B&T Winter Detox Part 2
We live in a toxic world. No matter how cleanly we eat, toxins enter the body daily through the air we breathe and through common beauty and household products. When the toxic load spills over, we begin to see signs of imbalances, including:
- Digestive distress such as IBS, acid reflux, constipation, indigestion, or food allergies/intolerances
- Belly bloat or excess weight
- Skin problems
- Poor sleep and fatigue
- Mood swings, anxiety, or depression
- Emotional eating
- Hormonal imbalances
Our bodies are designed to detox naturally every day. But just as we regularly clean the house or the car, clearing the body of built-up wastes improves the functioning of its natural detoxification pathways. This program gives you every tool you need to release the blockages in your body, both physical and emotional.
Detox brings your body back into a state of ultimate health on a cellular level. Your cells need the following to thrive, regenerate and renew.
- Healthy foods containing nutrients and minerals
- Proper hydration
- Healthy functioning of the detoxification pathways, including the liver, lymph, colon, lungs, and large intestine
The benefits of detoxifying are myriad. Doing a whole foods detox such as this one will allow you to:
- Lose unwanted weight and bloat
- Improve your digestion and boost your immune system
- Enjoy clear skin and clear eyes
- Reduce cellulite, where toxins are stored
- Reduce joint pain
- Sleep like a baby
- Increase your energy and feel more alive
- Boost your sex drive
- Kick the sugar and caffeine cravings
- Reduce mood swings and depression
- Think more clearly
- Help stave off disease by reducing inflammation in the body
DETOXING IN THE FALL/WINTER
It is suggested we detox with each season, at least four times a year.
Cleansing your body during the fall eradicates toxins that have built up from the summer months when digestion naturally slows. 80% of the immune system is located in the gut, so strengthening the digestive system is vital for building up your immune system in preparation for the winter.
The prevalence of allergens in the air during the summer also puts pressure on the lungs.
In Chinese medicine, the two organs we detox this season are the lungs and the large intestine.
LUNGS. Every function of your body, including your metabolism, digestion and the endocrine system depends on the health of your lungs.
Did you know that you inhale approximately 24,000 times each day, which means you are breathing about 3,000 gallons of air a day? If you suffer from poor circulation or varicose veins, or simply cannot beat the common cold, then this program is a home run for you.
Strong lungs are vital for good health and high energy. When our lungs are weak and not able to get good quality air into our body, our health suffers. We can experience the following:
- Night Sweats
- Persistent colds
- Poor circulation
- Varicose veins
- Excessive heat in the body, often resulting in poor digestion
- Skin issues
- Sinus infections
The lungs have an emotional component as well, related to grief and sadness. Use the Ultimate Success Kit to release these emotions that are associated with the lungs and begin to release this obstruction in your body.
LARGE INTESTINE – The large intestine works to excrete waste from the body. We often overlook the large intestine when we think of digestion, detox
The large intestine:
- Manufactures 95% of the body’s serotonin.
- Is vital for immune health
Imbalances in the large intestine can lead to the following health issues:
- Acid reflux
- Congestion or an excess of
mucousin the body (especially if you see mucousin your stool)
- Gurgling in the stomach
- Poor assimilation of food
- Pathogenic imbalances that can lead to weight gain
There are many factors that lead to imbalances in the large intestine, such as:
- Toxins (food and environmental)
- Common prescription medicines like antibiotics and birth control
- Allergies and intolerances due to poor gut health
The body can retain 5-10 pounds of fecal matter if elimination is poor. Detoxifying the large intestine will leave you feeling brighter and lighter.
The emotion related to this organ is guilt and regret. If you are harboring these emotions and they are keeping you from your highest and best purpose in life, then now is the time to gently let go. Use the tools in the Ultimate Success Kit to help you release that, which is not serving you.
This autumn let’s commit to letting go of old emotions and toxins stored in our organs in order to bring ourselves
YOUR DETOX PROGRAM
The 11 Days at a Glance will give you detailed instructions of what you should be doing during each phase, including lists of foods to enjoy and avoid. All the recipes are vegetarian, but please feel free to add clean sources of protein to any meal if you feel your body needs it (see the 11 Days at A Glance for lists of suitable proteins).
The program is broken down into three phases.
(PRE-DETOX è PREPARATION FOR THE ELIMINATION DIET)
Days 1-4 – You will be preparing for your detox by reducing foods on the avoid list, including sugar, coffee, and refined foods.
We strongly recommend you take this time to gradually reduce your caffeine intake rather than going cold turkey, as caffeine withdrawal headaches are the most commonly reported detox symptoms. You can reduce any caffeine, including soda or coffee, by 1/4 cup a day to ease into Phase 2 without discomfort. Try yerba mate, Dandy Blend, or herbal teas as an alternative to caffeine.
Simple ways to start prepping for your success during this phase:
- Commit to your success! Don’t underestimate the power of intention.
- Toss out foods that may be tempting during phase 2. Put some music on and make this cabinet clearing fun.
- Read through the materials and recipes and make any modifications you need to your shopping list.
- Find a detox buddy if you can. Prepping and food shopping with a loved one or friend will take the bore out of the chore and having someone along for the ride can provide support and motivation.
- Try to buy organic produce (look for frozen if the price is a concern).
- Set a goal to eliminate one habit a day that does not serve you.
- Begin to do deep breathing and relax.
- Think of non-food-related ways to treat yourself.
(DETOX è THE ELIMINATION DIET)
Days 5-11- You will be eliminating foods on the avoid list altogether and going deeper into your detox program to clean out the system.
For a successful detox:
- Have fun exploring the new foods you are eating.
- If you cannot make a meal on the plan, simply create a healthy detox-friendly meal from foods on the allowed list in the 11 Days at a Glance.
- If you already know you are intolerant to
a foodon the meal planner, omit and exchange it for the one you know works for you.
- On the go, look for fresh vegetables, salads, fresh fruits, healthy soups (both raw and cooked), and clean sources of protein.
- The key to success is planning ahead and prepping. Determine which recipes you know you can cook. Make extra servings and freeze them.
- Chop veggies and salad greens to have ready to go in the refrigerator. Make salad dressing in a jar and keep in the fridge.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand so you don’t fall off the wagon by reaching for junk when you get hungry (see yummy snack suggestions in the recipes and 11 Days at a Glance).
- Don’t stress yourself out by insisting on following the program to the letter – it’s ok to deviate from the meal planner and keep it simple.
- Drink lots of clean filtered water with lemon.
- If you find yourself feeling cold, add warming spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cayenne, garlic, cumin, paprika or turmeric), or have a cup of herbal tea prior to your meal.
- Honor your body by using the Ultimate Success Kit to release the emotional and physical blockages. Incorporate one or more of the daily detox tools
in toyour day to ward off or reduce any detox symptoms.
- Write in your food diary daily, and track how you feel both physically and emotionally after each meal.
(POST-DETOX è TRANSITION TO CLEAN EATING)
Days 12-15 – You will slowly be reintroducing foods back into your diet, one per day. The reason for adding in one food at a time during phase 3 is to determine whether you have food sensitivities. Foods are not good or bad per se; what matters is how your unique body responds to various ingredients. If you know you are prone to food reactions, feel free to extend the transition phase and slowly reintroduce a food every three days.
Food reactions can come up as quickly as 10 minutes to as long as 72 hours after ingestion, which is why keeping a detailed food diary throughout this detox is so important. If you notice a reaction, such as bloating, a rash, a headache, a bad taste in your mouth, a racing heartbeat, poor sleep, or
Many people are affected by food sensitivities. Common allergens include:
Dairy products (lactose
Wheat (and other
Eggs (whites, particularly)
* Dairy and gluten are two of the biggest culprits.
REDUCING DETOX SYMPTOMS
Think of this program as taking a vacation. You are giving your body a break from eating foods that are difficult to digest.
Some people will feel great from day one; others may experience some symptoms as the toxins are eliminated from the body. Common detox symptoms include:
- Bad breath or body odor
- A coating on your tongue
- Constipation or loose stool
- Skin rashes or acne
- Mood shifts
- Poor sleep
The good news is that any symptom is a sign that your body is ridding itself of toxins, and they only last for a few days.
To reduce or eliminate any unwanted symptoms:
- Take advantage of phase 1 to remove caffeine and processed foods
- Make sure you are moving. Exercising, jumping on a rebounder or even dancing will not only improve your mood but is essential for the health of your organs
- Use the detox support tools, which are outlined in your Ultimate Success Kit, daily.
DETOX AND DIGESTION
Toxins and Food Allergies
Food allergies and intolerances are common for many with a toxic overload in the body. As we restore the digestion and support the organs to eliminate unwanted toxins, your intestinal lining will start to repair itself. By adding good probiotics, eating foods in their most natural state, and following the simple steps in this program, you will see your food allergies lessen over time. On average, it takes three months for the intestinal lining and gut to be in balance and for food allergies and sensitivities to disappear.
The Skinny on Probiotics
For optimal digestion and immune function, there needs to be a balance of 85% good bacteria vs. 15% bad bacteria in the gut. Adding probiotics to your diet, in the form of cultured foods and/or supplements, will help you increase the good bacteria. Reestablishing this balance will allow you to lose weight, sleep better, enjoy clearer skin, and have regular bowel movements.
Good natural sources of probiotics include:
- Cultured vegetables
- Coconut water kefir
- Coconut yogurt
- Inner-eco probiotic drink
- Body Ecology probiotic drinks
- Bubbie’s cultured foods, available in your local market or health food store
My favorite probiotic supplement is Garden of Life Primal Defense.
If you add probiotics to your diet and find you experience
Taking it Further: Food Combining
Individuals who battle digestive distress, inability to lose weight, or autoimmune diseases may benefit from experimenting with food combining. There are very simple rules to follow when it comes to eating the right combinations of food to optimize digestion and the assimilation of nutrients.
- EAT FRUIT ALONE: Fruit digests itself, passing through the digestive system within 20 minutes. By eating fruit alone, you avoid fermentation occurring in your belly. Fermentation can lead to gas, rob you of energy, and slow down your digestion.
- EAT STARCHES WITH VEGETABLES: Foods such as baked potatoes, sweet potatoes or sweet corn should be eaten alone, with a vegetable, or with a small amount of fat. It is advised to eat starches such as quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, millet or amaranth only with vegetables, as starches require different digestive enzymes than proteins.
- EAT PROTEIN WITH VEGETABLES: Unlike starches, proteins require an acidic environment for ideal digestion, so it is best to eat protein with vegetables and
a healthyfat. When you add a starch, you force your body’s natural enzymes to compete to digest your food.
The goal of this program is not to classify foods as good or bad, but to determine what works for each individual.
While grains, nuts, beans, and seeds are fine for some people, they tend to promote inflammation in others. The resulting inflammation can lead to problems including weight gain, digestive issues, skin problems, thyroid issues, aches
The reason grains, nuts, beans, and even seeds (including flax and chia) can cause problems is that they contain phytic acid. Phytic acid is a compound that comes from the phosphorous found in plants. Too much phytic acid can inhibit the thyroid, hamper digestion, and leach vital minerals from the body, such as zinc and iron. Phytic acid also interferes with the natural enzymes your body needs to digest your food.
If you have digestive issues, an autoimmune disorder, chronic colds, thyroid issues, or acid reflux, you may want to eliminate grains for the duration of this program. If you do decide to include grains, then I recommend:
Keep it to one portion per day. Suggested portion sizes are:
- 1/2 cup cooked grains
- 1/4 cup seeds
- 1-2 tablespoons of seed butter
These grains, technically considered seeds, are easier to digest:
You can also try the following grains and note any bloating or reactions in your food diary:
- Brown rice
- Wild rice
- Gluten-free oats
*Soak your grains and seeds to reduce the phytic acid.
- Add the grains, beans, seeds, or nuts* to a bowl of warm or room-temperature water.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice or Bragg’s raw apple
- Soak the grains, beans, seeds, or nuts* for 12-24 hours.
- Leave the bowl sitting on your countertop.
- Empty the grains, beans, seeds, or nuts into a colander, and rinse at least 6 times to remove any remaining phytic acid.
- Cook the grains, seeds, or beans as usual, or store the seeds or nuts* in your fridge for 1-2 days.
* Nuts allowed in the transition phase only
Often, without even realizing it, we hold emotional ties to memories, the foods we eat, or even negative habits. By journaling and using the exercises in the Ultimate Success Kit, you can bring these ties to the surface and release them.
If you feel that you cannot give up
Our bodies are made up of cells with emotional memory. As you physically release toxins, you also release the emotions that are stored in the cells. As you feel an emotion rise up, observe where it is lodged in the body, and give the feeling some space. Stay with the emotion and breathe into it. It may feel painful for a moment, but the discomfort will lessen as you allow the feeling to be. When you feel ready, gently say to yourself, “release”.
Be mindful not only of the food that enters your
Team B&T xo
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