The Everyday Girl Guide to: Detoxifying Your Body

December 30, 2012

As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I plan to do a January detox.  Detoxifying your body is actually an ancient practice, with roots in many religions, that is taking hold again (although you’re usually labeled “New Age” if you take part in it).  However, since it’s also very Biblical to cleanse your body, I’m going to try one this year.  It’s a jump-start to my New Year’s Resolutions for health.

Tuesday, January 1– Start a health journal.  Record all food, drink, exercise, sleep, “pampering activities” (see more on that below), energy level (1-10), and how I feel.

Wednesday, January 2– Clean out the cabinets and refrigerators.  If I have food in there that will tempt me, I’m more likely to fail.  Be ruthless!  Why hang onto a box of processed food I really don’t want to eat?

Thursday, January 3– Drink 8 oz of warm (cold acceptable) lemon water each morning to start the day.  Also drink 70 oz of water each day; only 16 ox can come from green or herbal teas (unsweetened).  Cut out all soda and coffee drinks (since I don’t drink coffee black) and don’t have a rare alcoholic drink.  Get a good, non-BPA bottle for home and another to keep at work.  Cost: ~$30.

Friday, January 4– Resolve to only eat whole foods this month.  No fast food.  No processed foods.  If I can’t decipher the ingredient label (or my grandmother wouldn’t recognize it), don’t put it in my body.  If God didn’t make it, don’t ingest it.

Saturday, January 5– Cut out all refined sugars for the rest of this month, even the better ones like honey and blackstrap molasses.

Sunday, January 6– Use a dry skin brush before I shower.  Toxins are being released, mostly through my sweat and urine.  I don’t want that dwelling on my skin.  Cost: ~$15.

Monday, January 7– Join a gym.  Then use it.

Tuesday, January 8– Read The New Detox Diet (Chaci), Beauty Detox Solution (Snyder), or Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox(Deluz).  Check these out from the library.

Wednesday, January 9– Sign up for a CSA and/or start using the local farmers’ market every week.  Think local and unprocessed.

Thursday, January 10– Have an aromatherapy/ yoga session at home.  Relax, shut out outside distractions, and pray or meditate.  Soft singing is okay.

Friday, January 11– Look for a local seafood wholesaler or somewhere to buy “fresh from the sea” seafood.  Make “Fish Friday” my own tradition.

Saturday, January 12– Spend the day recharging in nature and in a partial fast.  Pack a small New Testament, at least 64 oz of water, and an “emergency” snack of nuts, fruit, and vegetables.  Then get away from it all and spend the day outdoors.

Sunday, January 13– Cut out all processed grains.  Limit quinoa, buckwheat (kasha), and amaranth to one serving per day through end of cleanse.

Monday, January 14– Go to bed earlier.  Cut down on indoor lighting and use F.lux on the computer to cut out blue light.  Consider buying blue light-blocking glasses.

Tuesday, January 15– Give myself at at-home facial, using natural ingredients.

Wednesday, January 16– Find a source for grass-fed beef and commit to eating only grass-fed and free-range in the future.  For the duration of the cleanse, however, cut out all red meat and chicken. Fish is still okay.

Thursday, January 17– Get a loofah for the shower.  Gently exfoliate every shower.

Friday, January 18– Commit to one day of rest and fasting (water and juice allowed only) every week.  Because of my schedule, sundown on Thursday to sundown on Friday works best.  Remember to break the fast gently.

Saturday, January 19– Get outside and play!  Use short bursts of high exertion (sprint level) to stress and strengthen heart and muscles.

Sunday, January 20–  Cut out all dairy products and eggs.  When the cleanse is over, commit to whole, fresh organic milk and free-range eggs.

Monday, January 21– Get a massage.  Drink at least 16 ounces of water before the massage and 16 ounces again after.

Tuesday, January 22– Add more spices, fresh or dried, to meals.  Fresh is best, but dried can still have potency.

Wednesday, January 23– Cut out fish.  Foods should be limited whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

Thursday, January 24– Make a commitment to avoid additives and GMOs.  Read Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide to What’s Safe & What’s Not by Christine Hoza.

Friday, January 25– Test and monitor my pH.  Properly balanced urine pH is 6.4 to 6.75.  Properly balanced saliva pH is 7.0 to 7.4.  I’m made to be alkaline.

Saturday, January 26– Start making own fresh juices.  Consider getting a juicer.

Sunday, January 27– Finish up strong.  For the next five days, eat as follows:

  • 1 cup of raw, juiced, or cooked dark leafy greens- 2+ servings per day
  • 1 cup of raw, juiced, or cooked rainbow veggies- 2+ servings per day
  • 1/2 cup cooked legume or starchy vegetable per day
  • 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw whole grains per day
  • 3-4 ounces of fruits- 2 servings per day, not counting lemon juice in the morning
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil or shaved coconut or 1/3 c coconut milk per day
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil or 1 tsp fish oil- 2 servings per day for Omega-3s
  • 1/2 to 1 avocado per day, plus 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of seeds or a very small handful of nuts per day
  • Optional 1 cup of almond/rice milk per day
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed each day
  • 1 tbsp ground cocoa powder or cacao nibs
  • 1 8 oz glass of warm lemon water each morning
  • 75 oz pure water (green or herbal tea allowed but doesn’t count toward 75 ounces)
  • Free use of parsley, garlic, onions, cayenne, bay leaves, cilantro, cinnamon, curry, dill, ginger, and dried mustard
  • One serving of real miso soup allowed per day

Monday, January 28– Use a sauna.  Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after.  Exceed the day’s 75 ounce goal.

Tuesday, January 29– Stay educated.  Read up on sites like http://www.processedfreeamerica.org and http://www.ewg.org .

Wednesday, January 30– Start planning my menus for February, especially during the crucial period coming out of the cleanse.  Take it slow re-introducing foods and watch for allergies and sensitivities.  Consider cutting those foods out entirely.

Thursday, January 31– I did it!  Consider a water-only fast until sundown, then bring juices back.  Remember to keep up the food journal and be willing to cut some foods out forever.  If I feel better, it’s worth it.

As each day comes up, I will be blogging on it, so if you want to follow my journey, please keep an eye on this blog.

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