I just finished leading a group of folks through my Full Spectrum 14-Day Dietary Reset and had some interesting questions and feedback throughout the 2 weeks.
Participants receive a daily email with tips and encouragement to stay connected and on track. Questions and comments can be asked and at the end of each day I answer with another email. Here are a few examples – my comments are in Red:
“ I had no idea what you meant by “full spectrum” dietary reset. I now realize inflammation can sneak into my body from more than just food” You’re right, stress and environmental toxins are huge causes of inflammation in the physical body.
Can we eat tuna? Tuna is considered a large mouth fish that can scoop up just about anything from the ocean and manages to consume high amounts mercury. Mercury negatively affecting the brain and kidneys. If you love tuna consume only 1 can per week and hopefully its wild caught not farmed.
Can we eat mustard? Yes but…. some mustards have added gluten for thickening. Read the label.
“Wow! I can wear my shoes again without swelling and pain in my feet” Awesome!!!
“I was glad to hear about experiencing a low mood and tiredness on days 3 or 4, when switching to a low carb diet. I am hoping the reset will help with it all. I have to confess I haven’t really “cooked” for quite a while so I’m struggling to get into that. Today I’m going to the market and will make chicken soup. One of my favorite things actually so it will be good to have.” These are common symptom for many first time participants. The Standard American Diet (AKA the SAD diet) is loaded with processed grains (bread, cereal, chips, crackers), commercial dairy, fruit juice, alcohol, poor grade fats and oils and SUGAR! And I want to share remedies for the carb flu so continue reading below…..
The “Carb Flu”
If you’re used to eating and drinking any of the above foods and give them up for the Reset, you may feel a little low around the 3rd or 4th day.
We call it the carb flu. Feeling “tired, wired, cranky, weird and headachy”
Your body is switching from burning glucose (sugar) to burning fat for fuel. That’s what flips the switch from a slow metabolism to a faster metabolism. You’re starting to transform your body into a 24/7 fat-burning system.
The carb flu only lasts a few days—and when it’s over, the pounds start melting away and symptoms of inflammation (like achy joints, brain fog, moodiness, low energy, or skin problems) can subside.
The “carb flu” is a sign that your diet is working!!
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. —Frederick Douglass
How to curb the CARB flu:
- Eat more healthy fats at every meal: unsweetened coconut chips, olives, avocado, nuts and seeds and cook with olive, coconut or avocado oil, butter, ghee or lard.
- Eat clean protein at every meal: Organic, Grass fed, wild caught, nuts, seeds or protein powder
- If a headache persists take more Vitamin C – 1,000mg 3 – 4x/day and or Magnesium 400 – 800mg.
- Drink more water
- MOVE your body and sweat out those toxins!
- Take relaxing Epson salt bath to draw toxins out
- Take things more slowly while your body is adjusting – do less for a few days.
- Sleep a little bit extra
- Tone down workouts until energy rebounds
The point is to Hang in There – it’s all part of the process and will be over soon. You are well on your way to discovering what foods you need to avoid. After 2 weeks of sticking to phase III of my dietary reset I teach you how to re-challenge the foods you eliminated and see if your body has a reaction.
Now the dietary reset is over and folks have learned (or are still experimenting) what foods or emotional, mental or environmental toxins cause inflammation in their bodies. They’re learning what foods to avoid and what foods to eat occasionally. Its an on-going process.
One of most important things to remember to prevent inflammation is this: If feeling vulnerable and your resilience is LOW…. strictly AVOID foods that are known to cause inflammation or some reaction in YOUR body. It’s called common sense.
I also recommend this “full spectrum” life long assignment:
- Be yourself
- Allow yourself to go with the flow of life and your inner passions
- Balance your internal and external worlds
- Give and receive love as much as possible
- Speak your truth
- Listen to your divine wisdom within
- Connect with the vital life force of divinity.
If you missed my last Dietary Reset another one is coming up March 13 – 27th. Experiment and discover if you feel better by avoiding inflammatory foods. Learn more about my reset HERE.