9 Tips to Maximize your Detox Program
Congrats! You’ve chosen a detox program and selected a start date to begin your journey! Make the most of your experience by utilizing these tips on how to maximize your detox transformation.
1. Dig deep to clarify WHY
Get clear on your motivation.
Be honest about why you are doing this. Do you have a few stubborn pounds to lose? Do you need to eliminate inflammation in your body? Do you have food sensitivities to address? Are you feeling tired, sluggish, fatigued or over-stressed? How do you want to feel? Why do you want to lose that weight? Dig deep. And then dig one layer even deeper. Dig until you find the WHY that is really driving you. Sometimes it's “I want to have energy to play with my kids,” “I want to love and accept myself in my body,” “I want to feel good about myself from the inside out,” “I want to feel energized and help others,” “I want to have clarity and live my purpose.” Knowing WHY you are doing this will help you push forward when things get tough to keep going to get the results you want.
It’s useful to clarify your intentions for a detox prior to embarking on your journey, and even better if you can write it down. Documenting your intention helps solidify it and provides an excellent reference for the days when you’re feeling a little less motivated.
2. Set yourself up for SUCCESS
Prep your fridge and pantry. Stock up on teas and supplements.
It’s go time. Set the stage for a successful detox program by prepping your kitchen with ingredients you’ll be eating on the new program. In addition to adding ingredient, also release any items in your kitchen that tempt you or will not serve your impending transformation. If there are roommates, family members, or kids who need to maintain some foods that are not on your program, that’s okay, but definitely try to limit anything that tends to trigger you to overindulge. It’s just a week - everyone will be fine!
3. Focus on what you’re ADDING
Instead of worrying about restrictions, look at all your GAIN with your detox program.
A detox is a great opportunity to experiment with new foods, supplements and teas. Find the list of accepted foods and put it where you can see it - on the fridge or your phone. Spend some time reviewing the list and identifying 2 types of foods: Experimental and Power foods. Follow the link for more details on these.
4. Keep it MOVING
Make sure you’re having regular bowel movements.
During a detox, make sure you’re having regular bowel movements, at least once per day to ensure you’re flushing toxins from your body. Your detox program should include plenty of fiber from whole foods, but if you need a little extra to get you moving, try taking a teaspoon of psyllium husk dissolved in a small glass of water at bedtime. It should work through the night to help clear you out the next morning. For more intense alternatives, water enemas and colonics also pair nicely with detox programs.
5. Keep yourself MOVING
Engage in light exercise to supplement to detox process
While vigorous exercise should generally be avoided during a detox, it is a perfect time to move your body in more gentle ways. Yoga, tai chi, pilates and walking are excellent complements to your detox program. They get your circulation going to assist in the detox process without being too taxing on your body. Please note, some days during a detox, you may actually find you have a surplus of energy. On these days, ride that wave with a quick jog or more cardio-friendly workout.
Be sure to listen to your body and not overdo it.
6. Document your PROGRESS
Take pics and measurements before you start your journey.
Your body is about to transform. Make use of this motivating factor by measuring where you are at the start of the program. Take pics of yourself and measure your waist circumference. Put on a pair of jeans that are a little snug and feel the sensation before you begin. As the days progress, check in with more pics, measurements and fit to celebrate the changes that are happening and keep you excited to keep going!
7. Take time to REFLECT
Incorporate any creative exercises, daily journaling, meditation and reflection.
Consider how you’re feeling emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically before and during your program. Are you feeling fatigued, tired, sluggish before beginning the detox? Are you feeling stressed out, foggy or under slept?
Food plays a large role on how we feel and will have a direct effect on our physical symptoms, energy levels and mood. Pay attention to this and write it down. Overtime, you may begin to notice patterns that would otherwise be overlooked.
In addition, detoxes are traditionally used as a great vehicle for spiritual transformation. Tap into your inner spirit and listen. Meditate. Reflect. Sit in stillness. Write in your journal. Spend time alone in nature. Treat yourself to quiet and reflect on what comes up for you. Hold the sacred space of silence to allow yourself room for true transformation.
8. Maximize REINTRODUCTION
Be mindful of how you reincorporate food groups such as gluten, dairy, soy, corn, eggs.
Upon completion of a detox, your body is a clean slate. All of the gunk has been cleared out and foods that may be triggering symptoms have been removed. Use this opportunity to learn about your body!
It is common for food allergies and sensitivities to cause mental, emotional and physical symptoms such as: fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, anxiety, moodiness, irritability, brain fog, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, skin rashes, inflammation and more. Typically, symptoms caused by foods can take up to several days to reveal themselves making it difficult to decode the source of our symptoms that may be food driven. But after completing a detox, symptoms often appear more quickly and are easier to identify, especially if we stage the reintroduction of certain foods.
Start with eating one food once per day for three days and pay special attention to how you feel. Look for any symptoms and allow time to process before moving onto the next food group. Use this information to make more empowered decisions with your diet moving forward.
9. Enlist SUPPORT
Talk to friends, family and co-workers about your upcoming detox program and find a few helpful cheerleaders to root for you and help keep you on track. Leverage support to help find clarity, provide accountability, offer insights, recipes and motivation throughout this transformation. If you are looking for personalized support as you embark on a detox program, reach out to me for a free consultation.