Happy 2011! Is your new year off to a great start? Mine sure is! I have my personal as well as professional goals set, and I have been working on simplicity. But to be honest, I feel a bit blah from all the holiday eating, drinking, and being a bit too merry. That’s why I am super pumped to start my cleanse next weekend.
Many of you have vowed to either lose weight this year, exercise more, or just plain get a fresh start with your health. If weight loss is one of your goals, then a part of the process can include a detox.
For the record, I don’t think doing a detox is essential for losing eight, nor do I think detoxes are appropriate for everyone. They are just one optional component of the weight loss puzzle that may help a few of you finally make peace with your scale. AND if losing a few pounds is not a goal of yours, detoxing is a great way to jump start a healthy lifestyle as well as upgrade your eating habits. That is why at least 4 times a year when the seasons change I participate in a detox; just to start anew and reshape my routines.
The detoxes I refer to are food-based; meaning spending 10 days eating whole foods like vegetables and fruits and cutting out processed foods and caffeine. These type of detox programs are great for those who are either new to cleanses and want to get their feet wet or are not ready for a hard-core cleanse with tons of tinctures, shakes, and odd-named foods.
There are 3 main reasons why I’ve found this type of detox helpful in the process of losing weight (which is only one of numerous benefits that come from detoxing~clear skin, tons of energy, sharp focus and concentration, sound sleep…I could go on and on!).
First, detoxing can help you kick-start your metabolism. The reason I began facilitating detoxes was because a number of my clients were having trouble dropping weight, despite their healthy diets and exercise routines. After the detox, they not only lost a few pounds, but they continued to lose weight at a gradual and healthy pace. By letting go of the toxins and the junk food, your body begins to work more efficiently and weight loss becomes a reality.
Second, you’ll find your portion sizes decrease when you are eating whole foods cooked at home. When you cook your own food for 3 meals a day for 10 days in a row, you’ll realize that without the sodium and added chemicals of processed and restaurant food, you just don’t need to eat as much to be full. AND you’ll continue to eat less, even after you’ve completed your detox.
Third, detoxing can help you kick that sugar, salt or caffeine addiction. Mindy, a Detox Diva, just told me that she has not had a cup of coffee for months after her detox. AND she doesn’t plan to. When you eliminate processed sugar, caffeine, and salty snacks from wheat or white flour, after about a week, you won’t really want to reach for that chocolate chip cookie (I promise!). After the detox, you’ll be eating less processed sugar, salt, and caffeine, and be spending much less time sucking in your gut in front of the mirror.
So if you have been pondering joining the ranks of the rich and famous and doing a cleanse, know that done in a safe, supervised, and healthy way, detoxes can help you lighten up and feel amazing.
Want to join me for some yummy juice?! Please leave me a message below on what you think of detoxes and if you tried one in the past. I would love to hear your story! AND if you are ready to begin your detox, how do you feel?
Want to join me for some yummy juice? Check out the detox program I have for you: Fresh Start 10 Day Winter Detox