We are right in between turkey, fruit cake and champagne overdose season.
And while we know it should be about giving thanks, giving and making resolutions to make the next year better, what do we do while we are “anticipating” putting our bodies and minds into overdrive with shopping, partying, vacationing and eating? Do you need a detox “before” you go under?
And, no, I don’t mean lemon juice, water, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. No, I don’t mean juicing for ten days. No, I don’t mean sitting in a sauna, soaking in epsom salt several times a week, swearing off meat, sex, carbs, sugar, alcohol and cigarettes for 28 days only to go back to your regular life the minute you feel stressed. No I mean DETOX for real. Like, it’s December. 2013 is staring us dead in the face. What do you want to do with your health which ultimately leads us to the question….
What do you want to do with your life?
“Detoxify” means to rid of “poison” or the “effect of poison.” What kind of “poison” is eating you up inside? What is it that is keeping you from getting healthy, finally losing the weight and walking away from the bad habits or at least trying to crawl to the nearest safe place so you can gain the strength to walk away? What’s your poison?
- Default Programming
WHOA. What’s that?
It’s those old thoughts we hold on to that tell us we are never going to be different and, no matter how hard we try, we are going to always fall prey to our addictions. I know people reserve the words “addiction” to what they consider “specialized” populations like alcoholics and drug addicts but I will be the FIRST to tell you I was addicted to Dairy Queen and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I do not agree that you can be addicted to food. I believe that we are addicted to the “joy” of it. We are addicted to the way it makes us feel. We want to be in control of something. It satisfies us when some other portion of our lives is out of sync. I mean, why deal with the work stress when you can just eat a honey bun, go into a food coma and fall asleep?
As we move into a new year of our lives (and thankful for the blessing that some of us have made it THIS far with the way we’ve treated our bodies), perhaps it is time we get REALLY serious about the people, places and things that poison us. I am very much in favor of a major detox.
And I do drink hot water and lemon in the morning and love epsom salt baths. Apple cider vinegar too. 🙂