I was recently inspired to share my experiences after completing Dr. Steven R. Gundry's, The Plant Paradox, 3 Day Detox. In three short days EVERYTHING changed for me.
For as long as I can remember I have been plagued with digestive issues, chronic inflammation, mood swings and cravings that seemed to take over me. I tried everything, from skinny tea, laxatives, juice cleanses and thousands of dollars worth of vitamins. I would experience a few days of success and then head back to my old habits, only to feel the same as I did before.
Before I dive into the details of what I experienced during the 3 Day Detox, I think it's important to go back in time to explain my nutritional history. Back in the early 2000's I began competing in fitness competitions. At that time the standard bodybuilder nutrition programs consisted of plain chicken, brown rice, NO SALT, broccoli and water..oh and plain mustard if you needed a little extra flavor. There were no cheat days EVER. The plan certainly worked and helped me achieve an extremely low body-fat percentage, but the side effects were; the lost of my period for months, blackouts and chronic fatigue.
What I didn't know back then, was how to move back to normal eating patterns when the competition was over. I was so scared of rebounding after the competition, like I witnessed so many others do, that I just continued on the same meal plan. Broccoli, rice and chicken. When I fell off the wagon I just punished myself with added cardio sessions.
Looking back it is no surprise why I struggled with digestive, inflammatory and fatigue issues.
About six months ago I began a 5 day Inflammation Reset Detox. All organic, colorful veggies, free range meat...what could possibly go wrong? Well just about everything. Without sharing the details, the symptoms that surfaced had me running to my doctor's office. He explained to me that when someone with a sensitive gut completely overhauls their diet, even with "good" food, there can be side effects. So, feeling pretty defeated I was back at square one again!
When a friend, and holistic healer, posted Dr. Gundry's book on Instagram I decided to grab the book. As I flipped through the pages I felt a beam of light shining down on me. THIS IS IT! I was in, fully in. In the book, Dr. Gundry talks about how the "healthy food" we consume can actually be toxic to our gut and overall health. This really spoke to me. I had been eating organic veggies with lots of color and still feeling like complete crap. I was also consuming many "calorie free" condiments, drinks, gum, dressings, etc in an effort to get the maximum volume out of each meal without the extra calories. I realized I was completely WRONG.
All of the three days included TONS of veggies, a moderate amount of protein and high levels of healthy fats (avocado oil, avocado, etc). Coming from a girl who likes to eat, I didn't feel hungry at all. I did work out 2 out of the 3 days and did feel slightly more fatigued than normal. I recommend low to moderate activity when going through any type of detox.
Over the next three days the bloating disappeared, my stomach was flatter, and the 2:00 pm afternoon slump was gone. To add, I felt HAPPIER, more positive and motivated. So to anyone who deals with any of these symptoms, I highly recommend giving this book a read. I expect it will change your perspective on food, as it did with mine.