Thursday, June 02, 2011

Cleanse: Day 3 (raw matters)

The side effects of this cleanse are beginning to rear their ugly heads.

Yesterday, I felt a fatigue that permeated every bone in my body. I have rarely been that tired in my life. And upon checking Crazy Sexy Diet today, it lists fatigue as the top detox symptom. Others include headache, a foggy brain (hello, yes), skin rashes, and muscle weakness (yes).

The book says this is the body removing stored toxins. Blergh.

So anyway, last night I needed a little affirmation. Someone to tell me I'm not insane for trying this. And I happened to stumble across a documentary on Netflix called Foodmatters. As a disclaimer, I have only watched about half of it so far, but what I've learned from it has definitely jibed with what's said in CSD.

And that is something that can't be ignored even after I'm finished with the cleanse: We've got to eat mostly raw food if we're interested in being as healthy as we can be. The documentary says eat 51% raw food and you'll be fine. Crazy Sexy Diet advises at least 60% raw veggies at any given meal. 

The documentary says the reason for this is that our bodies attack non-raw food as invaders, resulting in a toxic environment in our systems. Eating more raw than non-raw is supposed to prevent that.

The book says the same thing in a different way. Carr writes that non-raw foods throw off your pH, which creates an acidic system, resulting in a number of health issues. She calls raw foods "the fountain of youth."

And Foodmatters goes so far as to say that food is medicine and will cure what ails you, regardless of what it is. Cancer, depression, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, you name it.

They didn't mention infertility, but I'm willing to give it a shot and find out.

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