Time zooms by, right? One week is over in the blink of an eye. Your week’s vacation goes by in no time. Or, to look at it another way: seven days is 168 hours. And you're asleep for 56 of them.
So, what’s stopping you from doing a 7-day detox?
With the holidays around the corner, this may be exactly what your body needs.
I hear it a lot: I just don’t have the time!
I get it: you’re so busy during the week, that you don’t have time to incorporate new habits into your life, let alone the healthy ones.
Well, I’m calling BS. Because you don’t have time to NOT think about your health. You only get this life, right?
A good 7-day detox will steer you away from eating foods and using products you know are bad for you but often too tempting to resist—sugar, caffeine, alcohol, meat, dairy and processed food, and chemical laced products.
It will help you begin to incorporate habits you know are good for you. It’s not rocket science, but the structure will kick you into gear. A detox is a reboot for your body AND your life. People shy away from detoxes because they don’t think they can go without the sugar, caffeine and meat, but you CAN do it.
Here is a glimpse into what you’ll go through:
You’re nervous that all these veggies aren’t going to support your busy life, but you’re enthusiastic and super-charged. Heck, you might even do a walk-in at the local hot yoga studio tonight!
The veggies aren’t as satisfying as pizza, and you feel sort of hungry, but you’re still riding on your motivation to feel better in just five days.
Was this really the week to do this? You have dinner plans tonight and your friend always picks Italian—how can you eat vegetarian while she’s slurping linguine in clam sauce?! Still ... it’s just four more days. You’re a little grumpy but you stick to it.
This sucks. You’re pooping—a LOT. You can’t focus on anything other than the smell of everyone else’s food. Your hate your coworker in the next cube and the cupcake sitting on her desk.
In two days, you are SO back to Starbucks and cheeseburgers! Or, are you? Your tummy is less bloated, the annoying I-haven’t-had-enough-coffee-and-I-want-to-scream headache is gone. Your skin is less red and swollen. You feel lighter—not just physically, but emotionally, too.
Everything tastes so much better! Who knew broccoli tasted this good without cheese!? You can’t remember the last time you slept this well. Your clothes are even starting to fit a little better. Another yoga class it is!
You don’t hate the cupcake eaters anymore. You’re bouncing out of bed without coffee. You feel so good you start contemplating another seven days.
No so bad now that you know what to expect, right?
In just 7 days, you have purged your system of toxins and water weight, reset your digestive tract, gotten past the worst of your caffeine and sugar addictions, AND your favorite jeans are back in your wardrobe!
Detoxing does not have to be an over-the-top endurance event. However, if serious restriction is what works for you, super strict juice and lemon water fasts should only be done with professional supervision.
If more substance is what works best for you, here are 5 reasons to consider a 7-day Vegan detox: