You've completed Week 2! Great Job. It should be smooth sailing ahead from here.
Last week, you likely felt the initial transformation of toxins into water-soluble form, and began the elimination process. This process will continue throughout the cleanse. It's important to make sure we are keeping our elimination channels open. Make sure you are having daily bowel movements. Remember that sweat glands are another good elimination channel. You probably have a lot more energy this week, so get a bit more exercise in.
At this stage, most people find it challenging to stay excited about their meals and shake recipes. Add some variety . Keep it interesting by trying all the recipes in the guide. Challenge yourself with making up your own creative recipes. Share them on our facebook.
This week, we want to focus on learning ways to lower the toxic burden we place on our bodies with the foods we eat. Here are some tips that may help:
- Stay away from (or minimize) the top 4 allergens from your lifestyle: wheat, corn, soy, and dairy. These foods can cause inflammation, which can clog up your elimination channels.
- Avoid fast foods and processed foods. I know that you are staying clear of these for now, but let's make this a lifestyle habit.! Fast foods are low quality, "food-like substances" that are known to be a source of various toxins, and can cause a multitude of problems.
- Choose organic produce at the super market. Did you know that you can identify organic products by the PLU sticker? (That's the tiny little produce sticker.) Organic products are 5 digits long and begins with the number "9". Conventional products (the toxic ones) have 4 digits.
- Sometimes, organic produce is not available. If that's the case, choose from "The Clean 15" list. Google this term and learn about the 15 fruits and vegetables that can be rinsed of pesticides and other chemicals fairly well. Stay away fro the "Dirty Dozen" conventional items that absorb the most pesticides.
- Avoid genetically modified crops. Be aware that the FDA does not require GMO labeling, so any of the following crops are suspect, unless they are labeled "organic": Corn, soybeans, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya, and squash. GMOs are a health problem, but they're also a political problem: they cause environmental damage; they violate farmers rights, and they violate YOUR right to know what's in their food.
- Here is a helpful app in identifying toxins in common food products. Search for the Healthy Living App by EWG (Environmental Working Group) wherever you get your apps. Four great ways to use this app:
- Easy Search: This app has a bar code reader to swipe products as you are grocery shopping. It also has a general search function.
- See how your favorite foods score and what toxins they contain.
- Learn how these toxins affect the body.
- Find healthier alternatives for your favorite foods.
Summary: It is estimated that approximately 50% of chronic health issues are tied to the foods we eat. The process of lowering your body's toxic burden starts with food. The food you eat today determines the shape of your health tomorrow.
Next week: We'll discuss toxins in personal care products.
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