Participating in a detox program is a great way to clean the body of unnecessary toxins that build up in the body, however, it’s extremely important to have an effective strategy upon starting so that when you do decide move forward, you can get the best results.
Know the who, what, where, when, why, how, etc.
Think about why you’re doing a detox program in the first place. Is this a quick fix, or is this something that you plan to incorporate into your nutrition program on a regular basis?
My detox program will definitely help you lose weight, however, if you decided to revert back to your old ways, guess what’s going to happen? The weight will gradually start to creep back on!
Use the strategies in the program to increase awareness and create long term healthy habits.
1. Learn as much information as you can about the body’s detoxification process and symptoms.
Your body is going to be releasing toxic stores from its tissues, those toxins are released into the bloodstream and may cause some side effects.
Some side effects may include:
- Cold-like symptoms
- Low energy
You just need to think about all the crap and junk you’ve been putting in your body, to suddenly stop will cause some discomfort.
Remember that everyone will respond differently to the detoxification process, you may end up not having any symptoms at all.
2. Make a list of all the processed foods that you eat
Make two columns, one for processed food and one for alternatives or less processed. Then take the steps to make the necessary changes.
Print/ write out this list and post this on your refrigerator to have as a quick reference guide and as a reminder.
Processed foods Wholefoods/ less processed/ better options
|Granola bars||Nuts: almonds, pistachios, cashews|
|Oatmeal packets||Steel-cut oats (add fresh fruits)|
|Cheese and crackers||Salad with beans and quinoa|
|Ice cream||Greek yogurt|
Remember that snacks don’t necessarily have to be “snack” foods. Eat real foods!
3. Plan ahead (mentally and physically)
Instead of starting right away, start thinking and planning 5-7 days before you actually start the detox program. Look at the foods you eat, use that last example to start mentally preparing yourself to cut out those processed foods and to start preparing your mind/body for the next week.
Mark your calendar!
Do this 5-7 days before you actually start. That way if your co-workers, boyfriend or girlfriend ask you to go to lunch or dinner next week, you can say “no no no, I’m doing a detox next week and I’m will not be available”. Or you can invite them to do it with you.
4. Get active ASAP
Start exercising now, don’t wait until the detox challenge starts. Prepare your body, just in case your energy levels are to exercise for the first few days. Fatigue is completely normal for the first few days on a detox program.
5. Be social
Tell your friends, family and coworkers-You’re more likely to actually reach your health, wellness, and fitness goals if you share these goals with family and friends. It makes you accountable for your actions. Be proud of your goals and become a positive influence for your loved ones. Research has proven that individuals who share their goals have a greater chance of success. Post your goals on the refrigerator, bathroom mirror and other visible places to remind you and others of your fitness goals.
6. Prepare to take your detox to the next level by planning bath time, that’s right, you get to take a bath
If you’re not one that usually takes baths, prepares to be in for a treat. You can speed up the detox process by taking a nice hot relaxing bath with Epsom salts. Light some candles, put on some music and relax!
7. Consult your healthcare provider prior to starting a detox
People who have health conditions such as liver disease, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, eating disorders or any health condition, should avoid detox diets and should only modify their diet after consulting their doctor. Children and women who are pregnant should not try the detox program and nursing mothers should also consult their healthcare providers before starting a detox program.
8. Ask Questions
Do you have a trainer or fitness professional that you can reach out to? If not, now you do! The great aspect of my detox program is that you have me for a whole 9 days! Use that to your advantage, ask away!
Shoot me a message to learn more about my 9-day detox program.