One of the things I love most aside from spending time with the ones I love is feeling REALLY GOOD. I believe in living a full life which includes being flexible alongside an 80% disciplined regiment. This translates to a consistent routine of healthy habits (business, nutrition, fitness, mental health, spiritual practise, relationships with self and others) paired with a detox ritual that can support me in getting back on track when I’ve either literally vacated or mentally vacated and need a cue and some direction to get back on track.
While away from home “on vacation” or whenever I’m away from my kitchen/nutritional constants I bring Bulletproof Activated Charcoal with me. Back in 2012 my dear Hungarian friend, Hajnalka, gave me a couple charcoal pills when I was feeling off one day and BAM, whatever was up went away. In my mind at that time, charcoal simply equalled soaking up whatever wasn’t meant to be in my system at the time. I still stick by keeping charcoal on hand to keep me healthily hacked when needed. This post isn’t about staying healthy while away, it’s the simple @ home detox so let’s fast forward 😉
As soon as I get home I unpack and toss laundry on (good for the mind) and make sure prior to leaving home, home is going to be clean when I return. Who doesn’t want to return to a sanctuary?
Post getting laundry going I’ll jump into a piping hot Epsom salt bath. Epsom salts are great for detoxifying. I used to alternate Moor Mud baths (which also draw out impurities) with Epsom salt baths every night (I love having a bath before bed). Don’t mix the two together, as they basically cancel each other out. Anyway, Epsom Salt bath or Moor Mud, put that at the top of your full body detoxifying list. I used to go get mud body wraps literally once weekly, down to monthly, now have them occasionally or as an outing with a friend. Allocation in investment over the years has changed 😉 I still believe in pampering, though I’m not giving up facials, value bigger priorities and am down to sub-in things that work at home just as well.
While in the bath I’ll exfoliate my face (first) and then pop on a moisture mask. I like to read in the bath, though when just getting home and slipping into the detox process, I close my eyes and meditate or just soak and listen to a classical score, jazz or opera.
Post bath I’ll hop into the shower and give my hair a good scrub as well as my body ~ and exfoliate like mad. sloughing off dead skin equals shedding a layer exposing a new one to step into; heaven. Post bath and shower, I’ll slather on my favorite body oil or butter to seal the steamy moisture. If I’m feeling really ambitious I’ll butter my feet up as well (during the winter) and toss on some socks to sleep in (granted I’m arriving home pre-bedtime). Feet are dry year round! So easy to forget about.
Eye cream, eye cream, eye cream! I swear I forget eye cream at home sometimes when I go away and it’s not a pretty picture. When I got home this past time from Mexico City, I dove right into my eye cream/moisture jar and hit it big time. Then balmed-up my face as well before bed (I love May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon) post applying the first layer of Osmosis’ Calm (which I don’t bring with my while away, either). The point: get everything “working” while you’re asleep and get your system, including your skin, a jump start before you start your next day.
Upon touchdown I’ll head straight for my Vitamin B as well (which I do not bring on the road). That, plus taking any other vitamins plus a large glass of hot lemon water is the cocktail of choice in getting back into detox and reset mode.
If I’m having trouble falling asleep I’ll concoct a turmeric mylk beverage to help induce dream mode. I love Organifi’s Golden Mylk, though really any tumeric base will do. Also love Four Sigmatic’s maybe the most. Turmeric, honey, cracked black pepper and hot water is simple bomb as well.
Upon waking up the next morning I’ll ease my system into waking with a mint tea, followed shortly thereafter by a green juice and (do my best to) start eating clean without hiccups again. I say without hiccups, and everyday I have flex (Kettle Cooked chips are part of my daily life in small doses, they’re my vice and I swear they replace any sodium lost post working out). To get me out of processed or sneaky sugar mode I’ll start eating LCHF (lower carb higher fat) again. I say processed, as they are things while away I’m sure I don’t identify in restaurants that equate to more processed then I’d generally eat at home. I say sneaky sugar mode, as again, there are things I eat while away that only after the fact I realize there is sugar in (think: dishes from different cultures).
To help get detox going I’m not the one who’s going to go into a full-blown workout upon returning home unless I’ve been cranking it out while away. What I will do, is just go for a longer walk than usual, or just go for a walk or 30 minute treadmill session. Something in this case, is better than nothing.
If possible, I’m a huge fan of not wearing makeup the day of and after just getting home. I like to let my skin breathe and take a breather. The ‘make-up’ I use on the daily isn’t anything pore clogging anyway, it’s Osmosis’ CC cream in neutral.