The first time I did a food detox I hated it. I had signed up for a 10 day raw food detox. Not the best choice for a newbie, but I was fresh out of nutrition school and thought – what the heck? I’ll give it a shot.
Aside from the obvious, you’re probably wondering what didn’t I like about it. Just about everything: no meat, no fats – healthy or otherwise, no cooked food whatsoever. Plus it was cold out. And raw food is cooling in nature so I felt like I was freezing the entire?time.
But mostly I felt deprived. The mental energy it took to stay on track was harder than I thought it would be. And I didn’t stay on track, which was even more frustrating. ?
The first 24 hours was a fast. On Sunday the following day, I had a large salad for dinner.
My husband, on the other hand, had made?up a big pot of chili. And then left it on the stove and went to bed. Grumbling, I put the leftovers in a container for another day. Not all of it would fit, so instead of putting it in a larger container and washing an extra dish … I ate it. With tortilla chips. Yup. It was only Day 2, and I had FAILED. Big time.
I was so mad at myself. I vowed to complete the rest of the detox without falling off. And I did.
I learned so much about myself from that experiment that it made every minute of the 10 days worth it. What was my big ‘aha’ moment? Realizing that whenever I fail at something I can either give up or try again. The response is like a reflex – it happens in a split second – to all of us. We either say, “that didn’t work, I’m going to try something else” or “I know I can do better, I’m going to give it another shot.”
There are so many benefits to cleaning up your diet. Here’s just a few:
- More energy naturally – you won’t have to rely on coffee or chocolate to get you through the day
- Weight loss – typically 5 to 10 pounds over the course of the program
- Stronger immune system – your body will be able to absorb nutrients better which boosts immunity
- Clearer thinking – you’ll be able to think more clearly and lose that sense of fogginess when you’re not eating sugar and fat laden foods that surround us every day
- Add to your healthy toolbox?- everyone who has ever done one of my detoxes has told me that they always have one or two takeaways that they’ve incorporated into their regular routine.?
Since then I have become a bit of a Detox Queen. I created a number of different detoxes because I wanted to hit the sweet spot. I wanted something for everyone. Like any trial and error project, I’ve learned along the way. My detoxes are designed for newbies and seasoned detoxers.?
Here’s a few things I’ve incorporated to make it as simple as possible:
- My most important feature included with my group detoxes is the on-line support group. We are social creatures by nature and communicating with people who are having a similar experience makes it less scary. And a lot more fun.
- My longer detoxes include meat or vegetarian protein.?
- There’s a?daily meal planner, but you don’t have to follow it to experience the benefits of detoxing. Just stick within the suggested guidelines, and you’ll do great.
- There is no FAILURE. We all have moments of weakness. It’s natural. There’s no need to quit just because you ate something that wasn’t part of the plan – especially if it’s chili!
- Phase 1: This is the Pre-Detox phase where we read through the materials, started weaning off caffeinated beverages like soda and coffee, and go through the cupboards to remove any temptations.
- Phase 2: This is the actual detox, also known as Detox Proper.
- Phase 3:?At this stage we start to reintroduce foods that were eliminated during the Detox Proper (dairy, eggs, grains, etc.)
The best part is we get to do it together!