I completed a 3 day “detox” last week that was long overdue. I am not a fan of fasts, diets or even doing juice or smoothie detoxes where you drink only juices all day for a few days in a row. Many swear by them and it works to remove the “sludge” as they say, in the system. I say to each his own and I will caveat – try different detoxes if you want but ultimately do what works for you and most importantly – Listen. To. Your. Body.
I have made quite some changes to my lifestyle in the past few years with daily green smoothies, green juices, quitting caffeine, cutting down on “white” foods, eliminating processed foods, limiting my dairy intake etc. I have also been eating smaller meals every 2-3 hours, exercising more, and keeping track of my water intake. And I have noticed amazing changes in myself as noted earlier. But I am still unable to shake off or limit my gluten intake. So I decided to call this 3 day meal plan a “detox” of sorts as it was really more of a gluten free, dairy free (no yoghurt or kefir), no-extra-sugar-added plan.
Juices, smoothies, soups, veggies and fruits – that is all this plan consists of. I thought this would be a little more substantial than just a juice or smoothie diet and will keep my fibre intake high. After all, an essential part of detox is elimination.
Did this make a difference for me? I actually had a dull headache on the first day which I did not expect. I have generally been a clean eater but this actually humbled me:) A headache usually suggests that the body is getting rid of toxins. I realized that “sludge” does collect in the body over days of not being careful. Over the following two days I noticed my face become clearer. But after 3 days I still felt a bit tired, and not very refreshed. I should have continued on probably or it may have been that 3 days wasn’t enough to completely rid my system of the gunk. Regardless I knew that this was something I should continue with and not limit it to 3 days of “detoxing” – rather it was going to be 365 days of “clean eating” moving forward.