by Raquel Vasallo of Mind Body Green
Many people cringe when they hear the word detox. It sounds scary to them, they think they are going to be deprived, hungry and irritable, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Detoxing is about giving your body a break and allowing it to come into balance, and there are certain necessary steps that will get you there. I’m a firm believer that cleansing should be a delicious and fun experience that’s all about giving yourself what's best for you.
Here are some simple tips to help you through your Food Matters 3 Day Detox:
1. Create An Intention
Focus on what you want to get out of the detox. Is it about losing weight, having more energy, changing your relationship with food, boosting your immune system, finding food intolerances? Journal your goals or create a vision board to get really clear. Having your intention in mind is a very strong motivator that will keep you on track.
2. Detox With A Friend
It’s very important that you don’t feel like you're doing this alone. Get a friend, your partner or your whole family on board. This will make it a more enjoyable experience and will set you up for success.
Hydrating is the key to minimizing some of the effects of the detox that don’t feel good, such as achy joints, headaches or moodiness. Keeping yourself properly hydrated will help flush out the toxins in an easier way.
4. Pamper Yourself
Pampering during a cleanse is key to your success. Not only will it help you feel amazing, but it will also make the detox a much more pleasant experience that you will want to do every season.
There are certain ways to pamper yourself and aid in the detoxification process such as scrubbing your body with a hot towel, getting a massage, nourishing your skin with coconut oil or doing detoxing yoga poses.
5. Focus On Eating What Your Body Loves
Think of the detox as 3 to 7 days of giving your body the best. Your body craves to be in balance, eating whole and cleansing foods will give it just that. I actually use detoxes as opportunities to create or try new recipes and share them with the people I love. It’s a fun way to reset your body’s balance, try new delicious meals and inspire others too.
Get yourself a beautiful notebook and make a ritual out of this. Your journal will be your best friend during the detox, a place where you can review your daily detoxing efforts, be aware of your emotions and focus on how you want to feel the next day.
A Special Event You Don't Want to Miss!
Our friends James and Laurentine at Food Matters have a truly amazing FREE workshop coming up about cleansing and detoxing! If you want to learn how to feel refreshed, energized, and incredible inside and out, you’re going to love this!
The 5-Part Cleanse & Detox Workshop is an online event beginning March 20th, 2017 and it will guide you on a 10-day personal journey to looking and feeling better than you have in years.
Kevin Gianni is co-founder and CEO of Annmarie Skin Care, an award winning skin care company that produces organic and wildcrafted facial oils, serums, and cleansers. Annmarie Skin Care has been one of Inc500’s Fastest Growing Companies and also was recognized as one of Inc500’s Best Workplaces. The company and products have been featured by many media outlets including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Organic Spa Magazine. He is also the author of Kale and Coffee: A Renegade's Guide to Health, Happiness, and Longevity published in 2015 by Hay House.