When most people hear the words detox or cleanse, their brain immediately starts listing all the foods that they “should NOT” have … gluten, wheat, dairy, sugar, eggs, bananas, melons, red meat, coffee, alcohol…you get the point.
My patients email me all the time – “Dr. Sara can I have frozen vegetables, what about wild rice, oh and roasted nuts … are those okay?
I even had a patient take a photo of the menu while at a restaurant and email me asking what she can order.
Although it’s great to eat healthier and aim for foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, we need to look at the bigger picture when it comes to cleansing – it’s not about the rules, it’s not about depriving yourself of foods you love, and it’s definitely not about restriction.
We’ve been trained to believe that cleansing is difficult.
That with it comes challenges. Struggles. And lots of rules.
I challenge you today to shift your mindset. No more rules!
From this moment on, trust that cleansing is easy. It’s there for you to enhance your life. To make it better and to ensure a healthier future.
You don’t have to live off organic juices to reap the benefits.
You don’t have to live off wheatgrass shots.
You don’t have to do colonics.
And contrary to what most people believe, you don’t have to starve yourself!
In fact, when you do restrict your diet and follow a very aggressive detox plan, although you may think you’re improving your health, you may be causing more harm than good.
Drastically reducing your intake of calories forces your body to metabolize fat stores for energy.
Now although that might sound appealing at first, this is quite problematic.
Fat cells store fat soluble toxins, so when our body fat is rapidly called upon as a source of energy, fat soluble toxins are released into the bloodstream.
This places a huge burden on the liver – which is the major detoxification organ.
The liver has to work very hard to process and eliminate the fat soluble toxins.
And the liver needs specific vitamins and nutrients in order to adequately convert these fat soluble toxins into water-soluble waste products, which are then ready to be excreted from the body via urine, bile, and stool.
To properly detox and reap the benefits of your detoxification program, do NOT deprive yourself.
Do NOT restrict calories.
And do NOT eliminate fat from your diet.