It’s springtime, which means our minds turn to spring cleaning our home and our body. A healthy spring detox doesn’t have to mean a week of juice and ignoring hunger. Detoxing the right way lets you incorporate fresh, vibrant food and time for self reflection so you can detox more than just your body. Read on for 7 simple ways to make the most of your spring detox.
1. Plan in advance
Don’t just jump right into a detox. Take the week or so ahead of your detox to prepare your body by cutting out things like dairy, sugar, chemical sweeteners, alcohol. The more you prep in advance, the less likely you’ll have headaches and fatigue during your detox.
2. Find something that works for you
Compare programs and see what the detox or cleanse involves. Some just provide food or juice, while others include a consultation, education, and support. Consider how long you’d like to detox as well, and make sure the program aligns with your intentions.
3. Food is not forbidden
There are a lot of whole foods that support your detox goals. Bitter greens, root veggies, citrus like grapefruit, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts are all great options to incorporate into your diet while you detox.
4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Even if you’re eating lots of fresh, whole foods and drinking juices, it’s important to make sure you’re drinking lots of water. Start your day with a glass of warm lemon water and aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day.
5. Get moving
Don’t stop exercising just because you’re detoxing. Listen to your body and try lower-impact exercises like a walk outside, yoga, or swimming.
During your detox is a great time to start a meditation habit. Turn your phone off and really unplug from the world, focusing inward and giving yourself the time you need to relax. Start with just 5 minutes and build from there.
7. Everyone needs self care
Use this time to forge some solid self-care habits that you can turn to when stress happens. They don’t have to be complicated—even setting 10 minutes a day aside to read or do another activity that gives you pleasure is enough to build self care into your routine.