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31 2011
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How to Detox Properly and (More Importantly) What I Learned During the Process

Last month I completed a ten day detox. My homeopath suggested I try it; “You spring clean your house,” she told me, “It only makes sense you do the same for your body.” Willingly, I accepted the challenge.

Detoxing, the right way

I’m no dietitian, and certainly no doctor. But the way my homeopath explained it, a lot of people do juice detoxing or water fasting – both of which do a great job flushing out your system. The part most people miss, however, is flushing all the toxins out of your body. In order to do that, you need amino acids. So, here’s what my diet was allowed to consist of during my detox. It wasn’t a diet and it certainly wasn’t a fast:

  • Take two scoops of BioCleanse everyday. It’s a great source of protein and amino acids, as well as a ton of other good-for-your-body nutrients.
  • Eat vegan; ideally organic, whole foods/grains, fruits, vegetables, and olive oil.
  • No meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, (added) sugar, salt (fresh spices are OK), or processed foods.

What I learned

  • I had really high expectations. I thought that this would be so easy. Turns out, without my vice (dairy), I am cranky.
  • I can live without my morning coffee! I love tea, I’ve always loved tea; it just took not being allowed to drink coffee to realize how much I love it.
  • My cookbook is my new best friend. Typically, when I need a new recipe, I’ll look it up on Eating Well, but I finally learned to use the cookbook (The Vegetarian’s Bible) that my Mom gave me a few Christmases ago.
  • I need to be able to couple this kind of program with more rigorous exercise. Exercise is important, regardless of what lifestyle you’re rocking. However, during a detox, exercise proves to be nearly impossible.

Have you done a detox? What was your experience like?

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