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Straight up: I believe in eating well. Sometimes, maybe a little too well.
For me, I know I’ll keep happily eating the stuff I don’t want to deprive myself. Because – let’s face it – if time on this earth is fleeting, let’s spend it enjoying a lavish degustation 8 course meal or a cool, crispy Pinot Gris (or three).
But as they say, everything in moderation and I guess it’s finding the delicate balance of what that actually is.
I think I have healthy eating habits. I eat fruit and veg every day and try to drink as much water. I stay away from soft drinks and try to control my portions.
However, unless it’s not processed, do we ever truly know what’s in the food we eat.
First of all, don’t let the brand name fool you.
Losing weight is not the immediate goal here; good health and general well-being is.
And while detoxing can lead to losing a couple of inches off the waist line, the main reasons are:
- To revitalize energy levels,
- Accomplish clearer, cleaner skin
- Basically giving your body a chance to clear itself from all that crap (especially the unknown stuff) you’ve consumed.
3 days I was to only drink freshly made juices. They were to be home delivered in an esky at the crack of dawn.
Packed with 6 bottles of juices, each had it’s own flavour combined with different fruit and vegetables. There was also a buddy card to give you some guidance and support every day.
On the first day, the delivery comes with a little loofa (to exfoliate all those toxins and dead skin) as well as a tub of bath soak salts. All in the name of cleansing!
Day 1 couldn’t have been the worse possible day to start. Getting very little sleep the night before, I was not only exhausted but also grumpy. Like, Oscar the Grouch grumpy.
Having done detoxes in the past, I knew it was going to get ugly before the benefits would present themselves.
For the rest of the day I remained irritable and oh my, like a female prying mantis, I would’ve chopped off my husband’s head right there and then.
The bad mood continued the next day.
I had terrible, relentless splitting headaches. All I could do was sit on the couch and with my lap top as my only buddy, played “Bridesmaids” on loop as my background noise to try and keep the spirits up.
By Day 3, things were looking up. I had had the best night’s sleep EVER! And with some exfoliating, my skin was glowing and feeling clean.
With much delight, I discovered the stubborn bloat in my tummy had pretty much gone. I, literally, felt lighter.
I had so much energy, I was ready to bounce off walls.
And while there are obvious benefits to doing a detox, I don’t think it’s for everybody.
People believe in giving your body that sudden shake up while others are fervently against it.
If you’re unsure but are thinking about it, I would strongly advise that you seek professional advise from your GP. Then ask yourself, when is a good time to do it because a detox really can knock you around – mentally and physically. You need to designate yourself that time and space to go through the mood swings, lethargy and irritability. It’s also good to tell your family what you plan to do as their support will be vital.
As for me, I think I’ll do it again in another couple of months. For now, to make the most of the post cleanse, I’ve taken myself off coffee (again!). Not sure for how long but guess what? I’ve pleasantly discovered I’m fine without it. After all, I wasn’t going to go through those splitting caffeine withdrawl headaches for nothing, right?
Have you done a detox? Would you consider doing one?
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