There’s a saying - “New Year, New You” - that I don’t really like that saying very much…what I prefer is “New Year, Improved You!” Although it doesn’t have the same ring to it, I think it’s much better for morale.
This time of year most people are ready to re-invigorate themselves with a mind/body detox in an effort to set a path for a successful year. January and February are perfect for this type of thing – it’s cold and people are broke, which caters perfectly to staying in and refocusing on goals. A primary goal of many is to boost energy and renew a sense of self that will hopefully carry through the whole year.
With that said, many stumble out of the gates and struggle, because, yes, it’s hard; but it also requires a plan.
- Set Goals - Challenge yourself to write down what this detox means you and what you hope to achieve. It helps to have a reference to keep you on track when enthusiasm flags.
- Prepare the People Around You - Family, friends, roommates and coworkers that you normally associate with must know how important this cleanse is to you, so they can properly support you!
- Partner Up – Even the most motivated among us can get derailed without positive reinforcement; doing a cleanse with a partner means that you have a partner in crime. It also helps to have someone who you are accountable to.
- Drink Plenty of Water – The importance of water cannot be overstated – it helps keep us full and satisfied, and helps us flush out our systems, helping us stay hydrated. Aim for at least eight 8 oz glasses of water a day.
- Space Out Meals - Eating every 3 to 5 hours rather than nonstop nibbling helps with not only stabilizing our metabolism, but also helps to identify hunger (meaning you’ll learn when you’re hungry, thirsty or just bored).
- Keep a Journal -Recording what, when and where we eat, as well as how you feel before, during and after each meal, helps to raise awareness and transform relationships with food. A good tip is to start your journal one week before you actually begin your cleanse, that way you have a clearer understanding of your eating habits from the start.
- Stick To Your Guns - Regardless of whether you do it with a partner or solo, when you fall off the wagon – get back on! The key is to stick to your guns. If you have a plan to detoxify, then pull through- you can do it! Even the best of us fall off the wagon sometimes. But the biggest failure we can make is to abandon our plans.