I’m back from a mini vacation in New York City, and boy did we log some miles walking the ENTIRE city.
I’m thankful for the opportunity, and also for my health to be able to do such a thing.
It was a busy city with lots going on! I was amazed at the pace of life that never seemed to lose steam.
I also realized how hard it was to eat clean while I was there. Despite so many good restaurants on every corner, it was an experience trying to find organic, fresh food.
There were so many people eating street foods, as there seemed to be a food truck on just about every corner.
I cringed at the inflammatory potential of people from around the world indulging on such foods.
Last week, I talked about respecting the rules of Mother Nature when selecting the foods that we consume. Such rules were:
- Eating seasonal foods
- Eating real (non-processed) foods
- Avoiding toxins in our foods
- Eating locally grown foods
- Avoiding plastic containers
- Having gratitude when eating
Today, let’s discuss the importance of priming our bodies to remove the toxins. This can be done by eating clean so that your body can absorb the good nutrients and defend you against the bad toxins.
Think of your health as a tree. The roots of the tree are grounded in soil and the nutrients from the soil are what feeds the tree.
If the roots are not getting nourishment from the soil, the health of the tree will be substandard, right? It would not have green leaves and the branches would be weak and dry. Just imagine a limp, tired tree.
Most of us struggle with fatigue and lack of energy. Ever think there’s a correlation between that and the foods we eat?
Even if we water the soil, unless the tree sees the sun and the soil is of good quality to provide the right nutrients to the tree, it’ll never thrive, right?
So to get your health in order, it’s always nice to start from scratch. This means cleaning out everything and replenishing your body with all the nutrients that it’s craving.
We call this an Elimination Diet, which is considered the gold standard for removing toxins.
Foods and beverages to eliminate include:
These foods are removed from your diet for at least 10 to 28 days.
Why? It helps to remove the toxic noise. But it’s important to do an elimination diet in stages.
Let me share the experience of one of my patients.
Jennifer’s Elimination Diet
Jennifer is a 36 year old nurse with chronic fatigue syndrome and Lupus.
She has multiple chemical sensitivities, which result in hives, food allergies, and bouts of flu-like symptoms every 2-3 months, causing her to miss work for 1-2 days every 3 months.
Jennifer mainly eats the SAD diet (Standard American Diet), which includes drinking 1-2 soft drinks daily and eating fried foods 3-5 times per week for lunch at work.
She wants to feel better so she starts on an elimination diet immediately, despite the warning to begin gradually by first weaning off of soft drinks and fried foods.
Within the first 2 days, Jennifer breaks out in hives and rashes all over her body and experiences severe headaches. She also has cravings for sugar and caffeine so she stops the elimination diet.
Then in her desperation to feel better, she begins the diet again, but this time she listens and takes baby steps. She gradually cuts down sugar and caffeine over a period of 4 days.
Jennifer struggles with severe fatigue during this time, but she continues faithfully. She removes gluten in addition to sugar and caffeine during the following 5 days.
She notices that her energy level remains steady.
Then Jennifer continues by removing dairy and corn. She gets a skin breakout on her back with minor itchiness. Her energy level is low but she sticks with the elimination of sugar, caffeine, gluten, dairy, and corn for the following 10 days.
But by day 19, she begins to feel 60-70% better with less fatigue and clear skin. She realizes that she now can be at work all day without feeling tired or sick.
An Elimination Diet is More Than Just Eliminating
It is not enough to remove the foods that are toxic to our bodies, but we also must replenish with an abundance of good nutrients that our bodies need to heal.
The following is a list of therapeutic foods for each food group. These are the foods that contain the most nutrients, giving you the most bang for your buck.
- Proteins: fish (cod, mackerel, sardines, Alaskan salmon), grass fed beef, buffalo, elk, lamb, and venison
- Legumes: black soybeans, edamame, hummus
- Nuts and seeds: almonds, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, walnuts
- Fats and oils: avocado, coconut oil, ghee, extra Virgin olive oil
- Vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, kale, okra, onion, radish, spinach, watercress
- Fruits: apple, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes, mango, pomegranate seeds, raspberries, strawberries
- Beverages: green tea
Focus on eating these foods while eliminating the inflammatory foods, and you’ll be seeing an increase in your energy levels in no time.
I’ve developed a comprehensive program that walks you through all steps of the elimination diet and detox. If you’re interested, please click here for more information.
Thanks so much for joining me again. Tune in next week as I explain exactly how our bodies’ natural detox pathways work, and how certain foods can enhance these pathways.
Please share this video with anyone who may find it helpful. I’ll see you next week.