Post Detox

Congratulations you are free of toxins!! Yipee!!! Now how do you keep it that way and how do you not shock your body post detox?

The key is to reintroduce food gradually, don’t run out and get a maccie Ds for example no matter how seriously tempting it may be!!  Your body is a now a temple 🙂 Your body is fully cleansed so it would be a real shame to ruin the detox by eating lots of bad food. Also your body has got used to eating pure food, its free of white refined sugars, fats, man mad carbohydrates, dairy, meats, fish, chocolate, sweets, caffeine and alcohol. So if you were to introduce all of these foods at one time your body would go into shock. It can be quite common to be ‘blocked’ up if you eat a lot of the above after a detox.
Your body has now lost the addiction to junk food, coffee, refined sugars etc so it really would be a pity to go back on them.

Immediately post-detox

The next few days do your best to eat only pure foods that are easily digested e.g:

  • steamed or puréed vegetables
  • lightly sautéed greens
  • brown rice
  • as well as proteins such as avocado, nuts, legumes and eggs.

If you plan to reintroduce meat do it slowly, start with organic lean poultry rather than red meat and fish that may have high levels of mercury.  Examples of fish that are high in mercury: King mackerel and swordfish, mid level mercury: tuna, halibot, lobster and low level mercury: snapper, monkfish, skate, trout, squid, crab and scallop.

Its also important not to eat too much post detox, once you do a detox many of us learn that we don’t actually need the big portions that we normally eat.  Take time to really chew your food and appreciate the tastes!

Everyday detoxing and healthy eating:

Your body has lost the addiction to junk food, coffee, refined sugars etc so it is a great opportunity to change your entire eating habits for good.  I would suggest juicing and making smoothies  more.  Switching one meal a day maybe brekkie to a big veg juice and having a salad and/or soup for lunch as these are all full of nutrients and vitamins making the body function a lot more efficiently. Eliminating all the bad foods(i.e. white refined sugars, fats, man mad carbohydrates, dairy, meats, fish, chocolate, sweets, caffeine and alcohol) from your diet(I’m all for treating yourself every so often though 🙂

Top Tips:

  • Chew slowly – the more you chew the more calories you burn!! And it also prepares your body that food is coming. Digestion starts in your mouth so take your time
  • Avoid overeating – eat with more awareness, always listen to your body
  • Drink more water – best way to flush any toxins out of your body
  • Keep it simple – don’t use too many different foods in one meal that way your digestive system can work more efficiently
  • Use probiotic – Good bacteria keeps your digestive tract healthy
  • Pay attention to your elimination habits!
  • Avoid alcohol as much as possible!
  • Exercise – Yoga of course is my favourite!
  • Meditate – give your mind a break
  • Deep breathing – helps to cleanse the body and relaxes the mind
  • Get plenty of sleep – your body heals itself when it rests

Food/Drink for everyday detoxing:

  • Hot water with lemon
  • Dandelion root tea
  • Cranberry juice and water (make sure its not the sugary carton type)
  • Ground Flax and chia seeds(great source of Omegas, fantastic for making us even brainier!!)
  • Unsweetened yoghurt (non dairy I prefer)
  • Artichokes
  • Beets
  • Celery
  • Asparagus
  • Leafy greens
  • Daikon radishes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli sprouts
  • Eat more raw and living foods
  • And of course any of your detox juice/smoothie recipes