Your detox/reset program is over, now what?
Part 4 – What to do after your detox program is over
So, you’ve gone through the program… or you’re getting ready to get started on your new program and you want to make sure you’re prepared to help your new habits stick… what do you do to support your body through it’s natural daily processes?
For your best performance and health, the recommendations are the same. You don’t have to be as strict with your eating as when you were on the program, but you may want to be cautious about how you introduce foods back in.
Sometimes with elimination diets and detoxes, the body gets a break from foods that were causing some mild sensitivities and issues. Incorporating foods back in should be done slowly so that you notice the foods that are your “triggers” of unhealthy symptoms.
These foods should be placed on a “do not eat” list. They don’t make you feel good, they don’t help you perform at your best and there is no reason for them to be added back into your daily routine.
From time to time you can have them, but for the most part, keep them out. Your body will thank you for it.
Some of these foods might include: sugary foods like cake, cookies, candy, sugary coffees etc., refined carbohydrates like breads, white rice, pastas etc., and processed foods/snacks that come in boxes, or foods that are fried.
You may even notice that some fruits, vegetables or starches don’t make you feel all the great. Without ordering an expense food sensitivity test, you probably just found a few your body doesn’t like.
Next, eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins, fats and some starches is the perfect way to continue promoting optimal performance, supporting your body’s natural detox capabilities, and a healthy lifestyle.
Beyond that, here are some tips and foods that help support detox that you can include in your daily routine:
- Continue drinking plenty of water. You did through this program and you felt great staying hydrated. Keep this up and your body and skin will thank you. Plus, have you seen jerky? Ever thought that part of the reason why your muscles feel tight is because they really need water? Just some food for thought…
- Drink tea. Coffee is okay (just try to limit it to 12-16 oz per day) and no sugar (not even sugar free sweeteners). Tea supports detox, so feel free to drink up!
- Foods high in fiber promote natural healthy gut flora (bacteria), and it may also help in reducing the recirculation of heavy metals into the blood by the liver. Fruits and vegetables have amazing fiber content, foods that are ‘white’ – white bread, breakfast cereals, white rice, white pasta, white sauce etc. are not typically high in fiber.
- Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and other leafy greens are very effective for supporting detoxification in the body. Diets high in these types of vegetables are very healthy.
- Exercise – many toxins are fat soluble, meaning they bind well to fat and get stored in the body that way. When you exercise and mobilize fat, it allows the release of these toxins back into the blood stream to be processed out of the body. Also, exercise helps regulate hormones and reduce stress, which are other reasons why exercise is not optional and is part of staying healthy.
The 30-day challenge is built to get you started on your journey. It’s a restart after the holiday season to get you back into the groove with better habits and routines. Most people are also looking for weight loss and/or a program to help them accomplish their sport/performance goals.
A follow-up to this reset challenge is to work with me in one of my programs. I will help guide you even further to a healthier you and make sure you are staying on track.
We begin the 30-day reset challenge in January.
Are you ready to make this your healthiest year, yet?
You can get started here!
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