I’m sure you have heard the hype – one source says it’s the best thing you can do for your health, and the next says it’s risky and damaging. You want to do what’s right, but what should you believe?
As with most things, the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes. What’s more, your truth may be different from the things that work best for someone else. This may seem confusing, but it’s actually quite simple. Ask yourself a few questions, and let me clarify some general guidelines that will help you decide if it’s a good option for you.
- Why do you want to cleanse/detox? If your primary goal is to become more healthy long-term, great! That means you’re off to a good start.
- Are you trying to drop a lot of weight fast? This is not ideal because it is unhealthy and dangerous to lose too much weight too fast, and those who go in with that mindset tend to quickly regain any weight that is lost.
- Do you want to determine the foods that work well for you, and the foods that don’t agree with you? Eliminating and reintroducing goods is one way to determine ideal foods for you personally, and those that should be avoided. The trick is to really listen to your body, and watch out for denial if some of your favorites end up making you sick.
- Do you want to curb cravings? Completely avoiding unhealthy foods, especially those that are highly processed and full of sugar (fast food, junk food, and desserts) is a great way to get them out of your system, and out of your mind. If you plan to go this route, try to avoid those foods as long as it takes to stop missing them, and then you won’t have to worry about it anymore.
- Do you want to jumpstart habit changes and develop a healthier lifestyle? If you stop for fast food and pick up sweets out of habit and convenience or a lack of other ideas, this is a great way to break that cycle, and replace it with something better. It’s so much easier to stick to healthy habits when they are already part of your routine.
- What are your plans after a temporary cleanse/detox? This is a pretty big determining factor. If you go right back into your old ways, a short burst of healthy eating probably won’t be much benefit. If you plan to use what you learn about nutrition and your body, and apply that knowledge to form an overall healthier lifestyle for yourself, you will probably benefit quite a bit.
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