Reading about food and the way it affects people has been a passion of mine for the past couple of years. I have family members who suffer from illnesses and watching their food intake is no joke. So they have inspired me to dig deeper to figure out how food effects my body. As a kid and into adulthood, I suffer from a fair share of sinus infections and I wanted to figure out why. After many conversations with doctors and reading copious amounts of books, I realize it may be due to the drastic weather change (I live in Chicago, nuff said) and the food I eat. So unless I move somewhere warmer (crossing my fingers) I am going to control what I can and that’s the food I put into my body.
I have searched for an interesting AND informative book that not only inspires change, but allows the reader to fully understand the consequences of “toxic” chemicals in our bodies – from food to environment. It may behoove you to check out this book if you are lethargic, have heart problems, have allergies, get sinus infections often, have anxiety, IBS, depression, get brain fog, feeling ‘off’ or have family members who suffer from any of these conditions, including cancer.
At the end of the book there’s a guide to walk someone through a detox if they are feeling up for it.
I AM FEELING UP FOR IT! And I am going to use the blog to update you on my process. I’m hoping that if I commit to it and announce that I’m doing it, it will keep me motivated. I hope you don’t feel used…
First, I’m going to prepare my body by doing The Elimination Diet:
- Environment – Avoid and replace what you can to lower daily exposure. According to the book, everyday sources of toxicity are: cleaning supplies, car exhaust, gardening and lawn chemicals, dry cleaning products, air conditioners, chlorine, lead paint, aluminum-containing deodorant, fluoride-containing toothpaste, cosmetics, pots and pans with cooking surfaces coated with aluminum or Teflon and cell phones.
- Diet – Eliminate the toxic foods (the duration of this step depends on your current lifestyle and habits). THIS IS THE STEP I’M ON! This is a toughie for me because I love sweets and good food in general. No matter what the cuisine, there is a restaurant on my block. According to Clean, I need to stay away from sugar, processed foods, wheat, caffeine and alcohol – basically my whole diet summed up.
After you “prepare your body” you are ready to do a 1, 2 or 3 week detox, which consists of 2 liquid meals a day (juicing – YYYYEEES!) and a meal that consists of fruits, veggies and organic meat. Dr. Junger includes some recipes that actually sound pretty decent. Also, he encourages getting rid of “toxic thoughts” by meditating. He’s claiming that after you finish the detox, your health is generally better, you’re in a better mood, your energy levels are high as ever, mental clarity and weight loss. Sounds good to me!
I’m on my 4th day of trying to eliminate the “toxic foods”. Has it been easy? No way, jose. The first few days I had headaches, was extremely tired, and irritable. I cheated several times (I justified it as easing my way into this) but it’s getting easier. I’m jotting down what I eat, I went to the grocery store and purchased my favorite produce, I drink a boat load of water and stopped my nightly cocktail. I am going to keep this up for another week or so then move towards the detox.
I’ll keep you updated on my progress!!!
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We use our brain every day. We go to work or school, do our daily routines, tackle small obstacles, operate heavy machinery (our car), and we observe and make judgements.
What if we didn’t just go through the motions everyday and simply used our MIND to understand the bigger picture of life? What if we didn’t think of the (sometimes negative) little thoughts that occupy our minds that affect our relationships, our daily activity, our bodies and our outlook on life?
What if we thought “bigger picture”. What is the “bigger picture”? I don’t know, but I don’t think it consists of us obsessing about our credit, what a person thought of us, that last 10, 20, 30 lbs we need to lose, whether or not the neighbor raked their leaves this weekend, etc.
These are my thoughts on bigger picture and our life’s purpose:
-We are here to learn particular life lessons (more on how I feel about this in later posts)
-To help one another though our journeys (we are all going through life together, let’s help one another out by encouraging and supporting one another)
-To treat people with kindness and respect
-To let others know they are loved by you
-To raise small minds to be as creative and expressive as possible
-To teach small children to love well (by loving them well and unconditionally)
-To inspire greatness in others
-To know that when we are doing something with our BEST INTENTIONS, our hearts will be bursting at the seams with love, pride and absolute joy.
This is possible. I know it is. We just need to trust ourselves and use our minds to look at the bigger picture. Let’s stop thinking of the petty stuff and start thinking about the important stuff.
How do we do this? This is the journey that we are on. We will figure this out together, but I do know it’s out there.
Feel free to share your thoughts on what the “bigger picture” means to you.
I’m currently reading a great book that I borrowed from my daughter’s school, “The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents” by Deepak Chopra. The book is quite enjoyable and eye opening. One part I found particularly interesting was about teaching our children not to pass judgment on others. Passing judgment is a common practice for a lot of people, but it brings nothing but negativity back to our own lives.
A great way to teach our children not to judge others is by example. Let’s all try to go one day without making negative remarks about others. I must include Chopra’s words with this post. They are beautiful, simple and inspiring.
“Passing judgement is not part of a spiritual person’s approach to life. We all project negativity onto other people, but we do this because we confuse our emotional reactions with reality. If people make us angry, distressed, afraid and so on, we feel that this negativity is their responsibility. Spiritually, the Law of Pure Potentiality tells us that no one can be labeled or judged because life is all possibilities; everything is inside ourselves. Nothing in our nature can be created or destroyed by someone “out there.” The very person who makes you angry or afraid can have the opposite effect on someone else. So it is worth setting aside some time to see everyone in the light of love, to hold no judgement, to call no one bad or wrong.”