Detox Retox

Posted by: on Dec 1, 2014 | 2 Comments
Detox Retox

“Skeletons of mice are often to be found in coconuts, for it is easier to get in, slim and greedy, than to get out, appeased but fat.”
– “Chess Is My Life,” Viktor Korchnoi

It’s way more fun to tox than to detox.  No surprises there.  A bowl of steaming pasta tends to be more appealing to our eyes and tummies than a plate of raw broccoli.  Or, as one dear friend put it, “California cult Cabernet goes down a heck of a lot easier than kale juice.”  Word.

Detoxing can be fun too – don’t get me wrong – but it’s a lot of work.  After we’ve indulged in our pasta and Cabernet, we feel a little like those fat mice trying desperately to scale the walls of a slippery coconut.  Detoxing requires discipline and sacrifice.

So why do we cleanse ourselves just so we can indulge all over again?  Why do we  Detox, Retox?   Why do we need to go to such extremes?

The answer may lie in our ancient history.  Yup, our ancestors have been detoxing/retoxing for centuries!  There is ample evidence that suggests that binging and purging were popular in many ancient cultures like Egypt, Rome and Greece.

In ancient Egypt,for example, physicians recommended purging once a month for three days in order to maintain good health. In ancient Rome, elite society members would vomit in order to “make room” in their stomachs for more food at all day banquets. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician, believed in breakfast, long walks and prudent vomiting.

Ahhh, Life in Antiquity… Detox Retox: The Extreme Edition.

We here at Breathe Repeat try to advocate the Middle Path.  That said, we know how exhilarating it can be to go off the rails completely and then try to find your way back on track.  We get it.  Extremes may not be the healthiest choice, but they sure do make you feel alive!  So if you used this loooooooong, snowy, frigid winter as an excuse to blow off yoga class, eat pizza and drink wine, we don’t judge you.  (We would never judge you!)

We would, however,  like to offer you a few suggestions to get back on track:

(1) We love this Detox courtesy of Goop.  It’s a bit time intensive, because you need to make all of the recipes from scratch.  That said, you get to eat real, yummy, warm food – not just cold juice – so it’s pretty easy to stick with it.

(2) Check out our list of Cleansing Foods and try to incorporate more of these nutrition powerhouses into your daily diet.

(3) Make our favorite Detox Smoothie!

Kris Carr’s Go-To Green Smoothie Recipe
1 avocado
1 cucumber
A bit of kale
Coconut water (or purified water)
Fresh mint or lime – or both!
Dash of stevia (to taste)

(4) Most importantly…#GetOnYourMat !!!

Okay, little mice.  You’ve made it into the coconut, you drank and ate to your heart’s content…now it’s time to climb back out!!  Good luck!

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  1. noisyninja
    April 2, 2014

    Dr. Hyman’s Ultramind Diet is a good one, not a traditional detox, but concentrates on avoiding foods that generate inflammation, i.e. gluten, red meat, and dairy. You have to cook the food yourself, and the *free* pdf guide has all the recipes and some good tips. My husband hated it because there wasn’t enough meat for him, and he would add a hamburger patty to some of the meals! But I like them a lot because they’re pretty tasty, easy to make, and I liked the balance of sometimes being vegetarian, sometimes having fish or chicken. I also feel really clean throughout the diet! It’s been a good addition to my yoga practice for sure, and most of the ingredients are easy to get.

  2. Tracey Toomey McQuade
    April 3, 2014

    Thanks, @noisyninja! We are big fans of Dr. Hyman’s! He sometimes studies with our yoga teachers, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman. I love his new book. Happy Spring!