Now, having finished the eighth week of the TLS program, I can really start to notice some differences due to my diet. In general, I have felt less achy, I have had fewer headaches and my mental clarity has been better. In other words, the effects of the first detox week have lasted. In addition, I have already surpassed my goal of losing 10 pounds.
This has led me to believe the assertion in the TLS program that grains are inflammatory. The only thing that I have severely cut down on throughout the program are grains. I eat very little bread or rice or even oatmeal. The result is the muscle aches and the occasional severe headaches that I was having before, disappeared.
There is a another aspect of the TLS program that may have contributed to this; drinking enough water. The required amount is eight glasses of water a day, or 64 ounces. This is how much water everybody should be drinking anyway. However, drinking that much water is very difficult, as I have found. In the past, drinking enough water has always helped with my headaches.
There have also been some subtle changes to my sense of taste and food cravings. I find myself craving the clean, fresh flavors of a raw salad. I tend to make salads with fruits, mixed greens, nuts and lite dressing. This provides a crisp contrast between varied bitter and sweet flavors. It is a good antidote if I eat something too sweet or too fat. I can now sense that fatty food, for instance bacon, or sweet foods, like pastries, leave a sticky, gummy coat in my throat and salads tend to clear that out. I wouldn’t have noticed this if I hadn’t cleaned out my system first.
In a few weeks, I will have a final summary of my progress, including numbers for my starting and ending weight and body fat. So, stay tuned.
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