The Doable Detox
AFTER YOUR DETOX
Congratulations! You finished. But don’t celebrate with a caramel macchiato. “The transition back into the right diet for you is the most important part of the whole process,” says Haas. “The No. 1 reason for doing a detox is to improve your health and create more healthful habits. So it’s important to not just jump right back into consuming coffee, sugar and wheat,” he says. Here’s how to give your body what it needs to detox every day:
Reintroduce ousted foods slowly
Reardon recommends sticking to a largely plant-based diet and adding your eliminated foods slowly back into your diet one at a time so you can see how your body responds. Once you clear foods out, you’re much more sensitized to them, so you’ll notice it more if they bother you. “A detox is a great way to discover if you’re reactive to wheat and gluten,” says Haas. “If you do have an intolerance, you’ll feel it now in your belly and in your digestion.”
Continue to limit off-limits foods
“The wheat we consume has higher amounts of gluten than it ever did before,” says Reardon. Even if you don’t have a reaction to wheat and dairy, continue to eat millet, barley, quinoa and oats, and try soymilk, almond milk, hemp milk or oat milk. Instead of sugar, opt for a replacement like agave nectar or stevia, suggests Egenberger. “If you do reintroduce sugar and caffeine be mindful of how they make you feel,” she says. For example, after taking a break from caffeine, it probably won’t take as much coffee as it did previously to make you feel wired.
Eat a hot breakfast
To keep your blood sugar and energy stable throughout the morning, be sure your first meal includes protein and healthy fat. “Warm nourishing foods like steel-cut oatmeal or scrambled eggs are better than cold cereal because you body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest them,” says Saunders.
Don’t stop sweating
“Daily exercise that stimulates sweating and moves waste along is key to maintaining a nontoxic body,” says Haas, who also recommends saunas and steams.
Pay attention to your body
“A lot of times the reason we get ill is that we don’t listen to what our body is telling us, whether it’s a headache, cramp, muscle pain or constipation,” says Bennett. “A detox increases your sensitivity to the signals your body can give you.”