12 Ways to Detox Without Fasting, Juicing Or Following Restrictive Diet

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Lately it seems as though everyone is doing a juice cleanse, experimenting with fasting, or living off raw food. If you’re like me, and have a history of disordered eating, battles with countless diets, or struggles with body image, a typical “detox” may do more harm than good.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t reap all the positive benefits of detoxing your body, mind, and spirit. Here are my top eight tips to detox, free of fasting, juicing or restricting.

  1. Consume whole foods as close to their natural state as possible.

Detoxifying the body doesn’t have to mean a crazy restrictive diet. By choosing whole foods, your body will be able to digest and metabolize them with ease, leaving more time for natural detoxifying to take place. Think fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season, organic free-range chicken or turkey, wild-caught fish, cage-free and organic eggs, naturally gluten-free whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds. It’s time to say goodbye to refined carbohydrates.

  1. Eliminate trigger foods such as caffeine, sugar and gluten.

Foods like these can wreak havoc on your digestive system, zap your body of energy, and become addictive over time. By easing up on these choices, your body will naturally improve digestion and energy levels, and will learn to crave natural whole foods instead.

Relying on large amounts of caffeine to stay awake can send our organs into overdrive and mess with our natural energy rhythms. Give your body some love by swapping to herbal tea or a turmeric latte from lunchtime onwards. Not only will this help you to sleep, you’ll allow your hormones to rebalance and it will go a long way towards reducing stress.

  1. Hydrate.

Drink up pure filtered water, green tea and hot lemon water first thing in the morning. Staying hydrated can help cleanse your body of toxins, boost metabolism, clean up your skin, and do so much more. Hot lemon water can help to release toxins as well as bacteria from your skin.

  1. Sleep well and often.

Getting enough sleep — and getting enough quality sleep — is crucial to a healthy body. Detox baths with Epsom salt and lavender can improve quality sleep and help you stay asleep. Turning off technology and using earplugs and eye masks can also aid proper sleep.

  1. Practice slow eating and eating without distractions.

Eating slowly and without distractions will give your body time to register that you’re eating, will prepare you for proper digestion, and will allow your body to hone its natural hunger cues. This will teach you to eat what your body needs, and to stop when you’re full. Put the fork down between bites, savor your food, and limit distractions when you’re eating.

  1. Move your body in ways that are restorative.

Be sure to move your body daily. This doesn’t always mean an intense workout. Sometimes your body will crave relaxing movement, such as a walk, jog, hike, yoga, or a dance class. By moving in such ways, you’re able to release tension and improve recovery and repair of your body.

  1. Diminish stress.

When you’re stressed, your body kicks in with a fight-or-flight response. This means that any crucial actions within your body are halted as you fight your stress. This leaves little time for detoxing, cleansing, digesting, or pretty much anything other than combating the stress of the moment. Practice activities to diminish stress, whether it’s yoga, meditation, or watching a funny movie; whatever works best to manage your stress.

  1. Eat three square meals a day and minimize snacking.

When your body is constantly metabolizing food, you leave little time to do anything else, including detoxifying, cleansing, and repairing. By eating three meals a day without snacking in between, you allow yourself time to fully digest your food. Plus you leave time to detox and heal your body.

  1. Just add veggies

Spending the equivalent of a house deposit on supplements, immune-boosting pills and multivitamins to help you get through winter flu season? Stop. Now. Instead, up the amount of vegetables you’re putting in your shopping trolley.

Plant foods have a variety of different compounds that help support the body, from antioxidants to phytonutrients to important vitamins and minerals. Create a rainbow plate to ensure you’re getting a good variety.

Many companies will try to sell you supplements that claim to detox or cleanse the body, but don’t underestimate the incredible power of fruit and vegetables.

  1. No more juices

It’s time to part ways with juice cleanses. As with vegetables, fruit contains a variety of compounds that will enhance your health, it’s packed with antioxidants, fibre and vitamins. Unfortunately with juices (and therefore juice cleanses), you’re getting a good whack of sugar without any of the fibre. And what’s more, often these juices, especially the commercial kind, are prepared in advance and sit in a bottle for days! Fresh, whole fruit is a much better option.

  1. Detox your mind

Healthy detoxing doesn’t always have to be exclusive to your food choices. Think about some other areas of your life that could do with a cleanse.

Do you spend a little too much time scrolling Instagram when you could be connecting with friends or reading a book? Has your excuse not to exercise for the last three weeks been, about its too cold outside?

Pick an area of your life you could improve on and implement a daily detox action. Whether it’s banning phone use after 8pm or waking 10 minutes earlier to do some high intensity interval training from the comfort of your lounge room.

  1. Avoid Processed Foods

Yes, that includes your go-to comfort foods – white bread, wraps and rice. Grabbing a warming soup with a bread roll for lunch? Make sure you pick the wholemeal bread option. At every opportunity, choose the wholemeal or wholegrain version.

Conclusion

Detox. It is one little word that conjures up many terrifying images of extreme juice cleanses and restrictive diets. But before you run for the hills (and grab a six-pack of doughnuts on your way there), it is important to know that detoxing doesn’t need to equal endless days of hanger and boring, tasteless food. In fact, detoxing can be done safely, effectively and in little daily bite-sized doses that will leave you feeling healthy and energised with minimal effort. A few simple swaps and minor nutritional tweaks will have you glowing from the inside out in no time.

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