My 30 Day Detox Journey
I have done many fasts and detoxes in the past. I love to push the boundaries of my body and mind as a challenge but always for the health benefits. I love detaching from so-called daily must haves or can’t live withouts. It’s amazing what you tell yourself you need. Everytime I do one of these challenges some of the new habits stick. For this challenge I decided to cut out coffee, sugar and alcohol for 30 days. I hope to eliminate coffee going forward and just have it as an occasional treat. I know coffee has many health benefits but for some like me I have found it doesn’t work with me so well. When you remove things from your diet you realise the effects it was having on you. This past month has been a real wake up call and I’m so excited to share my journey with you.
Week 1. Coming out of the haze. After a very indulgent festive season I was ready to reset myself. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy but I decided I was going to make the most of it. Being in lockdown I was excited to be able to cook lots of fun and tasty recipes and have the time to do so. I will admit the first 5-7 days the coffee withdrawals were intense. I was really cranky and lethargic, restless, little motivation but I knew my own energy needed a change to rise.
Week 2. Feeling on top of the world. I had so much energy, bouncing out of bed in the morning and drifting off to sleep at night with ease. My energy was steady throughout the day and there were no bouts of tiredness like I would normally get around 3pm. Barley cup is a chicory drink that is a great substitute for coffee, without the caffeine. I don’t really have a sweet tooth but I was craving fruit a lot, so I had plenty at hand.
Week 3. Still going strong. I do find it hard to drink water in the colder weather. I drank lots of caffeine free herbal teas which helped but I was definitely overcompensating with snacking and had to rein it in. I was getting to the halfway point and probably a little bored of it but I knew why I was doing it so that kept me going.
Week 4. It all seems so normal now. I just got on with it and everything was going great. All my cravings had subsided. I was really beginning to make connections to when and why I would reach for certain foods or drinks. Stress, distraction, tiredness, boredom, a reward etc.
Week 5. Final stretch. I have been so tempted this week. I have thoughts like sure you’re nearly there now have the coffee or take away nobody will know. I’ve been thinking how I want to bring these new changes into my lifestyle and making plans. I’m a big believer in the 80-20 rule. But I suppose I’m lucky in the sense that I love whole foods and healthy treats.
So my final analysis is that it gets easier the more you do it and you have to have a strong WHY. If you don’t know why you are doing something, motivation doesn’t last very long and you’ll quit. My why was to give my body and mind a reset, improve my skin and give my natural energy a chance to flourish. Keep it simple and realistic. Make it doable for yourself.
I really enjoyed the experience and being in lockdown really helped because I wasn’t feeling I was missing out on parties or dinners. It’s good to give your body and mind a break every now and then. Detox doesn’t just include food, it can be people, what you watch and read too. I will do another one in 6 month or so, maybe I’ll even include social media this time.
I hope this has inspired you to challenge yourself, even if it’s just for a day. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below.