Should I try a detox? is a loaded question really.
Do I think you should put coffee where the sun don’t shine (coffee enemas is a thing. I know), no, I don’t suggest that across the board.
Do I think that drastic changes to your eating, movement, sleep and breathing can produce more energy and healthy weight loss?
So where’s the line between drastic, uncomfortable measures and just getting some more energy already and taming your muffin top?
First off, let’s get semantics out of the way because so often it’s the words that trip us up.
When you have prediabetes, the term glucotoxicity is used to refer to the high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood stream.
These higher than normal levels of sugar that disrupt the beta cells of your pancreas, making it harder to produce enough insulin to deal with blood sugar spikes.
A true “toxic” effect indeed.
Here’s a 1-minute video where I break down what glucotoxicity is and how it’s affecting your ability to control your blood sugars.
A true “detox” is done with trained and regulated health professionals in a safe environment, and they safe people’s lives.
For that reason, I’m going to use the word “reset”, “cleanse” and refer to the term “detox” in the purely cosmetic way, not a drug-rehabilitation program.
If you’re interested in a gentler version of what you may have heard about “cleanses” or “detoxes” with all-liquid diets, expensive supplements and short-term deprivation for short-term gains, keep reading.
The truth is, a reset doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you manage to reset in a healthy, supportive manner, you can really get some quick wins that set you up for major improvements in your blood sugar, weight and overall energy.
The following are four myths you may have heard about “detoxing”. Understandably, these myths may cause you to be hesitant to try a plan like this.
Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why a reset might be just what your body is craving.
Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a “detox”.
While you might have to eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, resetting isn’t all about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and fuel your body.
The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, my clients always discover new foods and recipes that they absolutely love that have become staples in their diets long after their reset ends, which is about the 14 day mark.
Myth #2: You’ll constantly be hungry while on a strict “diet”.
While you might end up consuming fewer calories while following a reset plan, you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run.
Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a general reset should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help “cleanse” your body while feeling satisfied. My clients are always amazed that they never feel hungry when they start following my plans.
Myth #3: You need to do an all-liquid detox to remove “toxins” from your body.
Liquid-only detoxes have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of detoxes can backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the detox ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health. An effective change in eating will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish and fuel your body and set you on the right path for long-term results.
Myth #4: Detoxes are just too expensive and downright strange.
Starting to eat a whole-foods based diet doesn’t have to be expensive, or strange.
The more you have to change, in my experience working with clients, the more impactful the results tend to be – better sleep, better bowel habits, less headaches, less bloating, weight loss, etc. Typically these results happen in the first 14 days (or less.)
And you know when you just feel….off? You just don’t feel like yourself and you know your diet could be improved but again, you don’t know where to start.
Coffee enemas are a thing. I know, I know. So you wonder about “cleansing” and “detoxing” but some of the more um, intimate practices just don’t really turn your crank?
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