What we eat, and drink after we have detoxed, is probably more important than the detox itself. A detox is window period, that we give ourselves, to make permanent changes to our diets.
The biggest mistake that most people make after a detox, is not planning what they are going to eat, and drink when it ends. They plan on, how they will change their diets long term, but very seldom put much thought, and planning in the 1st few days immediately after detoxing. I have done this a couple of times, and ultimately defeated the purpose of my detox.
They usually begin their detoxes on a Monday, and if it is a 5 day detox, like the one we are doing now, it ends on a Friday. They then have great plans to start their new healthy regime, the following Monday. If they are anything like me, guess what? On Saturday, and Sunday, they will eat all the food they can lay their hands on, drink loads of wine, and fill up on chocolate. Yes, I reward myself for completing my detox, by eating rubbish. Of course, when Monday arrives, I am terribly disappointed. Finally, the healthy eating, and no drinking of alcohol, never really happens.
Today is day 3 of our group detox. Seven of us are doing it together, to motivate each other. We are on a whatsapp group, and it really makes a huge difference going through starvation with others. We are keeping each other on track, and motivated. A couple of people have enquired about joining a group to motivate them to detox. We would be delighted to continue to keep the group going. If you are keen, please email us on email@example.com, and we will contact you, with all the details. You can read more about it here.
Our family dinner is presently in the oven, and I am writing now so that I don’t have to go anywhere near the kitchen. We will complete our detox on Friday, and this time, I really want to stay motivated to lose a bit of weight, eat healthily, cut out sugar, and not to drink alcohol during the week. So, although we finish on Friday, what we eat this weekend is going to be vitally important, before we go our own merry ways, and eat what we please.
After doing a lot of research, this is what I suggest, for the 1st few days after detoxing.
Eat small amounts throughout the day, rather than big meals.
- Keep food as simple as possible
- The fresher the food the better
- Lightly steamed/ pureed vegetables are ideal
- Soups/ broth
- Green/ herbal/ matcha tea
- Warm lemon water
- Cranberry juice
- Fruit (only before midday)
- Brown rice/ quinoa
Watch this space, as before the end of the week, we are going to be sharing some amazing post detox recipes with you.
What not to eat, and drink after a detox.
- Meat/ chicken/ fish
- Processed foods
- Refined starches
- Salt, and spices
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