Many people cringe when they hear the word detox. It sounds scary to them, they think they are going to be deprived, hungry and irritable, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Detoxing is about giving your body a break and allowing it to come into balance, and there are certain necessary steps that will get you there. I’m a firm believer that cleansing should be a delicious and fun experience that’s all about giving yourself what's best for you.
Following are some tips that I use with my clients to ensure a successful and gentle detox.
1. Create an intention.
Focus on what you want to get out of the detox. Is it about losing weight, having more energy, changing your relationship with food, boosting your immune system, finding food intolerances? Journal your goals or create a vision board to get really clear. Having your intention in mind is a very strong motivator that will keep you on track.
2. Detox with a friend.
It’s very important that you don’t feel like you're doing this alone. Get a friend, your partner or your whole family on board. This will make it a more enjoyable experience and will set you up for success.
Hydrating is the key to minimizing some of the effects of the detox that don’t feel good, such as achy joints, headaches or moodiness. Keeping yourself properly hydrated will help flush out the toxins in an easier way.
4. Pamper yourself.
Pampering during a cleanse is key to your success. Not only will it help you feel amazing, but it will also make the detox a much more pleasant experience that you will want to do every season.
There are certain ways to pamper yourself and aid in the detoxification process such as scrubbing your body with a hot towel, getting a massage, nourishing your skin with coconut oil or doing detoxing yoga poses.
5. Focus on eating what you body loves.
Think of the detox as seven to 14 days of giving your body the best. Your body craves to be in balance, eating whole and cleansing foods will give it just that. I actually use detoxes as opportunities to create or try new recipes and share them with the people I love. It’s a fun way to reset your body’s balance, try new delicious meals and inspire others too.
Get yourself a beautiful notebook and make a ritual out of this. Your journal will be your best friend during the detox, a place where you can review your daily detoxing efforts, be aware of your emotions and focus on how you want to feel the next day.