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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 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?

Just wondering......
Jan. 17, 2011 8:46 am
I like to detox, but my way may be somewhat nontraditonal. I drink a pot of real green tea-loose leaf, every day after the Christmas food intake buffet and use it once a month through the rest of the year. It seems to take away some of the bloating and uncomfortable feeling. MANY years ago, I tried the grapefruit diet as it was all the rage and I was young and impressionable. Never again would I subject my system to few foods eaten repeatedly. Variety in moderation is my secret. Also when you want to change your eating lifestyle do not try and take out all sugars, fats, sodium, sodas, etc at once. Your body goes into shock and most fail, then feel like failures. Instead limit your intake on several of the bad foods. Then when it seems easy to get by in a day without feeling cheated or robbed or your favourite things, add another type of food to the limited foods list. I eat very little processed food, but still have favourite recipes that call for cream of mushroom soup, I drink an occasional pop/soda and do not feel guilty. I will stop at my favourite fast food recipe (being in Canada, it is A&W) and enjoy my favourite burger and onion rings. But that is maybe 4 times/year. Slow and steady wins back your body.
Jan. 17, 2011 9:05 am
Great blog topic, and one that I have been involved in for the past couple years. 2 years ago I did my first detox cleanse with a Nutritionist/Personal Trainer at the gym I attend. It lasts for 30 days and has you in 3 'Phases', it is designed to strip the bad stuff from your body and get you in 'tune' with your body by 'listening' to it... bloating, cramps, lack of sleep, irritability can all be attributed to certain foods that your body doesn't like but you don't realize it just yet. You start by removing all dairy and red meat, caffiene, sugar, gluten, wheat and anything 'white' (i.e. flour, sugar, etc.) for the first week, but you also increase your intake of veggies, fruits, grains like quinoa, amaranth, bulgur, steel cut oats and chicken and fatty fish, plus, lots and lots of WATER....once the first week is over, you will notice your skin clearer, bloating has gone and most people drop anywhere from 2-5 lbs the first week alone, after that, you gradually add foods back into your diet, all the while paying attention to how your body reacts. It is now increasingly common that people have become lactos or gluten intolerant, which necessitates a change in diet to make sure you avoid these foods that 'trigger' reactions.... Since then, I have gone on the detox 2 other times when I am feeling tired, bloated or general legarthy (Christmas season does it) and it helps to clear your system and get you back on track. This is also a plan that changes your attitude about food for the rest of your life, without modifying what you eat everyday for better health, then what's the point of dieting/detoxing if you are just going to go back to your old ways of eating? You have to want to change yourself for the better - for YOU....You can still indulge once in a while (like RG and her A&W fix), just know your limits.... and know that you have it in you to ENJOY the rest of your life with less health problems.
Jan. 17, 2011 11:19 am
I have a question, why detox? It sounds like you eat well. I'm thinking if you treat your intake to a well balanced variety, detoxes end up being a trendy way to burn money
Jan. 17, 2011 12:05 pm
Raedwulf, I agree. I've always approached food sensibly - so I'm one of these people that enjoys foods around the holidays, but don't over do it. Life is meant to be enjoyed.. detoxing and cleansing sounds very unnatural and somewhat risky. We need to trust our internal processes.. we create healthy probiotics and parasites naturally and by cleansing them out, I think it's unhealthy. well balanced foods and lifestyle are the key to good health and longevity. If anything, cut out the processed foods, excess salt, and preservatives.. ugh. Fresh fruits, veggies and lots of unfarmed fish, non-steroidal chicken and meats.. and on occasion, a big fat piece of chocolate cake with no guilt!
Jan. 18, 2011 9:40 am
And have your dog give your kids big sloppy kisses as often as possible! I'm with you Belles. I suppose if you are one of those people who eat poorly by choice, then a cleansing might be just the ticket? I mean, I saw a Jamie Oliver show where he's attempting to change the eating habits of a small community in I think, Oklahoma. In one episode, he details the eating habits of a family. The most commonly used appliance was fixed in place right beside the sink and it was a deep fryer. He piled up an average weeks consumption on a table and it was basically packaged pre-processed foods et al. Astounding. My point? If you eat like this, you might need a cleansing. Heck, almost half the recipes on this site are some form of the combine the pre-processed foods type. Tell me, is this a common way of cooking in the US? Anyhow, slide a big piece of that chocolate cake over here and tell me you subbed applesauce for the oil, hehe. PS, I'm Randy. Happy Foodsmithing.
Jan. 19, 2011 12:28 am
Great responses everyone, thanks for the advice. Raedwulf-I go through phases of eating well and not-lately, I've had too much sugar, coffee, fattening foods, etc. I guess just bad eating habits trailing from the holidays. I'm interested in detoxing as I switch over to healthy again-with hopes of mostly staying there until next Oct/Nov/Dec. And yeah-processed packages helping Americans cook dinner is practically the American way. Society has us all worked up and stressed out and the help of a can opener or contents of a cardboard box spells relief for many busy home cooks. I know in France, everything is fresh, fresh, fresh. Our eating habits are not shared around the world, that's for sure.
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It's nice to be able to throw things together on the fly without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Learning the methods of cooking have made it easier and my food tastes better. I never have dry chicken breasts, pork chops or burgers anymore! Dec 2012: I finally made fudge that set properly!
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