In a perfect world we would all be following perfect diets, live according to an ideal routine, and only make the best lifestyle choices. In reality it’s not so easy, so we just have to do the next best thing, which is doing what we can.
My life is really busy and I have the most awkward schedule imaginable. When spring comes around I always want to detox, but making sure I have the right food prepped before my hunger strikes is often more stressful than advantageous.
So, I created a stress-free detox. Most of it is inspired by my education in Maharishi Ayurveda mixed with my personal experience. One of the principles of Ayurveda, which I probably stretch to its maximum, is to favor desirable choices and to avoid undesirable choices. This means no hard and fast rules, but just doing your best at any given point. Maybe you give up your morning coffee or maybe you have a single shot instead of a double shot. You get the jist.
Get More Sleep
Even if you can only manage to go to bed half an hour earlier, do it.
Hot Lemon Water
Start your day with a glass of room temperature water and then follow that with 16 ounces of boiled water, cooled down, with a squeeze of lemon in it.
Sip boiled water throughout the day. Either plain water or water with lemon, ginger, or fennel seeds in it. Also stock up on bottled water and make sure you have it in your car, at your desk, and around your house.
Eat a Teaspoon of Ginger Pickle Before Meals
Mix grated ginger root, half a lemon, a teaspoon of honey, and a pinch of salt together. Keep it in your refrigerator and have a teaspoon before your meals. Have a teaspoon of the pickle before your meals as often as you can.
Eat Smaller Portions
Cut your portion size by a quarter, if this feels very easy then by a third. You need much less food than you think and this will allow your digestion to get rid of extra, undigested food built up in your body.
Stick to real food snacks and only snack when you are actually hungry. On the days that your snack ends up being a chocolate or a cookie, because life is too short to not enjoy the these pleasures at all, make sure you keep it small.
Take Your Herbs
Here is link to my recommended detox herbs.
Digest Tone before bed, I take two.
Elimtox/Elimtox-O most of us will have to use Elimtox-O. Let the description help you make a decision.
Cook at Home
Favor wholesome, home-cooked meals whenever possible.
Yes, I said it. Skip breakfast if you aren’t hungry. If you aren’t hungry it means your digestion is not working at that time, wait for it to fire up before eating. If you are the must-have-breakfast-or-i’ll-murder type, by all means have your breakfast.
Get some light exercise, go for a walk, go to a yoga class, do what ever is in your routine of doing.
These simple guidelines will support your bodies natural cleansing processes and rid itself of built up toxins. After all, that’s what it’s wired to do.