OUR BODIES ARE BRILLIANT: DETOX + ELIMINATE.
“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.” ― Deepak Chopra
Our bodies are brilliant. They know exactly what they are doing, and sometimes we think we can trick and manipulate them for our own desires, pleasures, addictions, and toxic substances.
If our bodies are not eliminating, detoxifying on a daily basis then we will experience MAJOR symptoms, side effects, diseases and ultimately what we do today can lead to severe consequences down the line. NOW I don't want to scare anyone here, but to be honest, we have to be cognizant of what we do today, because the habits we have WILL determine our future health, vitality and longevity. It's a fact, it's not IF, it's WHEN this will happen.
I want to make this EASY for you.
This is a simple detox + elimination plan that I usually give to my clients when they are struggling to find out what foods are causing them problems. I think it's important to realize that even if a food can be UBER healthy, you can still have a sensitivity + allergy to it ( I suggest the ELISA allergy test) - case in point - I'm highly allergic (and is on my extreme avoid list) to pineapples, papayas, cheese/all casein (good thing I'm vegan!), almonds, walnuts, egg whites.
That being said what works for one person, will not work for the next. Listen to YOUR body. What is it telling you? It speaks to you on a daily basis. That headache, those aches/pains, bloating are not just because . . . your body is telling you something is NOT right.
Let's get started :
1. Take stock. It’s hard to know where you're going unless you know where you are.
Do you have skin issues? Digestive issues like gas, bloating, or intermittent constipation? Bad allergies? How's your energy level? What about your mood? Ever feel like you suffer from brain fog? These are just some potential symptoms of food sensitivities.
So, before you begin an elimination diet, start at your head and go to your toes, and make a list of everything you notice in your body, however subtle or long-standing the symptom has been. This sets you up to notice important changes when they happen.
2. Eliminate the usual suspects for 23 days.
The basic elimination diet is as simple as this:
No gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, fast food, or alcohol (drugs) for 23 days.
Why 23 Days?
Antibodies, which are the proteins that your immune system makes when it reacts to foods, take around 21 to 23 days to turn over, so if you don’t quit things to which you're sensitive for at least that time, you won’t get the full effect of eliminating them.
Eliminating alcohol is partly for the detox factor. But alcohol also has a lot of sugar that helps things like yeast and harmful bacteria in your gut thrive. So when you eliminate alcohol, you may feel better in a few weeks, not just because of the absence of a sleep disruptor and a depressant in your life, but because you've actually changed the flora in your gut that are critical to keeping you healthy!
3. Cr*#! What DO I eat?
If this is your reaction, do not freak out! You can do this. The diet requires a little grocery shopping and taking a few extra minutes a day to prepare food.
We’re all habituated to fast-food, easy prep, and taking two seconds to round up and scarf down a meal. The problem is that typically food that can be prepared and consumed this way makes us sick over time. New habits take 21 days to form, so the yogis say, which is also why we’re doing a 23-day elimination diet! We want these new habits to die hard.
4. But seriously .... what do I eat?
• 30% “clean” protein, i.e. organic, hormone-free, grass-fed, happy, lean beef, chicken, and wild fish and shellfish ( I'm completely vegan but MOST of my clients are not therefore I do recommend to consume the BEST, OF THE BEST of animal proteins)
• 70% vegetables, legumes (think beans and lentils), nuts, seeds, seaweeds, and gluten-free grains like quinoa
It’s that simple! WHOLE FOODS, that come from the earth. AVOID things that are made in a plant + eat plants!
5. What to eat & what to avoid
DO ... • DO eat fish. (But watch out for fish on the NRDC’s high mercury list like tuna and swordfish.) OR LOTS of quinoa/nuts/seeds • DO eat lots of fiber, fresh whole foods, and unprocessed meals you make yourself. • DO eat lots of healthy fats found in olive oil, ghee, coconut oil, sunflower oil, flax oil, walnut oil, and avocados.
DO NOT • Do NOT eat processed health bars if possible. They often have 15 grams (or more) of sugar. If you need them for an emergency snack, grab raw nuts + a piece of fruit • Do NOT carbo load on gluten-free breads, cereals and crackers. Totally cool to eat some of these, but in an ideal world, you’re not just replacing a lot of refined carbs with a lot of gluten free refined carbs. Watch out for oats, they almost always have gluten!
6. How do I reintroduce foods the right way?
This is also much simpler than people make it out to be. On day 24, pick one thing you eliminated—like gluten, OR dairy, OR eggs—but not more than one, and eat it.
See how you feel over the next 48 hours. If you have no reaction after two days, eat that same food again, and for a second time, notice how you feel. From there, it’s up to you whether or not to re-incorporate that food into your diet on a regular basis.
Once you’ve made a call on the first food you reintroduce, pick another one and follow the same steps.
7. This all works best when you pay attention to you.
Throughout the diet and the reintroduction process, notice how you feel. Maybe you'll see changes you weren’t expecting. Maybe your sleep quality or your energy level is better. Maybe the redness in your skin is gone, or your belly is flatter.
No blood test can tell you what life without a particular food will be like. When you find out for yourself, you could be saving yourself a lifetime of inflammation, annoying symptoms, and in some cases, even life-threatening diseases.
MORAL of the story : LISTEN to your body. Only you, and you alone know how it's feeling. I feel that TOO many people today are just coasting by. They are fatigued, bloated + have lost their 'GLOW'. We shouldn't be waking up tired, with headaches, suffer from bad PMS, bloated tummies . . . what you consume, you ARE. What makes up our bodies and cells? FOOD. You become what you eat? REALLY think about that.
I want people to be happy, healthy + FULL of life and vitality. There is NO reason for you not to be all of these things. It's my mission in life to make this happen.
I hope this helps, and if you want to discuss a customized plan, program or support on your health journey then contact me HERE and I would be honored to help, support, guide you to your BEST self. The GLOW will be extra.
What are your Goals? Dreams? Desires? Without a healthy body, mind and soul . . . it will be hard to live them to their fullest. Clarity of mind comes with H E A L T H.
Have an AMAZING start to your weekend beautiful souls.
love & light