This week, I want to address something that may really help you out. If you follow me, you probably have a strong interest in cleanses and detoxes, and may have already done a few of them, even some juice fasts.
I decided to tackle the issue of detoxing in the month of January, February, and even March as I have received quite a few emails and phone calls from both men and women feeling highly FRUSTRATED.
Their New Year Resolution freshly tattooed in their brain, lured by front page covers in popular magazines, and armed with as much willpower as they could muster, they bought, downloaded, or signed up for some version of a “detox”…only to end up with MORE weight than they started with, and feeling angry, frustrated, and confused.
So the conversation with me goes something like this:
” Anne, you are a strong proponent of detoxing, it is a big part of your message, well I am here to tell you that it doesn’t work. It makes things worse! (Insert belligerent tone here)”.
Me: “You are right. It does not work. BECAUSE IT IS STILL WINTER!
Hear this as it is very important: although I am a big fan and advocate of “detoxing” twice a year, I am an even bigger advocate of listening to your body and respecting its needs and biorhythm, which means that attempting to cleanse in the dead of winter if you don’t live somewhere hot and sunny is like trying to wake up a hibernating bear: not your most brilliant (or safe) idea.
Simply put, you are going AGAINST your body’s effort to keep your core body temperature where it needs to be, maintain a strong immune system against all the winter bugs, and balance your hormones to minimize winter blues. It has no time or desire to detox right now and is not thinking about how “bikini-ready” you need to be for your upcoming trip to Barbados. It is thinking the more blubber on her, the better.
Instead, here is what you can do to set you up for success when spring comes around (and you feel your body ready and willing):
- Start removing sugar, caffeine, and processed junk from your diet and start focusing on making fresh meals.
- Limit your alcohol intake to prepare your liver for a much needed break.
- Add in fermented foods to start balancing good bacteria in your gut.
- Put yourself in “chocolate jail”: if, like me, you have been overdosing on dark chocolate to fight snow-induced depression, it is time for a break. Dark chocolate is good for you…up to a point.
- Nurture yourself. We are still in the part of the year when it is more about “hibernating” than crazy spring cleaning. Respect your body needs for sleep, naps, warm baths and introspection. You will get into spring stronger.
- Start taking A-Game to gently but effectively nourish your cells and flush out toxins.
Bottom line: save your money for when your body gets on board with your mind. You cannot go against it; it will backfire every time !
And when you are ready for it, do it right…