The January Detox (original i know…)

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So! boring boring….

Yes, every year I say I am going to do a January detox, and I think last year it lasted a week or two, but this time I mean it! Its time to treat my body well for a while and hope at least some of it continues! (Saying it publicly means I can’t lame out…)

So first step- I saw a Nutritional therapistJayne @supernourished who said that yes, she would suggest an initial cleansing detox as my symptoms (mild psoriasis, puffy eyes, erratic digestion and sleep, stress etc) indicated some ‘liver issues’ so we agreed a plan:

no alcohol (eek), no dairy (easier) no wheat (hmmm) no refined sugar (hmmm) no caffeine (except green tea).  I’m vegetarian anyway so i don’t have to cut out meat…. I drew the line at no gluten as I want my rye bread! And my occasional injera! But she prescribed some milk thistle, some Magnesium and B vitamins, and plenty of leafy greens every day, plenty of cruciferous vegetables (e.g. broccoli) as they contain “indole-3-carbinols” which apparently support the detoxification pathways. Chia seeds, avocado, nuts and seeds, lentils – all sounds good! And the classic hot water with lemon juice in the mornings.

…and that’s that! I also vow to do lots of yoga, and swimming and get back into my cycling which has somehow fallen by the wayside this past year…. And i almost forgot! Massage is definitely part of my detox plan! whoop! 🙂

I’m 4 days in and all is well.  I think I’m sleeping better? my skin seems pretty clear, and someone said my eyes look sparkly. its early days.  I’m avoiding temptation, invites to pubs and gigs….Yesterday I went to my first ever “Tropical Hot Yoga”- i don’t remember ever sweating that much- in all my travels, or in all my steam room experience- my clothes were actually soaked.  I am *not* a convert, I’m not sure I see the point- I’d rather concentrate on the actual yoga than just suffering from heat exhaustion, and surely a good dynamic class creates its own heat from within and more ‘real’ sweat? but each to their own…!

Tomorrow I’ll be drinking water in the pub with old friends and feeling a bit boring.  but I’m sure it will be worth it at the end of the month.  Watch this space 😉

Lilja

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