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The word ‘detox’ gets a bad rap. It’s generally equated with feelings of restriction, deprivation and extremes. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Reframing the concept can result in greater well-being physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Think small, daily shifts that, over time, create strong, healthy habits and support your wellness goals.
Continue to eat food (sans the snacks) – Add in more veggies.
The idea here is to add more colorful vegetables into your daily diet, rather than depriving yourself, which leads to feelings of guilt and eventually, failure.
Some people have no problems with reaching their daily intake of water. And then there are those, like myself, who struggle with it constantly. It becomes a chore.
I have found that if I space it out during the day, I have more successful days. Drink 1/2 your weight in ounces. Divide that by 6: 2 glasses in the morning, 2 glasses in the afternoon, and 2 glasses in the evening. Do not drink more than 12 ounces in an hour.
Cut back on alcohol.
Cutting back on alcohol can be difficult for some. We are creatures of our social habits. But it is not impossible. There are many non-alcoholic alternatives available that mimic cocktails. You won’t miss a thing!
Maximize your gut health.
You’ve probably heard a lot about ‘gut health’ lately. It’s not a faddy buzz word. Your health is directly dependent upon the health of your gut. Eating fermented foods like sauerkraut provides a solid foundation for which a healthy gut microbiome can flourish. Then, add in a quality probiotic.
Do a digital detox.
Did you know that watching the news or reading about it 24/7 can disturbed your peace and your sense of wellness? It creates anxiety and unrest. If you must be “in the know” find outlets that are more positive in their messaging.
Go green. Go chemical free.
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Making one small changes at home can go a long way. Choose glass over plastic containers, or buy a chemical free dishwasher detergent.
Move your body.
You do not need to sweat. Any gentle exercise or stretching will do just fine. If you want to take it up a notch, park further from the store and walk.
Prioritize mental health.
- Sleep more
- Take breaks from your work and stretch
- Get some fresh air and sunshine
- Have fun, easy conversations with the people who mean the most to you.
Detoxing does not have to be a bad word. By reframing what it means to detox, you find new ways to optimize your whole well-being.