It all started a few weeks ago, when I felt rather lethargic almost everyday of the week, not just Monday to Friday during school term where I've to get up at 5am to get Little Man ready for school. I felt sluggish most time of the day and I have a HUGE APPETITE for EVERYTHING SWEET and it's becoming an addiction! The satisfaction of sugar in my body, evoked a feeling of euphoria in my brain and gave me the sugar rush to help energise my sluggish body. Which I know it's got to stop!
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I read that the cause of my sweet craving was a way my body was trying to communicate a deficiency in a certain vitamin/nutrient. What I really needed wasn't a dessert or sweets but rather Chromium, Carbon, Phosphorus, Sulfur, Tryptophan (felt like you're reading a chemistry post?) *smile* here's a chart that you might find useful if you feel that you've been craving from some food stuff (eg. salty, chocolate, fast food etc). In this chart it gives the healthier alternative to what you have been craving for.
Benefits of a Detox
I was convinced that my system badly needed a good cleansing so that all the toxins could be removed and to reboot my metabolism. Here's why I was convinced -
A detox diet could help -
1) Clear out toxins
2) Balance hormones
3) Increase energy
4) Increase blood circulation
5) Improve digestion
6) Strengthen immune system
7) Improve concentration
8) Improve sleep quality
9) Regular bowel movements
Many types of Detox Diet Plans
What we need to do is to eat a healthy, nutrient-packed 'light' diet for a few days. This may mean to temporarily cut out alcohol, caffine, dairy, sugar and red meat.
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A detox is far from a quick fix for weight loss. The purpose of any detox plan is to take the load off the organs that detoxify the body - the liver, kidneys and bowel - while at the same time supporting and improving their performance.
I don't really have a problem with my body weight but it's certainly not in a good shape even though I'm within the ideal weight range for my height. A detox program doesn't necessary have to be about losing weight. For me it's an obvious choice for removing toxins that has been building up in my body over the years.
I've just started a 3-day detox diet and will share in detail of the food I've consumed within the 3 days in the next post, yes, recipes included!
Disclaimer, I am not a dietician neither am I a doctor, what I share is what I have researched and read up about before preparing the food and consuming it. So please don't hold me responsible if the diet plan didn't work for you. Also, if you are in any way under medication or undergoing treatments for some health issues, please do consult your doctor before embarking on any detox programs.