Friday Five: Why a Detox is Not For Me

Happy Friday! The topic for this week’s Friday Five with me, Courtney and Cynthia is “Food and Drink”. Now that we are firmly planted into 2016 my news feeds are full of “New Year, New You” posts (a phrase I strongly dislike), detox plans and challenges. I applaud anyone who uses the New Year to set goals and new approaches to healthy living but I for one am not ready to jump on the detox or cleanses train. Here’s why: Friday Five detoxing

ONE: There is no scientific evidence these cleanses are beneficial to one’s health. 

TWO: The human body is an amazing thing. We all have built in toxin bashing organs – the liver, kidneys and lungs for starters. Unless you have been poisoned (or have a significant health issue or are under care of a physician) there is no real need to “flush” or “clean” out the system. Having a couple extra cookies at Christmas doesn’t count. Your body knows what to do if you treat it right. 

THREE: Cleanses can be expensive. For one to three day juice cleanses you can be out $100+. I’ve even seen upwards of $200-250. I could buy all my groceries that contain lean meat, protein, tea, berries and veggies for the equivalent. And water of course is kinda free πŸ˜‰ 

FOUR: I don’t feel guilty about my holiday indulgences. A lot of the hype I’ve seen post holiday season is tsk, tsk “you had too much of this or that” join my detox plan! Uh, ok I get it, I really do. My mom is a goooood cook and I had a yummy Christmas! But when I returned from the break I simply went right back to my normal healthy eating habits, made sure I was hydrating and fell back into my regular workout routine. I didn’t need to jump start or detox anything.  

FIVE: Change takes time. Going on a 3-day fast or “reset” sounds like a good idea in theory but living on juice and cutting food groups for a couple of days isn’t going to magically turn your health around. There really is no short cut to a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, eating your vegetables and watching your water intake are the best solutions in my opinion.

This option might work for some but for these reasons and more it’s definitely not for me!

Have you ever tried a detox or cleanse? How are you doing on your 2016 goals one week in? Here’s to a fun, happy weekend!

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65 thoughts on “Friday Five: Why a Detox is Not For Me

  1. So many people are into detoxing, but I haven’t tried it, and doubt I ever will for many of the reasons you list. I think that depriving myself for three or however many days will just set me up to over indulge when I’m finished…

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  2. I really enjoyed both the times I did a juice cleanse. I didn’t do it to actually “cleanse” anything – the first time, I just wanted to try it out and the second time I did it because I loved the south block juices so much! I definitely don’t think it’s something that is necessary for healthy benefits or anything like that. But dang is south block good!! πŸ™‚
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  3. I’m hearing more and more these days that detox regimes are really based on faulty logic. People like to think they can ‘jumpstart’ things – but, like you say, you can’t maintain something as restrictive as a cleanse. I remember a coworker doing the rose water cleanse, and she was absolutely miserable the whole time! No thank you!

  4. I am doing a cleanse now. Not because I feel guilty about my indulgences, but because I think my body needs a push in the right direction. For me, it’s like clearing my palette after a meal. It has really helped me in my sugar detox.

    Eating better has always been a goal of mine, not just because a new year has begun. I began the week before the near year and have been doing really well since I started removing added sugar from my meals. I may actually stick with it!

  5. Hit the nail right on the head!!!

    I never knew that they could be that expensive! I can surely by some good food at the supermarket with that…agreed.

    I sometimes do a detox tea when I am feeling a bit bloated and stuck but that is more of a ‘move it’ tea.

    Doing well in my 2016 goals so far.

    1. oh it’s crazy! if you see blogger posts reviewing them, they most likely got it for free. I don’t know who would pay that kind of cash for a cleanse. I’d rather fast with water for a day or two if I’m going to reset my cravings. But even then…

  6. Thank you!! I feel exactly the same way. I’m good most of the year, so I’m going to indulge during the holidays if I feel like it. I kept up my workouts, so there’s no need for me to do an extra challenge, and I only splurged here and there. I kept up my fruit and veggie intake and kept drinking water. My mom’s a good cook too so I enjoyed her home cooked meals.
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  7. i’ve never done a multi-day juice cleanse or a plan-following detox either, and i think you make valid points, as i have friends who get all hyped to do them and then go back to making unhealthy choices as soon as they’re done, rather than implementing lifelong healthy habits. i definitely try to keep healthy eating a priority every single day and think that’s the way to go.
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    1. that’s the thing – I think people do them to “jump start” healthy living but it really just deprives you for a few short days not teaches you to be sustaining long term.

  8. Yeah, I’m not a fan of the idea of cleanses either. Like you said, I don’t think there is any scientific need for them. I have cut down or cut out things like alcohol, processed sugar, or caffeine for a period of time, but I don’t really think of that as a cleanse.
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  9. Totally agree with you! I just returned from vacation and I’m feeling a little tubby around the middle (beer + english food!). And instead of detoxing or whatever, I just returned to my usual diet and running knowing that I’ll be fine.

  10. I agree with you, I’m not one for detoxes or cleanses either. I did do a Whole30 two years ago to cut out sugar cravings. I found the experience interesting but it isn’t a full time lifestyle. Now I just focus on healthy eating, getting in all my food groups and keeping up my usual training routine.

    Have a great weekend!
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  11. I *LOVE* this post.

    One of my friends spent all of December really pushing the 7-day “Cleanse and reboot” that she sells with Arbonne. I was chronically annoyed by it because she’s done it herself multiple times, and her habits have never changed in the long run. It’s very frustrating to see people wasting time, energy, and money on things that could be solved by just eating real food. *sigh*

  12. I did a sugar detox once for 3 weeks and loved it. It was about cutting out processed foods, gluten and sugar… because I am a sugar addict. I understand your point of view, but I loved the 3 week detox I did…and want to renew it.
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    1. it’s definitely my opinion and everyone is different. I don’t consider that part of the detox and cleansing I’m thinking about – if you’re addicted to sugar/junks foods it’s natural to want to consume less of it.

  13. I couldn’t agree with you more! I just don’t think that any of these fad diets are sustainable or healthy and it bothers me that so many healthy living bloggers are promoting them because so many people to turn to them as a genuine source of reliable information!

    1. and a lot of the bloggers promoting them have no certification whatsoever to even be doing it – but that’s a different post for a different day πŸ™‚ I still want someone, anyone to show me the list of “toxins” these so called detoxes are eliminating and why they feel the kidney, liver etc need help?! Ugh…

  14. I couldn’t agree more! I’d never be successful at just juicing and detoxing for any period of time. I love food too much! Whenever I try to cut out food groups, it makes me just want it more. I think everything in moderation is best and trying to eat whole foods when I can works.

  15. I started a new lifting program and with that, a new nutrition plan that focuses on whole, real foods. No juice allowed πŸ˜‰ Now that I’m in the trenches (you know, a whole 6 days in), I’m proud of myself for sticking to it like glue, but I’m starting to fear “cheating” or what I will do after this plan is over. It’s definitely helpful (for me) to follow a structure because then I can see what my body really needs, but I need to spend some time figuring out how to not feel guilty adjusting it to real life…because there is way too much good food in real life ha!

  16. I’m on the same wavelength as you and I’m glad you have put it all down in black and white for me instead of the jumbled mess of thoughts in my head! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for another great Friday Five!

  17. I have done cleansing before and I actually think they work for me. I typically do them when I’ve been having a lot of sugar and I’m trying to curb those cravings. I would never do one more than 3 days though and that is pushing it. I’m doing Laura from Mommy Run’s Fast 21-day reset starting tomorrow and hers are actually really good. They don’t cut out any major food groups, but focus on more whole foods and less sugar. I don’t feel deprived when I’ve done it in the past!
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