The Medical Medium’s Cleanse: I made it! I ate raw, organic fruits and vegetables for 28 days. Besides a great reduction in pain from Fibromyalgia and an end to flare ups from Hashimotos, one of the best outcomes of this cleanse is a growing love and desire for more fresh fruit and vegetables in my daily diet. I am drawn to what is naturally good for me. I thought I ate a lot of healthy food and a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables before the cleanse, but participating in this cleanse taught me I can certainly add a whole lot more spinach, kale, and other greens into my daily diet.
For 28 -days, I primarily ate freshly blended, juiced, or raw foods, but as the new semester started I need a couple of quick snacks to get me through the day. Rhythm Superfoods has dehydrated Kale Chips flavored with Bombay Curry. They also have dehydrated broccoli that proved amazingly tasty. Because I missed spicy food, these two snacks were an awesome treat.
There were moments during the 28-days when I know my body was going through enormous changes, and I felt very tired. There were other moments when I felt great–super energetic and wondered why I didn’t eat like this more often. No matter the ups and downs, I stuck with it. Even after the cleanse, I am continuing with many of the great smoothie ideas and all-natural dressing for salads.
Weight Loss: By the end of the 28-Day cleanse I lost about eight pounds. I think I’ll gain a few pounds back in the coming days, but I love how all bloating went away with this diet. I didn’t want to lose a ton of weight, and I probably I lost the right amount of weight I needed to lose. Everything about this diet felt right and natural.
Also, I look at food differently after this experience. Celery is my new HCL pill. A ginger shot is my new digestive aid. I’m going to start growing my own spouts and an herb garden. Green drinks call to me more than Kombucha tea or coffee.
The Body as a Temple: We’ve all heard that we are what we eat, and I like myself more as someone who is mostly made up of organic fruits and vegetables. During my cleanse, people I barely know came up to me and told me that my skin had a healthy glow and to keep doing whatever I was doing. Moments like this helped me know I was on the right track to greater health.
I recommend this cleanse to jump start to one’s health. It isn’t easy, but I learned so much about habits and how to form healthier habits. Instead of reaching for a gluten free cookie mid-afternoon, I’m learning to stick to a piece of fruit for natural energy. I can’t say that I’ll be perfect going forward in my eating habits, but I am certainly aiming to avoid the ten foods Anthony William suggests avoiding.
Avoid these Foods, Additives, and Supplements: I have absolutely no trouble avoiding corn, soy, gluten, MSG, artificial flavors and sweeteners. I don’t take whey, iron, or fish supplements. I tend to avoid farmed fish and go for wild caught. I’ll admit that I will miss milk products and eggs. I was a vegan for several years, and a vegetarian for ten years. I tried the Paleo diet once I found that gluten had a bad effect on Hashimotos. While eating Paleo meals, I enjoyed pork occasionally, but it won’t be that hard to avoid it. I’m not sure that I’ve ever thought to put something down if it had processed beet sugar or citric acid. I will be checking for that now.
The hardest thing to avoid will be canola oil. I love eating out. I’m a busy professional, and I often grab premade foods from Central Market. Today, I realized that the green beans with almonds that I usually pick up are made with canola oil. Many gluten free cookies are made with canola oil. It has been hard enough to explain that I don’t eat gluten or soy to people. Now, I’m going to be the, “I’ll have the salad, but hold the cheese and dressing” type of eater at many restaurants. Canola oil is a lot cheaper, and I imagine that a majority of restaurants use it in place of olive oil.
I feel great though, so I’m sticking with the Medical Medium’s plan and looking forward to the next book Life Changing Foods. There’s a lot more to his first book than I have shared on my blog. I recommend it!