It’s difficult to get into any diet, especially if you’re the kind of person who’s into products full of sugar, white flour or caffeine. But if you seriously want to cut down on those pounds, then you need to back away from those troublesome substances as they will ruin your metabolism and brain health.
The most effective way to do it is with this 7-day detox plan. After completing it, you’ll be able to get past potential withdrawal symptoms and feel like a new person!
Ways to Reduce Your Caffeine Consumption
For seven straight days, you have to muster the courage to put down your favorite caffeinated beverages, especially if you’re an avid coffee drinker. Here are some of the best ways to help you get started:
Tip #1: Start on a Sunday
Start your detox during the weekend. By doing so, you can take as many naps as you need. This allows your body to recover from the amount of caffeine that you have already accumulated as well as tackle fatigue.
Tip #2: Lower Your Caffeine Intake
It is very important that you reduce in half (at least) your usual daily intake of coffee, black tea, cola and other caffeinated drinks for the first three days, typically from Sunday to Tuesday.
For example, if you normally take four cups of coffee, you can take two on Sunday morning, one on Monday and half a cup on Tuesday. This will slowly reduce your dependency on coffee and reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Tip #3: Try Green Tea
For the rest of the days, drink a cup of caffeinated green tea that has been steeped for five minutes in boiling water every morning. But if you want to completely get rid of caffeine, then it’s best to drink decaffeinated green tea.
Tip #4: Drink Lots of Pure Filtered Water
You should drink about 6 to 8 glasses of pure clean water every day during your 7-day detox course. Whether you’re getting off of caffeine or not, this is a habit that will bring you lots of benefits.
Water will keep your body hydrated, reduce constipation, headaches and expel toxins out of your system.
Tip #5: Take Vitamin C
Taking over 1,000–2,000 mg of vitamin C (made from buffered pure ascorbic acid) powder or capsule, can detoxify and balance your system.
Tip #6: Help Yourself with a Detox Retreat
Go on a detox retreat. If you escape the routine and surround yourself with experts who’ll be planning your diet and helping you go through this process, you’ll get rid of caffeine in no time!
How to Quit Taking White Flour and Sugar
Sugar is virtually an addiction, which is apparently hard to get rid of. However, once you develop the will to refrain yourself from consuming it, the cravings eventually disappear.
To help you achieve your desired outcome, here’s what you have to do:
- Begin this phase of your detox plan on the same day you reduce your caffeine intake in half.
- Drop everything and anything that includes sugar and white flour products.
- Go for a full-protein breakfast with eggs, seeds, nuts, nut butter, or even a protein shake.
- For each meal, include ‘good carbs’, ‘good fat’ and ‘good protein.’ Good proteins include organic eggs, fish, nuts, few amounts of lean poultry, whole grains, soy and legumes. Good fat consists of olives, nuts, extra virgin olive oil, fish, avocados and seeds. Good carbs are vegetables, beans, fruit and whole grains.
- Contrary to popular beliefs, good fats are not fattening at all. Be sure to consume healthy good fat products such as olives, olive oil, seeds, nuts and avocados every day during the 7-day detox program I propose.
- You have to eat after every three hours. Feel free to snack on nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, or raw/dry-roasted pumpkin seeds. A good serving should be around 10 to 12 nuts.
- As a reminder, drink at least 6-8 glasses of water every day.
How to Reduce Withdrawal Symptoms
There are some withdrawal symptoms that are likely to occur when acclimating to a detox plan and they include:
- Bad breath
- Flu-like feeling
- Itchy skin
- Pungent body odor
- Difficulties in sleeping
But don’t be alarmed, because these symptoms are an indication that your mind and body are working to get rid of all the bad toxins in your body and eventually balance everything out.
Only those who have the greatest intake of caffeine, sugar, alcohol and food allergies, will have a hard time adjusting to the detoxification program at first. Fortunately, these symptoms will subsequently go away after three or four days.
Solutions if Withdrawal Symptoms Become a Problem
- Again – drink water or green tea.
- Get more sleep if you’re tired.
- Ensure your bowels are clean to prevent headaches.
- If you’re feeling hungry after breakfast, take 10 to 12 nuts or seeds such as walnuts, pecans, almonds, cooked beans, pumpkin seeds, or some steam or baked fish.
- Exercise daily to combat fatigue.
- Drink ginger or peppermint tea to alleviate an upset stomach.
- If you’re experiencing trouble sleeping, consume a solution of magnesium citrate (250 mg) and calcium citrate (500 mg).
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