So Day 3. Supposedly the worst day, and after checking in with some of my fellow detoxers it sounds like it was. Between the migraines, nausea, and some other unpleasant bathroom related activities that I won't go into...we're all a little down today. But, by this evening it sounded like everyone was on the mend and starting to get into the groove of taking the supplements and working through their cravings.
Dr. Barker reassured us all that the symptoms we're experiencing are the classic signs of a successful detox in the works. As we start to process out all of the bad stuff in our bodies with the help of the supplements we're on, our bodies work harder and react in ways that don't feel so hot. Fear not though weary readers, none of this stuff was enough to sabotage any of us! In fact, almost everyone said that once they fought through their symptom they actually felt better than they had yet! And who doesn't want to feel better right?
In related news, I feel like the emotional/mental side of the detox is kicking in today too. With the awareness that the physical symptoms bring to my eating habits, I'm seeing how much I reach for something quick and easy (read: carbs) when I'm stressed, bored, or between activities and not giving myself enough time to think a food decision through. My regular diet isn't terrible, but it was definitely evident to me today how much I rely on the carb fix to combat hunger quickly or to occupy my mind. Even as I sit here writing this, I'm keenly aware of the crackers in my cabinet, even though I'm really not hungry.
Here's the emotion gut check...normally I'd go for the crackers and maybe beat myself up a little bit for eating when I wasn't hungry...tonight I'm not going to. Ugh. Harder than it sounds.
Instead, I'm choosing some herbal tea and our gentle yoga sequence from the Reset Detox manual. Things that I can have and are good for me.
So folks, today's lesson: It's empowering to make a mindful choice, stick to it, and continue to feel good afterwards. I'm realizing that I don't do this often enough in any part of my life...interesting.
PS...those crackers still sound good ;)