Discovery Detox

 

greendrinkThe purpose of the elimination diet is to discover how food affects your body, mind and emotions. Because our typical American diet is composed of so many different foods it can be hard to discern how the body is reacting to each food.  It’s a bit like trying to see the horizon on a foggy day.  By taking time to “de-fog” our system we can then experience what it is like to be in a body relatively free of toxins and as we reintroduce items back into our diet we can compare our experiences.  So here’s the skinny on the 28 day elimination diet.

A few basic things to consider:

  1. Challenge & Opportunity.  To succeed with the elimination diet you need to have the intention and commitment to go all the way with it.  It isn’t something that you can just slip into without changing several aspects of your daily routines.  It is an all encompassing diet as you will see below.  That being said, it should be more exciting than intimidating.  We can choose to embrace these 28 days as an opportunity to clear out our trenches and get excited about the opportunity we’re giving ourselves to deepen our experience of life.
  2. Education & Inspiration.  This “diet” is more of an education process than your typical results-oriented diet.  Before we get the process started we need to prepare our minds and psyche so that we will have the room inside ourselves needed to perceive any shifts that may occur.  Remember, the shifts aren’t limited to just our physical body, you’ll likely find your overall sensitivity and ability to engage with life amplifies.
  3. Teammates & Cheerleaders.  A little team moral never hurt anyone.  In fact, it’s hard to make it through life without the support from others!  So spread the word, tell your family and friends that you’ll be doing this diet and why.  They’ll likely be really supportive and you may even find someone who wants to do it with you.
  4. Track it.  As we trek through our journey you may find it helpful to keep some notes or a journal about what you notice.  Keep track of things like common symptoms (headaches, nasal congestion, skin irritations, any kind of pain, irritability, hyperactivity, dark circles under the eyes, vomiting, fatigue, muscle aches, abdominal pain, etc.) Keep in mind that symptoms may occur instantly after eating, within a few hours or even several days later.   The purpose of the journal is to help us get clarity.  It is not to track calories, or obsess about how much you have eaten.  Both of these behaviors undermine the purpose of this particular diet.
  5. 5.   Check it out.  Before you get started be sure to check out your nutritional supplements, over-the-counter medications, mints and chewing gum.  All these can contain irritating proteins, so check out the ingredients and if you have any questions please post them on our discussion board.
  6. Keep it clean.  Exclude all alcohol, coffee, cigarettes and other recreational drugs for the entire 28 days.  If possible drink purified water throughout the entire diet, and when making teas and smoothies.
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