Reasons why we’re NOT detoxing this January
With the heavy drinking, chocolates and delicious food, when January comes around, we tend to feel a little guilty. A detox should do the trick and put us back on track though…. right?
Well, we hate to break it but detoxing may not actually be that great for you after all.
(Is it bad to be a little relieved? Green juice is all fun and games until you’re hangry and have to run to the loo every 2 hours…)
Your body does a pretty great job at detoxifying itself
That’s what your organs are designed to do. Liver, kidneys, lung and skin are the best detox team there is going. Our bodies can do some amazing things that you can’t find in a juice or supplement, so just trust it knows what its doing. If you want to give it a helping hand, cut down on the alcohol and make sure you get your five a day.
A detox may make you unhealthier and put on weight in the long run
This one depends on the type of detox, but if you’re cutting out major food groups and not getting enough calories, your body panics and stores fat, essentially going into starvation mode. Once you come off the juices, you’ll put back on all the weight you lost during cleansing.
Don’t forget women typically need around 2000 calories a day. If you’re worried you aren’t getting enough of the right nutrients, try downloading the My Fitness Pal app. You can scan in everything you’ve eaten to clearly show what you aren’t eating enough of, and visa versa. It even tracks your activity levels and factors this in to your daily calorie requirements.
Hitting the gym? Expect to see your performance drop
If you’re running on empty, your body hasn’t got the calories and nutrients it needs to see you through your workout. Your January gym session is about to get painful!
If you’re cutting down on the carbs, you need to cut down on the exercise so you don’t cause yourself problems further down the line.
You’ll feel sad when you see other people enjoying a tasty meal
Our bodies tell us what they need, and if you’re living on celery and juice, it’ll be crying for something of substance. Don’t be that person longingly staring at someone else’s ham and cheese sandwich like a lost Labrador.
Instead, make sure you have at least 2 meals a day. There are SO many delicious recipes around right now that are super healthy and satisfying. Joe Wicks’ ‘Lean in 15’ books are amazing for whipping up quick healthy meals.
Fruit and veg isn’t as cheap as you’d think
When you’re only eating salads, and drinking juice, you use up your weekly shop way quicker than normal, you need more ingredients and things go off quickly. You’ll find yourself nipping into the convenience shop to pick up a few ‘bits’, which always comes to around £10. If like the rest of us, January is a tight month for you, a juice diet may not be the answer.
Instead try porridge oats for breakfast which are super cheap, healthy and filling. Or simply ditch the organic stuff, there’s barely any difference but it cost 30% more. That will help you save a petty penny.
If you want to work on your health this January, then sure, eat healthily, just don’t be stupid with it. It’s not good for your body or your mental health.
We’d recommend, cutting back on the alcohol and processed foods. Carry on eating the things you love, just in moderation. Taking time out for yourself is also key to a healthy body and mind, a monthly beauty present from yours truly is the perfect excuse to take a schedule in a little ‘me time’.
Let’s start the year off strong girls!
Love Roccabox x
Ig - @roccaboxuk
P.S - If you can’t overdo it at Christmas, when on earth can you? A member of the Roccabox team confessed she ate three trays of Guylian chocolates in under an hour. Three trays, ladies. Three. Just remember that next time you feel guilty about munching 4 leftover Quality Street’s.