If our bodies could talk, what would they say? If we could ask them, what do you need to feel happy, healthy and full of energy, what kind of a response would we get? Would they tell us to go to bed earlier, to eat more vegetables, and to walk daily? Would they ask us to stop drinking those vodka tonics, and to lay off that afternoon candy bar? Perhaps they'd tell us to take a chill pill and stop stressing out over every little thing. Maybe they'd ask for sex daily. Maybe they'd ask us to stop having sex daily. Maybe your body would tell you it loves ice cream and hates spinach, so please stop forcing that green stuff down my throat!
Who knows. What makes my body sing might make your body cry and your best friend's body ache. We are, all of us, fabulously unique, and our bodies' needs reflect that. Nicola of G-Free Mom has been hosting a month of detox soups, smoothies, and juices to inspire us to find our own way to health. For her, a diagnosis of breast cancer led her to a family goal of increasing their daily fruits and vegetables. For her son, a gluten, milk, and cheese free diet has been integral in dealing with a variety of symptoms. And for me, achieving health has meant giving up a lot of foods that I never would have suspected of being a problem. Spinach, avocados, bananas, and lemons are all on my no-can-do list, along with too many other foods to get into here.
So what does it mean to detox? How do we rid our bodies of unwanted toxins and have the robust health we so desire? How do we do it on a daily basis, rather than in short-lived bursts? I can show you what works for me. And you can check here for all the recipes that other bloggers have shared for Detox January. But then, I hope you'll step back for a moment and ask the question of the only person who really knows what you need: yourself. It may be that you're eating exactly as you should be, that some changes are in order, or that diet isn't the issue at all. Let your body tell you what it needs. And resolve to listen, no matter what it has to say.
|I've had to say goodbye to my beloved green smoothies (no bananas or spinach right now), but they might be just the thing for you.|
|Soup, on the other hand, is always welcomed by my body. This is my own vegetarian version of chicken soup for the soul.|
|A cabbage, apple, cucumber juice? I think this makes my body happier than anything else. Well, okay that's not exactly true. There are some things that make me much happier, and they have nothing to do with food. But this feels pretty good too.|
Detoxify your life. Your way.