I've never like the word "detox", but I do understand the occasional need for a reset, a getting back on track. So many people I know want to do a cleanse and then think it "fixes" them, and then go back to their old eating habits and the cycle starts all over. We all go off the rails from time to time, don't panic and do something drastic, just go back to your usual healthy habits.
As a few of the PP have said, save your time and money. There is no need to bother with a detox. Your body can take care of itself. I would encourage to use those 21 days to start building the habit of making better food choices.
Edited by: MLAN613 at: 1/20/2014 (13:43)
1/20/14 1:04 P
I've done them once or twice and I didn't really find any benefit. My experience has been that just eating clean for a couple of weeks did me more good.
I think the only real way to "clean oneself out" is a good ol' pre-colonoscopy prep...and they're not a heck of a lot of fun. Otherwise, I think "detoxing" is a fad and a myth. Our bodies are gigantic, ever-changing microbiomes.
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Thats the first thing I did talk to a dietician about the benefits and disadvantages at first.
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The best way to detox is by eating the right foods and getting medical clearance first.
You can't "clean out your system." The only real way to do that is by cleaning out your KITCHEN.
I recommend the black plastic bag detox. Get a big plastic garbage bag and a big cardboard box and take them into the kitchen. Take everything out of your refrigerator, freezer, cupboards, and pantry. (Wipe off the shelves and wash out the fridge if they need it.) Look at each item and ask yourself, "Is this a food that will help me be healthier?" If the answer is yes, put it neatly away. If the answer is no and the package is open or expired, toss it in the garbage bag. If the answer is no and the package is still sealed, put it in the box. When you're all done and your kitchen is tidy, drag the bag to the dumpster (exercise!) and take the box to your car. Deliver the box to your nearest food bank, shelter, or other charity that can take it. On your way home, stop at a nice grocery store-- or better yet, a farmers' market-- and buy a week's worth of your favorite fruits and veggies, plus two that you've never tried before. Count it out so you have at least 5 servings per day.
If you could do a 21-day "detox," you can definitely do a 21-day "full Spark." For 21 days (actually, 28 is better because it's what your body calls a month), measure and log everything you eat; be sure to get at least 5 daily servings of fruits and veggies, including some leafy green ones and some new, unfamiliar ones; eat NO junk food; and do 20-30 minutes of easy exercise every day.
Your body cleans itself naturally. "Detox" diets and products actually slow that process down instead of helping. If you avoid putting more junk in, you'll be as clean as can be after a week or two of just normal, healthy eating and exercise.
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I wouldn't do any of the detox diets that involve drinking a bunch of lemon water, etc. But, if you are thinking about 3 weeks without processed foods, or 3 weeks without meat, or something along those lines, it might not be too bad... but I'd worry about slipping back into bad habits once you are done. You don't really learn how to eat the right things, just avoid some certain category of things.
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