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07.31.13 12:53 PM

Let the 7-Day Detox Begin

In the past month-and-a-half I've developed some bad habits. I've been drinking soda and sugary drinks, eating donuts, eating a lot of fried foods, and lawd knows what else. Prior to this period though, those items were very minimal...not weekly...or daily. Plus, I haven't been to the gym for weeks nor have I been on any of my nightly power walks. And the alcohol consumption has increased significantly. Let's say from perhaps once per month, to a couple of times per week. YIKES!

Anyway, developing bad habits in a time of crisis or stress may seem to be a normal response. Sure I could chalk it up to being recently laid off, but those are just excuses. If I want to lead an optimal life, I need optimal health. Besides, in a few weeks, I'll be hitting a new year of life and that always seems like a great time to start developing new and healthy habits. So let the 7-day detox begin.

I've been eating far too much food, and drinking far too little water. Water is necessary to produce good digestion and keep the body hydrated. So I'm going mainly liquid, and some raw foods and snacks here and there.

So for day 1, today, I hit up Juice Generation and got the Daily Detox, which contains carrot, cucumber, lemon, apple and ginger with a calorie count of about 145. The 12 oz is 130 and I super sized to the 20 oz. When it's healthy, you can super size. See the contents below.

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But since I've been eating so much lately, I know this juice won't be enough. I'll also need water (I already mentioned that it's an essential ingredient for any day). And I also got a Cooler Cleanse Raw Cooler kale avocado salad, with kale, avocado, raisins, sunflower seeds, lemon, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, black pepper, and sea salt.

Here are my goals with this 7-Day Detox:

1. Cleanse the body
2. Cleanse the mind
3. Increase the energy
4. Reduce fat intake, therefore reduce body fat

How will I stay focused and on path?
1. Start w/breakfast (I missed it this morning, but I have GNC Total Lean
Banana Shake
at home that I normally mix with either water or almond milk.)
2. Use Evernote to outline a daily plan, down to the time for consuming meals
3. Increase exercise to at least 2 - 3 times per week (I've been doing much of nothing the past couple of weeks)
4. Get a good night's rest (this will improve brain functioning and digestion)

What goals are you working on currently? Have you developed a plan for reaching your goals?

I like to set really short-term goals, because life fluctuates so much and I'd hate to commit to a long-term plan when there's sure to be change. Plus, if you do enough short-term plans like this repetitively, over the course of time, you'll effectively change your habits overall. Instead of starting out saying, "From now on I'm going to..." How about, "For seven days I'm going to..."

Small steps.

I'll let you know how it goes for me, if you let me know how it goes for you.

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