1. Select a sensible program.

A sensible program doesn’t require starvation, suspicious foods, or rare kitchen equipment. The more difficult the regimen, the more concerted effort it will take for you to maintain the program–and the less likely you will complete it. The S Cleanse is an example of a detox that anybody can complete, because it allows users to enjoy delicious homemade meals and snacks.

2. Plan one month in advance.

Sufficient planning allows you to not only gather physical supplies you’ll need for your detox (such as ingredients), but also to mentally prepare. You should also use this time to thoroughly research your selected program so you are aware and ready for any effects (e.g. headaches are a relatively common symptom of detoxes) you might experience, and what methods, if any, you can use to mitigate them.

3. Pick a good time.railway-destinations-calendar-schedule

Try to schedule your detox during a typical week that has no holidays, vacations, stressful meetings, or unusual responsibilities (e.g. hosting family members). Starting and maintaining a detox program initially involves a conscious effort, so if you have to expend extra energy on additional tasks that aren’t normally part of your daily routine, you’re less likely to finish your detox.

4. Start small.

Choose programs that allow for 3-4 day detoxes, such as the S Cleanse, which has 4-, 7-, and 21-day options. You’ll still get the benefits of the detox while minimizing your time commitment (and possibly reducing the length of uncomfortable side effects, such as headaches). As you become more comfortable with detoxing, you can extend your regimen to the length that works best for you and your particular circumstances.

lion-friends-support5. Detox with friends.

By providing support, group detoxes maximize your chances. However, detoxing with nearby friends and family isn’t an option for most, which is why the best detox programs offer solid online support groups. The S Cleanse, for example, has an option for participants to consult with a health coach. There are also generic forums and Facebook pages available for detoxers.

Extra: Consult a pro.

You should always talk with your qualified healthcare provider before beginning any detox program. In addition to your doctor, working with a lifestyle coach can provide you with the extra boost and reassurance you need to complete your detox. Your health coach can discuss detox options with you and walk you through any non-medical questions you might have.

What are your tips?

What troubles have you had with detoxes? What techniques do you use to stay on track? Share your tips and experiences below!

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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