I find that Fall is the best time of the year to begin to make the necessary changes in our lives if we really want to experience lasting transformation. I don’t know about you, but I feel like Fall is the time to prepare myself for the winter to come. I almost feel like a bear getting ready to go into hibernation for the winter, and the Fall gives me time to ‘get all my ducks in a row’ before I hunker down for the cold, dark season. So what’s the best way for me to make the necessary preparations? A detox, no doubt!

A detox is a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. I see a detox as a time to get rid of anything that has taken our attention away from our own personal transformation. And for me, a detox is necessary for both our minds as well as our bodies. A mind detox can serve to rid your mind of all the negative thoughts and beliefs that you’ve been carrying around for so long. Most of our own personal transformation begins in the mind, so why not hit the reset button and focus on embracing mindset beliefs that will support you. As far as the body, a detox of fried foods, caffeine, sugar, and/or alcohol can help you lose weight, give you energy, and take your mindset to another level.  Here are some things to consider when deciding to detox:

Preparation. Making the decision to detox your mind and/or body is not just something you wake up and decide to do one random morning. I find that the most effective times of detoxing is when you have made a decision and have taken the time to prepare for the process. So if you’re feeling the urge to detox, take the time to decide why you want to, and the end result. For example, you may decide to detox to lose a few pounds or get clarity on a situation in your life. The benefits of detoxing are not just external, they can be internal as well.  

Support. Detoxing can bring up some things in our lives, it can be frustrating, and it can also and most often, end in a time of clarity and transformation. But you will likely need some support along the way. So I would recommend that you get a partner to either go through the detox with, or just be there to be your support system and hold you accountable as you detox. You might need to have that friend on speed dial or text that will talk you out of that donut when you desperately want it! Or you might just want to express to your trusted helper, all of the great things that are happening in your life as a result of the detox.

Strategies. Detoxing can be an incredibly humbling, but difficult experience. And if you go into it without any strategies in place, you might not be as successful at it as you want to. In terms of a body detox, make certain that you create a menu for the period of time you’re planning to detox. Also, prepare and plan out each meal and snack so that you know what you’ll be having every day. This cuts down on ‘winging it’, which easily leads to a quick stop through the drive through at your local fast food joint. Finally, plan some cheat meals in there throughout the week. This allows room for balance and real life. For example, if you know you already have an evening out planned with friends and family, let that evening meal serve as your cheat meal for the week. Here’s my recommendation, create about three cheat meals within your week. This will serve to curb your need to binge when you do come off the detox. I’ve tried to deprive myself for a period of time and although I was successful, when I came off the detox I went a little overboard with the sugar since I hadn’t had any in so long! It’s all about moderation.

In terms of a mind detox, you’ll want to have some strategies in place to help you navigate through all of the mindset shifting you need to do. It can be really hard to shift your mindset from negative to positive without some specific strategies tailored to reset and re-align your mind. Luckily, I have a free seven day mind detox audio series that does just that for you. Each day includes a simple task created to help you assess where you are right now, acknowledge what hasn’t been working, create something new, and take action to affirm that new mindset every day. You can sign up here.

So I’d love to hear from you, have you ever detoxed your body? If so, what kind of detox did you do and what results did you get?

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