Santa Barbara Easy Detox
A big part of your whole-body detox should be focused on relaxation and detoxing the mind as much as the body. While scrubs and heated yoga and juices are all fine and good, starving yourself and stressing over things will get you no where fast. So stay put and take it a little bit easier while you cleanse out the old and bring in the new.
No starving yourself for a detox, it will not work and is really (no, really) quite horrible for you in the long run. Slowing your metabolism, weakening your immune system and making your thinking way too cloudy to keep things in balance at work and home. So unless you can take weeks off, do not have a spouse and kidos to care for or a workplace to show up at enjoy eating healthy and not over doing the detox workout.
Detoxing does not need to be a painful punishment for the rest of your year. It can be a fun, lightening experience that makes you feel better.
Detox Ideas for a small budget and a happy brain
Try a sip from Tri-County Produce on Milpas, which offers fresh juices (think OJ) and a good selection of local, sometimes from people's backyards produce. For higher prices but bigger power blends try the Juice Ranch.
Farmer's Market Buys:
Solvang (damn you custard puffs, damn your goodness) on Wednesdays brings in the local farmers market. For a fall detox think about buying late summer fruits to blend with roughage like spinach and butternut squash. One medium Granny smith apple, half a squash, a little coconut milk and seasonings can be a great and cheap evening meal.
Downtown Santa Barbara on Tuesdays offers a good market to grab fresh fruit and salad makings for the middle of the week. While hanging around downtown check out The Juice Ranch, which is near by. For September and October at the downtown market consider shopping for berries and blending them in with an oatmeal based breakfast.
Do a sunset walk along the beach, work up a good sweat and then swim for 15 minutes. If you are just starting out in the swimming regiment try wearing a life jacket and allowing the buoyancy to relax your muscles as you move around. This can combine a fun workout with a relaxing, stress reducing swim for the end of the day. Just make sure you are swimming with a buddy.
Try doing the Alice Kek park rounds. Pull-ups on the kiddie monkey bars across the street, stretching while watching the beautiful koy and then 25 minutes of yoga on the lawn.
Shoreline beach and park offers quiet peace and a nice run up the stairs; make two rounds up and down the stairs then bring your foam roller and work on that for 20 minutes.