Have you done your annual detox retreats?
I have tried on more than one occasion, and it was effective but I found it hard to keep up having to repeat the process again and again – taking a toll on my wallet.
I realised when life is hectic, the most effective detoxification starts first by avoiding toxic elements in my environment. Steer clear of smoking, drinking, caffeine and chemicals from food and cosmetics. Also, remember to make drinking plenty of water and exercising top priorities.
These are a start, but I wanted to find a way to incorporate detoxing into my everyday life without spending the extra money. Then, I discovered this reset programme introduced by a Japanese doctor. The idea is to reset our system on a daily basis by simply avoiding solid food for certain hours. Seems simple enough.
Not Detox but Reset
The focus of a mini detox is not the detoxifying itself, but rather to give your body a break from working too hard. Our bodies work hard when digesting food. When our bodies are working first and foremost to digest food, things like our natural ability to detoxify ends up on the back burner. Therefore, by giving our bodies a break from digesting solid food, we are able to naturally detoxify easier.
Result was Amazing!
I started this in May 2015. I tweaked the programme to make it sustainable to suit my lifestyle, allowing it to continue 5 days each week. That is when the 1/2 a day reset programme was born. Since it is so easy to maintain, the benefits I gained go far beyond the physical. This programme has had a profound impact on my emotional wellbeing and overall lifestyle.
The program has made my skin and hair glow with radiance, improved my body’s self-healing abilities, and boosted my immune system. In addition, the program has improved my positive mindset by promoting gratitude and alertness.
½ a day reset programme
Start your day with this freshly blended juice:
2-3x Carrots with skin
2-3x Apples (preferably organic, otherwise remove the skin)
½ Lemon – This helps prevent the juice from oxidizing, which is ideal if you plan on making it in advance.
1 Cucumber (preferably organic, if not peel the skin before juicing) Helps to ease water retention
1 stalk Celery – This is helpful for irregular menstruation.
1 bunch Spinach (preferably organic) – This is helpful for anemia.
Black tea, rather than green, is preferred for its heating effects. If you would like, add freshly grated ginger to boost your metabolism, warm the body, and ease depression. Mix the black tea and ginger with 1 teaspoon of honey or palm sugar.
Have 1 more glass of morning juice, if necessary.
Lunch & Dinner
Enjoy a light lunch like a salad or soup with a plenty of vegetables. For a boost of lean protein, add chicken, fish and/or egg of your choice. Concentrate on consuming foods with low to medium Glycemic Index Carbohydrates. Low GI food releases energy steadily while increasing the production of mood-calming serotonin.
Eat lunch and dinner slowly and focus on digestion. This is the key to prevent overeating and helps to effectively maximize the energy received by the food.(1)
Do not force yourself to stick to the plan. Listen to what your body needs. If your mind and body urge you to take a break, please do so. When you are ready to continue, ease into the plan. The key to this ½ day reset is for it to be consistent. This is more of a lifestyle change.
Do not follow this plan if you are breastfeeding, have medical conditions, or if you are underweight.
During your morning detox, your metabolism will increase. Try to avoid too much air conditioning and cold drinks. The goal is to keep your body temperature stable.
About water and detoxification
When you consider that approximately two-thirds of your body is composed of water, you can better understand why water is such an important part of a healthy diet. Drinking enough water every day can help you lose weight, help with digestion, and help cleanse toxins from your body. The average person needs to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. You may need to drink more water if you work out often or consume large quantities of coffee or alcohol, which can contribute to dehydration. (2)
Keep in mind that consuming more water than the body needs can cause water retention and in severe cases, overhydration. (3)
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