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Falling for Fitness Week 14 Detox Challenge

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Required us to complete a one day detox/cleanse of our choice, and blog about our experience, which I almost forgot to do. emoticon

When I first read the challenge, I wasn't sure what I was going to do, because I've been "detoxing" the natural way, since Dec. 27th. I've really limited my sugar intake, eliminated all processed foods, no gluten, no grains, no beans, and no alcohol. I haven't been perfect; but I have been doing really really well. I've been drinking green or red juices for 2 meals, and one snack per day. I've also been having 2 real snacks of fruit or nuts, and one real meal of lean protein, healthy fats, and veggies. Oh and drinking a ton of water. I've been feeling fabulous. I have more energy. I'm sleeping better. My skin looks better. And I seldom have any cravings for junk. I've only had three slip-ups in 31 days.... a sugar cookie binge day, a glass of wine, and a day without juice. And boy did those things make me feel sick.

So what was I going to do for just one day? I had no idea, until I attended a detox lecture at Whole Foods. It was fun, and I learned a lot. Including how important it is to detox our skin which is our largest organ and has the greatest possibility to excrete toxic waste through lymphatic drainage.

My detox day consisted of an all juice day, no solid food, which was easy peesy. I used my rebounder twice in one day. Bouncing is suppose to really help stimulate your lymph system. I think it does because I get hotter and sweat more doing that than any other exercise. I also did some "detox" yoga moves, which I found on the link that was included with the challenge info. Then dry skin brushing, a manuka honey face mask, and an Epsom Salt and essential oil bath, followed by a fabulous night's sleep. I woke up feeling refreshed, and my skin had a noticeable glow.

I'm definitely going to incorporate a skin detox day, once a week from now on. And now my FFF Week 14 Challenge is DONE!

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    Your detox day almost sounds "spalike"! I admire your clean eating. I just don't have the courage to go all the way like that. I guess It's really desire not courage...lol. Have a great week!
    1689 days ago
  • KLONG8
    You've headed in a very different path than me and I'm so happy that it's working for you. I'm going to keep watching to see what I learn from your efforts and progress. Way to go!
    1695 days ago
    thats really cool that whole foods does lecturing.

    the last time i did any sort of anything involving the word "detox"... i had a migraine for 3 days. as in, couldnt function, cried in the dark constantly for 3 days.
    im glad yours worked out better!
    1696 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/25/2013 10:34:19 AM
    Wow. the skin detox sounds fabulous! Sounds like you are really on a roll and doing terrific on your juicing and detox. I've been juicing more too. Generally for breakfast and lunch and then a meal like you described at dinner. Chia seeds in water around 2-3pm (that's the time of day I used to get terrible cravings,but like you said....the cravings aren't really there anymore). I'd love to hear more about your detox journey. Way to go!!!

    What kind of essential oils do you use?
    1699 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/22/2013 1:40:05 PM
    Loved reading about your detox experience! Keep up the healthy eating and exercise :)
    1713 days ago
    You've got the drive and committment, way to go! emoticon
    1722 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Wowsa, girlie girl! You are your own personal spa! This was really interesting to read, and I am so impressed.
    1722 days ago
    I have never tried a detox day and didn't get it done for the challenge either. However, your blog has me thinking I need to give it a try... a juice day, that sounds more do-able than some of the others I have heard of. I've never thought I could have the discipline to do so, but you may be my inspiration. I may have to do some more research and give it a whirl.

    Hugs ~ Melissa
    1724 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Awesome to read that your program is helping you feel better, improved sleep and skin, impressive! emoticon
    1724 days ago
    Looooooove this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1724 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing great!!!! emoticon
    1725 days ago
    PARASELENIC My skin detox day regimen was what I described in the paragraph, starting with working up real sweat. Any exercise that makes you sweat, but especially rebounding and yoga, hot yoga if you can take it. Other things that were recommended to help detox your skin were, infrared body wraps, massage, and deep breathing.

    As far as juicing goes, I've checked out all the sites RebootWithJoe.Com and Jason Vales books and site, and I love Whole Living magazine. And the Fresh Energy Cookbook, which is about eating a clean mostly raw diet to keep you body detoxed for life. But I don't follow any particular juice recipe. I've been buying a variety of veggies and herbs. I just mix what I have. emoticon
    1725 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/27/2013 4:16:24 PM
    I've seen things on that dry skin brushing and have been wanting to try it. I need to start eating more like you with all the fresh foods and less processed foods.
    1725 days ago
    Your skin detox day-- is that the regimen you described in your second to last paragraph, ( manuka honey face mask and dry skin brushing)or is it something else? That seminar at whole foods sounds like a very informative and motivational experience....

    With juicing-- are you following any particular detox juicing program (a la fat sick and nearly dead) or are you making your own recipes?

    All in all, you are making great progress and I love the fact that you can note the difference between your healthy days and you bumpy days from the detox-- sugar cookies, when you eat them often, are easy to consider fine until you reintroduce them after a long haitus!
    1725 days ago
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    1725 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    Sounds wonderful! You are doing great! emoticon
    1725 days ago
    It sounds like you got this down to a tee.

    This challenge has sure helped to both of us wasn't it?

    You have been doing detox for a while I know.
    Again, I need to follow your lead with the sugar intake. I need to sit down and come up with a food/eating overhaul plan.The doctor wants me not to go over 15 grams a day. That is difficult, I think I go over every day.

    How do you do it?

    You are my fitness guru.
    I have much to learn from you.

    Your blog has gave me some ideals on where to start emoticon

    Great job on sticking to your detox for so long.

    1725 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/27/2013 9:39:29 AM
    Glad it worked well for you.
    1725 days ago
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