Cleansing Diets and Detoxes
Jan. 16, 2011 8:04 pm
Updated: Jan. 19, 2011 12:28 am
I'm not gonna lie, it sounded like another diet fad that people did to try and be healthy. Then people I know were talking about them, including my health-nut friends. Juice fasts, lemon/tabasco drinks, super-restrictive diets, etc etc and system flushes
like high-colonics and what-not. I thought...do these processes really work?
Then I happened upon a book for healing psoriasis naturally, and in it there is a lay-out of a cleansing diet where you eat nothing but apples and olive oil for three days. Well, I tried it and I don't know how much help three days could really be if I've
been eating junky my whole life, but what I can say is: my skin definitely wasn't worse, but perhaps slightly better; I must have eaten 8 small apples a day to try and fight the hunger; at the end of the three days, I didn't want to even see or hear the word
apple for quite some time. The best part of it was, I stayed on a really healthy-eating routine for about 3 months afterward and THEN I felt amazing! But I could no longer do it, it was a PITA!!! This is what I did to myself: No caffeine, no white sugar,
no fast food, no processed foods, no gluten, no alcohol, no meat except poultry or fish, low dairy, and no nightshades (tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplant, paprika, and peppers-it's a psoriasis thing). I felt pretty healthy, I was looking pretty good, skin
pretty clear...but like I said, it was a pain. I felt like I was trapped in a culinary cage. I love food! I wanted the wonderful variety and dining freedom back. So now I eat basically what I want. I never drink soda and rarely eat fast food, and for
the most part avoid packaged foods when I can. I still think about cleaning up my diet though.
What do you know? What are your experiences?
Do cleanses really help fight what our modern eating habits do to our bodies?
Are they a bunch of hooey?
There's so many different kinds, what would you try?