After 2 months in Australia and then another month of travelling and being out of my routine in London, my body was feeling pretty out of whack and sluggish which sucks always but especially in summer! It was important for me to feel good for my Birthday and my trip to the South of France in this August, the best way for me to do this was by going into full detox mode for around 3 weeks. We can often put a lot of pressure on ourselves when it comes to “detoxing”, feeling as though life has to be put on pause and that we have to do it to extremes. BUT, that is not the case you can get the most out of your detox without feeling like you’re in prison…here are my do’s and don’ts:
- Up your water intake, 2 litres minimum but i’d say 3 is ideal.
- Exercise between 3 and 5 times a week; combine cardio/toning training with yoga- so you’re improving your shape but also looking after your mind and allowing your body to stretch and rest. DO NOT overdo the exercise, you will exhaust yourself and probably won’t be able to carry on detoxing properly!
- If you can get to a steam room then try and go as much as you exercise. The steam room is one of the best and easiest ways to clear out toxins and clear your skin. DO NOT go in there without water, you must keep hydrated when you’re sweating so much. Plus it’s a great way to get through your litres, as you’ll be mega thirsty if you’re mega hot.
- Try juicing, depending on how manageable you think it will be you can do a juice cleanse for as long as you like. I’d recommend a 3 or 5 day cleanse.
- For however long your detox lasts avoid alcohol at all costs…even in situations where a tequila shot seems like the only way your nerves are going to calm down, resist and think of how proud of yourself you will be afterwards!
- Try and eat in 6 (or 8) hour periods (i.e. if you start eating at 2pm you must stop by 8pm) this is known as intermittent fasting. It has a huge amount of benefits including weight loss, boosting metabolism, establishing routine and improving immune system.
- DO NOT go to extremes and starve yourself. Whilst detoxing you’ll obviously be more strict than usual, but it’s important to establish healthy habits that you’ll be able to maintain.
- DO NOT put yourself in situations where you know you’ll be seriously tempted to end the detox. I.e. going to a club on Saturday night when all your friends are getting boozed.
- Plan your meals and exercise routine in advance each week, this will make the detox much more manageable and less stressful.
- Only set aside a realistic detox time. It’s important to challenge yourself so if you want to detox for 2 weeks, push yourself to do 3. But don’t set yourself an impossible target that you know will just make your life miserable.
- As well as exercising, monitoring your food and water intake and eating correctly, try out some body treatments that’ll enhance and speed up the detox process. Thermojet, Hypoxi and Endermology are all good options…I’ll be doing an article v soon on these so watch this space!
- You DO NOT have to weigh yourself during your detox. Some people like to do it to monitor their progress, but do not feel pressure to. You’ll know from your body, how you feel internally, how you feel in your clothes, and how much energy you have if the detox is working for you.
Whenever you feel like your body needs it’s structure back don’t stress about it; create a routine, find what works for you, and don’t do anything you won’t be able to maintain. On that note, i’m off to have a ginger shot followed by a gin!