Being a virgin to the detoxing world, I noticed some secret little hints that the universe kept dropping to me. When I followed these hints my will power would get stronger and my pain would get weaker. So I thought, why not share the wealth?
So here it is, my tips for detoxing week one:
1. Have a Goal(s) BEFORE You Start.
It is absolutely key that you do not go into this detox empty handed. I repeat, it is key. You NEED to have some sort of motivation to help push you through the moments your brain will want to give up.
For me, I have made the commitment to myself to become healthier and happier. But even I knew that goal is too vague- I had to set concrete goals for myself from the jump. (If interested, my goals are written in an early blog entry.)
You can’t just say, “I wanna be healthy!” And then hope it happens. You need to have a vision. HOW do you want to be healthy, WHY do you want to be healthy? You need to envision yourself healthier and trust that the steps that you’re taking now will lead you to that vision.
Your desire of the vision you have of your future healthier self, must be stronger than your desire of instant gratification. If you can do that, then you will succeed.
2. Have Fun With it.
Make any process of it enjoyable. For example, for me, when I’m cooking or making my shake, I start dancing! And I mean I’m reeeeally dancing. Gettin all types of groovy when I have the kitchen to myself. It’s fun and carefree. There’s no one there to judge you besides your self, and we all know self judgment is the worst. So don’t do it! On top of my flailing arms and wobbly legs, I also bought myself a giant cup that has a twirly straw in it that I use for my smoothies. The straw makes me feel like I’m a child again, and that brings an added joy to my delicious smoothie. (My boss thinks the straw looks like an amusement park for a spider!)
So have fun, get creative and dance like a chicken. It’ll help distract you from your carb addictions.
3. Find Support.
This is key. It is important to have at least one person who is encouraging you along the way and wants to see you succeed as much as you want to. And if heaven has it that you are alone in it, then turn to journaling. Having a journal is a wonderful and creative way to check in with yourself and see how you’re feeling about life.
I honestly don’t know what I would do without my support team. I have never felt so blessed and cared for with all of this love and encouragement I’m getting. At home, my mom is my number one cheerleader. She’s helped me out with affording groceries, she makes me salads whenever I’m coming home from work, and she’s always giving me words of love and encouragement. It’s been great having her be so supportive and involved with the process. She’s even learning new health things because of it too!
At work, I am greeted by the warmest and sweetest ladies ever. Everyone (and I literally mean every single person I work with) is always asking me how I’m doing, telling me how great it is, and always hooking me up with cooking advice and secrets. Truly inspirational. My friend Rebecca, she works with me in the bakery, and every day we’ve worked together so far during this, she has brought me tons of veggies and an apple to munch on. Isn’t that fantastic? I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am to be surrounded by such warm and caring people who WANT to see me succeed. They want to hear how it’s going for me, and honestly that makes a hell of a difference. It’s put more positive pressure on me to not fail. Giving me more incentive to stay strong and prove it to myself. I can’t wait to share a cupcake with them after all of this! (Don’t worry, it’ll be gluten-free and dairy free! Still planning in being healthy!!) And on top of all that support, my friends have been texting me, messaging me, and giving me endless positive feed back on social medias. This has truly been a great experience so far…
So make sure you’re around people who uplift you and support you. And if you can’t seem to find that, take extra caution and care to loving, uplifting and inspiring yourself.
4. Continue Your Life Like Nothing’s Changed.
This I believe is crucial to your long-term success. I noticed this the very first day of detoxing and I’m OH so glad I did. It’s important to continue on with your normal routines and practices. That way, you can break your mental chains right away. It makes no sense to avoid watching ppl eat what you can’t have, or not go to a place because you don’t want to be tempted. With that mentality you are either 1. Bound to fail or 2. Bound to be miserable (which makes other ppl miserable). When you’re thinking with an avoidance mind, you’re looking at your detox with a punishing perspective. For example, when you tell yourself, “oh can’t look at that bc my detox won’t allow it!” You are putting yourself in a negative mind frame. You need to Reframe and Refocus. Change your thoughts. See things as, “wow I really used to enjoy that brownie they’re eating, but lucky me, I’m getting to enjoy the smell while not having to add unnecessary fats and sugars to my body, and look how good I feel!” Nothing will flourish under a negative view point. Or at least not the way you’d like for it to.
Also, when you have a negative energy with your detox other people will be able to feel it too. The first day of detoxing my mom started to eat something in front of me, i don’t even remember what it was, but all of a sudden she started to apologize for eating it. I thought, ‘well that’s bizarre, why apologize?’ She told me that she just felt bad eating something in front of me that I couldn’t have. At that moment I realized that if I wanted to have and keep this healthy life style, I’m going to HAVE to see everyone eat and drink everything delicious that I might want, but ‘can’t have.’ I couldn’t live in some false reality where everything was going to be easy and I wasn’t going to have to face temptation. I told my mom right then and there that it didn’t bother me, and in fact, I would get some enjoyment out of watching her eat something that I used to be able to enjoy. You see, when I watch or smell the food I can’t have I still get to receive some form of sensory enjoyment out of it, might not be taste, but hey that’s what noses are for! And believe me, this shnozz has been sniffing everything from soups, cupcakes to even meat loaf, and I haven’t even eaten mammals in 4 years!
So don’t torture yourself. If you’re serious about making life style changes the first change you need to make is your mindset. Come to an understanding that the world is not going to change with you, however, your world will change greatly, and for the best.
5. Get Creative and Use Your Time Wisely.
When you begin detoxing it’s important to stay busy. When you’re not busy, your mind will have more time to try to take over your will power. Time can be the enemy here, luring you into temptation and trying to hold on to your addictions. For anyone that practices spiritual science, this is your ego going nuts, trying to hold on to as much power as it possibly can. Don’t let it win. Pick up a sketch pad, hangout with your family, work out (lightly!!!! Your body is in no state to run three miles), read books, play video games, learn a new skill, BECOME EDUCATED. Educate yourself in recipes, in cooking, in health, in yourself, anything.
Basically, distract your brain with anything that nourishes your soul. It kills the ego.
6. Understand That You Are Not Your Addiction.
I know I know, this sounds intense. But hey, this process is intense! To me, Detoxing is just a fancier and healthier way of saying ‘pushing through withdrawals.’ You will learn in your second or third day that everything about this detox is mental. EVERYTHING.
***I also want to make it known that I am talking from a SP Cleanse Detox perspective, where I know my body is physically healthy and taken care of because it is receiving the right nutrients through the all natural and holistic vitamins that I am taking prescribed by my Holistic Doctor.***
Once you can come to the understanding that you and your thoughts are 110% the deciding factor of whether or not you succeed- the process will be so much easier. Then, whenever you feel weak or uncomfortable you can just check back in with your thoughts. When you’re being tempted you should stop, take a deep breath and repeat to yourself, “I am not my addiction. I am strong and I want to do this.” After you tell your mind what you want it to do, the ego will release, and you can go on with your day feeling lighter, stronger and more enlightened than before. And because practice makes perfect, the more you do that the easier the process will become.
What you think, will become. Find yourself a mantra, and go with it.
7. Take It One Day at a Time.
For me, my detox cleanse is three weeks. That’s 21 days. And when you’re used to having eggs for breakfast and pasta for dinner, that seems like a pretty long time to go without. Don’t let that overwhelm you. Only focus on the day at hand- making it through THAT day without giving in. Things become SO much easier and even fun! Start a count down, collect successful days under your detox belt! :)
Again, I must suggest journaling. I’m an avid journaler. It helps me clear my thoughts, understand my feelings and track my progress in life. Doing a detox is difficult and also very rewarding. You owe it to yourself to get as much as you can out of it. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Look at it as a journey, and learn to enjoy the process of it, opposed to being negatively fixated on the end. If you want it to end, then you don’t truly want it.
Well that’s it! Those are my seven heavenly steps to make the first week suck a little less! I hope it was helpful and good luck on any of your healthy life life style quests!
Ta ta for now!