07 May 2012
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For the past two weeks the team has been taking part in a team detox – and since I’m the team dietitian I was responsible for leading the charge. It all started one day at lunch and the team were huddled in the kitchen on one of the rare occasions we found the time to all eat together. It doesn’t take long for the discussion to divert from the escapades of the weekend to food and health. Body recalibration was firmly on the agenda and before they knew it, the team was agreeing to a detox. It was official.
Now, I’m not usually a fan of detoxes, as they’re typically quite restrictive and many commercially available detox diets can’t prove that they’re actually detoxifying your organs. The truth is your body is pretty good at removing toxins on its own, but healthier eating can certainly help them do their job more efficiently. Nevertheless, the call for an intervention was unanimous and I needed to come up with a plan. And here’s how it panned out, in order of importance:
1) Follow below guidelines for 14 days and nominate one day “off”
2) Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day (must be an activity that makes you break a sweat)
3) No meat, including white meat (fish allowed)
4) No alcohol
5) No extra (e.g. cakes, biscuits, pastries, lollies and chocolate)
At first the team thought this may be a little too simple, but as they kept track of how they were progressing each day, they started looking very much forward to their scheduled day off.
In the end, the detox was more about motivation than elimination. Sometimes you need a structured plan to break a cycle and inspire you to make healthier choices. It gives you permission to say no to foods that you may otherwise submit to and (hopefully) make you feel better for it. The team successfully completed the detox and noted that weekdays were easier to comply with than weekends and that a scheduled day off provided flexibility for the birthday drinks or family dinners that were scheduled throughout the week.
I would certainly recommend this type of detox over one that requires you to eliminate entire food groups, like grains. It helps you feel better while reinforcing healthy habits that can be practiced long after the detox has been completed.