When people hear DETOX, the first thing that comes to mind is the person is trying to lose weight, or that crazy cayenne pepper, honey, lemon juice thing Beyoncé swears by, or nothing but water, kale, & cucumber.
Well my detox is nothing like those & it is not for the purpose of losing weight (I mean I still have baby weight to lose but that didn’t even come to mind till I wrote the first paragraph). My detox stems from a place of just feeling bad.
For the last few days, I have had a cough that won’t go away. A cough that clearly tells me my body is trying hard to fight off something. For a week or so, I have had ZERO energy, haven’t been sleeping well (a 5 month old that is transitioning to sleeping unswaddled isn’t helping); I just haven’t felt very well in general. Those factors tell me my body is wore down. Which also tells me that is a build up of bad food & bad habits.
As I started to look at the last few weeks/months & my habits, here’s what I found: too much refined/processed sugar, too much caffeine, a lot of wheat, too much eating out/convenience food, not enough exercise, sleep, or raw food. One thing I have also noticed is my head & even my vision just feel foggy- which I know if a symptom of gluten intolerance. I am not gluten intolerant, but I am wondering if I’m consuming too much.
So I am going to start with a 10-Day, gentle detox. The focus is to clean out my body & allow it to function better. When doing a detox the focus is on clean food, lots of water, & sweating with the intention of ridding the body of toxins….not weight loss (at least that is a proper detox). So here’s my plan:
– diet heavy in fresh, raw fruits & vegetables
– eliminate as much processed/refined sugar & caffeine as possible
– limit diary, meat, & gluten to 1x per day
– 32oz of water before every meal
– sweat at least once a day (this will be in the form of running to catch back up on my 10k training plan)
– yoga everyday with focus on twists & inversions
I will be keeping a daily journal to track how I’m feeling & any progress I have noticed. While I probably won’t write here everyday, I do hope to write a few times in the next 10 days. Here we go…..