Addictions to unhealthy foods ~ just as bad as drugs, nicotine and alcohol.
Changing our eating habits drastically may result in feelings of nausea, headaches, diarrhea, stomach ache, sinus problems, rashes and even fever.
You may wonder: If I am doing something that is supposed to be good for me, why do I have these symptoms?
Eating an unhealthy diet of animal fats, processed food, refined sugars and simple (white) carbs causes your body to accumulate and store harmful and damaging toxins.
When you make a change in diet or lifestyle, through stopping a bad habit or eating better, your cells begin to eliminate the toxic substances. Toxins are released into the bloodstream and are carried through the circulatory system.
This transportation and elimination often results in headaches, diarrhea or constipation, and often toxins are eliminated through the skin, resulting in rashes or skin problems (especially if you are prone to such problems).
You may also feel a lack of energy, especially if you are eliminating meats from your diet. You may also find that, with the absence of toxins, you absorb substances more easily. Thus, the sugar and caffeine in a soda might really set you off.
In a nutshell, we could say that the body always goes for quality, and when the food coming in is of higher quality than the present tissue, the body will discard the present tissue because it wants to make room for tissue created by the higher-quality food.
How severe are the symptoms and how long do they last?
How long the symptoms last and how severe they are depend on your lifestyle before making a change and how quickly you make a change. If you have a diet heavy in red meats, for example, and become a vegetarian overnight, you might have severe symptoms for a time. If your lifestyle changes are gradual, the symptoms could be less severe. The duration of the symptoms might not be linear; there is a greater chance that they will come in cycles.
At first you may feel great and then experience some detoxification symptoms. After the initial toxins are flooded out, you will feel good again, if not better. However, as the body “goes deeper” and finds more toxins to eliminate the symptoms may reappear again, and after more toxins are eliminated, you will feel better yet. As things progress, you will find that the period of symptoms is shorter and the period of well-being greater.
What can I do if I am feeling bad?
The hardest thing for many people to do is accept that they are not sick and realize that the body is cleansing itself. The most important and best thing to do is rest and take it easy. Let the body do what it needs to. You may even fell like cutting back on any exercise you are getting, which is fine. Your body is healing and getting ready to be stronger and healthier than ever. Relax to give your body as much energy as possible to do its job.
Continue to consume fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Once you have "come off" all the toxic food residue you will feel like you are having the "best day ever" everyday, since your body has essentially been tuned-up and as a result, is 'running' at its best with feelings of vitality and ease.
Nothing good comes easy...ever. No pain, no gain....It will all be worth it in the end.