Before you start any health program, there are a few things you can do to make the actual process a lot easier and efficient.
If you’ve read a few articles from ClearNutrition.net, you may have come across a few things like…
- How willpower is overrated. If you have junk in your house, get it out. It will most likely be too tempting to not eat.
- Along with removing the bad foods from your house, removing the bad bugs in your system using a few key supplements is a good idea. You’ll learn how and where to get the supplements I recommend in a bit.*
- You should also be supporting your digestive system and good bacteria in your gut with enzymes and probiotics.
- Along with the right diet, be sure to balance the body with proper rest, exercise and stress reduction.
Here is a list of a few more things to think about before starting any detox or healing program.
1. Make sure you know where you will get all of your food from and make sure that there is enough available.
Go to your local farmers markets (check out localharvest.org to find out local markets near you), natural food stores, Whole Foods market, and find farm clubs that supply real food by going to realmilk.com and clicking on “real milk finder.” Realmilk.com is mostly for dairy farmers, but there are farmers on there that sell other things as well. Finding farms that sell real food is a big part of being healthy because you can get the best possible ingredients that contain the most nutrients. There are also sites like grasslandbeef.com, vitalchoice.com, wisechoicemarket.com and tropicaltraditions.com where you can get nutrient-dense foods delivered to your house. When it comes to produce, which you’ll be eating a lot of, I suggest buying from local farms. The sooner the plant was picked, the better. Higher nutrients are always found in local foods, organic or not. Also, knowing your farmers is actually pretty cool and contributes to the social aspect of optimal health. If possible, try volunteering for local farmers. Often times farms trade work for food, and you can get a ton of free food by volunteering. They also have times where you can pay like 5 or 10 dollars and get huge baskets of produce if you go to the farm. It can even be another social activity to do with friends. And I say this from experience. It’s awesome doing stuff like that.
2. Plan it out
Read through what you’ll be eating and what supplements to take and get everything planned out beforehand. Write it on your calendar when you’ll start and stop. Write it in your journal. Make sure you aren’t going on any trips during the first month because you need to cook a lot of special food.
3. Do an elimination diet for a week before you start
This will help transition your body into the cleanse. Abstain from gluten, soy, corn, dairy products, and eggs for a week before you start.
4. Load up on vegetables
The more the merrier. You really can’t over-do it on the vegetables.
5. Drink copious amounts of water
You should be peeing at least once every 2 to 3 hours. We are trying to clean the body and repair the gut. Making sure that we’re constantly hydrated and moving things through our body is very important.
6. Know that if you mess up, it’s not the end of the world
If you find yourself eating something not on the plan, do not take it personally or manifest guilty thoughts. Ask yourself: “What can I do right now that will help?” If you have something that is off limits that contains a lot of sugar, perhaps working out (to burn the sugar more effectively) or having a fiber supplement or a ton of vegetables to slow down the absorption of sugar would be an option. Remember the saying, “progress, not perfection.” Of course, try to be 100 percent, but realize that with this and every other thing in your life, it’s not about being perfect. It’s about consistently moving in the right direction. We have a long time on this earth. If we don’t get something right the first time, let’s learn from it, dig deep, do some reflection on the situation and self-evaluation and self-reflection and try again. If eating healthy, cleansing, or anything like this is new to you, understand that this is a big shift in your habits and behaviors. If we want to change our situation, we need to change the behaviors that we do on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute basis. When we undergo change, it is difficult. It requires work. That is why most people remain stagnant in their lives. You have to put in the effort required to get what you want. This goes for everything in life. Nothing is given to you. Keep a persistent course towards your goals. And remember that things might take longer than expected, but that doesn’t mean that what you are doing is a waste. As long as you’re moving forward, you’re winning.
7. Remember the difference between toxic hunger and true hunger
Most of the time we lie and say things like “I’m starving” when in reality there is no physical need to eat. Now don’t starve yourself, but realize that if a lot of the time when we think we’re hungry, we’re really dehydrated and thirsty, or maybe we’re craving something else other than food, such as an emotional need. Maybe simply going for a walk or talking to someone can alleviate the “hunger” you feel just as well as eating would.
8. Make sure you are going to the bathroom (#2) every day
You should be having a bowel movement at least once a day and preferably two or even three times a day. Toxic buildup gets excreted through the bowels. If someone is constipated, then the toxic waste has more time to seep through the intestinal wall and interact with the liver and cause malfunctioning in the body. If you have trouble using the restroom, taking a magnesium oxide supplement such as Natural Calm, along with taking large doses of vitamin C can help. Green juices can also help get things moving. And of course, if you’re constipated, make sure to drink a lot of water. It should take not much longer than five minutes to completely evacuate. There should be no straining to go. Your poop should resemble a smooth log or log pieces. You can refer to the Bristol stool chart to help determine if your poop is the way it should be.
9. Leave at least 12 hours between the last meal you eat at night and the first meal you eat the next day
If you have breakfast at 8, try not to eat anything past 8 p.m. the day before. We’re trying to detoxify our bodies here. The deeper detoxification processes start about eight hours after our last meal and require about 4 hours to complete. So give yourself a 12 hour window between dinner and breakfast to allow your body to do its job.
10. Remember to move your body. Take walks, do yoga, etc.
11. Visualize what you will look like with clear skin and the health you want
See it in your head clearly. Think about what your life would be with clear skin. Act as if it is already a reality. Feel what you would feel like with clear skin. How would you act with clear skin? Get this reality into your head and think about it often. Act and live your life as if you already have clear skin. Simply acting and living this way will aid in the process of healing.
12. Keep a positive attitude
Your mindset is equally as important to your health and ability to heal as the food you eat. Learn to laugh at things and understand that everything happens for a reason. Any hard times you may face are there to strengthen you. I always considered myself lucky that I had acne because it was a visible sign of malfunctions in my body. If not for the constant reminder every day that something was wrong, I would never have ended up changing my diet and lifestyle. Now that I have, I am forever grateful for it.
13. Switch out your nonstick pots and pans for stainless steel cookware or cast iron cookware
Nonstick coatings like Teflon can release chemicals that leech into your food and increase toxicity in your body. Stainless steel and cast iron are the best types of cookware.
14. Get checked for food sensitivities and allergies
I highly, highly recommend getting food sensitivity and allergy tests done to make sure that you aren’t sensitive or allergic to any foods. It can be possible that you are eating foods that are causing inflammation without even knowing it. I recommend getting the MRT and the Cyrex Array 10. They are the two best food sensitivity tests that I have found. You can get these two tests if you’re in America or Canada only. If you are outside of the US and want a food sensitivity test I recommend this one.
You can order the Cyrex Array 10 here.
You can also contact support at firstname.lastname@example.org to get $200 off if you want to buy both of them together.
You can also contact a practitioner and get recommendations for your particular situation.
Along with getting the Cyrex Array 10, which is an IgG food sensitivity test, and the MRT, which is a mediator release test (different than IgG), you may want to get an allergy test from a local allergist. Allergy tests look for IgE reactions which are different than IgG reactions. Many insurance plans cover IgE, which is a form of extreme allergy that is different from IgG. IgE are what you hear about when someone swells up after they eat a peanut. If you want to go to your local allergist you can see if you can get that done. The IgG and MRT a7re functional tests though. That means that they aren’t usually covered by insurance. The MRT is never covered by insurance, and only under certain circumstances can you get the Cyrex Array 10 covered. I don’t deal with insurance so you would have to figure that out if you go that route. It’s a shame because functional tests help save tens of thousands of dollars to our “health care” system, and yet they aren’t usually covered.
Getting food sensitivity tests can save a lot of time and effort when reintroducing foods. I like the tests because they provide black and white data where you can just be like “this food showed up highly reactive, so I’m not going to eat it” and “these foods are green, so I’m going to stick with them.”
Basically, testing makes things easier. Everyone reacts differently to different foods. Even “safe” foods can cause allergic or inflammatory reactions. The personalized approach based on your own bio-individuality is always the best way to deal with things. Of course, nothing beats doing an elimination diet. Everyone should do an elimination diet. You will know what major foods cause trouble by eliminating them and reintroducing them one at a time and tracking how you feel. This Clear Skin Nutrition system is designed to do that with a lot of the major food sensitivities.
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