Detoxing and cleansing have been (and are!) very hot topics. Everyone wants to detox the gunk out of their body, often in the hopes of weight loss, glowing skin and increased energy. You may be wondering: Why doesn’t this happen when I try it?
I hear you- I’ve been there. Over the years I’ve tried many different types of cleanses, including:
- Mono diet (I ate nothing but apples for a whole day)
- 10 bottles of supplements detoxes
- Whole foods detoxes
- Smoothie-only cleansing
- And others. . .
My problem with the majority of these programs (save the whole foods cleanses) is that they just don’t work. I feel like shit for the entire time, don’t lose any weight, feel irritable and like I want to scratch my (or someone else’s) eyes out. Not conducive to transformation. Not conducive to happiness. Being grouchy and hungry doesn’t make me happy- it makes me grouchy and hungry.
Did you feel these symptoms on your last detox? Or did hearing about these symptoms stop you from trying a detox? There are a whole host of symptoms people experience on improperly designed cleansing programs. There’s nothing inherently wrong with cleansing, and in fact I wouldn’t be where I am today with my health without them- BUT it shouldn’t feel like punishment. It should be a fun, reflective + transformative ride.
It shouldn’t feel like this:
- Aching or stiff joints and muscles
- Excessive skin breakouts
- Life-interfering fatigue
- Family-scaring mood swings
- Crying, and crying and crying (unless you need to release some shit)
- Libido – what’s that?
- I’M SO HUNGRY
- Body betrayal
- Mind feeling like a foggy night in a horror movie
- I wish I could eat a whole tub of ice cream right now. . .and spoon it with potato chips. . .
It should feel like this:
- Couple days of mild fatigue or headaches (especially with caffeine withdrawal)
- Being a ball of energy
- Feeling grounded, calm and content
- Radiant joy
- Dessert love no longer overcomes me (no willpower needed)
- Clothes fitting better
- Sleeping like a baby
- WOW I’m a sexy lady
- Green shit makes me feel great- and now I WANT to eat green shit
- It’s a fishnet, push-up bra kind of sexy time with significant other
- Aha. . .now I understand my body and how to nourish it
- Give the big round belly back to the pregnant ladies
- Release of weight that no longer serves you
So how do you know if your program is doing it right?
3 Ways To Do It Right
Open The Doors
In your body, there are several emunctories, or ‘doors’ of elimination for toxins and waste to get out. They are:
- Lymphatic system
- Menstrual blood – unique to YOU as a woman, an extra monthly release
For proper and complete cleansing, all of these areas must be open channels for elimination. Unfortunately, we live in a toxic world and many of us are consuming and using toxic foods and products every day. These things all add up to sluggish emunctories. They get gunked up, and you get sick. Your detox program should encompass all emunctories, like opening the kidneys with water and greens, loving the liver with cruciferous vegetables, and glowing that skin with sweaty practices.
Set Your Intention/Big WHY
Why do you want to detox? Because it’s trendy? Because you feel horrible? Because your friend asked you? Any good detox program won’t just focus on the food you stuff in your gob, but also your mindset. In my opinion, mindset is 80% of what’s needed for healing.
You must detox your mind as well as your body. Well-rounded detox programs will guide you through this process so you understand the real reason that you want to cleanse. This will keep you 100% focused and primed for lasting transformation- not intermittent change.
Whole food detox programs often involve more cooking and food preparation than you’re used to. Prepping as much food ahead of time as possible will help you sail through the process, not to mention the money you’ll save by not purchasing stuff you don’t need. Cut your veggies up, mix a salad, make some smoothie packs or a big pot of nourishing soup. Then go about your business, grabbing these items as needed for your meals.
Remember, you DON’T have to suffer. The programs you’ve done in the past failed you– you didn’t fail them. Inhale the future, exhale the past.
Do you even NEED a detox?
Take the Detox Quiz to find out whether your symptoms warrant a detox at all, and if they DO, how to start one that doesn’t suck. No scary food, no weird stuff you can only find via mail, and NO stressing out or all-day jitters because the only thing you’re allowed to eat is half a grape and some chia seeds. (No. Just NO.) Go on. . .take the quiz.