When I first started hearing the phrase "detox diet" bandied about, my first thought (and maybe yours too) was to picture rock stars in rehab. Now, with years of teaching and coaching people through detox/cleanse programs, I no longer think first of long haired hard rockers. Our bodies are constantly detoxing - clearing out the "debris" we bring into our body 24/7 - and sometimes we simply need to give our bodies a helping hand.
Let's start with another perspective on what's going on... Let's pretend (I love to say that), our bodies are miniature cities. Like a city, your body has buildings, roads, acquaducts, technology centers, waste disposal systems, open space and construction zones. Just as a city would need raw materials and funds in order to maintain its infrastructure, keep the roads clear and have space for new developments, the body needs its nutrients. High quality nutrients. And these nutrients - carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals - need to be available at the right time and in the right quantities. The body does have the ability to store what's needed and has almost magical ways of adjusting to geographic and seasonal requirements. BUT, imagine if the city was taking in only counterfeit dollars and very poor quality materials. In the guise of nutrients, the body was instead consuming "fake foods," processed carbs, lots of added sugar (or worse, high fructose corn syrup and artificial sugars) . The city's coffers felt full, but the fake money couldn't be magically turned into the materials the body needed to do its thing, or at least not to do it efficiently. Pretty soon the city is in disrepair and not meeting its obligations, but is nonetheless bloated on empty calories and lacking in energy.
Now think about detox in terms of how you can rehabilitate this city. Eliminate or minimize the junky stuff and focus on clean fresh foods instead. Then, support the body in flushing out those accumulated toxins. It's really that simple. Want to find out more? Join an upcoming Mariposa Wellness Journey or contact me for 1:1 consulting.
Lorie Gehrke, NC
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