It’s January- shouldn’t I be “detoxing?”
When I used to think “detox” a lot of images and ideas would come to mind- juice cleanse, lemon water and cayenne pepper, removing toxins, flat belly in 3 days- basically all quick fixes to get you where you want to be fast.
When I did the Whole 30, people continuously called it a cleanse or detox and I would get so annoyed because of the negative connotation I had with the word detox and everything I described above. When I really started thinking about it though, the Whole 30 was pretty much exactly what my preferred definition of a detox is- it is filling your body with whole foods and eliminating food that doesn’t serve our overall health to make us feel good.
I don’t believe in a “clear history” button- I believe what we put in our bodies impacts us no matter how we flush it out but I do believe in a good detox or reset that allows us to get started or increase the momentum toward our health and fitness goals. In addition to detoxing our bodies, eliminating negativity and cultivating a positive environment can do wonders for our overall health so be sure to consider this as a part of your healthy lifestyle!
A detox doesn’t have to mean less of everything- a detox should include more:
- proteins like chicken, fish, lean meats or eggs
- water- try it infused with fruit or cucumber to make it more exciting!
- self- love
In order to feel your best, a detox should encourage you to have less:
- dairy like milk, coffee creamer, yogurt, cheese
- wheat like bread, cookies, cake, pasta
- sugar- that includes artificial sweeteners
- alcohol (I know)
- self- criticism
Try some of my very favorite clean eating recipes:
If you can spend a few days or a week eating whole, unprocessed foods I believe that your energy, mood and skin will improve, your clothes will fit a little better without feeling deprived. I even think you will feel good enough to get started on a consistent workout routine to keep you feeling motivated and energized. Find whatever detox means to you- whether it is strict clean eating, eliminating soda, quitting fast food or meditating for 5 minutes each day or putting your phone away at 8pm and just do it. I promise it will be easier than drinking cayenne pepper and lemon water.