I decided to tale on the “Ultimate Reset” challenge and man was I amazed at all the things I realized and learned about myself, many of these things I never noticed until taking this challenge. Today I am going to share with you 9 of the most important things I learned during my detoxing period.
1. I became more aware of my eating habits. I never realized how much I was BLT’ing (bites, licks, tastes) through the kitchen. As I prepared my kids’ dinners, or prepping for my meals the next day, I licked every spoon and tasted every crumb almost all the time. As each day passed, I became more aware of my choices and worked on breaking those bad habits.
2. My energy increased. Initially, I was tired although certainly excited to begin this detox. I was ready for the feeling of cleaning out my gut, however, by day 4, the cravings became intense and I realized how much my body depended on sugar for energy. I’m a firm believer there really is a sugar addiction. Aside from my morning cup of joe, which I like simply for the experience not because I needed it, I began to find energy through the cleaner, healthier foods. My afternoons were more productive, which brings me to the next point.
3. I didn’t nap at 4pm. I was so bogged down with toxins and other crap that even with Shakeology, i was crashing at 4pm after picking my kids up from the bus stop. Of couse this ruined my chances of a reasonable bed time. Shortly after the purging began, I noticed the afternoons were easier to get through. As I’m writing this now, it’s 4:30p and I feel like I can keep going. Lots on my to-do list.
4. I found mental clarity. I used to feel like there were cobwebs in my brain. I was incredibly forgetful and couldn’t finish a sentence to save my life (ask my husband). Now, although I still forget some things, I believe it’s really because there is TOO much on my plate and I don’t write it all down. But I no longer have the brain fog staring at the tv as a space cadet.
5. I lost weight and inches. I know everyone is dying to know my results from the cleanse, and yes I did lose weight and inches, but that’s not what this is about. I have found a greater accomplishment from this experience and that is clean eating is the BEST way to good health. If I told you I lost only one pound would you be disappointed? What if I said I lost 8 inches in my thighs, waist and arms? Is that a better number? Does the scale really matter when overall I feel amazing?!! My pants fit better around the waist. My stomach isn’t extended and bloated. And my husband thinks I look fantastic. I FEEL amazing and THAT’s what counts.
6. My skin cleared up. My husband was the first one to notice that my skin looked healthier. I guess when you stare at the mirror every day, you just don’t notice the gradual changes. Then I went to the beauty store in town to get a new foundation and the make-up artist complimented my skin saying it looked extremely healthy and perfect. Say what? I’ve been having adult acne for years and someone is saying my skin is perfect??!! Never would I think that would happen but it’s true. Sugar and toxins really do affect your skin.
7. I saved money (i think). I’m sure I did. I wasn’t visiting the nearest Starbucks and since our children were on board supporting my husband and me on our journey, they too didn’t want to eat the junk. It was a family effort! Maybe next round I’ll actually estimate how much was saved.
8. My relationships improved. When you are feeling bogged down, bloated, lethargic, tired, brain foggy, of course your relationships will suffer. You can’t possibly feel energetic, excited, on your A-game. It’s hard enough staying awake let alone staying positive and happy. I noticed that my husband and I were more kind in our words towards each other and the kids. We had more patience with each other and I know for me, I felt better about myself. I’m sure he did too but I didn’t ask before this video. As such, I also noticed I began attracting more positive people too at work, in school, and in friendships. My hope is that this experience will attract others to give a detox a try for their own benefits.
9. Finally, I became less anxious and depressed. Sugar and other toxins can have major effects on the brain. A diet high in sugar can raise levels of inflammation throughout the body and brain—and now research is tying inflammation to higher incidences of depression. One study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that brain inflammation was 30% higher in clinically depressed patients. Not only was I happy every day, but I woke up with a grateful heart allowing myself to feel good inside. Isn’t that what every single person wants?
So the next time you see someone choosing a cleanse to detox his or her body of the crap inside of them, don’t judge. Rather be supportive. Help them with healthier choices. Don’t tempt or tease them with an alcoholic drink or a large piece of chocolate cake. Lift them up and tell them they can do it.