Honestly, this was mentally one of the most challenging things I have done in my life. I have done some though things before, but I never felt like giving up. During the last ten days, there was EVERY day at least one moment when I felt like quitting the detox. It sucked big time.
What made the Detox so challenging?
As already mentioned in my previous article The Detox Experience – Part 1
, we could pick from 50 different ingredients. It sounds a lot, but the choice of foods felt VERY limited. Even so we could choose between vegetables, fruits, carbs, nuts, oil and even some superfoods, it felt so boring. The way the food was prepared (cooking or steaming) was just dull. I missed flavor, variety and mostly taste.
However, I did it and I would NOT want to miss this experience. Now as I am sitting in front of my super delicious breakfast, I feel very grateful for the unlimited access to food we have in western countries. A huge bowl of warm oatmeal with almond milk, BANANA (oh I love banana!), orange, blueberries, almonds … just for myself. How my colleague Jan-Joris always says: “It almost feels like angels peeing on your tongue.”
What did the Detox brought me?
So after all this trouble, what where the results of the detox? – I lost quite some weight, which was not my intention. Even worse, it was a lot of muscle mass that I lost. So there is some work ahead to get that back again. However, there where also a lot of positive things.
1. Less pain
Since last year, I have lower back pain. I always thought it appears only if I do not train my core muscles enough. During the first days of the detox it got worse and worse. Since I was not doing any muscle strengthening training anymore, this enforced my guess. However, last saturday after my hot yoga class, it just disappeared and did not come back.
Another thing that seems to have (almost) disappeared are my monthly headaches. Thought, I could feel small waves of pain last night, they vanished almost instantly again. I am very curious how that will evolve during the next months.
2. Flexibility + Energy
During my weekly yoga practice it was much easier for me to get in the poses and I could stretch more than usual. This is quite logic, since all the toxics that were stored in the joints should have gotten out of the body and make it more flexible. I also went to a “Get in Shape” class (lots of dancing and some muscle training) yesterday. I was full of energy and jumping up and down was super easy.
I feel so much more connected to my body than before. I always had trouble with connecting to the inside of my body especially during yoga practice. This is much easier now. At the end of the class I even felt this pleasant tingling in my legs, of which I heard so much from more advanced yogis.
How do you eat after a Detox?
From today on, it is advised to slowly add the “old food” back to our diet. This applies especially for things like sugar, coffee, bread, dairy, meat, fish and so on. This way we can have a look what the food does to us. Especially if it causes unpleasant feelings or even pain, it might be advisable to cut it out of the diet entirely or a least eat less of it.
Would I do it again? Currently, I am looking forward to enjoy some healthy, but (more) tasty food and also to gain some muscle weight. However, if the pain is coming back and I feel the disconnected again, I know what I can do.
Have you ever done a detox? What were your experiences and what was most challenging? I am looking forward to read from you in the comment box below!
Many many thanks to the Yoga School Breda and especially to Marcel for putting the program together and offering an easy entry for a detox. The coaching was awesome and he was always patiently answered our never-ending questions.
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