42 Day Challenge: Detox Prep

One week down and it will only get better from here! I am really enjoying hearing about the goals being set for 2014 and feeling the excitement of making it happen. The next phase 14.2 is our Detox Phase. This is one that will challenge you mentally and physically but will be for a great benefit. This will help in setting your body up for success in achieving goals.
For three days leading up to your detox diet, try to eliminate: alcohol, sugar, dairy, wheat, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and packaged, boxed, canned or fast food. Up your intake of raw vegetable salads and lightly steamed vegetables.
You may also want to take this time to rid your kitchen of any foods or beverages that might tempt you during your detox phase.
Plan your menu for the week and make time to grocery shop. If you don’t normally buy organic, check out the Woodlands Farmer's Market for great Local produce. HEB, Kroger and Trader Joe's are other sources as well. 

2) Prevent Caffeine Withdrawal

If you drink caffeinated beverages on a regular basis, you may experience headaches, tiredness and other caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Here are some tips on how to prevent it: 

  • Gradually decrease your caffeine intake prior to starting the diet.
  • Try substituting some of your coffee intake with Swiss water decaffeinated coffee. For instance, try having a cup of coffee that is 75% regular coffee and 25% decaffeinated coffee. Gradually up the percentage of decaf until you're ready to eliminate it entirely. If you have more than one cup of
  • Switch to lower-caffeine green tea, white tea, matcha or oolong tea

3) Drink More Water

Your body needs plenty of water during a detox diet. Drinking lots of water keeps you hydrated and may help flush out toxins, so be sure to drink at least eight glasses of filtered water daily. Also try having a cup of room temperature or lukewarm filtered water with lemon first thing in the morning.

4) Stock up on Tools for Detox Success

Some practices may help promote cleansing throughout your detox diet. Exfoliating your skin with a dry brush, for instance, may help support circulation and prompt the passage of toxins from your lymph.
To enhance relaxation as you detox, consider buying some essential oils to add to your bathwater or use for massage. Incredibly calming, lavender oil may be especially helpful for those suffering from caffeine-withdrawal-related headaches. 
The 14 Day Detox Kit can be purchased from the office or at www.designsforhealth.com. If you order on the website, you'll just need to setup an account with Dr. Dustin Henderson as the referring provider. Search for "14 day detox kit" to find the product you are looking for.

YOU can do this! Plan to start PHASE 14.2 on 1/20/14