How to prepare for a detox

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Although a great process for your health and wellness, a detox process can be extremely inspiring to yourself and the people around you, and makes you feel good about yourself. To enhance the experience for yourself and to get the best out of it, it’s important that you prepare yourself a few days prior to the detox. Here are five tips:

1. Observe your body

To me, a detox is all about observation and being able to observe how your body reacts to the progress you make as you work your way through your detox plan.

There’s no specific guidelines as to how your body should react to your detox so endless reading of articles and journals can sometimes be frustrating when you can’t find when you’re looking for because its not there in the first place.

The only guide is your body’s reaction and whenever you go on a detox, regardless of whether you’re doing it for the first time or the hundredth time, you’re body is different to mine so we may (or may not) have similar reactions.

If your detox involves making a dramatic change in your nutrition, this can sometimes trigger reactions within you. The simple advice here is to observe your body and the best time to start is before your detox begins so you can actually notice what happens.

2. Don’t binge before your detox

The common thinking with first-time detoxes is that “If I’m going on a detox next week, I must eat as much as possible these few days so I’m full next week!”

Unfortunately, the body doesn’t work that way and even if you binge and become full today, you’ll still be hungry next week. The point of a detox is to clean your body as it would normally be and so eating could be considered as doubling the work of your detox. As you get closer to your detox, take the time to be careful on what you eat.

3. Hydrate yourself continuously

It’s obvious that when you go on a detox you’re going to be limiting what you eat and for different types of detoxes the amount you eat can be lots to nothing so it’s likely you will feel dehydrated. Don’t wait till your thirsty to drink a glass of water.

Aim to drink a glass or two of water every hour your awake. If that’s not enough, drink more. The fact is, I don’t believe there’s a maximum amount of water you should drink. Simply drink to be hydrated and not the opposite. In fact, never let yourself get to a state of dehydration. Drinking water also makes you feel more fuller so it can help to put away your hunger or cravings.

4. Simplify your foods before your detox

Your detox is going to be a really limited amount of foods than you’re normally accustomed to. For that reason, the best way to get ready for your detox is to simplify your food intake and the amount you eat a few days before your detox officially starts. Limit the number of ingredients you use in a meal. Limit the amount you make. Limit the amount you eat. Get ready to detox.

5. Avoid eating late at night

As humans we should have never learnt to eat late at night. It simply doesn’t aid digestion and body comfort as you go to sleep and during the night, but unfortunately we lose control of our body and let our cravings get the better of us.

The majority of time, people mistake hunger for fatigue and instead of getting some rest by going to sleep, they take out the snacks and start nibbling only to find that it goes on for way longer than they wanted it to. Then they go to sleep and are really uncomfortable.

As you prepare for your detox, avoid eating late at night. Instead, drink lots of water and get some rest. You’ll wake up feeling more refreshed, more hydrated.

6. Journal your journey

Journalling is one of the best techniques when it comes to cleansing – both your mind and your body. Get yourself a diary or notebook and daily keep track of your detox. Note down what you eat or drink and what time, how you’re waking up feeling and how you feel throughout the day. Also write down how your body is reacting and what emotions its triggering within you. It’s a great way to release emotions and feelings from your body that the detox can stir up.

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