As a Yogini, I am around healthy eating habits, different diets and trendy holistic/ alternative treatments. I've done one day juicing or fasting a couple of times, but just now I decided to do my first detox.
While in California, I had the chance to be closer to my friend and holistic chiropractor, dr. Patricia Lotufo (from Linea Chiropractic) and her partner, dr. Rachel Richards (Harmony Healthy Chiropractic), and because of them, I got familiar with the importance of detoxifying the body.
Even though I have a healthy eating routine, without white flour, red meat and pork, fried and canned food, cow milk, and GMO; I am very tempted by sugar, and have been drinking more coffee than usual.
Besides that, I'm going thru a process of readapting and releasing things that cause stress, and there's also the daily polution to the body while going to restaurantes, having snacks at the street, usual habits that all of us have. I believe that the detox will get me mental strength and focus for my goals.
During this seven day detox I decided to cut sugar, alcohol, soy, dairy and coffee. I am eating two-thirds of my food raw, and plenty of herbal tea with spices, especially turmeric.
Check this article about the benefits of it:
The only sugar I’m taking is one big spoon of raw honey a day (I ate a few raisins in the first day, but them stopped- dried fruit has sugar! Not allowed!).
The first couple of days I drank two cups of green tea per day, then just decaff herbal tea.
My tips on the steps to detox:
1. To be familiar with your body and what you should or not eat to balance it. I follow the Ayurvedic Medicine, so the dosha test below is the first step I do and recommend:
2. After knowing the answer, google about your body type, know the foods you should take or avoid, and from there, choose the ones allowed that you prefer to use during the detox. To consider that a detox, you MUST cut dairy, sugar, coffee, alcohol, and the only flour or milk you should take is the rice based. Regarding meat, I recommend just wild caught fish after three days with just vegetables, some grains and fruits.
3. My technique to keep strong during detox is to be organized on the fridge. I hide all food I won’t be able to eat in a drawer and make different containers with meal and snacks portions for the next 2 or 3 days. I was supposed to juice too, but since I recently moved and the house is not yet ready with appliances, I decided to just eat the vegetables.
4. The base of my detox is having at least 6 glasses of tea per day. The first two days I drank two glasses of green tea (because of caffeine and to speed metabolism), and everyday I drink herbal teas (boldo or Cachamai herbal tea, and chamomile before sleep) for the stomach.
First thing in the morning: drink a big glass of water with a squeezed lime and a dash of turmeric.
Recipe to drink once a day: Chop a piece of ginger and put to boil with water in low temperature, after 1min boiling, let it sit, squeeze half of a lime (or lemon), put a dash of turmeric, a small cinnamon stick and drink hot. If your immune system is low, you can add pieces of garlic to be boiled with the ginger.
Stay tuned; in a couple of days I will post more recipes and meal suggestions!
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