Step 1)Preparation for a Detox
Although it can be tempting to jump into a detox, preparation is essential because it affects how a person feels during the process.
Begin by increasing your intake of fresh vegetables during the pre-fast. We would recommend that you begin adding the Green Smoothie to your diet (see recipes below)immediately. Drink at least 1 litre of green smoothie per day.
Step 2) Give Your Diet a Mini-Makeover
Some foods can interfere with the liver’s ability to detoxify your body, which could impair your detox efforts. Try to reduce: alcohol, processed sugar, dairy, wheat, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and packaged, boxed, tinned or fast food. Instead find the treasures in your cupboard, rediscover kurakkan pittu, kasa kasa, fruit ices, buffalo curd, kitual pani (organic if possible), dates, sultanas, nuts, seeds.
From 22nd April 2013 try to eliminate the above mentioned acid forming foods.
Step 3) Get rid of temptation
You may also want to take this time to rid your kitchen of any foods or beverages that might tempt you during your detox diet such as packet biscuits, crisps, tinned items, processed sausages, etc.
Step 4) Shopping
Plan your menu for the week and make time to grocery shop. If you don’t normally buy organic, stock up on organic food on Thursday from the, “Good Market” at Waters Edge or get an organic delivery from companies such as natures food email@example.com and saarketha www.saaraketha.com/shop. If you’re not able to buy all organic produce, ensure you get organic greens for your green smoothies from three star brand which you can find at your local Keels or Cargills in the refrigerated vegetable section. If not organic peel and you wash your fruit and vegetables in turmeric and salt water.
Step 5) Prevent Caffeine Withdrawal
If you drink caffeinated beverages on a regular basis, you may experience headaches, tiredness and other caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Here are some tips on how to prevent it:
- Gradually decrease your caffeine intake prior to starting the diet. If you drink coffee several times a day cut down to one coffee and finally have one every other day or have a very watery or milky coffee. During the 5 days prior to the Retreat please cut out coffee all together.
- Try substituting some of your coffee intake with organic black tea (the Good Market or supermarkets)
- Switch to lower-caffeine green tea,white tea, herbal tea.
- If it’s the bitter taste of coffee you miss, try drinking marmite.
Step 6) Drink More Water
Your body needs plenty of water during a detox diet. Drinking lots of water keeps you hydrated and may help flush out toxins, so be sure to drink at least eight glasses of filtered water daily. Also try having a cup of room temperature or lukewarm filtered water with lemon and 1 teaspoon of bees honey in the morning.
Step 7) Stock up on Tools for Detox Success
Some practices may help promote cleansing throughout your detox diet. First thing before you brush your teeth practice oil pulling. Please see instructions below.
Now exfoliate your skin with a dry brush. These two techniques will help support circulation and prompt the passage of toxins from your lymph.
You can purchase a dry brush from Barefoot or Cargills, Duplication Rd, opposite Alma taylors (the brushes are right at the back where the candles are).The cost is around 400-500Rs. Brush vigorously depending on the hardness of the bristles on the brush. Brush from your feet in upward strokes towards your heart. When you get above your heart make sweeping brush strokes down towards your heart. Now take a cold shower and vigorously massage the body to release toxins.
To enhance relaxation as you detox, consider buying some essential oils add to your burner or on your pillow. Incredibly calming, lavender oil may be especially helpful for those suffering from caffeine-withdrawal-related headaches.
Step 8) Know What Not to Cut Out
Don’t stop taking any prescription medications while on a detox diet. Discontinuing certain medications can have serious, possibly life-threatening consequences.
Did you know that dark green leafy plants contain protein in the form of individual amino acids which are the most vital form of protein for the body. Chains of amino acids are found in every protein cell. The body uses amino acids as neurotransmitters, they are the bodies way of communicating between the brain cells, governing our emotions, memory, mood, behavior and sleep patterns. By consuming a large amount of animal protein but not consuming enough dark green vegetable protein may leave your body deficient of these essential amino acids leading to symptoms of: Depression, lack of focus, lack of energy and attention deficit disorder. Also leading to cravings for: sweets, processed starches, chocolate, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
Our bodies can absorb plant amino acids without any of the side effects of animal protein.
Wait for the next post with details of a meal plan, body brushing and pulling!
May the detox be with you!