I do a detox cleanse every once in a while, after I’ve been eating out too often and my jeans feel like they’ve shrunk in the wash (when I haven’t actually washed them.) A good detox is an energizing pick-me-up as much as it’s a slim-me-down. But—knock me over with a kale leaf—it turns out that I might not have been doing the best detox for my body type. My favorite TV doc just devoted an entire episode to choosing the right detox based on your body type and cravings, and I have to say it was very enlightening.
About this time of year, many of my clients’ thoughts turn to detoxification. People’s memories of their recent holiday food-and-drink indulgences are fresh in their minds and also on the scale. Fortunately, so is the optimism that spring is just around the corner. Both are excellent motivators for health-minded people to work with the liver to support the body’s ability to neutralize toxins.
Do yourself a favor and take your body to the cleaners in 2014. No, I’m not talking about the dry cleaners, laundry mat or your local car wash. I’m talking about something a little more deep – like a total cleanse for your mind, body and spirit. There’s no better way to start the New Year than with a clean, healthy body. Here are two of my favorite ways to do away with the old in order to bring in the new.
Going green in 2014? Start with this sensational smoothie, teeming with healthy greens, protein-packed seeds and a scoop of creamy almond butter. Freezing veggies first means no need for ice—nothing but pure, dense nutrition and loads of fresh flavor in this frosty, drinkable treat!
Q. What is a “detox cleanse”? Does it really help you lose weight?
A. After a season of Thanksgiving pie, Christmas ham and let’s not forget New Year’s Eve champagne, many of our customers are looking for a “quick fix” to shed those extra pounds—along with the toxin build-up that we typically acquire from all of this decadence. A detox cleanse usually includes a supplement regimen and is intended to hit the “reset” button on your eating habits. After completing the recommended course, you likely will have rid yourself of junk food cravings… and some weight, too.*
Let me tell you about the most intense exercise you will ever try. It’s called Bikram yoga (hot yoga). The first time I tried it, I brought a friend along so we could both have the experience together – we no longer speak. I knew the room would be hot, but nothing can really prepare you for 90 minutes of 105-degree heat with no way to escape.
Quote of the day:
“Stay committed to your decision; but stay flexible in your approach”
- Tony Robbins
A reader shared this story with me:
“I’ve never been a fan of cleansing. I’ve half-heartedly tried, because I wanted to lose that ‘last five pounds’ (like everyone out there!). But no matter what I told myself (about being able to drink as much juice or eat as many fruits and veggies as I wanted), it still felt like total self-deprivation, and I never made it through a whole day. Read more →
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