Detox, a word that conjures up many different things for different people. It seems to be even more of a buzz notion in the circles that I have the privilege of working with of late. I agree that cleaning out the body so to speak is essential, and often a kick start of a detox plan is a good thing to do. Keep in mind that when a detox is started, lots of things come out of the wood work. Toxins can cause major discomfort such as headaches, aches, pains, gastro symptoms, skin rashes and irritations, foul smelling skin, bathrooms and moods.
Cold turkey is not the way to go if you don't already eat reasonably healthy as it is it increases the chance of major discomfort. If you don't already eat regular doses of salads, vegetables - not cooked to death or deep fried, and some raw, then start with this plan:
Remember, a detox is a method of cleaning out. It is also a time for renewed promises to self, self care, love and nurture. To sift, remember, let go and heal what needs to be. This is in the body, the mind, and often the soul. So, when you are ready to get started, and maybe you would like some help to do so, then just ask. You will receive the help you need, maybe not want, but what you need to make this happen. SO, for the novice detoxer follow the above steps, and when you are ready to kick butt and truly make it happen click on the Food Matters link below, and really get your world cleaned.
If you are already on the path to healthy eating, then this link is a great kick in the butt advocates to the entire healthy eating thing. (Fully endorsed, no i don't get a kick back) So, what are we waiting for, check it out Food Matters!
The idea of eating clean, simple, low stress etc has been around for some time. Thank fully there has been a significant amount of research into the areas and their is now a common set of foods which appear to be 'safe' to eat. The following information was developed by reading through the tables of the RPAH Elimination Diet, the FODMAP diet and The Plan - low inflammation.
The general accepted theory is that when a food is ingested that triggers our body chemistry into a reaction, inflammation is a common occurrence. The presenting inflammation symptoms vary significantly between people, times, foods eaten, stress, medication etc. So, it is very possible that for one day (after the body is stable) to react to what might of previously thought to be safe foods, or at least safe doses for yourself.
The up, fun side of this is that you get to check out what works best for you, and you don't need to follow the latest trends or fads to have health success. Naturally as will all significant health changes, it is recommended to have a thorough base line check done first to ensure there isn't any nasty underlying diseases that could be triggering off your set of symptoms. When we start working with food, it is essential to consider gut function tests and rule out gluten - coeliac disease. This is an auto immune disease that is escalating in Australia, in part becuase of better detection procedures, but also possibly with the changes in grain strains, farming and manufacturing procedures.
A rule of thumb that is developing - the foods you crave are very likely the foods that you are reacting to. Crazy I know, but it makes sense when you look at the chemistry that goes on between the gut, the brain and immune/endocrine systems. I have previously written about this. So, if you New Year resolution is to 'get clean' with your eating, and stop stressing your body out by what you put in it then check out this information sheet put together during a student project. Happy reading. Read Me - Low Reactive Foods
I you would like to progress through the steps to make this happen, how about booking in for a chat. Book Chat We can skype, hang out of face to face if we are in the same place at the same time.
To your health.
A dietitian with an interest in mind, body, skill development and empowering people to help themselves. After living a lifetime in the first 40, it is now time take it easier and let things be and help others get their their 'life'.
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