Okay, I totally stink at detoxing. I can not do it. I succumb to temptations. But like I said before, life gets in the way of detoxing. My husband still wants to continue, but even he can't stick to it 100%. He just went to a business dinner meeting the other night and ate things he wasn't suppose to. So, I consider us to be done with it at this point.
Yesterday, we were supposed to cut out dairy. And a few days ago we were supposed to start eliminating caffeine. This is a double whammy for DH, as he drinks multiple iced lattes a day. Today would mark day 16 out of 42 on the detox, I'm not including Mother's Day. So much for this blog keeping me accountable, I can't even finish a 6 week detox. I started off pretty well the first few days. I was able to stay off the sugar and most processed foods. I really do think it's a good idea to cut out sugar a week or so at a time during the year to help your system heal itself from the evil doings of sweeteners.
I did notice one thing that was common between doing this detox now and a few months ago. I was unprepared for dinner last night and asked DH to stop at the store to buy a rotisserie chicken. When he got there it was late and everything was either sold out or they were closing up. Unfortunately, he suggested we order some Domino's pizza. It's cheap and nearby and sadly, I agreed. So much for cutting out the gluten. For one thing, I don't like Domino's pizza. Especially after detoxing and eating pretty clean lately, it tasted extra bad. All I could eat was one slice of pizza. Then my stomach started making weird noises. Like it was saying, "What the heck are you feeding me?" The same thing happened a few months ago when I ate this pizza after detoxing for a couple of weeks.
Even though I'm a total detox loser, I still think the Spent detox is a good one. I wish I could report to you after a successful 6 weeks about how much better I may or may not feel. But I'll go over what you would expect to be doing over the course of the next few weeks on this program.
So far we would have cut out sugar, processed foods, gluten, caffeine, alcohol, and dairy. For dairy, we could still have feta and goat cheese. Replace the milk with almond or rice milk. Almond milk in an iced latte does not taste good! Spent does encourage raw milk if you can't live without cow's milk. We would add in adaptogens, which are herbs that help the body deal with stress, increase stamina, and strengthen immunity. I have Ashwagandha, which I've ordered from Dr. Mercola. This herb helps increase vitality, energy, endurance, and stamina. Spent explains so much more about why it's good to take this herb for people who are "spent." Asian ginseng, Eleuthero, and Rhodiola rosea are also recommended.
Day 19 encourages eating organic, grass-fed, free-range meat, poultry, and eggs. Next you would stop eating unfermented soy and genetically modified (GMO) corn. We already are trying to eliminate as much GMO and soy, as possible. Anything that is certified organic cannot come from a GMO source, so it is safe to eat. GMO foods are a big discussion right now. It's possible that it can cause birth defects, cancer, infertility, ...etc. Dr. Mercola has a lot of articles about GMO. He also has a Non-GMO shopping guide to help you buy safer foods. The big GMO products are soy, corn, alfalfa, and canola, to name a few. Soy has it's own set of problems, which was once considered to be a healthy food source, turns out to be "not". I don't know about you, but I would like to be a grandmother someday, which means I need to be careful about feeding my kids these foods. Studies in rats have shown that for each generation there are fewer babies until there are none, just from eating GMO foods, according to one of Dr. Mercola's articles. It's really something to read up on and it could be due to a lot of couples having a hard time getting pregnant. Diet is very important to fertility. I've heard of women with fertility problems, changing their diets to eat whole foods and, voila, they get pregnant.
Next we would restore our guts with probiotics. These would replenish our intestines with healthy bacteria. Also limit exposure to chemicals. This is a big one because there are chemical toxins everywhere. Chlorine is a big one because it is in our local water source. Even in our spa. We are told it's such a small amount of chlorine that it's okay, but it's not. I was tested with high chlorine, so we bought shower filters to eliminate the chlorine and chemicals from our water. The price has been raised since I bought this one. Eventually, I would like to get a whole house filter and our next spa will be a salt water one. Apparently, you don't need any chemicals in a salt water spa. I've also stopped buying certain household cleaners and started making my own. Spent also gives you tips on cleaner living.
Eat low mercury fish and take omega-3 fish oil. Krill oil is best. Clean out medicine cabinet. This means looking at your beauty supplies and what chemicals are in them. Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfates, Petroleum, and Mineral Oil. There are so many chemicals and reasons why you shouldn't be using them. Spent discusses them in more detail.
In between doing all these things, Spent teaches you how to meditate or do some yoga poses to help you relax and/or sleep better. Whether you do this detox or not, I recommend you at least read the book, Spent, by Frank Lipman, M.D and incorporate some of it's program into your life. Even though we couldn't handle six weeks of cleansing right now, we still have been doing some, if not most, of these things in our daily lives. As I write along on this blog, I'll be sharing things we are doing as far as trying to get healthier and reducing toxins in our home and on our bodies. Homemade is the way to go. Homemade foods, homemade cleaning solutions, and homemade body products. Of course using wholesome ingredients in all these homemade things.
Have you used this program successfully or done another type of detox successfully? Did it make a difference for you? Leave a comment to let us know.