January is the most popular time of year to start a detox. Why? Because at Christmas we love to let go a little, so come January we are feeling the after effects of overindulgence and the pressure of a New Year’s resolution. We’re not suggesting you start an extreme weight loss plan before the holidays but there are a few things you can start doing in the weeks and days before your detox, and during, to ensure you get the best results.
We’ve rounded up tips from the experts - Anya Ladra founder of Raw Fairies, Clare Neill co-founder of Radiance Cleanse and Tom Whitehead nutritionist at Soulmatefood - so that you can get the most from your detox.
‘The more you can gradually prepare your body for an intensive cleanse the better you will find the experience’, advises Anya.
In the two weeks before your detox you need to start weaning yourself off the most addictive things in your diet. The more time you give your body to adjust the better. Tom Whitehead promises that if you do this you’ll have a ‘more enjoyable dieting experience’ and thus less likely to give in to cravings.
Clare Neill says ‘caffeine is the number one thing to monitor before you begin your detox’. This is because ‘caffeine is such an addictive substance you need a transition period so that you don’t suffer bad symptoms’. Green tea has a third less caffeine than a cup of coffee, so make the switch early on.
Clare’s favourite green teas: