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Day 5 and feeling fabulous!

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Lemon-FruitI’m on day 5 of the detox and feeling remarkably good.  I have A LOT more energy and have been skipping my afternoon siestas.  My appetite seems to have diminished somewhat, my body feels stronger and my face doesn´t look as bloated as usual.

I’ve established a routine;  exercising as soon as I wake up, sipping water with lemon, then dry skin-brushing, showering and having breakfast.  Mid-morning (when possible) I find a sunny spot to sit in and meditate for about 10 minutes.

My menu plan is really simple; mostly fruit for breakfast, salad with seeds & fresh sprouts for lunch and lightly cooked veg at night, sometimes with an alkaline grain like quinoa or millet. Tonight I’m making s imple veggie soup.  I’ve been drinking my ‘magic’ tea, rooibos and water and snacking on fruit  I love the simplicity of it all.

What’s interesting is that I’ve discovered what looks like an intolerance to almonds. At first we thought it was the GI detox capsules that were too strong.  On day 1 and day 3 I had a smoothie that included almonds (which had been soaked) for breakfast and my tummy was REALLY unsettled a couple hours afterwards on both days. Since I stopped eating almonds, I’ve had no problems – so I reckon it must be an intolerance. Just to be sure I’ll experiment again in a week or so.

It’s now 3pm, I had 2 huge glasses of fresh orange juice for breakfast, some green tea when we went shopping and a banana around 2 pm and I’m actually NOT hungry, although I will have a little salad now.   I need to get about 1500 calories a day (trying to lose weight) which is still A LOT of fruit and veg. No chance of going hungry!  Tonight I’ll be making a simple veggie soup supper and then we’re off to the movies!

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Dry Skin Brushing

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Dry-Skin-BrushingDry skin brushing is a big part of detoxing properly. We eliminate up to 2 pounds of metabolic wastes and toxins per day through our skin.  The advantages of dry skin brushing include;

  • elimates dead skin cells
  • improves circulation
  • helps get the lymphatic system moving
  • keeps skin looking fresh and vibrant

There are various ‘systems’ of body brushing, but it’s important to;

  • always brush towards the heart
  • use a dry (natural) brush before showering
  • use common sense (don´t brush over cuts, varicose veins and that sort of thing)
  • wash and sun dry your brush once a week.
  • brush 2 – 7 days per week

I found a great video on Green Smoothie Girl demonstrating Dr. Berwosky’s brushing system. They’ve also got a step-by-step chart.