What is an elimination diet?
An elimination diet is a three week period in which you eliminate common allergenic foods and stimulants like caffeine and sugar. By giving your body a break from potentially offending foods, you allow your body and liver to detox and decrease inflammation in the body. After the first three weeks, you 'challenge' your body by reintroducing the foods you cut out, one at a time. If you get a reaction, such as headaches, tiredness, sinus congestion, or digestive disturbances, take note! It may be that you are sensitive to that food and want avoid it in the future.
It's a diet, but you won't starve. What you can eat is lots of organic vegetables, fruits, soups, salads, gluten-free grains, some fish and certain meats. Although it may feel hard at first to take a total break from refined sugar or coffee, people who cleanse typically find that they feel better overall, have more consistent energy, and experience clearer thinking. Your adrenals will thank you for the caffeine break, your pancreas will thank you for the sugar break, and your liver will be happier processing the hormones in your body better.
I support my patients with information about this cleanse, and I offer weekly acupuncture treatments and herbal recommendations. During these visits I am available to discuss your health goals, answer any questions, and offer shopping lists and recipes. A number of energy-boosting herbal supplements can help while you take a break from caffeine. I also recommend a protein powder which is full of vitamins and minerals to give you energy, support liver detox, and help reduce inflammation.
A spring cleanse is not only an opportunity to cleanse the body, but also to re-focus the mind and spirit by developing consistent, healthy habits. It's a good time to recommit to other health goals, such as increasing exercise, getting enough sleep, and relaxation or meditation.
My husband and I have done a one-month spring cleanse for several years now, and every year we enjoy not only the health benefits, but also the positive side effects that come with renewing a commitment to our health and being fully conscious of the foods we eat. Sound good? I am happy to talk with you about how a cleanse can work in your lifestyle.