Detox, while usually associated with drugs and alcohol de-addiction as a step to remove the toxins in the body, in recent times has come to mean much more. Because toxins don’t enter the body just through drugs or alcohol. They could come from the polluted environment we inhabit and the various particulate matter and chemicals we are exposed to everyday. Detox diets are short to medium-term dietary interventions to cleanse the body.
Detox diets typically involve fasting, consuming fresh fruits and vegetables and abstaining from all kinds of processed and junk foods. Detox or infused water has become a trend over the last few years – usually cucumber, lemon/lime, orange/orange peel, tomato, watermelon, mint, celery or other mild flavours are used. There are lots of resources available online on detox diets that work but if they are being used in connection with rehab or de-addiction, it is usually advised that they are done under medical supervision.
To me, detox is about more than just the body. It’s got a lot more to do with the mind.
Sometime in Jan-2020 when I exceeded my own expectations by blogging continuously for 30 days as part of a self-imposed #30daysblogmarathon, I spoke about my ‘Onion theory of resistance’ or ‘Onion detox’ on this post. Over the past year, I’ve had a few different opportunities to apply this theory. In each case, it only made me more sure of its impact.
The onion detox is simple – whenever something becomes too much to handle (whether it’s a substance, a person, a habit or an experience), avoid “it” for a bit. Two things come out of this exercise – you realise that when you shut yourself to it, whatever was taking up too much of your headspace suddenly ceases to matter as much. And secondly, when you do have to face “it” again, it’s less toxic for you because you have now successfully experienced living without it.
Sometimes, we find life becoming really overwhelming. At such times, taking things slow, doing what you love and diverting your mind to things, people and activities that recharge you can do wonders. What is this, if not a detox?!
Animals and birds migrate to warmer places in countries that experience peak winters. This is the equivalent of humans going on vacations when they are faced with harsh circumstances – might be the weather, the job, the relationship or anything else. But when you go on a holiday, whether it’s to the hills or the beach (where you’re closer to nature) or even from one concrete jungle to another, you breathe a different air, you break away from a certain routine, eat some different food and have some different experiences . Whether it’s a trek, a yoga retreat or a swim (whether in a luxurious pool or in a natural lagoon or even a crowded beach), skydiving or scuba or even just a few days of completely unplanned activities which may include Netflix and chill, indulging a hobby or visiting an art gallery or trying out a degustation menu – your mind is on a break from the mundane! And that’s what recharges you so effectively.
Marie Kondo, or KonMari as she is popularly known, has changed the way we organise (or should organise!) our spaces – whether at home, work or while travelling. Her methods and tips largely boil down to de-cluttering. Get rid of what doesn’t bring you joy is her top mantra, contrary to the habit of hoarding that many people are guilty. Sometimes de-cluttering your surroundings can really de-clutter your mind!
And of course, how can we forget the digital and social media ecosystem that surrounds us nowadays. Sometimes, we see some of our friends, acquaintances or FB/Insta contacts go off the radar – sometime for temporary periods and sometimes seemingly permanently. Staying off social media or setting alarms to ensure you don’t end up checking your notifications (Whatsapp included) more than a fixed number of times a day is a way to consciously guard oneself from the easiest addiction of our times! Sometimes, a digital detox is not just desirable but quite necessary to start living in the moment.
A great book in this regard is “Detox Your Life: A Practical Guide to Detoxing Your Body, Mind, Home, and Relationships” by Rebecca Clio Gould. She keeps it brief, to the point and provides advice that is practical and relatable. Do check it out.
Stress is the most silent killer of our times and the root cause of so many lifestyle diseases. Detox whether in your diet or your lifestyle is sometimes essential to keep you going. As they say, “Sometimes you need to slow down, in order to speed up!” So every once in a while, hit that pause button on the excesses of your life and make a conscious effort to become physically and mentally healthier!
So here are the 5word5 on this theme 🙂
Of the varied impacts that Covid-19 had on our lives, one notable is that for many, at least for the first 3 months of lockdown, there was a forced ‘consumerism detox’. No shopping malls, no restaurants, no vacationing – a true taste in minimalist living. For many, this may just be a new way of life!
A rural stint for career growth she dreaded !!
Yet, gradually against her wishes, country life grew on her. The slow pace, simple healthy lifestyle, uncluttered her mind giving her divergent options to explore.
The holistic life approach cleansed her body, mind and soul!
Now, she would be challenged to maintain it back in the city!
Sheeja’s mind was overflowing with negativity, her sense of self-worth was plummeting and she was sure she needed a therapist. One day, whimsically, she got down to spring-cleaning her home. As she swept away the cobwebs on her walls and crevices, she was surprised – it simply felt like they were in her mind all along!
Reading my favourite novel
Blowing a bubble
A Long chat with my bestie
Eating something hot and spicy
A few brush strokes
Laughing at some jokes
Solving a crossword puzzle
Watching the drizzle
Some fresh air in the park
Seeing a horror movie in the dark
Simple pleasures of life
That keeps the spirit alive
“Oh! A Mother’s day present from my year old’s Dad!”, she answered, as she picked the massage catalogues. She had come so far after a stressful year. All the sores and pains. And scars. As she sipped her herbal tea, she made yet another resolve. To annihilate all her painful memories with her own mother.
Pranayama was to clear his breathing. Gulping in green tea and honey was to detox his body.
In the quest for peace, he tried meditation but in vain. Every inch of his mind was bursting with toxic thoughts and he failed to realize that no detox mechanism can help him cleanse his heart & soul.
She was slowly getting used to his routines. After a jog around the apartment complex and few stretches, lemon juice in warm water with a pinch of salt and honey was his detox potion. Salt and honey….unusual combo indeed just like him. She grinned thinking about her hero, rough and tough yet soft and sweet!
Milan singh Solanki (blog)
They sold me an idea
Asked me to “Detoxify”
While all I wanted was
Eat some fries and “Spotify”.
Whatever I may choose
no-one else gets to tell,
you can sell me the propaganda
but my choices, you can not sell.
Which “detox” we need more
The blood or soul?
We can not be sure
“2021 , The year I’ll turn my life around”, she thought. Time for the ultimate “Life Detox” cleanse.
Detox Diet – Check.
Digital Detox – Check.
Skin Detox – Check.
Even Detox Water! – Check…
Until her phone rang “Hey, what are you doing tonight? You Wanna come over?”
If only there was a way to detox your toxic ex.
It’s a tough 3 days for Vishnu. His team is laying the extra-mile effort to complete a critical project. Vishnu sensed that this circumstance is toxic for him from which he needs a detox for sure. He talked to each project member and set optimistic strategies. The goal was accomplished in the next 2 days.
I hope you are liking the intros on each theme that I am posting! There’s a poll on my FB Page – if you haven’t already, please do visit the page and post your response. The poll will be open till end of this week! After which, I will try to modify my intros suitably 🙂
Next theme up….in a jiffy!