Seeing that it’s now Fall and many of you haven't started your new years resolutions, especially around the arena of FOOD, I thought I would help you out with the WHY around doing a detox.
As many of you have heard me say, we aren’t plants, we don’t photosynthesize, and that we have to consume things from the outside world.
We are also omnivores, which means we have to consume a variety of things to make our vessel, our body work OPTIMALLY.
And the super cool thing about being an omnivore is that we have CHOICE, and yet, the super CHALLENGING thing about being an omnivore is that we have…well, CHOICE.
And if you put garbage in, you’ll get garbage out. When you set your body up with the right information (food, air, water and love) ONLY health, vibrancy and joy can show up.
So what to do when life has gotten so full of fast, quick and easy foods and mindset?
When you have become so numb to what you’re putting in your mouth, or so confused by it and you know there’s a better way but are intimidated as to the “how.”
The next few paragraphs explain the WHY and the IMPORTANCE of doing a GENTLE detox to allow YOU to start paying attention to how foods that you are choosing are affecting your body and mind.
The program that I use is through Arbonne International, it’s my favorite by far, and if you’re familiar awesome. If not, it’s still worth the read because I talk about the WHY.
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Arbonne found me in 2010.
Their 30 days to fit program was launched in 2011 when I was still a brand new consultant. And to be honest I was skeptical. Not only about the formulations, but skeptical about the whole DETOX mentality. Many of us when we hear DETOX we think extremes, we think starving, we think olive oil, cayenne pepper and lemon juice.
That’s not at all what I discovered that day with Arbonne. The philosophy around the 30 days to fit was to do a few things:
1. focus on whole foods eating
2. focus on avoiding inflammatory, triggering and addictive foods like gluten dairy soy sugar alcohol and caffeine
3. focusing on the importance of absorbing our foods…as Arbonne so beautifully put, we aren’t what we eat we are what we absorb
4. helping the organs that allow our bodies to detox –the lungs, the GI/liver, the skin and the kidneys.
We use the analogy of a bathtub that I was taught in Dental Hygiene School
Ok, so imagine your body as a bathtub and the drains are the organs of elimination: the kidneys, the liver and gastrointestinal system, your skin and your lungs, and when you turn the faucet on you’re adding THINGS like water, food, air, thoughts, and things you’re putting on your skin…all of this is stuff the body has to SORT THROUGH and THEN hold on to what it needs to build your body and then LET GO of the things that’s not serving the body to be as healthy as it can.
And just for the sake of argument I’m going to make a sweeping generalization and say that MOST people’s DRAINS, or DOORS or ORGANS OF ELIMINATION in Western societies are not functioning optimally.
So then what happens to the drains?
Right, they get clogged.
And then toxicity builds up in the body.
And then we experience symptoms.
To name a few:
PMS, weight gain, headaches, migraines, osteopenia, joint pain, thinning of nails and hair, hormone imbalance…the list goes on.
And then if we keep doing what we’re doing we will keep getting what we are getting. So the toxicity continues to build up. And then the body says, “I have to DO something with this,” and where does the body NOT want to put toxins?
Right, in the VITAL organs like your heart, liver and brain. They are called vital for a reason.
So the body came up with a brilliant plan. It said, “lets create an inert place that we can keep the toxins away from the organs. Hmmmmm, I know! Lets stick it in adipose tissue.”
Fat is like bubble wrap for toxins. And again, if we keep doing what we are doing we will keep getting what we’re getting and the toxins/or fat cells will keep BUILDING.
And simultaneously wreaking havoc on the hormone system and then eventually, the vital organs.
And we will then most likely end up with a diagnosis.
So what to do when we get caught in this?
Before Arbonne came into my life and the 30 day plan, I was SEEING this pattern in my dental patients. And I was advising them to avoid the foods that were triggering inflammation, fat storage and disease and decay.
But I was finding that when I would look at a single mother of 3 and tell her to avoid gluten and dairy and soy and sugar, she would look at me with that look of NO WAY THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE. It was like I pulled the rug out.
Arbonne is the rug. It’s the tool kit to hand to people to say “here, here is a SIMPLE DOABLE plan to allow you to put the cereal down, put the pasta down, put the pizza down for a bit, AT LEAST 30 days, and give the body a time to begin to heal, begin to clear the smoke, to begin to say…hmmmm, maybe cheese DOES affect me in a negative way.”
This program, or others like it, are not about forever. It’s not about how you can NEVER EAT pizza again, it’s about pressing pause. Waking you up into how foods may be affecting you. It’s about eating consciously.
So you can then LIVE consciously.
I always tell people this is not a perfection game it’s a progression and consciousness game.
So how does it work?(and this is referencing Arbonne's plan specifically)
The plan has a protein powder that serves a complete meal replacement that you can do for lunch and dinner and post workout.
The plan has flavored fizz sticks that you can add to water that can serve as a soda or coffee replacement.
The plan has a detox tea to drink 1-3 times a day to support the liver and the kidneys to GENTLY let go of toxins.
The plan has a probiotic to help with digestion, absorption, immune support and elimination.
It has a fiber supplement which is crucial for detox and health as fiber acts like a SPONGE for toxins…so as your body is allowed to again, gently let go of toxins, the fiber is there to grab on to it and put it in the stool so the body can let go.
There are fit chews that are little chewy snacks designed to help balance your blood sugar, support your adrenal glands-which are the two glands that sit on your kidneys responsible for a lot of things, and they play a huge role in blood sugar control and hormone balance.
The greens are a part of the plan in that they are adding all those fruits and veggies and antioxidants and phytonutrients that your body as been craving and you haven’t maybe taken the time to eat the amount that your body needs based on your busy schedule.
This program, and others like it, is set up to not only make you and your body win, but to allow you to feel the best you’ve ever felt. So that you can get clear about who you are and why you were put on the planet.
Imagine not waking up and being distracted by migraines or back pain…you can start to ask the questions like if you could do ANYTHING what would you do, who would you be and whose lives would you change.
And it all starts about getting conscious about what we’re putting in our mouth and how it’s affecting our every inch.
And who wouldn’t benefit from that.
This is 30 days that can transform your life.
And everyone around you.
Bring it on!
Ready to get started? Have other questions about the 30 Day Challenge?