When most people think of detoxing, they think of not eating and just drinking juice or green smoothies, or maybe even just eating raw food salads.
I’ve done a few juice cleanses in my time (and also considered doing a water fast in a couple of desperate dark-night-of-the-soul times).
And they were TORTUROUS.
I can go until 2pm until I think about food if I’m super busy and get swept away (which is not good and I don’t recommend that!), but tell me I’m on a juice cleanse and I’m DYING of starvation at 8am.
Day 1 of the juice cleanse I think about food more than I ever have in my life, but the excitement and hope of healing is still there, getting me through.
And by day 3 I’m regretting that I ever bought a stupid juicer. Whose stupid idea was this cleanse anyway?
And after you go through the torture of starving yourself for days, a week after the cleanse you go right back to feeling as crappy as you did before.
That’s because juice cleanses don’t really detox you properly. And you starved yourself for nothing.
So, can you really detox WITHOUT starving yourself?
Well, this is detox done DIFFERENT right?
Detoxing is a longer game plan. So where does food fit into that mix? You can starve yourself for that long.
You don’t need to not eat food to detox. You just need to be eating food that doesn’t get in the way of detoxing.
You can detox while eating REAL food!
Yeah you heard me right. REAL food!
The detox strategies I teach you actually have mostly nothing to do with food.
As long as you’re eating real, whole foods that aren’t toxic – it’s good!
And then we use these detoxing techniques to help the body shed those stored toxins.
I ate MORE food once I started detoxing than I ate before.
I’m recording a new video for DDD this week on what to eat for detoxing.
There’s a few things to consider here.
The first is obviously you need to remove all junk, packaged foods that are toxic themselves.
So all toxic food has got to go (including gluten, soy etc).
If the food you eat is causing inflammation in the body – then it’s doing the opposite of detoxing and you’ll be pushing a boulder uphill with your detoxing efforts.
Then we need to consider organic food. Removing toxic pesticides is obviously one of the most important things you can do to detox.
If you start doing detox strategies while still eating toxic foods and pesticides, your barely going to be keeping up with the toxins coming in, let alone getting to any of the backlog.
You also need to figure out what your food sensitivities are and remove them – if you don’t they’ll be triggering inflammation and get in the way of detoxing and healing.
(PS. There’s a whole workshop in DDD on this – and I’ve got something super special in the works for this too)
So what are real, whole foods that aren’t toxic?
All fruits and veggies are detoxifying.
They all have nutrients that help the body rebuild and detoxify, so we don’t need to get too hung up on which veggies are good for detoxing.
All of them, a variety, in large amounts. Easy.
The fibre from veggies also helps to act as a buffer in the gut as the toxins are being released.
Minerals. Another big consideration with detoxing and food is that when your detoxing, you need a TON of minerals.
Minerals that you’re probably already deficient in.
When the body detoxes, it uses minerals to bind and during the detoxing process. It “spends” a ton of minerals. So you need a mineral and nutrient rich diet.
This is where things like juicing and strategic supplementing come in.
Another surprising thing to consider is that FATS HELP HEAL from the damage done from toxins.
Toxins damage the cell membranes so that nutrients can’t get in and waste (including toxins) can’t get out.
Toxins also completely mess up hormones and the whole endocrine system in the body.
So healing the damaged cells and hormones is part of recovering from toxicity and detoxing.
To heal the cell membranes and hormones, the body needs FAT. The good kinds of fats.
Things like coconut oil, olive oil, animal fats, butter etc – actually HELP detoxing!
Eating more fat also increases bile turnover, because bile is what the body releases to help digest fats.
When toxins are released from the cells of the body, they’re put into the bile.
Bile is normally reabsorbed up to 10 times in the gut as one of it’s resource (energy) saving mechanisms. That means those toxins are reabsorbed as well, redistributing them throughout the body.
So increasing bile turnover by eating more fat also helps get those toxins out of the body.
Coffee enemas also help the bile situations, because they not only stimulate more bile flow (so that more toxins can be released), they enhance certain enzymatic reactions in such a way that is doesn’t allow reabsorption of toxic bile by the liver in the gut.
Exactly what type of diet you eat really depends on what your healing and your individual body.
And to be honest, that is a constantly changing thing, as your body heals and changes.
So it’s continual trying and tracking, observing and experimenting (that’s another workshop inside DDD, my Tried and Tracked method).
Detoxing is NOT about not eating food.
But the food you eat can either BLOCK detoxing or BOOST detoxing.
A combination of fibre (veggies), fat (the good kind) and protein (depending on what you’re healing and your body, animal or plant-based).
Keep it simple.