Reasons to Detox

It’s been about a year since I did a 10 day detox.  When I started I was just looking to release a few unwanted pounds and of course detox my system to perhaps feel good and have some energy.  Wow – I got a lot more than what I bargained for! Several people were doing detoxes at work, so that made it a little easier to give it a try.  When I started I was nervous that I wouldn’t have the “willpower” to keep on going – after all – I do love to eat!

Over the previous 10 years or so, I had slowly been gaining a few pounds every year and it seemed impossible to stick to an eating plan to lose weight for more than a few hours, much less days, weeks or make a whole lifestyle change.  It was always – “I’ll start tomorrow” and so it went.  For most of those 10 years I did some sort of exercise including running a marathon, but the pounds weren’t going anywhere.

The first day of the detox was the toughest – I remember we went to a movie and I had a headache since I was used to drinking coffee in the morning.  Not to mention not having any popcorn!  Once I made it through the first few days, it was actually much easier than I thought it would be.  I was never hungry and wasn’t tempted to eat when I was around other people that were eating.

One of the first benefits was all the compliments I was getting on how good my skin looked!  I was also losing weight which was a great feeling.  However the biggest benefit was how the detox got me in touch with myself.  Much of eating is emotional, so if you are not eating, your emotions will come to the surface.  This is a good thing, especially if you are able to recognize it as it happens.

When the 10 days were over I decided to go vegetarian.  For me willpower has nothing to do with making a change – I never had any willpower.  Instead, it was all about mindset.  I have never looked back on my decision and all of the sudden it was easy!  I had started to read about vegetarian and vegan diets and decided that was the way I wanted to be.  Starting Jan. 1st I decided to do a 30 day trial and go vegan.  I am still vegan today, and don’t see myself ever going back to eating meat or dairy products.  I do need to add more raw foods as they are the source of true energy and life.

For the past year, my weight has stayed the same as when I finished the detox.  I attribute this to the vegan diet.  I really haven’t cut back on the amount of food I eat – it’s just that meat and cheese have a lot of calories – so eliminating those have allowed me to keep the weight off.  Lately thought, I have been eating too  much sugar and feel it’s time to do another detox.

Detox is more than just losing a few pounds.  As I mentioned before it can be a great time to look at where you are in life and where you would like to be.  It is  a good time to get in touch with yourself and see where you might be headed next.  If you would like to try a detox – on my next post I will be offering some great tips and secrets to a successful detox.  Stay tuned…..


1 Comment

  • By Barbara, September 10, 2009 @ 11:17 am

    Thanks so much for this post Debbie. We had very brief conversations touching the lifestyle change. I’ve always been very curious and wanting to start a new way of eating/living. I have just been inspired to do so, starting RIGHT NOW. Thanks and I’ll be looking forward to your next post.

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