The Self Detox Plan

Detox picI have been hearing so much about cleansing and the miraculous results that you get from it that I decided it was time to try it myself. I’d say that watching the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” was the clincher for me.   I was convinced that I had to do a 10-day juice fast, and was going to start the following week. But as the start date came closer, I grew wearier. It occurred to me that if I’m going to this, I have to decide how I can do it to make it work. Especially because the practice of Indian dance requires me to be very active and functional (its different if you can be free of your obligations and sit around for a week). So I did some research and developed a plan for myself that I could stick to.

 

They say when you cleanse you should get the 5 big evils out of your diet completely: sugar, gluten, caffeine, alcohol, and dairy. Now I normally drink tea twice a day (caffeine & dairy) and knew that this is something that I would majorly suffer without.  Furthermore, I wasn’t planning on removing it entirely from my diet. I could however have only one cup in the morning. As such, I developed my plan as follows: a 7-day cleanse which includes tea and oatmeal in the morning, a fresh juice and ½ avocado in the afternoon and roasted vegetables at night. I also allowed myself the option to eat a fruit or vegetable (excluding bananas) should I feel like I was losing my mind due to hunger. I went through most of the things that detox blogs says: headaches over the first 3 days, intense hunger pangs that would just go away on their own, and emotional highs and lows particularly over the first 4 days. Today is day 7 and I have to say that I’m so glad that I did this fast.

 

The results: I lost some weight (just a couple of pounds) and my skin is much more clear and even-toned. I feel like I now recognize the difference between being hungry and wanting to indulge, which is a major distinction. The biggest plus for me is knowing that I can get full off of very nutritious food. I used to think that I need a fair amount of carb or protein to feel satisfied after a meal, but this absolutely false and and its all really about your mentality towards food. I have somewhat renewed my relationship with food through this cleanse. I feel like it will help me to practice dance at a higher capacity and am looking forward to seeing how it will give shape to my life. In a nutshell, my advice on detoxing is decide what kind of detox plan you can stick to, have a back up plan for when you fall short, and try it out for at least 5 days because the first 3 days you spend just getting over the discomfort of an altered diet. Please don’t think you have to take break from dancing (or your life) to do a cleanse, just make it work for you.  For all of us in Montreal and Toronto, now is a great time for a cleanse because the weather is improving (or so it seems!) and Spring is a time for renewal.  Good luck!!

About Parul Gupta

Parul is the founder and principal teacher of Infusion Dance Studios, www.infusiondance.ca, based in Toronto and Montreal. Her choreographies are part of 3 Cirque du Soleil productions: “Love”, “Kooza” & “Totem”. Parul is committed to continually advancing her dance technique with reputable teachers in both Canada and India. She is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for her artistic development, and was awarded the Shastri Indo-Canadian Arts Fellowship to study dance in India. Parul has given performances and workshops across Canada, in the U.S.A and in India.

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