Detox State of Mind

For most people, the word “Detox” doesn’t exactly sound like a good time. But what if I told you that it can be? What if I told you that not only could you end up liking your detox but that it could change your life so much that you’d want to to do it again? Let me share with you what worked for me.

 Step One: Fix Your Focus 

Detoxing is all about letting go and getting rid of what’s not working.  But all too fast, our brains associate letting go with deprivation. What do you mean I can’t have _______ (fill in the blank for said-vice here)? Instead of thinking about what is being taken away from you, FOCUS on what you are bringing into your body and life through nourishing foods and behaviors. Your body is the one beautiful thing that is specific to you so own it with love.

 Step Two: Find Your Why

I love to dance (okay, that’s an understatement). Last year, I was honored to participate in a project featuring movement and restriction with four talented young women – half my age! And just like that, BAM! I had my powerful WHY. Declaring that I would like to feel less sluggish and blah could have been my goal, but it wasn’t inspiring. But this performance – my heart and head were all in. I wanted to feel a confidence in my body and an abundance of energy to take me through rehearsals and performances.

This year, my WHY will focus on reconnecting to my food intake and increasing my mind/body’s awareness of the benefits. I’m going for optimized health because I have no tolerance of any health symptoms with the super-noticeable differences I experienced when I reintroduced certain foods last year. An example…post nasal drip following eating wheat. Since last year, I have greatly reduced my intake of wheat, sugar and dairy, and have felt great! I can’t wait to see what else I learn this year.

So, find your WHY and let it lead your detox journey. Be definitive. Go beyond the basics of weight loss and increased energy. Once you connect to your WHY, let it be your guide and your motivator to keep you on track. Create visuals or written reminders of what you’re up to that you can place in frequently viewed areas like your bathroom mirror, your refrigerator door, or on your car dashboard. These gentle messages of inspiration will help to keep you connected to your WHY.

Step Three: Hydrate

Hydrating during your detox is key to minimizing some of the side-effects of the detox that can make you feel tired and run down. This can be different for everyone. I was more inclined to feeling hangry, experiencing brain fog and feeling more fatigued. I wanted to change this, so I drank more tea and infused water. This helped make me feel full and curbed my cravings for certain foods.

I like simple, so I made it simple. Hot water infused with lemon and ginger were a comfort beverage for me in the morning.  Adding spices such as cayenne, cinnamon or cloves to herbal tea had a calming, soothing effect for me.  This made for a great daily beverage or an evening after-supper libation. Room temperature water with a variety of lemon, lime, blueberries, raspberries, cucumber and mint were refreshing and revitalizing throughout the day.  I encourage you to experiment (this is the fun part!) with this. You are sure to find one that suits you.

Step Four: Pamper

Pamper and reward yourself. That’s right; detoxing can be hard – especially if you have not experienced one before! In some cases, it can be a complete lifestyle change. At the end of each week (heck, every two days if you want), treat yourself to a luxurious bath, spa or massage. Sounds expensive? It doesn’t have to be. Make your own body scrub or create your own detox bath with what you already have on hand in your kitchen. Use sugar or sea salt with a base oil (olive oil or coconut oil) and add a few drops of essential oils…WA-LAH! Instant body scrub!

Unfortunately, I do not own a bath tub…yet. I have grandiose ideas of turning our unused milk house into a sauna and the bulk milk tank into a hot tub, but we are just in the fantasy ideas stage right now. Instead, I have decided to do hot/cold shower therapy in lieu of a spa bath. I started hydrotherapy by making the water comfortably hot for a few minutes. Then I would adjust the flow of cold water until it was almost intolerably cold. I would then go back to hot water once more and finish with cold. When I first started this, I was thinking that it was insane. After doing it twice a week, I found I could tolerate going from as hot as I could stand it to as cold as I could stand it. My body adjusted and was no longer shocked at the fluctuations in temperature. It was invigorating, calming and energizing all at the same time.

If showers and scrubs are not your thing, pick a reward that works for you. Take an evening stroll in nature, go to a movie that you’ve wanted to see (with your own healthy snacks!), order that mouth-watering salad from your favorite restaurant or buy those luxurious wool socks you’ve been coveting. Whatever it is, let it be a supportive assist to your WHY and motivate you to keep going and stay the course.

Step Five:  Partner Up

Find someone to do the detox with you. Having a partner to share in the pains and gains as you go through a detox will provide you with accountability and the extra motivation/support you may need along the way.

Regardless, if you have someone to do it with or not, your detox will be a success if YOU make it so. Watch your front, because we got your back. We are just a phone call away should you want to discuss how you are feeling, have questions regarding food and drink intake, or just want to touch base.

FOCUS. FIND. HYDRATE. PAMPER. PARTNER.

Use these as tools to ensure a more successful detox. Good luck on your detox journey! If you are of the sharing sort, I would love to hear about your experience.

Take care, well wishes ~

Barbara

Live CLEAN Through 2017: 8 Toxins You Can Remove From Your Life Today

Humans are exposed to environmental and biological toxins on a daily basis.  This can overburden the body’s natural ability to detoxify.  Mounting evidence has linked the accumulation of toxins to many chronic conditions including fatigue, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.  Although we can’t avoid ALL toxins ALL of the time, focusing on the things we use the most and choosing less toxic versions of these things can make an impactful difference.  Here’s my list of 8 things I’ve personally chosen to focus on to lessen the toxic load in my life.

  1. Glass or stainless steel containers to prepare, store and transport food and drinks. Plastics are a remarkable material offering us many functional, practical, and efficient products. But while they have many functional benefits, they can also contribute to health and environmental detriments. Plus, they are EVERYWHERE.  Any chance I get to use a little less plastic, I’ll do my best.  One really easy swap was all of my plastic containers (especially water bottles) for glass or stainless steel alternatives.
  2. Shampoo, conditioner and soap. Since I use these every day, choosing products free of triclosan (recently BANNED in Minnesota), parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, and phthalates – just to name a few, seemed like an easy thing to do.  For myself, I buy Intelligent Nutrients shampoo and conditioner and homemade soaps made by a few of my patients which I sell here at the clinic.  A great resource to check out the toxins in your products and find cleaner alternatives is the Environmental Working Group.
  3. Organic tea and coffee. I don’t do everything organic, but I won’t compromise on coffee or tea – two of the most heavily pesticide-sprayed crops.  I drink coffee every day and I drink tea in the winter to warm me up.  Since organic versions are so easy to access, it is a simple thing for me to implement.
  4. Reverse osmosis water filter system. Chlorine and fluoride are added to my city water in Osceola.  Chlorine is easily removed by carbon filter systems, but reverse osmosis is the only water system that will remove the fluoride.  You may be undecided on fluoride, but for me – since I’ve never had a cavity, it’s simply a drug I don’t feel I need or want.
  5. Dryer balls. I don’t know what is in those dryer sheets, but the fragrance gives me a slight headache and why have the extra expense?  Dryer balls last forever and work well enough for me!
  6. Toothpaste. I recently switched from Crest to using straight Thieves Oil from Young Living.  One drop on my brush does the trick better than anything else I’ve tried including baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.  I can’t go back.
  7. Deodorant. I don’t “perspire”, I sweat.  A lot.  I’ve tried many “natural deodorants” –   the crystal stick, primal pit… none have worked well enough for me to make the switch from the aluminum filled ones.  But I think I’m on to something.  Jenn introduced me to NATIVE deodorant which looks, feels and smells better than regular deodorant but is aluminum free and works!
  8. Higher quality meat.  It can be difficult to find, so here are some local suggestions:
  • Crystal Ball Farms, Osceola, WI (pasture raised chicken and eggs)
  • Silver Creek Springs, Clayton, WI (pasture raised chicken and turkey)
  • Bull Brook Keep, Clear Lake, WI (grass fed and finished beef)
  • Northstar Bison, Rice Lake, WI (grass fed bison, elk, venison, beef)
  • Misty Fjord, Alaska (okay, not local – but they ship awesome salmon right to your door!)

Higher quality animal proteins can also be more expensive so I add a lot of beans to my meat dishes whether its chicken stir fry with garbanzo beans, meat loaf with pinto beans, or spaghetti squash with ground beef and black beans.

Identifying toxins in our environment helps us avoid or find alternatives for some of the most common and frequent ones.  For the ones we can’t identify, using targeted nutrition and phytonutrients can help your body optimize all three phases of detoxification to help minimize accumulation and maximize elimination.  This year I’ll be traveling to San Diego and Chicago teaching other practitioners how to create detoxification programs for their patients.  Would you like me to create one for you?  Just give our office a call to set up a time for us to meet.  Are you more of a Do-It-Yourself kind?  If so, check out our 10 Day Clear Change Detoxification Program which you can order online or stop by and pick it up!

Here’s to a happy, healthy new year!  And as Joyce Meyer once said “I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.”