Every now and then we need to slow down and give our bodies and minds the opportunity to regenerate and detox.
While I do not believe in diets or juicing, since periodic starvation only leads to the yoyo effect, I do think that soft detox is essential for one’s wellbeing. Start slow, have a detox day once a week then twice a week and so on, then gradually increase your days to 5 in a row. You will find yourself being better rested, radiant and even a bit slimmer.
As you know, I am addicted to tea, and have made that addiction my virtue. Many of the herbal fusions of tea have beneficiary effects other than tasting great. With a little herbal help you can boost your immune system, support relaxation or even energize yourself. Here is my little tea-detox, time tested by myself to my full satisfaction:
You need to start by giving yourself a break. Even superwoman gets a day off, so maybe you can ask your family or friends to watch over your child for a day and just concentrate on yourself. – A happy mother is a good mother. Turn off your phone and just be free from expectations and work for 24 hours.
After waking up you can kick-start your metabolism with some warm water with freshly squeezed lemon. Then you follow that with your first tea. A jasmine tea with large leaves is a great breakfast detox tea, just be sure not to add any sugar! For breakfast some natural yoghurt with some added berries or fruit will give you enough energy for the day without filling you up too much.
Then it’s time to exercise. 40 – 60 Minutes of brisk walking or running in a park will help clear your mind and fill your lungs with fresh air. Finish with yoga and stretching, but make sure you are breathing deep and steady to get the best out of it. Don’t do more than 1 ½ hours because that would just make you more hungry and tired. Please always make sure to drink plenty of water, this is crucial to the detox plan.
Back at home an Ayuveda tea mix will keep your energy level high and sooth upcoming hunger. Since we don’t want to starve, a green salad with raw or cooked vegetables and some seeds will provide you with the nutrition your body needs. Olive or pumpkin oil is the perfect detox dressing and please don’t use too much salt.
Going for a massage, having a steam or just taking a nap is a great way to relax and recuperate. This is your day – enjoy it. Whatever it is you choose, why not have some detox tea on the side to rid your body of toxins and stressors.
At the end of the day you will likely feel very hungry, but try to only have a clear vegetable broth for dinner. Also add a few drops of pumpkin oil, you’ll be surprised how good it tastes. If you start feeling weak or getting a headache out of hunger you can add some cooked quinoa. It’s packed with protein, as versatile as rice but much more healthy than other grains.
Finish your detox day with a good night tea and you’ll instantly feel sleepy and pleasantly relaxed.
Have a healthy week and keep being positive!
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