Do you find yourself feeling incredible on Fridays, but hating your body by Monday? Are you someone who follows the common Detox-Retox Cycle?
Not sure what the Detox-Retox Cycle is? Let me explain…
For years, I’ve suffered from this vicious cycle. I’d eat clean, drink my green juice, complete my workouts, and sleep 7-8 hours every night to get me through my busy work week. By Friday, I felt amazing! My skin was glowing, my belly was flat, and I couldn’t wait to enjoy the weekend with my main squeeze, Darren.
Then the weekend would come…
I always devoted Saturdays to Darren and friends. If Darren and I didn’t have any events to attend, it would become our date night. Regardless, it always began with a powerful workout at the gym or my favorite yoga studio. After all, “I behaved all week” and my energy was through the roof! By noon, I would be washed up and ready to P-A-R-T-Y!
We’d typically go out for cocktails, dinner, and a movie. I’d enjoy a couple glasses of wine and indulge in my weekly “cheat meal”. By the end of the evening, I felt stuffed and guilty.
On Sunday, I’d wake up extra early for a detoxifying yoga class before going to my mother’s house for the day. Darren and my family would come over to talk, laugh, play cards, and EAT. There was always wine, beer, chips, salsa, salted peanuts, and other junk foods around. Sometimes I’d indulge, other times I’d rather starve. Thankfully, dinners were mostly healthy. My mother would grill chicken, roast vegetables, and prepare a beautiful salad.
By Sunday night, I always felt disappointed in myself. I drank too much, I ate too much, and I ate foods that I wouldn’t normally eat in the first place.
Every Monday, I’d wake up feeling exhausted. I was bloated, my pants felt tight, and my skin looked dull and lifeless. After only two days of unhealthy eating, I felt like garbage!
Have you ever felt that way?
I won’t even get into the emotional stress this vicious cycle brings when you work so hard all week just to blow it on the weekends. I found myself asking WHY? Why did I just sabotage all of the hard work I put in?
One day, I decided it was time to change. I wanted to break this vicious cycle once and for all. I wanted to get into the best shape of my life and I wouldn’t let ANYTHING stop me. I made a commitment to me, my body, and my better health and happiness.
I’m proud to report that I’ve overcome this vicious cycle! By following a few simple disciplines, I no longer wake up every Monday feeling disappointed, guilty, and heavy. I still enjoy my date nights, family dinners, and celebrations with friends. And I know you can, too!
After a long, holiday weekend (if you’re here in the States), you may be feeling like I did. Between the summer barbecues, booze, and endless food, you may be feeling it’s time to make a change. It’s time to break this vicious cycle that has kept you from achieving your health goals for years.
That is why I’m so excited to share my “5 Tips for Breaking the Detox-Retox Cycle” with you. These 5 simple disciplines have completely changed my health and body for the better and I know they’ll work for you, too!
5 TIPS FOR BREAKING THE DETOX-RETOX CYCLE
If you know you have a barbecue on Saturday and your family dinner on Sunday, prepare healthy appetizers/snacks ahead of time. If you’re the host of the party or dinner, that’s great! YOU get to control what food is being served. If you’re not the host, ask what’s on the menu and what you can bring to contribute. Bring a healthy dip, a vegetable tray, or a fruit bowl to keep things simple. You can also get creative and WOW the crowd by bringing healthy, colorful dishes that look amazing. Before the party, eat a healthy and fulfilling breakfast (and possibly a snack or lunch) so that you don’t go to the event hungry. When you’re at the party, fill up on the good stuff first so that you’re less likely to eat the junk foods.
2. Set Morning Intentions
Set an intention for your day as soon as you wake up. Sit quietly, pray or meditate. Think about your health goals, what you’re trying to achieve, and why you want to achieve them. Remind yourself of how you felt every Monday in the past from indulging too much. Tell yourself that you can have an amazing fun-filled day without eating or drinking too much. Then, decide what you’re going to eat and drink ahead of time. For example, if you’re going to a new restaurant for dinner, look at the menu online before you go. Try to pick a lean and green option. If you want to splurge a little and get something else, decide that you’ll order the dish and only eat ¼ to ½ of the serving. When it comes to cocktails, dry red wine is the best choice. Plan to drink one glass during or after dinner, if needed. By setting an intention ahead of time, you’re preparing your mind to make better decisions throughout the day.
3. Move More
Try to move more on the weekends to keep your metabolism and natural detoxification processes going. On Saturdays, engage in high-intensity, circuit-style resistance training (weight lifting) to kick your fat-burning furnace into high gear for the weekend ahead. You’ll burn more calories in 20 minutes than you would in an entire hour on the elliptical reading a magazine. Plus, the after-burn effect will have you burning calories for up to 48 hours after your workout ends! During the Spring & Summer months, pick restaurants in the city, on the waterfront, or near parks so that you can go for a long walk before and/or after dinner. On Sundays, restore and revitalize your body with a hot and sweaty detoxifying power yoga class. Moving your body in a heated room can help detoxify the body so functions, systems, and organs operate more efficiently. When you sweat, toxins and impurities are flushed out of the body through the skin. Not to mention it always feels good to get your sweat on!
Tip: One of my favorite yoga teachers says, “wine interferes with my yoga and yoga interferes with my wine”. This is so funny and true. When I schedule a 7am yoga class on Sunday morning, I’m in bed by 10:30pm Saturday night. I ask Darren to make an earlier dinner reservation (5:30pm vs. 7:30pm) so that we’re home earlier. So – book and pay for fitness classes ahead of time so that you stay disciplined, go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake up early for your workout. And don’t forget to pay ahead of time! If you pay ahead of time, you’ll be much more likely to attend the class instead of clicking the snooze button and saying, “I tried, but maybe next week”.
4. Don’t Skip Meals
This is so important! You need to keep your blood sugar levels balanced throughout your day to control cravings and prevent overeating. We’ve all made the mistake of eating a quick breakfast, rushing out the door to get errands done, skipping lunch, and showering quickly so that we’re ready for the 2pm party. Then, we go to the party and eat EVERYTHING in sight because we’re starving. The best way to prevent this is by eating on schedule (the times you would normally eat, Monday – Friday). It’s easy to get off track when you’re not punched in at work and don’t have a specific schedule to follow. Our schedules change weekend to weekend so it’s important to plan your meals ahead of time. If you normally work 9am-5pm and eat at 8am, 12pm, 4pm, and 7pm, try your best to stick to this schedule on the weekends. Pack on-the-go snacks like fruit, green juices or smoothies, almonds or other nuts, or protein shakes to keep your metabolism going and blood sugar stable.
5. Ask for Support
If you’re trying to lose weight, tone up, gain energy, or simply live a healthier lifestyle, let your family and friends know. First tell them what your health goal is and why you’re doing it. It’s extremely important for you to share WHY you want to achieve your health goal because people connect better on an emotional level. For example, if I told my mother I wanted to eat healthier and lose weight, she would tell me I’m crazy, I’m perfect the way that I am, and I should just relax and have a cocktail! However, if I told my mother I wanted to eat healthier and lose weight to heal my digestive issues and finally feel comfortable in my own skin, her response would be quite different. For you, it may be telling your family and friends that you’re trying to lose weight because you need to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. Let them know that you went to the doctor and you’re at risk for a heart attack. Tell your spouse and family that you need to get healthy for yourself and for them. By connecting on an emotional level, your family and friends will be much more likely to support you.
After sharing what your health goals are and why you want to achieve them, ask for their support. Ask for their support and share ways that they can support you. For example, you may ask your family and friends to support you in your weight loss journey by cooking healthier options or allowing you to bring healthier options to the party. If you plan to eat small portions and no dessert, let them know. The more information you can give them, the more likely they will support you and encourage you throughout your journey. Plus, you may even inspire those around you to join in on the fun!
I hope you’ll find these 5 tips helpful and break the vicious Detox-Retox Cycle for good!
P.S. I would love to hear your story! Leave a comment below with your insights or join the conversation on Facebook. Let me know if you have been impacted by the Detox-Retox Cycle and how you plan to overcome this vicious cycle.