Every January without fail, we’re bombarded with the latest detox, weight loss or Celeb exercise craze via TV, newspapers and media, as everyone tries to find the latest solution to get rid of the excess few pounds they’ve gained following their Christmas Binge and the “New Year New Me Resolutions”.
I didn’t do the binge this year and apart from a tub of Quality Streets and a block of Wensleydale cranberry cheese (my Christmas must) my diet didn’t change much. Even the bottle of Baileys I bought sits unopened on the side (the girls will be shocked at that one…) and I’m not a fan of the January diet or detox craze that all my friends have been hooked into….. As a Homeopath and Health coach with nutritional training, I’ll fill you in on my “WHY” later…..
THE QUICK FIX . . . .
Loads of my friends are on “DRY JANUARY”! Yep I completely understand why people choose to abstain, the chances are you woke up with the hangover from hell on the 1st and after a few weeks of holidays and being gluttonous, the body needs a break now and again, and January seems the obvious month to do it. Plus so many people elect to do it in January, you don’t seem the only boring one hanging out at home, rocking in your chair at night when you’d normally be having your “de-stress” glass or bottle of vino.
Other friends are on the “Quick Fix diet”. A few are fluctuating between eating nothing at all then stuffing their face at night, or having soup for dinner so the wine calories are voided out. Then there are the friends doing the cleanse diet, taking supplements or shakes, reducing calories and real food and repeating the behaviour every 3 months in order to try and control their tummy or weight. Some might say psychologically it’s similar to having an eating disorder! You over do it at Christmas or during the summer holidays and then drastically reduce your calorie and nutrition intake to “get back on track”. Juice cleanses, shake diets and starving on the 5/2 are the socially acceptable eating disorder. All they say is “it’s fine to go mad over Christmas because you can compensate by starving yourself for a week or 10 days afterwards”. Sadly it doesn’t work like that, it becomes a pattern of behaviour, and you’ll find yourself in the same place after Easter, before and after your summer holidays and exactly the same place in January 2017.
These cleanses and diets don’t teach you how to eat healthily when you’re busy and stressed. They don’t teach you how to eat well when you’re out on the road, in a restaurant or visiting friends. They don’t balance your hormones or emotions. These quick fix weight loss diets don’t offer you long-term good health so that you never need to do another cleanse. Yes you’ll shift loads of water weight, maybe some muscle mass too as you’re not eating enough protein, which again isn’t great if you’re back in the gym training and you’ll possibly put the weight back on once January is over.
Yes people who do the cleanse feel better, as they’ve cut out sugar, alcohol, caffeine and processed foods. All the stuff that makes you toxic, sluggish, fed up, messes up your hormones, sleep patterns and gain weight. What happens once January is over? Most of my girlfriends will be dying to get back to the “5’o clock Wine Time” when the stress of work and family and being busy takes over. The Pizza for dinner or take away will be the quickest solution, that’s if the starving hasn’t lead to another eating disorder.
So my Why? Why “I don’t diet or detox in January…”
January may be the start of the New Year, but we’re still in mid winter and not the best time to start a detox, detoxing in the wrong season can push toxins deeper into the system creating imbalances in the body. Energetically January is the worst time for a detox; the body is tired and cold and needs to be warm, nurtured and rested. Many of the detox diets focus on raw foods or juices which create cold and damp within the body. With it being so mild and damp this year, the ground is sodden and flooded in places. It’s a breeding ground for coughs, colds, respiratory illnesses and sickness bugs. Doing a detox may get rid of all the good gut bacteria making you more susceptible to the bugs as your immune system is compromised! (Plus if you’re into the wacky stuff and planet cycles like me, Mercury has gone retrograde for 3 weeks making that resolution hill even tougher to climb and more fraught with delays and potential reminiscences of past failures).
So it’s far better to wait and ease ourselves gently into the New Year. But before you stop all your good work, squirt cream all over your hot chocolate and reach for the biscuit tin, I’m not saying to sit around vegging out on the sofa eating badly. Start to adopt a few healthy habits to restore and nurture yourself at this time of year, choose warming homemade vegetable soups, seasonal vegetables and proteins. The gym will be packed with the “new year resolution” using up the equipment, so take long walks out in the country whilst dreaming of how you can LOVE 2016, what your year will feel and look like…
Then next month, in February you will be truly ready to start putting our resolutions of healthy eating plan in place. The energy will be stronger, Spring will be on its way, bulbs will be sprouting… When we work in alignment with the natural energies and seasons everything flows better…. Plus February is the shortest month of the year! Well this year we’ve got an added “Leap Day” but it’s still the shortest.
The best way to start 2016 is by committing yourself to setting small attainable healthy eating goals that give you the tools and resources to get you back on track and STAY on track for a healthy life. I’ll be stricter with my eating in February, eating a minimum of 3 clean nutritions meals (proper food) and doing my own healthy organic cleanse to clean my liver and gut safely over 28 days, no weird faddy diets, no calorie counting, no shakes etc. Allowing myself some fun on “Leap Day”.
If you’d like to join me in February on a healthy eating plan, balancing your hormones, lose a little bit of weight maybe and find out more about why diets and fads don’t work, with emotional support or specific support to work alongside any medical conditions or medication you’re taking… Then email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Love Catriona x
I’m Catriona Armor founder of Vital Remedy, a registered Homeopath & Health Coach, Reiki and Crystal Practitioner, practicing in the Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard, Bedford and Aylesbury area, and across the UK via Skype.
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