Do I have to eat something weird?

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This is a frequently asked question about detox programs in general.

The easy answer is, No. You don’t have to eat anything you don’t want to eat or feel you can’t afford to eat. One of the gifts of a detox is learning to listen to your body, begin to understand why it asks for what it asks for and learn to respond with the best foods possible. The messages vary from person to person and the foods we respond best to also vary person to person. So, it’s important that we each learn to read our own body’s messages.

In a typical detox we do eliminate a list of foods that are known to create inflammation and other allergic responses in the body. This gives us an opportunity to see and feel the effects of food on things like our skin, our sleeping patterns, our digestion, our cravings, our energy levels, our sex drive, our mood and maybe even our weight. The detox may seem like a list of restrictions to you, but I teach my groups to understand that we are really learning to add foods in. You’ll learn recipes that give you more choices at meal times, which makes switching to a “healthier” fresher diet, easier (and far less boring) to commit to, and people typically find that they don’t miss some of the foods on the elimination list when it comes time to experiment with adding them back in.

So, no. You don’t have to eat anything you don’t want to eat.

However, If you’re new to elimination programs and detoxes, then, you’re very likely to be introduced to some unfamiliar foods and flavors. If you treat this like an adventure (and keep in mind you may not like everything you prepare and it’s ok to move on to the next recipe or tweak ingredients) you’ll very likely come through the experience surprised and pleased with your results.

if your desire is to change your relationship with food then your willingness to explore unfamiliar options will be very supportive to your goal and you will come out of a program like this embracing a whole lot of “weird” and superbly tasty foods.

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2 responses to “Do I have to eat something weird?

  1. Great post! After going on my own elimination diet this summer, I totally agree with what you’ve said. I tried a lot of new (and delicious!) foods, and I found that the attitude with which I approached the foods available to me made a huge difference.

    Also, I nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can see the information about it here: http://healthypeoplehealthyplanet.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/so-yesterday-was-a-good-day-pharmacy-school-vgn-and-liebster-award/

    • I’m so glad to hear you had that experience, Healthy People! My main focus with people through a clean eating program is to teach them how to tune in to their body’s messaging system and learn how to enjoy food. And thank you so much for the nomination! I really appreciate the support ~

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