I know, I know – detoxing can be a controversial topic so I don’t want to bring anyone out in a cold sweat with the subject line of this post BUT I am going to spend the next few days going back to basics and cutting out a few things that I have far too much of and I know aren’t good for me.
Yes – everything in moderation, good fats and bad fats, as a 35 year old woman there is very little I don’t know/haven’t read or tried. However cutting out and eliminating the nasties is something that works well for me and so here’s my plan.
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- Any and all sugar (including fruit)
- Meat (in my case chicken/turkey since I don’t eat red meat) and fish
- Caffeine free tea (not decaf since that still has caffeine)
- Vegetables and salad
And there we have it. It’s been a couple of years since I last undertook this fairly Draconian regime but whenever I’ve done it in the past I’ve felt amazing at the end of 7 days. I sleep better, have clearer skin, have more energy, the list of benefits is endless. Also by cutting out sugar completely, it stops the cravings which is something I really struggle with. It feels very needed since I’m currently eating chocolate or cakes every day and Pete and I have slipped into a dangerous habit of having alcohol (a couple of beers or a couple of glasses of wine) every night after work. As a result of my poor dietary habits my sleep patterns are horrendous, I feel tired and lack concentration. I’m struggling to get any energy for my running which I used to do regularly and really enjoy.
My plan is to stick with this from today until the end of next Wednesday – 6 days which is more than enough to make a big difference. I’ve always found Day 3 the worst day, I wake up feeling headachey with shaking hands as the sugar leaves but after that I feel totally world beating. I’m going to have some veggie stirfrys and veggie curries which aren’t as strict as you can be (the “real” version is basically raw veg and salad for the duration) and some homemade soups. All being well come the end of next Wednesday I’ll feel far healthier, the top button on my jeans will do up that little bit easier. I was thinking about a daily vlog at the end of each day to see how I’m doing/feeling but not sure I’m brave enough, we’ll see!
Have you ever tried a detox? What tips work for you to feel better about yourself?