Yesterday was the final day of my three-day detox and it seemed to drag on forever. The worst of the withdrawal symptoms had abated, although I was still tired and achey; but that wasn't the real issue. I was B.O.R.E.D. A diet essentially consisting of fruit juice, veggies and broth was always going to be challenging for me, since I love variety in my food. I signed up for this because I knew I could get through three days, but wasn't prepared to endure a longer period of restrictive diet. It was still tough.
It was an interesting experience, however. I loved the fresh juices and will continue to have them some days - I need to experiment more with veggies though. I used cucumber, celery, carrot and herbs, but couldn't quite bring myself to juice a sweet potato, for instance. I did find this great resource, with 30 different juice recipes, so I have plenty still to try.
The detox was successful in my opinion, not least because it confirmed that I have food intolerances. The nasty withdrawal symptoms, which I've experienced before when I've cut out wheat or tried an elimination diet, are proof enough for me. This was the not-so-fun part:
- Severe headache, which analgesics do nothing to alleviate (but I know from a previous experiment half a slice of bread will cure within 15 minutes).
- Extreme irritability
- Mild nausea
- Joint and muscle aches
Of course, lethargy and irritability can also be a result of low blood sugar, but given the amount of fruit I was chowing through, I doubt that was the cause. Anyway, I have observed that when I (stupidly) overdo consumption of wheat-based foods, I have the same symptoms. I've only recently realised that waking up with an aching lower back in the morning simply doesn't happen when I cut that crap out of my diet.
The joint and muscle aches are interesting. All of my troublesome parts - left sacro-iliac joint, left ITB, thoracic spine, right shoulder and elbow - are giving me hell this morning and caused my sleep to be disrupted. The hip and leg haven't been an issue for months and I've done nothing physical that would cause a flare-up. Based on past experience, I expect the pain to abate over the next couple of days. I'm hopeful that symptoms will reduce or even disappear if I can just stay away from foods that disagree with me. It may take a little experimenting to figure out what some of those foods are, but wheat is definitely off the menu.
If you're interested in the whys of intolerances and withdrawal symptoms, I found this article, which includes a simple explanation of how food intolerances affect us and why we often crave those foods that are doing us harm. Scroll down to the sections on General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) and Withdrawal Symptoms. Disclaimer: I didn't watch any of the videos or read the parts about testing, so I have no opinion about any of that...
In summary, it was a worthwhile experiment, but am I glad it's over? You betcha! I was ridiculously excited to sit down to this for breakfast this morning:
|Blackberries, boysenberries, strawberries, Greek yoghurt, walnuts, flaxseeds. Heaven!|
Now I'm off to find some old clothes suitable for painting. We have some outdoor maintenance which we're planning to do in between searing hot days. Today's forecast is for a mild 25C, so we're taking advantage of the respite from 40-ish temperatures and making like busy little bees. I'm fuelled up with real food again, so I'm good to go.