New Year, New You: Detoxing for the Best Year of Your Life | getvegucated.com
New Year, New You: Detoxing for the Best Year of Your Life
getvegucated.com | December, 2017
Raw Vegan: If the thought of living by juice alone is just too much to bear, embracing a raw diet for a few days (or weeks) might be your ticket to purification nation. The focus here is on whole, unprocessed plant foods that are not heated above 104 – 118F degrees (the cutoff temperature varies within the raw community), as to not denature the plants’ naturally present enzymes. Many raw foodists avoid gluten, soy, sugar, and flours, but it really depends upon the plan and the person. Whatever level you take eating raw to, consuming more whole, unfettered with plant food is beneficial for body and mind (people report thinking more clearly). At a loss for recipes that bring out the best and brightest flavors of unfussed-with food? Check out these resources: The fabulous website, Choosing Raw; Ani Phyo’s gorgeous recipes; Eat Raw, Eat Well by Douglas McNish; and, The Fresh Energy Cookbook: Detox Recipes to Supercharge Your Life by Natalya Rose and Doris Choi.
Use Natural, Simple Products: You’re working so hard to remove toxins from your insides, so why ruin it by smothering your body with toxic beauty products? Read the ingredients and opt for products that are singular (like coconut oil – one ingredient, many uses), natural, and simple. Our Vegucated Guide to Beauty Without the Cruelty can help you refresh your routine and welcome truly green, clean vegan products in to your life. We really dig this therapeutic oil that contains Triphala (meaning “three fruits”) that moisturizes and topically assists with detoxification.
Quality Sleep: While your dozing, your body is working hard to clear away impurities, digest, and shore up your wellness. Deep, restorative ZZZ’s are vital to any cleanse, so give yourself the best shot at having a good night’s sleep. If you have trouble winding down, try a warm bath with lavender oil, a comforting foot massage, reading a good book, or sipping some calming tea. Avoid the television or computer (unless you’re reading this, of course…) at least two hours before it’s time to hit the sack. This will give your mind a chance to wind down and prepare for slumber.
Healing Rituals: Feeling more adventurous? Many detoxers use therapeutic massage, a neti pot, infrared saunas, colonics, and dry brushing to purge impurities from the body. Add Some Life to Your Space: Bringing nature indoors has a refreshing effect. Add some plants to your space or adopt a companion animal. A little extra life in your home can completely reenergize other parts of your day and leave you smiling.
Whether this is your first time or your fiftieth time detoxing, support is always a welcomed addition to the experience. Gather a group of like-minded friends to participate with you. Feel your resolve slipping? Watch some great documentaries (like Vegucated!) on cleansing transformations, like Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead (much more uplifting than the title lets on), Hungry for Change, Crazy, Sexy Cancer, all of which feature people changing their lives and health through juicing, clean eating, and of course, a vegan diet. And, anytime you’re craving community, might we suggest joining the totally free and fabulous Vegucated Schoolhouse Online Community? With nearly 700 members, we have lots of wisdom and inspiration to share!