A few years ago, I went through a period of feeling constantly fatigued. I was so busy with family and clients that I forgot one crucial factor in my continuing self-care… and that was a seasonal detox.
I truly believe that cleansing your body on a seasonal basis is essential to staying energized and healthy.
Unfortunately we live in a toxic world. It seems as if everything we’re exposed to these days is tainted with toxicity – the air we breathe, the water we drink, what we absorb through our skin from the personal and household items we use, and what we put on our plates.
The good news is that your body has a natural ability to detoxify. The not so good news is that your detoxification pathways, especially your liver, are easily overburdened by the toxic food and chemicals in our environment.
When toxins from the environment build up in your body, you start to feel tired and sluggish. This is what happened to me.
Toxic overload is also associated with sleep issues and every-day aches and pains. These every-day issues are often brushed aside, but the truth is that they’re the warning signs that something needs to change. If we’re not careful, a small health nuisance can quickly turn into a big health concern.
According to Ocean Robbins of the Food Revolution Summit, “toxic food is fueling epidemics of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, ill health and environmental destruction”. I’d also venture to say that it’s a root cause of digestive issues, weight loss struggles, moodiness and brain fog.
I used to think that regular detox was a luxury – I now think it’s vital to our health.
But don’t my word for it 🙂
What is your body telling you? Take this week’s quiz to see if your body is showing you signs it needs a detox.
Check off and count how many of these signs you’ve seen in your body in the past 3 months:
__ Low energy or fatigue
__ Difficulty sleeping
__ Digestive issues (bloating, gas, heartburn, constipation,…)
__ Allergies (food or seasonal) or congested sinuses
__ Chronic headaches or migraines
__ Increased belly fat
__ Difficulty losing weight or weight gain
__ Brain fog
__ Mood swings
__ Cravings (especially for sugar or carbohydrates)
__ White coating on your tongue, or bad breath
__ Acne, rosacea or itchy skin
If you have any of these signs, you would likely benefit from a detox. Three or more? Your body is begging you for the chance to reboot!
Getting back to my story, detoxing with the seasons was and still is a regular part of what I do to bring my body back into balance and continually stay well. I’m excited to share this season’s upcoming program… stay tuned for more information.
Detox at Culinary Therapy is all about eating clean, healthy foods to reset your palette (and stop cravings!), give your digestive system a break and end the sluggishness that comes from problem foods and toxic overload.
The goal is NOT starvation, but to nourish your body with a delicious menu of seasonal foods and a do-able protocol that’s both simple and effective.
Your Simple Action Plan:
This week, take the quiz to see if your body is showing you signs that it needs a detox. And stay tuned for more information on spring’s upcoming program. Details to arrive in your inbox next week!
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