After an afternoon of GF pizza and diet coke, I felt lousy for a couple of days. And it wasn't that I felt that bad physically. It was like a crazy mean girl moved into my head and continually told me terrible things about myself for the better part of two days. I felt so low that I actually took a day off of work. To anyone not in my head, it might not have been noticable, other than I couldn't seem to rally much energy. But to me, it was like a really bad dream that I was having a hard time waking up from.
As a regular participant at PEERtrainer, I read a lot about healthy eating and living. Right now there is a big push on the site for a detox/cleanse program with JJ Virgin. I'm not keen to pay money for that program, but I read up on it and it seems more sound than doing a juice fast or a Master Cleanse sort of thing. And John from Gluten Free Works who came to our GF in Delco MeetUp (I'll talk about that in a future post) shared with us the negative effect cane sugar has on his physical and emotional health. I decided the universe might be trying to tell me something, so I'm going to follow these breadcrumbs. I have crafted for myself a test to see how I will feel after I rid myself of added sugars, refined carbs and artificial sweeteners. I'm starting with a week, but my real intention is to go longer. I'm so fully counting on feeling really great by this time next week that I won't want to go back.
In addition to eliminating that stuff, I am adding more protein (a suggestion from JJ Virgin. Apparently amino acids are necessary to transport toxins out of the body, so since I'll be freeing them up with all this clean living, I want to get them out of me.) So, I'm sampling gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free protein powders this week, and I'll share my findings in an upcoming post.
1/18/2013 01:01:34 am
Cant wait to hear your findings! I'm wanting to do the cleanse but also do not / cannot pay.
1/19/2013 03:18:55 am
Hi Heidi! I did this last January, and generally it was a great success. I gave up artificial sweeteners and diet soda for good, and I still use the Garden of Life Raw unflavored, unsweetened protein powder. I find myself craving refined carbs and sweets these days, so it's probably time to give it another go! My "home" plan which doesn't require any extra money is just to eliminate refined carbs/baked goods, peanuts, soy, corn, eggs, deep fried foods and dairy (and gluten, of course) for two weeks. Load up on green leafy veggies, a rainbow of other veggies, berries and other fruit, and lean protein, drink plenty of water and green tea. Let me know if you are going to go for it, and we can do it together! Support is a key to success. And we can do anything for 2 weeks, right?
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