Detox Dropout

Detox Dropout

I’m a detox dropout (sorry ego.)

I’ve done three Ayurveda detox’s in the past. My first one was successful. It was well planned and I made sure I canceled as many outside activities as I could. I also did it at a time my roommates were gone so that I wouldn’t get distracted. I was working my bartending job (how else do yoga teachers afford Whole Foods,) the late nights were a bit of a distraction, but you work with what you have. In the end, I felt amazing, my energy skyrocketed, my digestion was improved and I felt the benefits of the cleanse for weeks after. The best part was, mundane tasks were woven into my days with wit, clarity and enthusiasm.

During the transition of winter to spring, I gave a three-day detox a shot. For me, three days was a cleansing crasher. I didn’t get the empowering feeling that good discipline brings nor did I  give my body enough time to relax. I saw a bit of an improvement but didn’t stick any changes.

When my latest Fall detox came around, I promised myself that it would be a great one. And it was… until day 4. I factored my detox into a two-week span of being home for the first time in 6 weeks and finishing The Florida Academy of Ayurveda the following week. What I didn’t factor in was my current Vata state that was brought on by big decisions and deadlines, tangled with jet-lag.

When I woke up on day five, I had spaghetti legs, and a head in the ethers. I was also on a detox so obviously I transformed into a 6ft blonde model.

What really happened was, my body was saying no more and my Pitta mind was saying hell no. So off I went to teach. When I got home I re-evaluated the situation with my teacher and classmates and decided to lend a hand to my body. Throwing in the towel, was crushing, but it’s true, we learn best from our failures.

Things to consider when doing a detox.

  • Make sure you have time to be grounded. Not just in the last few days, but a few weeks before and after too.
  • If your body is sending you signals that seem completely abnormal, listen to them, consult a practitioner, friend or doctor.
  • Don’t let anxiety or guilt get the best of you.
  • Get all of your supplies ahead of time and plan out when you can make your meals.
  • Inform your family and friends around you about your detox. Not only does it make for a great support system, but it’s also good to help avoid any temptations.
  • Have fun with it. Detox’s are about renewing yourself, not stressing your body out more. Relaxing your body and mind is the best cleansing tool out there.

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