I have just finished the first week of the Transitions Lifestyle Program. It is called detox week and it is the most difficult week of the program. During this week, you are allowed to eat all the vegetables you would like, but mostly raw, plus three servings of fruit and that’s it. No meat, no fats, no grains, no sugar. Talk about a shock to your system!
The first few days were the worse. Headaches and general malaise were my symptoms. I felt like I was coming down with a bad flu. Other people in my class were experiencing digestive complaints, dizziness and weakness. Everyone seems to have slightly different symptoms but everyone also feels a drastic change.
By the end of the week, though I was still experiencing some fairly severe muscle aches, I noticed something different. I had an abundance of energy and my mental clarity was excellent. I could focus on my tasks better and my ability to recall information quickly was much better.
All of these changes got me thinking about what exactly is going on in detox week. I have fasted before and this week is basically a fast. It promotes increased enzyme activity in the body, cleaning out waste on a cellular level. However, that isn’t what interested me, I was already familiar with the process and knew this would happen.
What was interesting to me was how much detoxing my body needed. I don’t have a particularly awful diet and yet I could really feel the effects of the detox. Also, having to eat 2 gallon bags of vegetables a day made me realize that I don’t eat anywhere near enough vegetable. For the past couple of years, I have been saying to myself “Tony, you need to eat more vegetables and less meat”. Now, I will get a chance to see where following my own advice will lead me. I just hope the rest of the journey isn’t so bumpy.
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