"Detox" had become a bit of a buzz word in the weight loss industry of late. It seems that people all over the place are using a "detox" to lose weight fast. This is not my aim.
One of the medical issues that i have that contributes to my weight (both how easily i put it on and how hard it is to get it off) is Fatty Liver Syndrome.
Essentially, my liver does not process fats correctly. Instead of filtering fat out of my blood stream and into my waste disposal system (lol) it traps it in my body, leading to storage issues.
So a low-fat diet would make sense. However, the other side to the the issue is that the liver is also responsible for filtering out the toxins in our body... caffeine, alcohol, artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, sweeteners, etc.
So whilst i would ideally be following a low-fat diet i also need to avoid all the artificial, highly-processed garbage that is so often found in "diet" foods.
Hence my decision to make the switch to a "clean eating" lifestyle.
Since the beginning of this challenge i have been trying to eat as much natural, un-processed food as possible and although i have noticed a difference, my digestive system still feels a bit sluggish. So after chatting with some of my nutrition-expert friends and doing some research i have decided to do a gentle 7-day "detox" or cleanse in the hope of boosting my digestive abilities. So basically, i want to give my liver a 7-day holiday
So for the last 2 days (and for the next 5) i have cut out all dairy except for 1/2cup organic, natural yoghurt per day. I have completely cut out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, wheat and red meat.
I start each day with half a lemon squeezed into warm water and my meals are mainly made up of vegetables, fruit, fish, oats and brown rice. I have also included some raw nuts (cashews or almonds) and some seeds (pumpkin, pine, sesame and poppy) for a bit of "crunch" to my green leafy veggies or to dress up some steamed veggies.
I am trying to drink at least 3.5litres of water a day (either plain water or as a green or herbal tea) and i am trying to "get sweaty" for at least 45mins every day to help eliminate the toxins that way as well.
It sounds full-on and today i was definitely fighting the coffee-demons but i figure it is only 7 days and hopefully i will feel so much better at the end of it.
I would love to hear if others have had success with "detoxing" and would still love to hear from others following a "clean eating" lifestyle. I had no idea it was such a popular way to live until i started researching recipes!