YES! I said it! Detox!
Back in April, I made a lot of changes in the way I went about my diet plan. I stopped doing weight watchers, and started doing my own plan... a plan that a friend of mine helped me conceive. It basically revolved around eating clean, balancing meals and snacks, and taking supplements that supported my body's natural ability to burn fat and charge my metabolism. I kicked my sugar and caffeine habit, and lost about 30 lbs before I stalled out this summer. The plan we came up with will forever change the way I eat. Even when I am going through periods like I am now, where my diet is not my #1 priority, I am always conscious of the rules of the game. Does that make sense?
I've really been struggling lately to get my head in the game. My exercise was going good until it got so cold outside I couldnt stand to walk anymore. My gym membership expired last week and I have no money to renew it. And until Saturday, my living room was much too crowded to pop in a DVD. Pile on STRESS, STRESS, AND MORE STRESS... and I've been eating like crazy. So today, I went back through the tons of notes and emails that Yvette sent me back during the Spring. I made notes, and decided that all the times I have tried to get back on track, I have been omitting an important step... Detox. Here is the email I found on the subject...
"When you cut anything out of your diet that isnt good for you, your body will go through a detox. The detox is equal opportunity, doesnt matter if your thin, overweight, etc, its just the nature of the human body. The detox last roughly 5-7 days. You can experience headaches from sugar and caffeine withdrawal, sometimes people have broken out in something similiar to a heat rash for a day or so, you can be moody / grumpy, feel fatigue from not getting that caffeine rush, unpleasant things, its just your body's way of freaking out because it is no longer getting what it was use to, kind of like a child. But like everything else the body gets over it. Eventually, you don’t miss what you no longer have, especially when you are fueling your body properly, you will no longer crave sweet things the way you used to.
The first few weeks for some are very difficult! Not only mentally, but physically - - BUT TOTALLY worth it. My analogy is having a baby, the labor hurts, the reward great!
Yes, I think that this is something you can do if you want to because wherever the mind goes the body will follow. However, the keys to success is having a plan as to what you will do during this time when you are not feeling that great. For example, when you really are wanting that ice cream, or have a headache or feel tired and what to throw in the towel, what are something things that you are going to be committed to doing to coping with the unpleasantness? Will it be to take a walk, will it be to call your friends, will it be to text me because you need to vent. Sort of like of labor, you know its going to be painful but what are some things that you are going to do to get through that time, to make different choices, to get different results. The better prepared you are the more successful you will be."
In order for my body to start functioning to lose weight, I need to go through a detox. Tomorrow will be day one. I refuse to wait another day! I feel like crap and I can't take it anymore. I did it once, and I know I can do it again. I have all my supplements, so I don't have any excuse to wait!
Speaking of supplements... a lot of you have emailed me since my last post asking what supplements I take. I will give you a list and a brief explanation for each. But since I have poured through so much of this info about the supplements today, I will share info about each of them over the next few days.
Calcium Citrate +D - helps with withdrawel headaches, plus vitamin D helps with mood
Tonalin CLA - reduces the body's ability to deposit fat and promotes the use of stored fat for energy
Flaxseed Oil - Contains Omega-3 fats, which raise your metabolism, help flush water from your kidneys and lower your triglyceride levels.
Multi-vitamin for Her - to cover the rest of my bases!
Evening Primrose Oil - The GLA found in evening primrose oil mobilizes the metabolically active fat known as brown adipose tissue (BAT).
Acetyl L-Carnitine 400mg + Alpha Lipoic Acid 200 mg - fat burner
Milk Thistle - a liver regenerator and helps with bile stagnation
AssistU - all natural appetite suppresant (http://us-nutrition.net/assistu-supplemental-facts/)
I love my supplements - they work! Even when I'm eating like crap, I can feel a difference in my body when I take them. So WITH healthy eating and exercise, I KNOW these pounds are about to start melting off again! This, friends, makes me excited.