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How to fight cravings during a detox

Mason jars with water and lemon slices sit on a counter

In a few weeks, we’ll begin my annual spring detox. We will focus on removing toxins from our body to help improve our liver’s health. For many participants, the hardest part is fighting and resisting food cravings. If you’re experiencing cravings during a detox, it’s easy to feel like the detox just isn’t working or it’s too hard. But rest assured, cravings are common, especially when you cut out caffeine and sugar, but it can happen any time you try to change your diet. It’s your body’s way of telling you what it needs -- or, rather, what it thinks it needs because it’s become so used to having these items regularly.

These items hit the dopamine receptors in the brain, which speak to our pleasure and reward system. When it feels good, we want to do it again.

So what can you do when you’re experiencing a craving? How can you fight the urge to reach for a cup of caffeine or munch on an unhealthy snack?

Eat Intentionally

Truly! I’m giving you permission to eat smarter. Focus on macronutrients. Sweet and fat cravings may actually be an indication that you need more targeted nutrients. Your body is trying to tell you it’s still hungry. But instead of reaching for something sweet, try adding a side salad, a small cup of nutrient dense soup, or some sliced vegetables to your meal.

Eat Mindfully

The key here is to not overdo it. Eat a more variety instead of large second portions.

Try to practice mindfulness while eating. Focus on each bit, savor chewing it and really allow yourself to taste all the flavors it offers before swallowing. Slowing down your eating will help you tune into your body and listen to when it says “I’m full now” or when it’s no longer craving more to eat.

Drink some lemon water

Water naturally helps suppress your appetite because it helps take up space in the stomach. This can lead to a feeling of fullness and help reduce hunger and cravings. Timing is important. Drink your water half an hour before your meal, or two hours after to maximize your (stomach acid, bile and digestive enzymes. Otherwise you can dilute the) digestive juices, which are needed to digest and absorb the nutrients your body craves.

Lemon juice stimulates the liver to flush out all its toxins, so it’s great to add to your water during your detox. Even better, lemon water is low in calories and can help your body feel more full just like drinking regular water can.

Bonus, this solution helps your body stay hydrated during the detox.

Ready to build healthier habits? My spring detox program begins April 26. Register by April 16 to receive 20% off the regular price (use code: Detox20).

I can’t wait to guide you in your journey toward a healthier lifestyle.

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