Got a lot of blackberries? Then check out this recipe for Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

You can't sweat when you're freezing

I started my month-long body burden detox program for my book on January 1st. I figured it was fitting to embark on it for the new year. Plus, I need to get it done so I still have time to do my follow-up body burden lab testing and get the results before my book manuscript is due in April. In other words, I couldn't stall any longer short of not doing the detox altogether.

I won't go into great detail in this post about what I'm doing for the detox, just suffice it to say that I'm somewhat wimping out on the sweat therapy portion of the program. I'm still doing some, but it's not the 4 hours a day in the sauna thing that was prescribed. I'm not going that route for several reasons (which I go into in the book) but I am still doing some detox bath and sauna stuff in addition to the rest of the program.

Yesterday, I decided to start the week with a combo sweat therapy bath with some Epsom salts thrown in for good measure. Epsom baths are purportedly detoxifying and provide some generally needed magnesium. The sweating helps "unlock", if you will, toxins that are trapped in your body fat. All the other things I'm doing help usher out these released toxins from my body. In any event, the last time I took an Epsom salt bath (last summer) I got overheated and dizzy and I was afraid of doing that again. So, this time I set the water temperature at a more reasonable level.

The problem is, with our house being Freeze Yer Buns temperatures, instead of sweating, the water cooled off quickly and I was quite cold. So, I added more hot water. That lasted for a few minutes and then I was cold again. Oh well, I guess I got the Epsom bath part accomplished for the day. So much for the sweat therapy. Tomorrow I have a treatment lined up and will definitely be sweating there.

My detox plan combines a bunch of different things including a restricted diet, lots of water, exercise, supplements, sweat therapy, detox treatments and other things like lymphatic dry brushing. Since I'm not doing the full-blown sweat therapy I'm planning on doing a once a week vegetable and fruit juice fast.

If any of you are interested and want to join me for the last two weeks of the month in a portion of my detox plan, I can fill you in on the diet and exercise stuff I'm doing and I can set up a mini-challenge. It's a great way to kick off the year and shake off the post-holiday malaise!

12 comments:

Q said...

I would totally be up for that. Sound fun!

Su said...

I keep hearing that Epsom salts are recommended chiefly so that people will do the hot water, not because of some benefit that the salts themselves possess. I'm sure there's a big discussion on it somewhere. Bummer on the water not staying hot for long, though!

meg said...

I'm interested in hearing about it! Sounds good and necessary right about now!

Jenette said...

I am not in need of a diet but I would like to try the exercise and cleansing part. It this what your doing for the lymph ?

dc said...

Last night I took an Epsom salt bath to try and loosen up my back. Our house is quite chilly and the water heater is set fairly low so I boiled a big pot of water to prewarm the tub. It worked really well, I didn't even run out of water!

Crunchy Chicken said...

Jenette - Yes, that's it more or less. Also, this isn't a "diet" as far as calorie restriction goes, it just limits what you can and can't eat.

Gigi said...

I would also be up for this... wanting to jump start my year of "health!"

Anonymous said...

I've been lurking around for a little while, but I would be up for joining in!

LynnieBee said...

I'd be interested too! I'm (slowly) trying to detox my own life routines, and I would love any insight you could provide :)

Nancy said...

Definitely interested! So far I have cut out alcohol, caffeine and am eating vegan with lots of fruits and veggies. Sauna 3x a week, 30 minutes cardio outdoors and all green cleaners and lotions and potion:) Tell me about the lymphatic dry brushing...haven't tried that yet. I am already feeling sooo much better!

Rachel S said...

I would be interested in joining the two week detox challenge.

Earthdrummer said...

Would love to join you! Detoxing is a good, powerful thing!! Let me know!!

xoxo

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