I’ve been cycling through diets: from a month-long very restrictive elimination diet for detoxification, to a reintroduction phase where I gradually eat more variety, to a rest period where I eat my usual paleo/primal diet with occasional cheats because I am only human and I need pizza occasionally too.
It’s been a good system for me. I seem to feel a little bit better every time I complete the cycle, but the month-long period of severe restriction is brutal, not because I like to eat 1 but because I feel completely horrible the entire time.
I understand why detoxification as a concept is looked upon with so much skepticism. It’s so often used as a pseudoscience handwave to sell something or explain anecdotal reports of improved health. And it’s not like there are regulations concerning who can market a product as “Detoxifying!”, so it’s good to be skeptical lest you someday regret buying those Japanese foot pads. Still, completely disregarding the concept of detoxification doesn’t make sense to me. The vagaries of pernicious, unspecified “toxins” aside, put it this way: When your body encounters substances that aren’t healthy for it, and it cannot quickly excrete, it very often stores them in your fat. And just because that’s the safest place for them to be in your body, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you want them in your body permanently.
Those are the “toxins” you hear so much about. Not that esoteric, really.
So, although I am not a scientist and I could be missing something, it seems obvious to me that an elimination diet is very likely to stir some of this rubbish up. And since these are unhealthy chemicals, this can be less-than-fun. Especially if you’ve been fighting neurotoxic pathogens and taking all manner of medications, often prescribed shot-gun style, for the better part of a decade 2
So I’ve been feeling more or less poisoned for about a month now. It’s been hard to get out of bed, hard to think, hard to write, hard to hobble to the bathroom.
The good news? It’s almost over, and on Thursday my boyfriend is taking me for a (bunless) cheeseburger here.