Any drastic change to a lifestyle can prove to be challenging, which makes motivation essential to your success in that endeavor - especially for those who are undertaking these changes alone.
Even if you have partnered up for your detoxification cleanse, finding inspiration will prove to be very important for staying the course. 21 days is a long time, and, especially within the first week, motivation tends to wane.
I have found that having a few tips and nuggets of wisdom has helped me to meet my goals and feel empowered to complete the challenge (yes, cleanses are a challenge, even for the most seasoned cleanser!)
Stay rested. When we skimp on sleep, our bodies resolve to get energy any way they can, which means we will crave quick energy, like chocolate, chips and the like. By logging at least seven and a half hours of sleep a night, we fortify our commitment.
Find ways to stay invigorated. Television and the internet are temptation islands with food commercials dominating almost 65% of the ad space. Get outside, take a walk, and go for more workouts – whatever you do, get moving! There is nothing like a boost of feel-good endorphins to keep us on track.
Find ways to reward yourself in non-food ways. There are ways to be decadent and pamper ourselves without letting anything too decadent pass our lips. Book a massage or a facial and reward your efforts!
The kiss of death for resolve during a cleanse is hunger. By always having smart snacks like nuts, fruits or vegetables, we keep our energy boosted and battle the three o’clock slump at the same time.
Dehydration has a funny way of disguising itself as hunger. When the pangs start to gnaw at you, drink a glass of water and wait twenty minutes before eating, and more often than not, you’ll find you were just thirsty. This also helps forge the habit of understanding whether you are hungry, thirsty or flat out bored.
Adopt clean ways of cooking. To help sustain your healthy living efforts beyond any length of cleanse, familiarize yourself with steaming, cooking en papillote (in parchment paper) and poaching. All of these methods preserve flavor and nutrients, while producing a minimal amount of fat.