Today I bought some Detox Tea. I was really after Rooibos and De-caffinated Green Tea but the shop I went to had neither so I was forced into another choice! Noah liked the box for the detox one and it sounded like quite a nice mix so I went for it.
It got me thinking about the whole detox issue. I have never been one for faddy diets. Because of my diagnosis with MS I am always eating food that is good for my body anyway, there isn’t really anything unhealthy left to cut out.
However, I do think there is some merit in having a day every now and then when you give your body a break from digesting food. I probably have a day about once a month where I have a pure fruit smoothy, a few plain rice cakes and not a lot else. I find it really does do my body good. I finish it feeling healthy and energised.
When I start on the day it takes a while for my mind to settle down to the lack of food. All the automatic eating habits are challenged. It can feel a bit tough trying to resist food especially as you approach regular meal times.
This situation is a great one for practising mindfulness. Recognising the cravings for food as simple thoughts is so powerful. You know that you don’t need to eat, you will be absolutely fine, yet your thoughts keep re visiting your food related desires. Every time your thoughts return to food, simply redirect your attention to where you want it to be, in the here and now, doing what every you are doing. If you are doing nothing then direct your attention to your breath.
Once you crack this ability to recognise cravings as just thoughts your day will get easier. The realisation that you can do this will give you a real feeling of accomplishment. Becoming mindful and being able to make clear choices really is empowering.
When I start to eat normally again I find that my detox day has had lots of benefits. I am so motivated in terms of making everything I eat as nutritious as it can be. It feels like you are starting with a clean slate. You make your body a temple!
It gives me a check on portion control. Because I eat only good natural food I find that keeping my portions an appropriate size can be difficult. I can eat absolutely loads without feeling full and then later regret it and feel bloated and uncomfortable. You can have too much of a good thing! When you have a food free day your stomach shrinks back to size and you notice that full feeling much sooner.
When I return to my normal eating habits I really enjoy my food. Taking simple pleasures away for a short time results in a real thankfulness for them when they return. Mindful eating happens naturally, not a single mouthful is taken for granted. The smell, the texture the taste, all amazing. It really is a lesson in appreciation.
When you aren’t eating then drinks become so much more interesting. You really start to enjoy them. Again, so often we take our drinks for granted. Different caffeine free teas are great, they add a bit of variety to your day, they hydrate you and they flush your system through.
So give it a go, if only for a day. Most of us don’t need any special supplements or programmes to do this but obviously if you have a medical condition that might be affected play it safe and check with your doctor first. If you just do it for a day every now and then our bodies tend to enjoy the break and you may find that your mind feels good for the challenge too.
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