I started this program because…
Today is the first day of a ten day detox program I am going to follow. Below is a picture of the kit I bought from my chiropractor. I chose to start this program because I recently had some lab tests done, and apparently my liver enzymes are a bit elevated. I’ve been taking Naproxen since July for pain, so my doctor (a rheumatologist I saw because of chronic back pain) told me to stop taking it and to reduce alcohol. After discussing it with my chiropractor, he suggested I do the full detox which involves ten days with no alcohol, a restricted diet, and nutritional supplements to support the metabolic detoxification process in the liver and rebuilding the probiotics in the gut.
X-rays showed that I have degenerative (wear and tear) arthritis throughout my spine, and apparently the neck and back muscles spasm in response to try to stabilize the joints. My chiropractor said that liver and intestinal inflammation can also cause pain, so I’m hoping a natural detox will be a step in the right direction in the fight against chronic pain as well as lowering my liver enzymes in my blood.
I’m excited, and I’m also nervous. I want to increase my overall health, but it’s going to be a challenge for me to follow all the guidelines. Blogging about my daily experiences is a great way for me to process everything and to share my experiences with my friends and family.
I’ve read over all the materials, and I’m prepared for the restricted diet. I already have a restricted diet due to food allergies, so it’s not far off from how I normally eat. But I can only eat meats on days 1-2 and 9-10. Days 3-8 I’m allowed either fish or legumes for protein. That will be different for me. I’m also supposed to avoid shellfish, which I love! Days 3-8, fruits are also restricted to just apples, pears, lemon, lime, and avocados. Days 5-7, vegetables are restricted to cruciferous vegetables, raw greens, onions, leeks, garlic, and scallions. I don’t eat any grains at all, so I won’t be consuming them even on the days they are allowed (they allow rice and gluten free grains except corn on days 1-2 and 9-10). I already don’t eat much dairy (just half and half in my coffee, cheese, and greek yogurt), so it won’t be too hard for me to avoid that. Although, I am worried about eliminating coffee altogether. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do that, but I will at least reduce it. All of the other foods on the “avoid” list are already not part of my diet (processed meats, processed oils, refined sugars, peanuts/peanut butter, dairy products, eggs, non-water drinks, etc.
Today, I ate pretty regularly and only took the ProBiomax plus DF supplement.
Breakfast: One cup of coffee with half and half and agave, smoothie with pineapple, spinach, chia seeds, and coconut milk
Snack: Kombucha drink (no sugar)
Lunch: Organic turkey with homemade gravy (garbanzo bean flour), cranberry sauce with agave nectar, kale salad with cucumbers and garbanzo beans
Snack: raw almonds with golden raisins
Dinner: Turkey soup with yellow squash, mushrooms, carrots, rosemary, thyme, scallions, garlic
No wine, yay me! Instead, I had some healthy cucumber and ginger infused water with basil and mint in a wine glass just for the fun of holding the glass. Honestly, it didn’t really matter about the glass, and I did just fine without any wine. I also tried to drink a lot of water as recommended (64 oz. per day is the recommendation).
I’m hoping not only to lower my liver enzymes but also for improved sleep, digestion, clearer skin, and more energy. Wish me luck!
For more information on the detox program, check out their website by clicking here.
Thanks for reading this entry. Peace out!