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The unfortunate truth is, we live in a toxic world. Chemicals in our water, air, food, self-care products, and environment are constantly wreaking havoc on our health, and body composition. Add to this the overconsumption of sugar, salt, processed foods, alcohol, and caffeine and, amazingly, our body’s can maintain any semblance of health at all. So how does one stand a chance in a game in which the odds are so stacked against them? Take control of your environment and the foods and chemicals the best you can and start with an elimination/detox diet.

Why a detox/elimination diet?

  1. With such an onslaught of toxicity hammering our bodies each day, our body’s natural detoxification processes and systems can quickly become overwhelmed. This toxic overload leads to the body’s inability to eliminate these toxins. So the only thing your body can do is to store them in fat cells. Yes, that’s right it locks them away in our fat to try and control the levels in our bodies.
  2. Processed foods loaded with sugar, salt, and addictive chemicals are everywhere. They are in our schools, at food stores, fast food restaurants, regular restaurants, and most other stores. (Take a look around the next time you are at a checkout line), and you will see packaged processed, sugar-laden foods everywhere) The biggest problem with these foods aside from the lack of just about any nutritional value, is they are highly addicting. Once you start eating them, you crave more of them. Many are also formulated to trick your body into thinking it is still hungry! Even worse, once you get used to eating these over flavored fake foods, you lose the ability to taste and appreciate real foods such as fruits, vegetables, and quality proteins.
  3. Chemicals in our health care products such as paraben’s, methyl parabens, phthalates, and other hormone disrupters from plastics, scented products, cleaning products, etc. can disrupt our endocrine systems leading to increase body fat, poor health, and disease.
  4. Eating foods that you have intolerances or allergies to and other gastrointestinal disturbances have been linked to:
  • asthma and allergies
  • autoimmune disorders
  • skin conditions
  • arthritis
  • atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases
  • neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia
  • mood disorders
  • ADD/ADHD
  • narcolepsy
  • addiction
  • migraines
  • kidney problems

By eliminating common potential food allergens, eating whole, unprocessed foods, and taking certain beneficial supplements, you can allow your digestive system to heal. Then by slowly reintroducing the eliminated foods, you can find out which foods work with your body and which ones are working against you. This process allows you to create a more customized food program that suits your body.

5. For many people, (including myself) we have created negative habits such as, drinking alcohol frequently to calm down or drinking copious amounts of caffeine to feel some semblance of an average energy level or even to function. The problems are that not only do these chemicals put excessive strain on the liver and other detoxifying organs, but they mask how bad we are feeling. In turn, this potentiates long term physical and mental stressors on the body that can lead to weight gain and poor health.

How it works:

You eliminate certain foods for a period, anywhere from a minimum of 10-days to usually three or four weeks, then slowly reintroduce specific foods and monitor your symptoms for possible reactions. The key is to only reintroduce one type of food at a time for three days to isolate how your body reacts to that food. This allows you to see which foods are or are not working with your biochemistry.

Other benefits of the elimination diet include:

  • The elimination of sugar and processed foods. Sugar is one of the most addictive substances on the planet.  It is challenging for many to quit eating/drinking. By going through the elimination diet over a few weeks without these addictive substances allows your body to re-regulate so that you will not crave them.
  • The elimination of caffeine and alcohol so that you can allow your body to function regularly and break the habit of relying on these substances to function each day.
  • The elimination of potential food allergens can help alleviate many of the negative health issues mentioned in number (4) above. It will also allow your digestive system to health so that you can adequately absorb the beneficial nutrients your body needs to function optimally.
  • You will be prepping/cooking more whole “real” foods which offer the most significant health benefits and are the best food choices to lose weight. By doing this over three-plus weeks, you can develop the healthy habit of food preparation and not relying on “winging it” by eating out or grabbing things on the run.
  • By adding an extra detox component by researching and eliminating many household items such as scented products, cleaners, body care, etc. and replacing them with healthier options may allow for your body to better handle toxic loads and can help improve endocrine function and overall health.

As you can see, there are a ton of benefits to be had from an elimination/detox diet program. Are the programs easy? No. Are the plans complicated? No. There will always be questions, and it always helps to have guidance and support. It also helps to have accountability and consistency. If you would like to give a detox/elimination diet a try, then click below for more information on our Fall Back to Fitness Transformation Contest. We provide you with a fantastic, proven program with all the help, guidance, support, and accountability you will ever need. Measurements start the week of September 16th, so don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to lose weight, improve your health, and feel your best.

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