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Seven Secrets to a Successful Detox

Congratulations on deciding to jump start to a healthier you!  A detox is a great way to give your body a rest and give you the necessary motivation of a healthier lifestyle.  After completing a detox you will look and feel great.  Your energy levels will increase and and cravings for sugar and other toxins will be gone.  I hope these secrets will help you with your detox.  Proper planning is the key.  Please note that a detox does not replace medical advice.  Follow these steps to ensure success!

1. Decisions.  Decide upfront which detox you are going to do and for how many days.  A detox can last from one day to 10 days or more.  Deciding in advance how many days you are going to do will help you complete the detox.  Do not say things like “I’ll try it and see how long I last…”  This is a recipe for failure.

2. Mindset.  You’ve heard about willpower.  Some people seem to have more of it than others.  Well – FORGET ABOUT WILLPOWER! – What you need is a proper MINDSET.  Focus your thoughts on only positive thoughts about your detox.  Prepare yourself mentally for a week or so ahead of time.  Read as much as you can about the positive effects of doing a detox.  Visualize yourself after the detox and how great you will feel.

3. Pick a date.  Look at your calendar and pick a date to start.  The first day should be when you don’t have a lot to do.  Maybe your day off from work.  Make sure there are no conflicting events like the bosses’ birthday party that will jeopardize your detox.  It can actually be dangerous to be on a juice detox for a few days and then eat a big meal without coming off the detox properly.

4. Go Shopping.  Make a list of everything you need and go shopping ahead of time.  If you shop for other people in your household that will not be doing the detox, do all of the grocery shopping before you start.

5. Slow down.  A day or two before, avoid heavy meals.  If you drink coffee you should limit coffee and other caffeine beverages.  You will probably experience some sort of caffeine withdrawal and get a headache.  Just tough it out – it should go away after the first day.  Spend time relaxing both the body and the mind.  Take a relaxing bath in the evening.

6. Detox.   Start in the morning.  Stay focused on the positive outcome.  If you are doing several days, keep a journal.  It will help you stay on track. If you start to feel ” hungry” just have some more juice.  Drink lots of water. The hungry feeling will disappear after the first day.  Don’t watch TV.  If you must, then record your show and fast forward through the commercials.  You don’t realize how many food commercials there are on TV until you decide not to eat.  Instead read or journal.  Keep exercise light.

7. What next?  Once you have completed your detox you will want to use this opportunity to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle.  The day after the detox you should have fruits and vegetables.  Raw if possible.  Vegetable soup (homemade) and brown rice are also good.  Avoid all meat and dairy.  Look and see what your diet was like before the detox and make a list of all the things you would now like to eliminate from your diet.  Go shopping again for a new healthier you!!

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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…..


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