Hello friends! I know it's been awhile since I have blogged here, and I hope to remedy that! I hope you are all doing well and that 2013 has been amazing for you so far! It's been pretty fantastic for me so far!
I wanted to tell you about something I did this last week! I did a 3 day detox to help remove toxins from my bodies. I was thinking a lot about how the sugars, processed foods, etc have lots of added stuff we don't need, and how our bodies sometimes need help getting rid of those toxins! The best way to get those toxins out of your body is to avoid the source of those toxins!
For THREE Days I had; No Meat, No Dairy*, No Sugars, No Processed Foods, No Coffee! I did this to give my body a chance to cleanse itself, sort of a Re-Boot of my system! I recently started taking a new vitamin supplement; VitaLea from Shaklee. I was also using Shaklee's Energizing Soy Protein Powder added into smoothies every day before work. Within 6 days of taking these I was already noticing a huge difference in the way I felt! More sustained energy, better mood, less fatigue, less body aches, and the bronchitis I had been fighting off since Christmas finally went away! This was great, but I figured if I felt this good now, how much better would I feel if I detoxed my body of all this other junk and really gave my body the ability to fully absorb some of these great nutrients I was giving it! So I decided to do a 3 Day Detox and give my body the Re-Boot it really needed!
For Day 1, I started with Shank Prakshalana. This is an ancient Yoga method for clearing out the bowels, intestines, and colon. It's basically a salt-water cleanse in which you drink salted water and then do a series of yoga moves to open the intestines and get the water flowing through your system. It's not very glamorous, and I won't go into too much detail here... but the point is you remove a lot of the "stuff" that gets stuck in all the twists and turns of the intestines and lines the inside of the colon. There are many health benefits to doing Shank Prakshalana, and I highly suggest you research it and learn as much about it as you can before you give it a try! Learn more HERE, and Here, and HeRe. :)
After the Shank Prakshalana I ate a bowl of cooked rice with butter. It's necessary to eat something solid, yet easy on the system, and suggested to have something buttery to help lubricate the intestinal walls. But you want to stick with something very plain... nothing spicy or overly flavored, and nothing too hard to digest.
For awhile after eating my rice I just sipped some water with lime slices and mint leaves added in. I made sure to drink plenty of water the rest of the day and through my whole 3 day detox.
Later on that day, I made a smoothie. I made it with Blueberries, Almond Milk, Plain Organic Yogurt, and My Shaklee Energizing Soy Protein Powder. *(the plain organic yogurt is the only dairy, other than some butter in my rice, that I had for this whole 3-day detox.) With this I took my daily multivitamins, and then some more water. I continued to sip on water all day.
At dinner time I had another bowl of rice with butter, but I also added in some fresh baby spinach. More water before bed!
Day 2, for breakfast I made myself a nice cup of hot green tea with some organic honey, and a bowl of plain oatmeal. Usually I have coffee with lots of flavored creamer, and if I have oatmeal I usually add milk and sugar or use the pre-flavored sweetened kind.
A little before lunch time I made a juice with my juicer - I used 2 grapefruits, a large cucumber, and about 3 big handfuls of baby spinach. It was delicious!
For Lunch I had another smoothie, the same as on Day 1.
For Dinner I had more rice with butter, and with cooked baby spinach and carrots added in.
All day long I drank LOTS of water!
For Day 3, I had my Green Tea, no honey added. I didn't have any oatmeal or anything else to eat. Surprisingly, I just wasn't feeling hungry yet.
About an hour after I got up, I made another juice in my juicer; Grapefruit, Spinach, cucumber, and beet. YUM!
For lunch I made my smoothie again, but this time I added spinach to the blender! 2 large handfuls of baby spinach leaves, lots of blueberries, plain organic yogurt, and Almond Milk, the soy protein powder. I had never added spinach to my smoothie before... it was only something I had used in my juicer! A friend had suggested it and I have to say... it was fabulous! My smoothie didn't taste like spinach, I could only really taste the blueberries! The texture wasn't awful either... in fact I think the spinach made it MORE creamy!
Later on I made a simple Apple-Carrot-Ginger juice in my juicer for a bit of a "snack"... didn't need much because I wasn't starving!
For dinner I had tomato soup. This was the only store-bought pre-packaged food I had eaten, but it was a Healthy Choice brand chunky tomato soup, so I didn't feel like I was "cheating". Plus, I was all out of rice and spinach! Of course all day I drank lots of water, and had more water with dinner and before bed.
And that was it! After that I on the 4th day I allowed myself to eat & drink whatever I wanted. Honestly I wasn't craving too much... I wanted more fruits and vegetables! My body wanted more of the good stuff I had been feeding it for 3 days! I did have a coffee this morning, but with soy milk instead of cream. I was happy to realize I was having this coffee because I WANTED it, not because I needed it to wake up. I felt awake in the morning without having coffee first! And, I realized... I made it through 3 days of no coffee without getting a headache or a migraine! Could this mean I have kicked my caffeine addiction??
I'm also drinking more water. Spending 3 days paying Really Close Attention to what I put in my body made me realize I haven't been drinking enough water and it also got me used to drinking water again. Now if I don't have a water bottle right next to me, I feel lost!
It wasn't all easy! Day 1 was rough because Shank Prakshalana is not easy on the system and requires some rest afterwards... I got the rest but felt rather cranky and discouraged by the end of the day. But I stuck with it and in the morning I felt a lot better! Day 2 was pretty easy. Day 3 was pretty easy too, although I started seeing things I wanted to eat in my pantry and really had to fight off the urge a few times. Because I knew it wasn't something my body needed, just something I craved due to old eating habits!
So this has been a really long blog post, but I had to share that I am feeling GREAT! I think I gave my body a great advantage by letting it go for 3 days without a lot of junk! I spent a lot of time thinking about the food choices I make and am ready to continue to make better healthy choices. And I know I will continue to feel better with the Shaklee supplements I am now taking.
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