REMOVE TOXINS FROM YOUR BODY WITH THE 21-DAY PLAN
THE AUTHOR’S STORY
Amie Valpone, the author, created this diet because of her story of being deathly ill. At one point doctors told her that she only had 24 hours left to live. At 25 years old she weighed only 89 pounds and was malnourished. Her body was not absorbing any nutrients. Furthermore, she had severe abdominal and leg swelling. The doctors did not know what was wrong. After being sent home from the hospital because they couldn’t find a diagnosis, Amie had to find her own diagnosis by seeking functional and integrative physicians. They had her do the elimination diet which she describes in the book to determine which foods were toxic to her body. Her diet now is free of gluten, dairy, egg, refined sugar, corn, peanut, and soy. Consequently, she feels “unbelievably better” now.
“Many of the symptoms we experience are caused by toxins, especially those in our food system. I’ve learned about the connection between the health of our gut and the efficiency of our immune system, the clarity of our skin, the ease of our digestion, and our risk for disease.” (p.53)
HOW TO REMOVE TOXINS FROM YOUR BODY
The author starts off with the 21-day elimination diet to remove toxins from your body. She gives thirteen toxic foods to eliminate from your diet. If you cheat by eating something you are not supposed to, you need to start the 21 days all over again. Getting rid of addicting foods will be the hardest part. The first days of the diet you most likely experience withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and feeling lethargic. These side effects will pass within a few days; then you will start feeling energetic and clear headed.
Upon completing the 21-day elimination diet, slowly reintroduce organic, healthy foods back into your diet to determine which foods are sensitive to you. Add one food back into your diet at a time to see if you have any reaction to it. After three days of eating this food, assess if you had any reactions. Don’t eat the food on the fourth day. If there are no symptoms, then this food can be a part of your diet. However, if you did have an adverse reaction, such as headaches or stomach upsets, then stay away from eating this food. On day five, try another food to introduce into your diet and repeat the process again.
“Counting calories is the last thing you should worry about when you’re trying to eat clean. A handful of nuts may be calorically dense, but there’s a lot of goodness packed in there that you can’t get somewhere else.” (p. 12)
Two chapters are devoted to teaching you how to remove toxins from your environment. There are many harmful ingredients in personal care products, cleaning supplies, and pesticides in your home and office, The author tells you where they are and alternative products to use instead.
There are recipes on how to make homemade dairy-free nut milk and flours, including almond milk, coconut milk, and almond flour. I enjoyed the recipes because they are easy to make and healthier than the products you purchase at a store.
The author provides many websites where you can buy organic ingredients, so you don’t have to waste time looking for them in a health store. You may have never heard of some of the ingredients or don’t know where to find them at the store. It is easier to order them online from these trusted websites and have it delivered to your home.