Wednesday, July 6, 2011

5 Steps to a detox week

Had that LONG holiday weekend hangover for a few days? Not just the sweet treats but the margarita's, the excessive sun, but the heavy food feeling...ready to hit Control-Alt-Delete? Here are 5 steps to detoxing the holiday weekend feeling away!

Water- Natures purest detox tool! Aim for drinking about half your body weight in ounces of water a day! for optimum hydration. Water will flush toxins (think alcohol, sugar etc) out of your system faster than anything else and will replenish your energy and balance. Think about it, we are 72% water! Simply by drinking it, we kick start all our bodily functions, the liver, kidney's and digestive system jump to work--just add water! 

Electrolytes- Sun, alcohol can dehydrate you! Add electrolytes in to your daily routine so you can know you are getting back on track! Electrolytes help carry impulses across cell membrane--think nerve and muscle function! When you lose electrolytes like sodium and potassium through sweat, heat and exercise, they need to be replaced so our body can continue to function. The faster they are replaced, the more efficient your body will run. There are all natural sports drinks to choose from to avoid chemicals and high sugar content and naturally occurring boosts like are found in coconut water!  

Anti-oxidants -BERRY good news folks-- getting the powerful anti-oxidants our bodies need can be as easy as noshing on beautiful blueberries, acai berries and dark chocolates! Antioxidants protect cells from damage that can occur from free radicals (think pollution, BBQ smoke, uncle Carl's cigar--cancer causing agents that are all around us!) Keeping a diet rich in Antioxidants, especially after a fun weekend filled with free radicals, will prevent damage on a cellular level and keep you detoxing day in and day out! Eat up to your berry little hearts content!

Exercise- get out there and get that blood pumping! Moving your blood through your system will replenish your body with oxygen and energy! After time in the sun, long days on the boat or on a trip will leave us tired and sluggish, but get that blood moving and you will feel better and help all the other tools listed here, pump those toxins through and OUT of your system faster...besides, what better time to get back on track than NOW!

Rest- Along with proper hydration, fuel, and movement, our bodies need proper rest! Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night and soon you will find yourself waking up BEFORE the alarm--a sign of a well rested person. Catching up on your ZZZ's will help Detox and create more mental clarity, awareness and improve your mood as well. All that we put our bodies through day in and day out is very taxing and we need to honor our bodies with the proper rest! It's a vital part of a detox program that we can't over look. A great excuse for a summer nap in the shade!! 

What is your fave thing to do when detoxing? 

Oprah Quotes: an unintended post on empowerment

"True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience."

"Your true passion should feel like breathing; it’s that natural."

"When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are."

"I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become."

"If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think."

"You get in life what you have the courage to ask for." 

Oprah Winfrey

I used to not be a fan of Oprah. 
In my 20's I was even bitter toward what she stood for (or what I PERCEIVED) and all she had done, was doing and where she was going. A woman of power, purpose and passion. I was NONE of those in my 20's. She was empowering others, I was defeated and angry at people who were able to OPEN up to risk their own empowerment. I was CLOSED.

I was jealous of her strength
I was jealous of her courage
I was jealous of her fearless LIVING!! 

I didn't understand all that she stood for and now I do. She helps people, because she knows how, because she helped herself, allowed herself to be helped by others and saw her whole life as a way to learn and grow. I get it. I do that now to. It's like we are all little Oprah's helping others become little Oprah's and then one day we look around and we are big Oprah's helping everyone. 

I am not jealous anymore. I have my own strength from God. I have my own courage from my faith and I have tasted fearless living...there is no going back. It came down to fear. I was afraid of believing her words, I was afraid if I believed her or in her, that I would fail or fall short. I was afraid that If I allowed myself to embrace what she stood for, it would mean I was someone different than I was. Thank goodness, different is GOOD and for me, change was vital... 

Thanks Oprah for your awesome Quotes, for who you are and for all you did, are doing and will do. 

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