Friday, February 8, 2013

Detox Days and inflammation

I've mentioned toxic hunger previously. It masquerades as hunger and/or cravings. This article talks about the Detox process itself. It also mentions that you can derive many of the benefits of a detox simply by making some healthy changes.

 I've done a both juice and water fasts in the past and yes, the results were quite profound and more than a little uncomfortable. Hindsight I really think that it's best to do so under an experienced health practitioner's watchful eye.

But here's another bend on the same theme: Why not just commit to a plant based diet for a period of time? No processed food, no restaurant and certainly no fast food - though to get off subject restaurant food is usually essentially fast food in disguise. Plan on eating loads of plant foods. Let natures starches like sweet potatoes and beans be your starchy carbs and fruit be your dessert, cut caffeine, alcohol and voila! Controlled Detox!

In the beginning you may have to eat 4 or in extreme cases 5 times a day to slow the detox symptoms and toxic hunger but over time work to cut back to three squares a day. If you're able to, cut to the chase and go to 3 meals a day right away.

Knowing that the unpleasantness you feel is your body cleaning house can make it easier to deal with the unpleasantness. Knowing that your body and  YOU will be healthier, have more energy and feel more alive on the other side of this change in eating can sustain you in your plan.

At first you might only plan for a week. Later two weeks or even a month. Eventually you may feel so darn good that you'll reach the end of your plan and decide to make it a lifestyle change.

It's not for everyone but for someone who doesn't feel ready to completely give up their unhealthy ways it's a start. Just remember that any unpleasantness that you will feel isn't as a result of the plant based foods you're eating. That unpleasantness is the junk from your "normal" eating patterns being released. The great way you feel after you adjust is, among other things a decrease in inflammation.

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." - Dale Carnegie

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