As followers of my twitter account (or just in plain hearing range of me) would know that I've been really stressed recently then consequently run down.
My whole life from when I was small I had terrible heartburn/indigestion/diarrhea/allergies/asthma/eczema. My whole family have stomach/digestion problems, IBS/twisted bowels/barretts disease, you name it we got it. The doctors answers were always more medicine. Steroids, antacids, hormones. When I cut out dairy from my diet 10 years ago it was the most amazing, life changing moment. Within 3 days my sinus dried up, my stomach cramps/heartburn stopped. Gradually over the past ten years my allergies have almost completely gone (I was SEVERELY allergic to many things, cats, grass, mould, trees, pollen, to the point I couldn't go outdoors in spring/summer, couldn't go to peoples houses who owned a cat, a lot of the time I could have a sinusitis attack from just hanging out with someone who owned a cat). My allergies were so bad I couldn't travel, I couldn't risk staying at someones house who had mould (not something you could ask about) or even feather pillows/doonas. For hotels I had to specify what kind of bed linen. Generally it completely freaking sucked.
Anyway fast forward ten years, being on a vegan diet cured me of my asthma, allergies and completely changed my life. So as I don't have such glaring physical symptoms anymore I didn't equate that I would still be having digestion problems. I had been writing all about it on my facebook/twitter and my sister (who is in a same but different boat to me) recognised all my symptoms and suggested I needed to up the fibre as our families digestion systems are sluggish and a sluggish system doesnt digest food properly nor vitamins and slows you down (takes away energy from the body that could be used elsewhere). What a revelation!!
So I decided to start taking fibre supplements but also went on a detox. Just eat plain food, very basic beans and rice, lentils and substitute one meal per day for a protein shake. I eat too much food and I am 7kgs overweight. I am 5ft6 and 82kgs, I would like to lose 10kgs. Its simple. Not only do I eat too much food I have a crazy sweet tooth and eat way too much refined sugar. I'm taking this chance to reset my tastebuds, clear out my system and get all pins firing.
How am I feeling? A M A Z I N G. The first two days I woke up sweating in the middle of the night, having crazy hot and cold sweats. I feel sleepy but energised if that makes sense. I feel light and my stomach feels great (not crammed and bloated like its been feeling). I'm sleeping TONNES (9-10 hours) but obviously I need it. It goes to show you, even though I eat really well, lots of organic fruit and veg, pulses, grains, I still have a lot of toxin build up from eating TOO MUCH food and TOO MANY sweets. I plan on doing this detox for 2 weeks and hope to lose 5 kgs in the process. I will keep you posted!