Should You Do That Detox? 3 Easy Steps to Help You Decide Now
There are so many diets and detoxes out there. Vegan, paleo, gluten free, high fat, low fat, raw, even something called the autoimmune diet which promises to reset your body.
Let me tell you something. Your body doesn’t reset because of a temporary diet.
You are what you eat. Literally. If you don’t consistently eat foods that support healthy physiological processes, such as cell growth, hormone function, and circulation, you will feel unwell and you will become unwell. Eating foods that support the natural processes of your body, however, will help you thrive.
The problem with the latest healthy fad diets is that each individual’s metabolism and their digestive system gets nutrients in different ways, and from different foods. So a vegan diet might make someone look like a healthy, glowing super model while turning another individual into a miserable, overweight grump.
The same goes for detoxing. A seven-day detox might turn one person into the perfect picture of health, but it may contribute to digestive issues in another.
Here’s the secret to eating for optimum health:
YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY
Your body uses a subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) set of symptoms and feelings to let you know what is good and bad for it. You have to become aware of this in order to discover which food works for you. You should not simply rely on the latest health fads, what Oprah says, or even that facebook page that touts the greatest meal plan for the best results – because although kale is great for some, it’s less great for others! Know what I’m sayin’?
Here’s an example of how not to eat: A friend of mine follows a bunch of Aussie vegans on social media. She’s in love with their beautiful photos and gorgeous recipes, (who isn’t?!), so she’s decided to cut meat out of her diet and add more fruit. She eats fruit with almost every meal but has begun to suffer from gas and indigestion. She’s completely ignoring the signs of her body for the needs of her ego.
Another friend of mine wants to gain weight. He’s got a thin build but he’s convinced that eating meat with each meal will help him add bulk. He suffers from IBS and anxiety but he refuses to let that get in the way of his bulking diet. We know that he does well on a low-grain pescatarian diet because he notices that his IBS and anxiety are dramatically reduced while eating this way. But since fellow gym-goers have told him that the only way to get big is to eat meat, he suffers through his diseases while trying to convince his body that it will do well on the diet of his choice.
Do you see a problem with these cases? For whatever reason, many individuals eat for reasons other than their physiological needs, and they fail to find a unique eating pattern that’s true to them!
The solution is to pay attention to your body – how you feel both mentally and physically – and to eat or avoid foods depending on that. That’s it.
So how do you pay attention to your body to find out what foods work and what don’t? I’ll admit, it does take some time, but here are three simple tools to help you get started. Follow these and you’ll be eating right in no time!
1. KEEP A FOOD JOURNAL
Many of us only do this when it comes time to see a nutritionist, but in fact food journaling can help outside the nutrition office too. Keeping a food journal helps keep an account of the foods you eat and the symptoms and feelings that occur during and after digestion. Food journals are the single most important method of observing the body’s reactions to what we eat. Through a food journal you will discover which foods heal you and which complicate your life with headaches, grumpy moods, bloating, and more!
2. MAKE SELECTIONS FROM WHOLE ORGANIC FOODS
Do your best to eat a whole foods diet, one free of unprocessed foods and food-like products. Make this your ultimate goal, and then you can refine your food choices from there. When whole foods are on your plate you eliminate the complex effects of chemicals, preservatives, and additives that get in the way of your body’s natural selective processes. Without the harmful distractions of these gross additives, you can begin to see which foods are for you and which can stay in the cookbook.
3. EAT WITH AUTHENTICITY
This one’s simple. Eat what’s right for you. Honour your self with the foods that your body needs, not what you see in social media or on TV. And allow your eating habits to change! If you want to eat less or no meat, try it out and see how you feel. It may make you feel wonderful for 6 months, 1 year, or maybe 5 or 50 years, but there may come a point where it no longer serves you, and if you’re eating from a place of authenticity then you won’t need to worry about meeting the requirements for the latest fad diet trend. You won’t fear getting kicked out of that raw vegan or paleo facebook group. Do not be so attached to one diet and lifestyle that you ignore the essential messages of your body in order to pursue the goals of your ego. (tweet that shit)
These three steps are all you need to begin the process of discovery that will lead you to the right diet for you. There is nothing more empowering than being able to decide for yourself which diet you should be on and which new super food is worth the price or not!
Happy healing 🙂