Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Why Detox?

You should detox if:

You suffer from constipation, bloating, gas, fatigue, breakouts, muscle pain, bad breath, or PMS. You wake up tired, always feel hungry, crave sweets, or have difficulty concentrating.

Detox is a part of life. It is a cycle. When a body builds up with bacteria and toxins it eliminates them, naturally. WHEN A BODY IS OVER BURDENED WITH TOXINS AND CAN NO LONGER EFFICIENTLY ELIMINATE THEM IT BECOMES SYMPTOMATIC. Toxins are everywhere from the air we breathe, the water we bath in, to the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the products we use to “Clean”.

When I first began to detoxify my system, it was challenging. I was on medication and trying to recover from a colon disease. So I had to first get well enough to eliminate medicine and maintain my health. That took many years of “tweaking” my diet and figuring out how my body reacted to each new thing I was trying. I also had to learn to not use my weakness as a way to cope with stress in my life. When detoxification begins, it has many levels and addresses mind, body, and spirit.
Then I started reading about the benefits of raw food.

So I was intrigued and decided to try it out for myself. I found a detox program that was short in length that I felt I could commit to. I have not ever been a big person; my reasons for detoxing were purely to bring my body to the next level of health. When I lost 16 pounds over a two week timeframe, it was shocking and exhilarating.
I have heard from various naysayers that the body was built to detoxify itself and we need not bother with the process. That is a true statement---if the body has been properly cared for through diet, exercise, and controlled in our environments. There are also toxins everywhere you turn these days. Toxicity doesn’t happen overnight, it builds up.

Every day, month, year, decade toxins are consumed, absorbed, breathed in through our lungs and accumulated in our body. Our bodies are not cared for in a fashion that promotes “proper function”. So therefore Detoxification should be something we do for ourselves.
When preparing for a detox, make sure to approach it realistically and to set yourself up for success. Start out slowly. If you try to cut yourself off from ALL caffeine, sugar, and all the other foods you will not be eating during your detox, you will set yourself up for failure. Ease into your diet changes by eliminating and replacing that comfort with a healthier choice. If you cannot imagine your day without your coffee-start out by weaning yourself by making your coffee one half decaf, then all decaf, to black tea, to green tea and then herbal. If you begin slowly and effectively make changes with mindfulness, you have a higher chance of being committed to your detox process. Celebrate small victories and cut yourself a little slack (not a lot just a little) when you fall off the wagon.
1. Plan a start date
2. Make a preparation timeline
3. A shopping list
4. Follow your shopping list

Really to be highly effective a month to detox would give you enough time to ease into, be in it, and ease out of your detox. Plan to start your detox on a Friday. That will allow for you to rest during the hardest first couple of days. Make sure to start during a time when you are not committed to a ton of social functions. Trying to be all and do all when your body is experiencing something completely foreign is tough. Remember to set yourself up for success and REST!

I hear people say
"if I could only: lose weight, look like that, feel better, exercise more, eat healthier, sleep better, feel more attractive", and the list goes on and on.
People you can, just do it.
I have and will continue to detox and get better with age. I am ending this segment about detox with one of my favorite quotes.
“Healing is a Journey~ not just a diet”
I love to talk about wellbeing and to help people gain that personal AHA moment. Give me a call, send me an e-mail and we can talk about your goals and set up a plan.