I’m gearing up and counting down the days until we begin our Detox•Your•Life Clean Eating Challenge, and I cannot wait! This challenge is a long-time vision of mine. It’s the perfect opportunity to do something amazing for yourself and experience something powerful in your body! In putting this challenge together with Lululemon Austin, I’m feeling inspired to share so much more with you.
Like, what about all the other ways to detox your life besides with food? There are so many other things that pollute your body and mind, and you may not even realize it.
- Purge your pantry. Get rid of all processed, chemical-infused packaged goods–this way, you eliminate the temptation altogether. In most cases, you can find similar products in a more natural form from health food companies! More and more, consumers are demanding higher quality foods and grocery store selections are improving. How do you know if it’s something that needs to be thrown out? Read food labels–and learn how to navigate them here!
- Use holistic cleaning products. Rid your house of environmental toxins like bleach, chemical detergents and other toxic cleaning products, like Clorox and Windex (even Fabreze!). Sure, they disinfect germs, but consider the byproducts–the chemical fumes you ingest and inhale on an everyday basis in your home. This stuff adds up and the consequences can be harmful. How often do you eat food off a counter that’s been wiped down in toxic Lysol? Not too appetizing if you ask me! You can start by switching over to more natural brands, like Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyer’s, Honest Essentials and Green Works. It’s also super easy to make your own natural disinfectants with essential oils and vinegar–check it out!
- Stop spending time with negative people. The doubters, the haters, the complainers, the gossipers, and most importantly, the people who don’t make you feel good about yourself. It doesn’t mean you have to cut these people out of your life altogether (because sometimes they’re people you love), but keep your interaction with them minimal and don’t be influenced by their bad vibes–it’s not about you! What you should do: be nice to them (a little bit of compassion goes a long way) and lead by example. You certainly can’t “fix” someone, but you sure can kill them with kindness!
- Engage in a spiritual practice. Church. Meditation. Nature. Whatever it is that makes you feel more whole as a person. There’s something very powerful and divine about connecting with yourself on a deeper level and being a part of something that makes you feel humble yet significant. All beings are part of something greater than themselves–if you don’t know what this is for you, seek and explore until you find it.
- Minimize your alcohol and drug intake. I’m not just talking about alcohol abuse and/or recreational drugs, I’m talking about a nightly cocktail habit or dependency on an over-the-counter med to “feel better.” Drugs and alcohol cloud your judgment and create impurity in your thoughts. They deplete your energy and ultimately rob you of your most vibrant self. Don’t get me wrong, I love a glass of wine (sometimes two) just as much as the next person, but this is something you want to be acutely aware of. How does it make you feel the next day? Would you be happy with your life if you were 100% sober? Now that’s a questions to consider. When you become a slave to your habits, you stop doing things for the right reasons.
- Do a digital detox–even if it’s just for an hour! How much time a day do you spend away from your phone and/or computer? Most people feel naked without their phone on hand. In our digital culture, people rely on their phones and electronics as a security blanket, and truly, it takes away from the beauty of human connection. It keeps you from being present. By always looking down, you are actually missing out your own life! Commit to spending just one hour a day away from the screen–TV, computer, phone, iWatch–all of them! Walk your dog, breathe fresh air, read a book, eat a meal, talk to someone around you. Establishing this habit will reduce your stress levels and give you more peace of mind (try it!).
The most successful people are always looking for ways to grow. In teaching people about health, I emphasize the importance of your spiritual and emotional health in addition to your physical health. Everything–your relationships, your job, your daily activities–plays a role in your happiness and overall satisfaction with life. Sure, it may be hard to apply all of the above at one time, but if you’re able to choose just one thing that speaks to you and that your spirit is yearning for, you will experience something joyful and real.