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Want a hormone-balancing, brain fog-clearing, tummy-soothing detox with a side effect of weight loss?
Yes, me too!
Although food allergies are still rare (affecting about 5% of the population), food intolerances are quite common. After following this plan, many of them experience weight loss, fewer menopausal or PMS symptoms, a decrease in acid reflux, better energy, better sleep, a clearer complexion, and more.
Surprised? I was too.
Why do this before the holidays?
You don’t have to buy any crazy products. It’s natural. It’s healthy (and some detoxes are not!). It does not require every expensive food intolerance testing.
Why does this work?
Turns out that food allergy researchers may be on to something in the diet world. In non-allergic patients, these foods may be irritating the gut, thus causing inflammation, which triggers our body to release inflammation “soothing” hormones. These hormones also store away calories. The overall inflammation in the body is also likely the source of the bloating, acne, brain fog etc.
So why not try eliminating potential these food triggers? If it helps at the end of two weeks, just add one food back each week to see which foods you may consider eliminating permanently from your diet.
The downside: You may see no results at all or may want to extend it for a week. If nothing else, you’ll probably eat more vegetables and fruit than you ever have in your life!
Now, let’s get down to the details:
Foods to Avoid:
Soy Wheat Dairy Nuts Egg Corn Shellfish/fish Limit sugar and artificial sweeteners
Lucky for you, the FDA has mandated labeling of the top 8 food allergens on any packaged food—this includes milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish. So that even if it doesn’t specifically say soy in the ingredients, it must be labeled somewhere on the package as having soy.
What can you eat? Try eating predominantly vegetables, with a rice or sweet potato side.
Fruit or seeds can be snacks. Vegans will find it hard to avoid nuts and soy, but hemp seeds, chia seeds and oils are a good substitute.
While you should limit the sugar intake, it’s not absolutely banned.
Lastly, you should not be hungry on this detox!
A typical day may look like this:
When you wake up: 1 glass green juice Breakfast: Chocolate Cherry (Green) Smoothie: spinach, raw cacao, frozen organic cherries, chia seeds, coconut milk Snack: Herbal tea Lunch: Large salad with avocado, olive oil, balsamic dressing, and tomato soup Dinner: 3 to 5 Black bean burgers (no bun) with guacamole, and salsa. (Optional: sweet potatoes, veggies, and kale chips) Dessert: 1 serving of dark raw cacao chocolate