Take a break – the smart way. Dr. Gabriel Cousens says that any person can fast, but only a wise person can end a fast.
Last Wednesday I met a man who told me he was juice fasting with his father and that he planned to end the fast on Friday because he was going to a party that evening and wanted to eat fajitas at the party. I lovingly suggested that he might want to break his fast immediately so that his body could readjust.
Detoxing is serious business and can be very intense physiologically, mentally, physically and emotionally. Two big mistakes people make are: 1. rollercoasting and 2. confusing not eating with fasting.
Many people eat like crazy at the holidays and then decide to do a fast or detox in January (or maybe it’s February when they really get around to it). They don’t make any changes in their eating HABITS. Sure, they’ve slowed down on the holiday treats, but their pre-holiday eating patterns haven’t changed and they were likely already a few pounds overweight or having some health issue. (plus there’s football, Valentine’s Day and Easter candy just around the corner…). It’s not just about the weight…it’s about the body’s ability to get rid of toxins. Undertaking a detox, which pulls toxins out of your fatty tissues, when your liver or colon are not yet prepared to deal with them is a really bad idea and can result in health complications.
Not eating versus fasting is another common error. Not eating for a day or a few days just makes the body readjust and pull energy from other sources. This is different from a detox in several ways. Detox usually involves cleaning the colon so that toxins can be eliminated easily and quickly. True detox happens on many levels, as well, not just the physical. So not eating food gives the body a break from digestion. This is different from resting and giving the body a complete break from stress and responsibilities. Detox involves listening to the body and really giving it what it needs to do its job. This might include stretching, rest, sunshine and/or sleep.
Clients who reap the benefit of detox first change their eating habits, then undertake a detox. My weight loss and health gain is permanent because first I changed my diet. Then I spent the time, money and energy to properly detox. It was an investment in my health and has greatly paid off.
One last note: If you’re thinking about a detox, please give me a call 301-816-0752. There are many great products on the market and it’s important to choose the one that’s right for you. I recently had a former client call because she wanted to use a packaged detox product. It would have been disastrous, as she has a history of constipation and this would have exacerbated her condition. She was also planning to shorten the detox and use it for two weeks rather than the prescribed month. It’s just not possible to rush Mother Nature.
Detox is great, when approached wisely.