Detox Day 1
As part of the Detox, you have received a Blank Food Diary. I encourage you to use the food diary for the entire detox, and for awhile afterward. Using a food diary will help you to:
- Monitor the types and amounts of food you eat
- Connect physical symptoms like bloating, fatigue and mood problems with what you eat (or don’t eat!)
- Allow you to tune into your body and hear what it has to say
Find more information about using a Food Diary to your advantage on page 19 of your Detox Guide.
Blood Sugar Balance + Hormones
With any hormonal imbalance, regulating your blood sugar is the first thing to focus on- which is why we’re talking about it on Day 1!
The sugar in our blood comes from our food. Your body’s job is to break down food and turn it into usable energy for your cells (aka glucose). As the sugars travel through the blood stream and come upon their destination (individual cells) the hormone insulin unlocks the door to the cell so the sugar can get in.
If you have a hormonal imbalance, or blood sugar problems like hypoglycaemia, prediabetes, insulin resistance, diabetes or metabolic syndrome- then insulin isn’t able to unlock the cell for glucose to get in.
When this happens, your body produces more and more insulin to try an unlock those cells, without success. You end up having lots of sugar and insulin floating around your bloodstream- and this is bad news.
Having a consistent flow of energy (glucose) to your cells throughout the day is of key importance for proper hormone production and metabolism. Without it, your body isn’t able to produce or use hormones properly.
This detox focuses on balancing your blood sugar and insulin with regular meals, and lots of healthy protein, fat and fibre. Once you have finished the detox program, making sure to include protein, fat and fibre with your meals + snacks will keep your blood sugar stable throughout the whole day.
Anytime you make a diet change, you may experience cravings for certain foods. This happens for two main reasons:
- You are deficient in some nutrients
- Your blood sugar is not properly balanced
You may experience cravings during your detox as your remove the foods your body is used to and introduce others. See below for my top ways to curb those cravings!
- Are you hydrated? Are you stressed out? Are you bored? Answer these questions and take action on them to reduce cravings. This could mean a big glass of water, some yoga/meditation or a new hobby to kick that evening boredom.
- When was the last time you ate? And what did you eat? If you haven’t eaten for several hours or didn’t eat a well-balanced meal (fat, protein + fibre) then you may have cravings. Eat a nourishing meal or have one of the many snack ideas from your Detox Recipes. If after 30 minutes, you still feel an intense craving- you may be low in certain nutrients, so move on to #3.
- Cravings for certain specific foods can indicated a deficiency in specific nutrients. See below for a list of cravings + nutrients needed. Consume foods high in your needed nutrients to reduce cravings. Check out this website for foods with each of the below nutrients.
Chocolate – Magnesium
Sweets/Dairy – Chromium, Carbon, Phosphorous, Sulfur, Tryptophan
Bread/Toast – Nitrogen (protein)
Oily Snacks/Fatty Foods – Calcium
Salty Foods – Chloride (your adrenals are stressed and you need good quality salt!)
Soda/Carbonation – Calcium
Overeating – Silicon, Tryptophan, Tyrosine
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