A dietary detox can indeed be a great way to reboot and refresh. I can't think of anyone who doesn't want to look and feel their best. The system lets us know when it longs to find its way back to balance and no doubt, it will find a way to let you know! A good scenario is if you have 2-4 quiet days, it’s wonderful to plan a retreat for your body, which can certainly include a dietary detox.
A fresh juice cleanse (75%-100%) is an easy and sensible way to detox. It really does feel amazing to be all squeaky clean and energized after a juice fast. Some people choose to take fresh juice for all their meals throughout the day, and another popular method is to juice until dinner. And dinner is....not lasagna...but a raw veggie salad or a light vegan soup.
If you are planning a detox, especially if it is new to you, ask yourself these 3 key questions:
- Why am I detoxing?
- Is this the right time to detox?
- How am I prepared for when the detox ends?
Asking yourself if it's the right time is important too. Are you heading to a big social event on the evening of your 3rd day of a juice detox? Look carefully at your schedule, so you don't derail your detox. In your enthusiasm to launch a wellness regime, you may be starting a new fitness regime and doing a detox too.. With increased physical activity, you may need more calories and be more hungry. Again, another red flag during a time of detox. You may be feeling so great by day 3, you forget a key point. What are you doing after? Is your kitchen and fridge set up to ease off a detox? For some, this means going straight to your favorite fast food joint as a reward! Prepare! Towards the last day(s) of your detox, get your kitchen ready so you can ease off of it wisely.
The body has its own brilliantly designed cleansing system, so whether you go on a detox regime or not, it's a great life skill to learn how to work with it on a regular basis. If we rely only on detoxing, we may never get our dietary path in balance. We may give ourselves permission to indulge excessively, because we know we can always detox later on. It can become a crutch and even an addiction. Overtime, it can become taxing on the system and slow down metabolism.
If we eat a whole-food, plant-based diet, we don't have to go to extremes nor detox so frequently. Add some detoxifying foods to your diet daily/weekly:
- a glass of warm water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice first thing in the morning before eating or drinking
- ginger and turmeric root tonic
- raw vegetables
- dark leafy greens
- fresh fruit
- fresh vegetable juices
- water, 6-8 glasses a day
- herbal teas
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