I think the key to getting through the first week is pampering yourself a little. The first week will be an adjustment to your brain and body so you may feel sluggish, tired or even get headaches. This is to be expected since your body is expelling toxins. You don't want to feel like you are totally depriving yourself so do something to replace that piece of chocolate or glass of wine. Reward yourself!
- Take a bath - An epsom salt bath is a great way to pull out the toxins in your body and also give yourself a little private time. Put a cup of salt into your bath and soak for at least 20 minute 3 times a week.
- Sleep some more - Catch an extra hour of sleep or grab a cat nap; 15 minutes is all it takes
- Body brushing - Use a natural hair brush and brush toward the heart. Best done in the morning; activates waste removal via your lymph nodes.
- Get a massage - If you can afford to indulge, pamper yourself with a massage. Even if you go to a nail salon and get a 15 minute chair massage it will make the world of difference.
- Sweat it out! - Does your gym have a steam room or a sauna? Don't belong to a gym? Sometimes spas have a day pass to just use the facilities or if you were able to splurge for that massage it will be included.
The skin is our largest organ in our bodies and the best way to get rid of those nasty toxins so lets soak it, rest it, brush it, rub it and sweat all that gunk out!!
- Don't forget to stay hydrated. It's better to sip water throughout the day than guzzle a liter in the morning and a liter at night just to "get it all in". You are better served sipping some water every 15 minutes. How much water should you be drinking you ask? An easy rule of thumb is to take your weight and divide it in half and drink that much water in ounces (give or take) a day. For example if you weigh 130 lbs. you would drink at least 65 ounces of water a day.