So here we are…. mid (ok late) February. It’s been an entire month since I wrote out my 2012 Resolutions & those are going fine, almost great actually. But the Dietary discipline has been M.I.A. Our wonderful eating habits fell a bit when all the moving across country started, then there was the slump in & thru the Holidays, but now that it’s February it’s just gotten out of control. Treats are everywhere. Cravings are taking control. Sleep is rough. Energy is scarce. My skin is acting up. And if that’s not reason enough, the weather is getting warmer ~ & so that only means that it really is time to get ‘er done. (I really think that everyone should Detox in one way or another at least twice a year ~ Spring & Fall).
Again, this year I won’t be alone, my Wonderful hubby Chris is doing a Detox right along side me! Chris & I have done a few different Detoxes together. Our first ever was the WildRose Herbal Detox. Granted that was years ago~ we weren’t really prepared & it didn’t go well at all :( . We’ve done the Master Cleanse quite successfully a few times, I believe the longest was around 12-15 days for Chris, & 8 or 10 days for me. This year I wanted to try something a little different. Seeing as there are so many Detoxes out there, I thought I should surely know about them for you, my clients! ;) After some searching I kept coming across Kaeng Raeng. It seemed to be everywhere!! So I dug around, & found that, although there weren’t any real detoxing herbs or veggies in their mix, the overall approach & nutrients were pretty complete. So what did I end up doing? Well, I ordered it, & waited for it to arrive by post………..
2 weeks later & I finally received the Detoxing Kit from Kaeng Raeng!! I’m so excited & curious to see how this Detox is going to ‘blow my socks off’ & change my body (& mind~ you all know how Detoxes affect our bodies & minds right?)!!! I bought the 6 day over the 3 day detox because I just don’t trust 3 days to be enough time for a real detox of the body. There are so many things going on in our bodies & so many different areas to detox that the equivalent of a long weekend just doesn’t seem like enough time in my opinion (unless of course you do this type of detox more often~ maybe every month or so?). I choose the veteran over the beginner & master level detoxes firstly because I’ve done a few detox’s before (as mentioned above) so I’m not a beginner, & although I was leaning towards getting their Master 6 Day, the price was just way too high for me, so I’m sticking with the Veteran! :)
This Smoothie Detox claims that you can eat Raw Fruits & Veggies if you want, & as much as you want during the cleanse. It has Pro~Biotic, all your daily Vitamins, Protein & Fibre included in the shakes, & come in 3 different flavours (blueberry, blackberry, banana / strawberry, raspberry, pineapple & mango, peach, pineapple).
I personally think that this may not be enough to achieve the full Cleanse that I’m hoping for right now. My plan was to do a pre~detox while waiting for the parcel, but my mind has been more in the gutter then on healthy eating, so it didn’t happen. Oh I got a few salads in, at least one a day, but not much more….It’s such a shame too because there are so many wonderful Detoxifying Foods & Herbs out there! I thought I would use them to my advantage, preparing my body in the week ahead of my Smoothie Detox …. tsk tsk, hand slap!
Anyways, some of these herbs are still safe (in my opinion) to use during both the Master Cleanse (what Chris is doing) & The Kaeng Raeng Detox (the Detox I’m trying). I’ll explain what we’re using & how they can help. *Please note, you can incorporate these into your daily routine if you want a bit of internal cleansing action!
Turmeric & Green Tea~ use these bad boys together to achieve an amazing double punch! Both have amazing anti~inflammatory agents, which is something that is always helpful during a cleanse. Green Tea is quite low in caffeine & so it shouldn’t hurt to sip on a few cups a day during a detox, maybe a few more cups if you’re not detoxing.
Lemon & Limes~ the best natural anti~bacterial cleansing item in (dare I say) the world, also does an incredible job of alkalining the body. A wonderful treat for your body is a nice cup of warm water with 1/2 ~ 1 Lemon squeezed in. Try it first thing in the morning, & last thing at night! (I’ll be adding this into my routine)
Dandelion Tea ~ This so~called Weed can do it all, Liver, Kidney & Gallbladder support, it also contains Anti~oxidants & Anti~inflammatories. This tea has more amazing properties then I can list. Try 2 cups a day to help your Liver smile :)
I did have a ton of other supportive Detoxing foods that I was going to incorporate, but as you may know, the 2 Detoxes that we are doing (Master Cleanse & Kaeng Raeng) don’t really allow for solid foods. Best thing to do will be to add these in when we are easing in to ‘real’ food again afterwards. Don’t worry, I’ll have a post on that :)
For now, stay up to date on this year’s Detoxing trip on the site! Chris & I will both be updating how it’s going & all.
Why oh Why are we doing this??? ;)
-To get control of my lately poor eating habits: i snack a lot w chips n chocolate.
-to support Tamara while she evaluates and does her detox
-To cleanse my body of garbage from past three months
-To tidy up my body
-to get spiritual within possibly
-hopefully the journey will bring Tamara and i closer
-become happier and confident
– my coffee of choice is a shot in the dark (brewed coffee w a shot of espresso); i am getn close to coffee being a bad habit and not something i enjoy
-i want to b full on cleansed to break in Salt Spring Island n get my brewing career rolling clearly n peacefully
-to get excited to exercise again
If i give up before 7 days how will that make my life negative?
– Will feel failure
– will probably go back to poor snacking
-will potentially spiral down n continue w depression
-will not feel as start over as i would like
Looking for the Mental ah~ha that comes with a good Cleanse. I want to feel free of the cravings & the pull that certain foods have on me right now. I’m not at all happy with my eating habits. I’m embarrassed actually, that I can devour a bag of chips while sitting on the couch, it does not make me feel good inside. I want the food to Fuel my body & nourish it the way it’s suppose to, not nourish my boredom & lethargy.
I am also looking to lose between 3 & 5kg. For those that know me, you may be thinking that that amount of weight seems like a lot…. But it’s that dreaded ‘muffin top‘ that I want to get rid of (as well as some junk on the inner thigh). I am on the small side (I always have been), but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have extra fat that could be gone!
So let’s recap; Goal #1 is the ah~ha moment of Food Consciousness & Goal #2 is to lose between 3~5kg. Ok…. are we ready? Let’s GO!
Do you Detox/Cleanse? What types do you prefer? How often do you Detox/Cleanse? Why do you do it?