A detox is one part psychological, and two parts physical, at least that’s how I think of it! It’s a state of mind and a promise you make to your body that this weekend, you’ll treat it right.
A detox means different things to different people, many of whom have different goals. Most of us just want to feel… refreshed and cleansed at the end. Here’s a little routine I perform at least once a month:
- When you wake on Saturday morning, don’t get out of bed right away. Try to become fully aware of your surroundings, and take a moment breathe deeply-really listen.
- It might seem hokey, but concentrating on sounds like birds chirping and being aware of the rhythm of your breathing and the beating of your heart is a great relaxation technique. Do this for about five minutes.
- Prepare a cup of hot water and then squeeze some lemon into it. Sip it slowly, let your mind wander for a bit and try to think positive, relaxing thoughts.
- Climb into the shower and again, try to focus on the experience of bathing. A daily shower often becomes such a ritual that it’s mechanical; take your time.
- Next up is a nutritious high protein breakfast, some scrambled eggs with whole wheat toast and a glass of fresh squeezed fruit juice. Focus on the experience and don’t text, read, or do anything that might otherwise draw away your attention from the meal.
- Lunch should be similarly light, perhaps a choice of vegetables and/or fruits. Treat yourself to something tropical or exotic! Mix fruits with strong and mild flavors for an exciting meal, I personally love squeezing a bit of lemon over a slice of papaya.
- By dinnertime, a meal of lean meat, fish or chicken and veggies is highly recommended. When you’re done, curl up with a good book after dinner and let your imagination run free; think positive thoughts.
- By Sunday morning you’re body will feel energetic, while your mind will be calm and collected.
Repeat Saturday’s routine, but mix up your meals, on Monday you’ll feel as though you’re just back from a secret mini-vacation!
Health and love,