For the next 1-2 weeks, starting as soon as you are “mentally” ready…begin the following:
- Drink 12 oz warm lemon water first thing in the morning (you can also use fresh limes, grapefruit or oranges). Alternately, drink luke warm water with a couple teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar “with the mother in it”– I like Braggs Brand. ( I drink this every other day) .
- After a light nutritious breakfast (see breakfast menu ideas in the detox menu) make the Ayurvedic Tea and drink it hot, everyday, throughout the whole day, refilling as necessary. Drink lots of this hot tea or hot clear fluids all day ( like yerba, green tea, or hot natural herbal teas) This is key. It flushes everything out.
- Try to eat a wide array of fresh fruits and veggies. Branch out. Diversify.
- Take a from all white flour and processed foods- eating whole fresh ingredients as much as possible, everything made from scratch.
- Take a break from white sugar. ( A little honey, agave or maple is OK)
- Take a break from white flour, eating only whole grains.
- Go lighter on all fats, even “good fats” like olive oil, coconut, and nuts. A little is OK, as it really does make food palatable, but just be mindful of how much you are consuming and try not to have more than 2 tsp oil in any one meal. Just try it, and take note of what you usually eat.
- Take a break from cheese, butter and dairy (with the exception of yogurt- full of probiotics) red meat, pork or rich meats.
- Start Taking 1000 mg of vitamin C and a multi B complex vitamin every night.
- Fish, seafood and organic chicken and very lean meats are OK in moderation, although, if so inclined, take a break from them altogether, or try only having it once a day, with the vegetable being the focus of the meal.
- Weigh yourself once before you start, and then not again for 2 weeks.
- If for some reason you have a meal or a whole day where you totally splurge, no biggie, just start again the next meal or next day. Don’t let it stop you from continuing. Just let it go. Start again fresh. For example, I go out to dinner at least once a week with my girlfriends, and honestly, I order whatever I want. The rest of the time I try to be fairly good though.
- Try to walk, bike ride, hike or do gentle yoga ( something gentle, yet moderately active) for 30 minutes, on most days. Breath deep, and give your body gratitude. Thank your heart, your lungs, your limbs, for making it possible to move and be alive.
- Consider the idea of detoxing your heart and mind. Begin looking at stuck emotions, and ask yourself what would be healthy to let go of, release, or forgive.
- Consider your spiritual and emotional health. Are you making time to do the things that keep you connected, balanced and joyful? For example, for me this means being outside in the natural world and creating time for stillness first thing the morning … sometimes with a spiritual or inspirational book, or poetry . We are all different, and I think we intuitively know what we need. It’s easy to forget how important it is, but make it a priority.
- Detoxing and cleansing is not just for the physical body, it’s for our whole body – our emotional body, our mind and spirit as well. It’s also for the space around us. Look around where you live. Do the things in your home truly bring you joy? Or do they weigh you down or burden you? Start clearing out the things that do not bring joy — giving them to others, donating them or throwing them out. Create a space that is peaceful, restorative and joyful.
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