Still haven’t fulfilled those fitness resolutions for 2017 yet? It’s cool, you’re most likely not alone. After some heavy eating over the holidays it can be hard to motivate yourself to do better! This is why we detox.
Detoxing is a healthy way to rid of toxins and other harmful things we may have put into our bodies. Detoxing is not depriving yourself, but rather restoring yourself. There are many different ways to do this, you can take sugar from your life, go on a liquid diet, or excommunicate food completely from your life. None of those options sound appealing so I have a simple detox; A 4-7 day, 5-step method with options for you to get back on your A game and start on that fitness goal right on time for the 1st of February.
1. You Need To Flush
Staying hydrated and trying your best to neutralize your body’s pH is SUPER important for detoxing. Here are a few ways that I like to flush my body naturally:
Alkaline Water – Alkaline water is great for flushing out impurities throughout your body. I notice when I drink it for about a week, my energy levels increase and my skin clears up gloriously. There are tons of brands that you can find in supermarket and even local delis.
Infused Water – Try to keep it simple, sticking to lemons, limes, mint, and cucumbers. The amount of fruit you would have to put in the water for taste will crank the sugar in the drink. After all, the purpose is to clean out!
Tea/Warm Water and Lemon – This is great for digestion. The lemon helps clean our your blood, boost your immune system, and helps flush toxins via urine. The warm water is great for your stomach lining and improves blood flow. For some added health benefits, add a shot of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar and honey! You can also refer to Vashtie’s morning ritual.
Seltzer Water – Do not underestimate it! While I don’t think it hydrates you like water does, it’s a great substitute for soda. You can enhance it like you would infused water. The reward? No calories or sugar and that awesome belch that comes when you drink it is way better than what any soda could give you.
2. Just Eat Clean(er)
Let’s be honest, no one is perfect. Even the leanest of people have a kryptonite. Here are a few things I try to boost my will power. You can also refer back to the Food Combining article:
Stay Low on Sugar Additions – If you can bare it, don’t use it. Not even those fake sugars, like Splenda or Truvia. When you drink your tea, drink it plain or with honey. Instead of adding sugar to your plain cereal, add honey and maybe a few pieces of fruit instead. When you make your coffee, try adding caramel sauce in a low amount to give it a hint of sweetness. You’ll get used to it, I promise.
The Lighter the Meat, the Better – Not every one can tolerate being a vegetarian, so I suggest staying away from heavier, red meats such as steak and ground beef. Red meat is harder for your digestive tract to process. Lean more towards organic chicken breasts, fish and/or ground turkey meat.
Try to Stay Away From Dairy – Dairy has tons of hormones and toxins in it from all the processing it goes through. Milk for example could irritate the digestive tract and contribute to asthma and sinus issues. Instead, try nut based, rice based, hemp based, or soy based products.
Greens, Greens, Greens – Greens have lots of iron, are loaded with fiber and are filling. They have other supplemental vitamins such as A, C, and K. With this detox, it’s imperative to have lots of greens with at least two meals. Make sure you switch it up and, of course, don’t forget about your other veggies like carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, etc.
I Heard Chocolate is Aight – If you have a sugar craving, don’t ignore it because it could entice a binge. A piece of dark chocolate, 60-72% dark cocoa, is healthy for you! The trick is to savor the moment, piece by piece.
3. You Have To Sweat It Out! – Detoxing is more than just eating cleaner, you have to sweat it out. You have to release those feel good endorphins so that you can give your metabolism a wake up!
Don’t have a gym membership? No excuse. Here is a workout routine I use when I don’t feel like getting dressed and going to the gym. If you do it twice, it turns out to be about a 30-45 minute workout depending on your stamina. Of course, modify if necessary. Feeling sore after a few times? Try this!
4. No Eating after 8PM – This could be difficult depending on your schedule, but going to bed without food on your belly warrants:
Improved metabolism while you sleep
An easier wake up in the morning
5. Protect Your Energy to Keep Consistent -This may be the hardest but the most beneficial step of all. Most times when we are eating or living unhealthily, it’s because we are not paying enough attention to what we are allowing into our space. This mostly happens by accident because we are usually ripping and running, but use this time that you’re detoxing to also slow down. A healthier mind will help you to stay on track with your detox and hopefully encourage you to continue to eat well after you’ve completed it. Try out this step-by-step guide to meditation.