I eat clean, healthy and organic as much as possible without putting a hole in our budget…ok, sometimes… I have switched to cleaner products around the house, mainly for my family’s health and I avoid genetic makeup and lotions as much as possible, but still, I experience inflammation, bloating, roller coaster of weight gain, fatigue and even acne! goodness gracious acne at 39…ok, fine 42…My hormones seem to be all over the place. I love to run – meaning I am training for a marathon- so joint pain is easily manifested. I do enjoy social drinking, specially a glass or two of red wine, this might be a culprit to all this or not. There are also the toxins, pathogens and chemicals I am absorbing, inhaling and ingesting without being consciously aware of it for the most part that is very likely to blame as well.
If I could only pinpoint to what I am sensitive to or what my system is rejecting, that would be the cherry on top. Although, I have to say, my holistic chiropractor, has identified some of this sensitivity, including a rash burn like on my arms that made my days and nights harder than desired last year, but that is another story to share at other time.
Given that I would like to get to the root cause of these symptoms, I have decided to detoxify my body naturally and I don’t mean juice fast or off the shelf colon cleanses. I am a strong believer that our body has an amazing way to take care of healing itself, with the right tools we give it that is.
Since I am such a good friend 😉 I have dragged my dear friend Mauxi to this with me, this way we are supporting each other, not to mention the added accountability. The plan is to start eliminating certain foods for 21 days, then start adding them back gradually, monitor how we feel and identify which foods are optimal for our “unique” selves and which ones to avoid. The guidelines below are based on what I have learned as a certified health coach and research I have done. If you would like to join us, welcome, but please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, this is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical advise or treatment.
I am expecting we will be cranky for a few days when we start due to the withdrawal, just a warning, but bare with us, it will be worth it 😉 At the end of the 21 days, I am expecting better moods, more energy, improved focus, less joint pain and inflammation, some weight loss even clearer skin. We definitely should be able to know our own body better and be more in-tune to what it needs to strive.
Stay tune! meals, pictures and moods coming soon…..
consume 1/2 g of protein per pound of body per day, and a little bit more if extraneous exercise
consume 1/2 oz of filtered water per pound of body per day
consume at least 5 g of fiber plus age; 5g +40 yrs = 45 g of fiber
Always combine a carbohydrate with fiber, protein or fat
Eat 5 times a day, 3 meals, 2 snacks; can be customized per level of activity
Eat 4-6 oz of protein per meal, 1 serving of fat, lots of vegetables
Have one serving of healthy fat with every meal (e.g. 1/4 avocado, 1 tbs coconut oil)
Eat as many non-starchy vegetables until satisfied, but not completely full
Drink raw and natural vegetable juices and smoothies, add protein powder
Sauté, grill, steam or roast
Avoid eating within 3 hours of bedtime to give digestive system a break
Take rich multivitamin and good probiotic
Go to bed at the same time each night, preferably by 10:00pm
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- There might be some bloating or constipation, mainly for the increase of fiber, Ginger tea, peppermint tea or cinnamon tea should help
- Due to the increase of protein and fiber, water intake should be at least 1/2 oz of filtered water per pound of body per day. In other words, if 140 lbs, then 70 oz of water
- Take good multi-vitamins such alive, omega-3 (flax -seed oil capsule) and probiotics
Read ingredients label and avoid the following ingredients as they cause all sorts of issue such as gas, constipation, bloating, skin issues, possibly cancer, lower immune system, images to DNA, asthma, tumors:
- Casein, which is found in dairy products and some on-dairy as well
- Potassium bromate (food additive)
- sodium nitrate/nitrite (preservative)
- propyl gallate (food additive)
- sodium benzoate (preservative)
- artificial colors (blue #1, red #40, etc)
- Hydrogenated oils
- MSG (flavor enhancer)
- Aspartame (sweeter)
- HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein)
- BHA, BHT
- Acesulfame Potassium (sweetener)
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