Well, shoot. That was a bit controversh, wasn't it?
Kicking off a newsletter with a word like that.
The Voldemort of the anti-diet world. Ya just don't say it and you sure as shit don't admit to DOING it.
It might not very "on brand" but I'm reminding myself and you that this evolution into my new Healthy-ish brand is all about being allowed to want what you want and need what you need when it comes to feeling good in your body and caring for yourself.
So I'm gonna pump myself up by dancing to Carol of the Bells by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, give myself an overly aggressive high-five, and tell you the unapologetic truth: Sometimes I go on a detox.
But let's moonwalk back for a minute and talk about what I MEAN when I say detox because I can already your hear your brain spiralling down into a deep dark hole of preconceived ideas of either the Jill's the f^&ing worst and I'm gonna UNSUBSCRIBE variety or YES! Finally! She's gonna give me a plan that'll change my body flavour....
but slow down sista!
Let's chat about the three main reasons detoxes have been simultaneously so alluring AND problematic:
1. They've promised weight loss
2. They been highly dogmatic and restrictive (lots of clear to-dos and things to monitor or count, even if it's to the point of very UNhealthy)
3. They make bold, wild promises that they can never deliver on (this'll cure cancer! Or autism! Or all the problems you have in your life AND file your overdue taxes!)
When I talk about detoxing I'm not talking about ANY OF THAT.
I'm currently making a plan to work on a digestive issue that's been plaguing me for ages. It hasn't been helped by conventional medicine, has been GREATLY helped with supplements and very mild diet shifts, definitely requires my attention, and I'm very aware that NOW - with only 29 days to Christmas (sorry! Didn't mean to scare the buhjeezus outta you!) - is not the right time.
Part of the Healthy-ish journey is getting to know, appreciate and work with your cyclical nature. This time of the year, for me, is about parties and fun and several large rounds of Brie. Staring at my calendar I can see at least eight evenings in the next month that promise to be filled with warm phyllo wrapped appetizers, glasses of Prosecco, hilarious party games, and the possibility of a tiny morning headache. AND I LOVE IT.
I highly recommend these periods of indulgence. I think they're KEY to your healthy-ish formula and the big, bold, juicy life I know you're after. I'll be talking more about that next week on the pod and right here in this newsletter with a special gift for you - stay tuned.
But it's not unusual for me to come out of these periods (think: vacation, summer break, and - dun, dun, dunnnn - the Holidays) feeling like I need a wee reset.
The cycle shifts, and I feel ready to refocus on my physical body. This is common for many people, which is why the diet industry has been able to latch on - they know you're ready for a shift, that it's natural at this time of year - and they've convinced you that that feeling is happening because you effed up royally over the holidays, your body is a huge problem, and you'll only ever feel better if you buy into their X,Y, Z plan of doom and restrictin. They prey on those bad feelings and send you a disgusting powder made out of gluten-free goat hair that you won't be able to stomach for more than 2 days.
But it doesn't need to look like that! Bon Appétit used to do a January reset called The Food Lovers Cleanse! And I've heard of JUICY January, where people don't drink (or dramatically cut down) on alcohol for the month.
Other simple things I've done, for short periods of time, in the past:
- cut down on caffeine
- Pumped up the green things in my diet
- Added a fresh juice and warm lemon water to my morning routine
- did a yoga class every day for a month
- Cold water dunks
- Dry-skin brushed
- Focused on whole foods and more home-cooked meals
The reset (let's use this word from now on. I like it and it doesn't feel so RIGID) that I'll be doing in January will include a supplement protocol, mild, flexible dietary shifts, and enemas (atopic for another day!! lol).
But this isn't a prescription for you - no, no, no! You don't want to be trying to squish yourself into my version of healthy-ish or my reset needs. I need to get to know YOU.
If a reset interests you, I'd wanna know:
- Where are you at in your relationship with food
- How do you feel about your body?
- How does the thought of a reset feel in your body?
- What's your motivation?
- What are your natural cycles through this time of year?
- Have you done this before - what felt good and what didn't?
- How do you currently self-sabotage when it comes to food and movement and health?
This isn't as simple as detox = good. Right?
Healthy-ish is about getting to know YOU deeply, so you can figure out what will help you feel like your most radiant, rosy-cheeked, healthy but not a total bore self. I talked more about it on IG yesterday.
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I'm opening up 8 spots, from November 24th to December 22nd. We can plan something like this for you OR just make a plan for getting through the holidays without ending up a run down, burnt out, ball of sickness and resentment. Because nothing says holidays like stuffed up sinuses and resentment. Hahaha.
You'll get: a fun and introspective intake, a 1:1 with me, the most incredible cheat sheet for the holidays (or holiday recoup!) filled with tangible to-dos and challenges that'll help you feel amazing, and an audio of me coaching you through it all that you can listen and re-listen to over the holidays as needed.
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