Well, I finished it and have re-introduced the forbidden foods back into my diet and I thought I would share my thoughts.
I did the detox for roughly 4 weeks. I slowly removed food froms my diet over the first 2 weeks and did a complete detox for the last 2 weeks.
I realized 3 important things:
- Dairy, gluten and corn are in almost everything. I was scrutinizing packages, double checking in restaurants and scouring stores for detox friendly foods.
- There are lots of fantastic (and delicious) foods to choose from, even when you omit many of the things you are used to eating.
- The detox was tough, but I feel much better after doing it.
As I mentioned, I am bringing back certain foods one at a time. The book suggests this order: rye, yogurt, cheese, wheat.
I don't eat a lot of rye, so I wasn't really detoxing from it. I started with yogurt and everything seemed fine so the next day, I had some cheese. No problems there and I am not very surprised as I have never really had a problem with dairy.
Then, I moved on to wheat. The following few days, I noticed that I was feeling bloated.
Uh oh, could gluten be the culprit?
I am going to avoid it for the next few days and see how I feel. I suspect that it is and if that is the case I am going to limit my gluten intake.
The next step of the program is to follow what Dr. Turner calls the "Glyci-Med Approach". It is based on the glycemic index and the Mediterranean diet where you follow 3 basic rules:
- Eat the right foods. Fresh, local and organic (if possible).
- At the right times. Eat every 3-4 hours.
- Avoid hormone hindering food. 80-100% of the time.
So that is exactly what I am going to do. I am also taking the recommended supplements to battle inflammation in the body.
I will continue to update you on my journey and hope that you share yours!
Are you embarking on a health-changing diet plan? What has your experience been?