4 Truths About Detoxing
If you've been outside lately or in our sweltering apartment that refuses to ventalate itself, you may assume that summer is already upon us. But alas, this week marks the last official week of spring. And while I'm not actually the biggest fan of summer, I'm ready for spring to be over. This spring has taken a toll on me. Honestly, I've been a bit of a mess.
For starters, I've got allergies. BAD. These kind of allergies deserve their own post, so I'll wait to go into more details. Just know it's not easy putting out a hi, I'm a holistic health coach vibe with snot dripping out of your nose, pockets full of soggy kleenexes, and swollen, firey red eyes. Needless to say, I haven't exactly been the poster child of "healthy".
While it's true I've come to hate pollen and dream of tissueless pockets, there's been more to this season than suffering with allergies.
As the weather warmed and grasses grew, I got real into my spring cleaning mojo. I wanted to purge our apartment of all the extras and unneccesaries and give it a good, hearty wash. Curiously, this took a good amount of time and energy for our dainty little home.
Additionally, I started craving a detox. (Not uncommen during this season of rebirth and renewal.) A client/friend of mine decided to join me in a short spring detox designed to support the liver and help flush out toxins/whatever our bodies needed to let go of from winter.
We dedicated five days to incorporating some of the liver's favorite foods/herbs into our diet:
- dandelion root
- milk thistle
We chose local, seasonal, and organic whenever possible and avoided processed foods, dairy, sugar, gluten, alchohol, caffeine, and meat. We also drank 2-3 raw juices daily, prioritzed sleep and self care, and drank plenty of purified water.
(If you'd like a more detailed description of our spring cleanse and detox, feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, comment below, or sign up for a free health consult!)
Whether you're contemplating doing a cleanse, feeling your body's in need of a detox, or looking to develop some healthier habits, you may find these four lessons I learned while cleansing helpful.
#1 Attitude is everything.
You know this. Really WANTING to do something is a million times easier and more enjoyable. Your motivation should not just be rooted in weight loss, but a strong desire to listen to and support your body for optimal healing and health. It's about choice and empowerment, not guilt or desperation.
#2 Juices are amazing.
Don't get me wrong, I had a few screw ups that were just plain nasty. But in general, with the right ingredients + measurments, they are quite refreshing. Not to mention, your body can assimilate those nutrients within 15 minutes! Hello instant energy boost. :]
#3 There's no such thing as perfect.
Committing yourself to a cleanse or detox can be intimidating when there's pressure to be "perfect". If you buy into this misconception, you will hold yourself back from doing something really great for your body that could possibly be life changing. Surely you know that ANY effort you put forth to support your body nutritionally is better than doing nothing at all. Trust your intuition, determine what YOU need, decide what will be manageable AND fun for you, then make it your own.
#4 It's not just about food.
I'm going against my entire Wilson heritage by saying this, but there's more to life than food. In fact, your emotional, relational, spirtual, and mental health can have just as much (if not more) of an impact on your health than the food you eat. During your cleanse or detox, you may find that your body doesn't just need to abstain from certain foods/beverages to get healthy. It may need you to let go of toxic thoughts, emotions, relationships, and lifestyle habits. Raw juices are pretty incredible, but they can't fix everything.
During my clenase, it became clear that I will never experience the full richness and potential of my health and life without letting go of obsessive thoughts and irrational fears. Although it hasn't been and won't be easy, I'm ready to fully commit to a journey of finding inner peace and releasing fear.
Is there something holding you back from experiencing the full richness of your health and life? Are you ready to "detox" from whatever that may be? It will be a challenge, but it may also be worth it. ;)