decided to consume during this time? Follow your INSTINCTS….. YOUR body will make you aware of how many days/weeks you FEEL you need to detox for. Personally, around two weeks did it for me.
Positive: energy levels increased, gained lean muscle mass, fat loss, metabolism increased, skin bright and luminous, relaxed, content, eyes bright and white, sleeping better, strength increase.
The basis of a detox is to eat as much raw food, including fruit, veg, super foods, balanced ratios of omega 3;s and 6′s, and to drink at least 3 litres of water a day.
My meal plan involved consuming 5-6 veggie or fruit meals a day with half the protein consumption usually and only eating fish and chicken. No red meat as my body wanted to vomit at the thought of consuming it.. (and it still does) Also, I have to admit I also quit a dirty little habit, yes social and “time out to relax” smoking. I was a social smoker and an “ill have a break and relax for five” kind of smoker. I knew that to quit smoking and detox and the same time, whilst dropping the vino was going to be toilsome, (and it was, to say the least, add to that, the ladies “red no go zone” ….timing was impeccable.)
You can’t put a price on health and I don’t like to think about the cost associated with diseases and down time due to ill health. YOUR reason WHY will by HOW LONG and WHY you remain focused to your end result which you must have in mind.
Week one – no training, just mild lifting, stretching and walking, enough to get the endorphins flowing and supercharge the metabolism for what was to come in week two. Lots of sleep and detox baths (recipe at the end)
The detox food I consumed was nothing too embellished, just lots of flavoursome condiments added to ginormous plates of every colour veggie you could imagine with dressings to bring these delightful detox delights life, exotic fruit salads, and salad after salad with as much super foods, nuts and grains to boost the fats.
Detox meal ideas
Meal one (otherwise known as breakfast): Green Smoothie with kale, protein powder, avocado, lime, coconut water and banana frozen. blend and drink immediately.
Post work out nutrition: protein shake with water and ice cubes
Meal - salad – snow peas, combo bean mix, raddish, broccoli raw, baby spinach, rocket, tomato, cucumber, red cabbage, carrot, (anything else you like, want to substitute or can think of) Dressing: red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard,
Meal - every veggie in the market you can find – blanch in saucepan for five minutes ….. carrots, red cabbage, green string beans, zucchini, silver beat. Dressing: lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, dill and parsley. Feeling like protein? Add fish – fried bit of oil and garnish as to your taste buds.
Detox bath recipe – fill with 3/4 hot water and 1/4 cold (or as hot as you can handle, don’t be soft, it needs to kind of feel like it is burning) Add – one whole lemon squeezed in quarters drop quarters in bath, 500g epsom salts, 1tsp bicarb soda, 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons chopped ginger. Soak for two hours.
Happy detoxing. The first few days you will possibly wake up feeling like you have the flu until midday and then completely normal. My advice – get up just after lunch and miss the slump ….