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Return to Life After Detox

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What do we do once the detox is over?  We did a fantastic job of avoiding processed food, caffeine, and were pleasantly surprised when we realized that we could function without sugar and coffee. Now what?

Since we don’t want to give up all we worked for during the detox, here are are a few tips to keep the the momentum going:

1.  Drink 1/2 ounce water for every pound of body weight daily.  Water is necessary to keep the cells hydrated and protected. Plus adequate hydration will improve many health problems including sinusitis, constipation, inflammation, allergies, fatigue, joint pain, headaches and many other afflictions.  Filtered or bottled water is best.

2.  Eat foods close to nature as much as possible.  Choose raw nuts and seeds, raw or slightly steamed vegetables, whole fruits and unrefined fruit juices, whole grains, legumes, cold-pressed oils, and good quality unprocessed protein.

3.  Eat slowly and chew your food.  Most people eat too fast.  Ideally, you should chew your food until it is liquid (about 30 times).  You will have better digestion and become satisfied quicker.  Saliva has enzymes that facilitate digestion. Not chewing well stresses the digestive system and can lead to poor absorption of nutrients, digestive problems like gas and bloating and can promote the growth of harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. 

Some things to avoid while promoting healthy living:

1.  Avoid caffeine found in coffee, sodas, chocolate, and over the counter medications.  The caffeine and other chemicals in these products are over-stimulating and stressful to the adrenal glands and the nervous system.

2.  Avoid refined sugar and artificial sweeteners such as white sugar, imitation maple syrup, corn syrup (or corn sugar), sucrose, fructose, maltodextrin, etc…  Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin have been known to cause cancer in laboratory animals.  Some users experience anxiety, depression, headaches, and autoimmune type symptoms. 

3.  Avoid refined carbohydrates.  Refined carbohydrates are grains that have had the fiber, bran, germ, B vitamins, and vitamin E removed.  Foods like breads, cakes, cookies, pastas, and boxed cereals fill you up-but with lack of vitamins and minerals.

There is so much that we can do to live a healthy life, so it is best to take small steps so that you can make habits long-lasting.   Try a few of these tips to start.  Start slow.  The 10 Day Detox jump-started a path to optimum health.  Now it is time to continue healthy ways of living step-by-step.

Which tip will you try?

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9 Responses to Return to Life After Detox

kathie

Hi Lisa, thanks so much for these tips! I will definitely try numbers 1 and 3 and 2 and 3…but what does that mean to try? Like with the detox–I knew exactly what the parameters were–10 days following exactly what you said. If I try to incorporate your tips into my life a little at a time, what should that look like? I have a way of letting myself off easy all the time…should I set something strict for forgoing the refined sugars??? If you were me, what would step one be to change (obviously NOT giving up caffeine!!!) Thanks so much…Oh, and if any of your other patients have ideas, fill me in!!!

kathie

ps, what’s one suggestion for quashing stress eating?

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Being prepared!!!! That would be my number one suggestion. Having small prepared healthy (and well-balanced) snacks on hand at home, in the car, purse, wherever! When you are stressed, having something good to eat can really make you feel better. There is so much that goes into emotional eating, but being prepared is a good start.

karen

I wish I had read these tips on Thursday it may have stopped me from eating some foods that now in retrospect, I didn’t really want…but tomorrow is another day. Checking the blog a few times a week post detox is a definite must do. It keeps you focused and motivated to maintain healthy eating habits of detox. For a number of reasons, none worth writing about, I found myself slowly creeping back into old habits — keep the balance is hard. But I’ll print these tips and keep them in my calendar for quick reference.

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Hi karen! Thanks for your suggestion. Keeping the tips in a notebook, on the fridge, etc… will be a helpful reminder to stay on track. Try remembering how awesome you felt immediately after Day 10. When I saw you, you were glowing! Wanting to feel as good as we can is a great motivator. Please contact me if you need any additional suggestions. These tips will be a great start.

Lisa Consiglio Ryan

Hi Kathie,

You did an amazing job during the detox and you felt great. That said, in order to make long-lasting changes in your diet, it is really a lifestyle change. AND this takes time. It takes about 30 days to form a habit, and at least 60-90 days to make the habit automatic (just like brushing your teeth). Therefore, when I say to “try,” I mean to make a committment (I would start with the water-lots of it!)and be gentle with yourself. We tend to beat ourselves up a lot for not having will-power, etc… That is extremely toxic. Be easy on yourself, and actually, having support is crucial when making steps to improve your health. Friends, family, and a coach (yours truly!) can really make a difference. Having someone to be accountable to can keep you committed, and having a cheerleader is something we all need. I am truly honored to be working with you and all the Detox Divas…I have the best clients in the world!

andrea

hi finished with the 10 day detox and feeling great!… i tried a sip of coffee yesterday morning as my husband brought it to me so proudly (hunter gatherer moment:)… and i didn’t like it! so i didn’t drink it!… now i can’t say that will last… but since i didnt’ like it, don’t miss it right now, etc… i found no reason to indulge! freedom….. :)… i am really excited about continuing on the diet… i am not going off of it!:)… i love it! i have lost 6 1/2 pounds and my goal is to weigh 135 so i have another 20lbs to go… i believe i will do it as a mainstay and then treat myself here and there with a desert or some wine… etc.. but to make the healthy living a lifestyle and the treats, exactly that, treats!… thanks lisa, i look forward to meeting with you next week ….. and thanks to the detox bloggers… you helped me out a lot!.. blessings, andrea

    Mindy

    Hi Andrea, I finish the detox tonight! Thanks for the post about “freedom from coffee.” I, too, having been thinking about not going back to it. Your thoughts have helped me to see that I don’t want to be hitched to a habit! Thanks.

Lisa Consiglio Ryan

Andrea, Congrats on your 6 1/2 pounds! AND incorporating some of the detox strategies and meals in daily life will certainly help you achieve your health goals. I am honored to work with you, and we will follow up at our coaching session next week. You are AMAZING!

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