So, you’ve successfully completed your detox. Congratulations on that! However, this doesn’t mean that you should immediately go back to the way you were eating before.
Keep in mind that a detox is like fasting—you limit yourself to certain foods for a specific period of time and your body eventually gets used to it. Furthermore, detoxing allows your body to cleanse the toxins from all-important organs responsible for facilitating the natural detoxification process. Therefore, if you immediately start eating the way you did before you started detoxing, this could put a lot of undue stress on your body, causing weight gain and digestion problems, acne, and more.
Just like it’s extremely important to prepare before going on a detox, it’s similarly essential to take it slow and easy upon finishing one. So, how should one eat post-detox?
It’s important to focus on light meals and small portions. For example, you could try eating fresh fruits (1 cup at a time), smoothies, different soups (warm and blended), and salads. Foods like these are very easy on the stomach and shouldn’t cause discomfort.
You should also be mindful of the process itself. Don’t rush into introducing all new products at once—instead, try eating them one by one for a couple of days to see how your body reacts. If you feel like something’s causing you discomfort, try making the portions smaller or analyse the products you ate to find out who the culprit is. Keeping a journal associated with your reactions to different foods can be very helpful in this process.
If you were eating animal products before the detox, be especially careful with reintroducing them to your daily diet. Try eating them in small portions, adding some fresh vegetables too. Don't start eating meat immediately; instead, start with eggs or dairy, then move on to fish, and finally meat again.
Consider trying a digestive enzyme as well to help the process along.
Sometimes, following a detox programme can be less successful than you hoped it would be. As such, it might be tempting to cave completely and eat something you know you shouldn’t. And your digestive system might even pay the consequences. But regardless of what happens, give yourself a break. Simply wake up the next day and try to eat healthier once more. You can’t be too hard on yourself, otherwise you will never be able to naturally progress in your detoxing efforts. This is the most effective approach that can help you build healthy habits in the long-run.
Generally speaking, you can return to eating everything you want if you take it slow. But if you do want to maximise and prolong the effect of your detox, you should consider building new, healthier habits as well.
Ask yourself, which part of the detox did I like best? Maybe you especially enjoyed drinking a certain juice or trying out our Uzuma Meraki Detox tea. Perhaps you liked staying super hydrated in general. Consider integrating that favourite part into your daily diet. Subtle changes can have a great effect over time. For instance, switching from drinking sugary sodas to nutritious slow juices will sustain massive improvements on your health.
Another way to improve your detox over time is to plan ahead. This includes accounting for everything from grocery shopping and meal planning during the detox, to what foods you will eat following the programme. In the long-run, having a planned-out, consistent system is what keeps people doing detoxes time and time again.
Also, don’t forget to monitor your results after finishing a detox programme. Take some time to think about how you feel, what was hard for you and what wasn’t, how did it benefit you, etc. Again, jot these results down in a notebook. This way, you will have a better idea of what to do for future detoxes!
Such an approach could also be useful for those planning on starting their first detox. Take some time to write down your goals and expectations, making it easier to monitor your progress along the way.
Anyone who wants to improve digestion, lose weight, or simply feel better overall should consider trying a detox. But remember, it’s not just about what you do during the programme, but after too. So keep these tips in mind and do your best to plan your post-detox meals successfully!