Eating for Recovery: Paleo Diet Detox

By on December 27, 2014
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Are we all in this together? Are we clutching our stomachs, wondering “what happened?” as if we all wake up in the middle of wrapping paper and cookie crumbs, not comprehending the days previous?

That’s right: Christmas happened. And now, we go on a Paleo diet detox to get back on track–to spring from the paralysis of sugar comas and become people of well-formed ideas and action once again.

I’ve done a good bit of research and thinking about the paleo diet detox. (After all: Paleo is my life.) Of course, the simple word “detox” is a bit scary for us, bringing us to thoughts of alcohol or drug abuse. But I can assure you, in many ways, sugar, itself, is a drug that we must detox from our bodies to achieve natural, elevated functionality and exterior beauty. Note that detox is a “natural bodily function” that happens whenever your body is without something it is used to for a while. And sugar, that riveting, delicious element in so many of our holiday treats, is, itself, a toxin our body must expel and detox from. The sugar molecules enter our cells as free radicals and ultimately cause inflammation and cell death. Note, of course, that inflammation is the ultimate cause of–well–every single disease.

Through the paleo diet detox plan, you can heal your body from the inside out. After just a few days on the paleo diet detox plan, many people report feeling greater gut functionality (less discomfort, at least), clearer skin, stronger-looking hair, and more interior energy.

Results Are Based on Your Current Body Physique

Note that the paleo diet detox plan can have different effects on different people. When you begin eating the paleo diet detox plan, you might feel better immediately based on the enhanced nutritive qualities of the food. However, chemicals and other toxins from the sugars you’ve been eating are actually stored in fat tissues. Depending on how much fat tissue you have, those toxins might take a while to exit your stored fat, enter your bloodstream, and become metabolized in your liver.

Detox and Your Skin

Everything you eat winds up on your skin. This is because any and all nutrients of your foods are jolted into your bloodstream. The bloodstream takes those nutrients to your dermis, the lower level of your skin. Here in the dermis, your skin cells are formulated utilizing those nutrients. As such, anything you’ve been eating the past few days will appear on your skin. That donut–there on your skin. Note, of course, that skin cells fall quickly, giving room for new skin cells. Therefore, if you begin your paleo diet detox NOW, you can initiate fresh, vibrant skin in the days ahead–perfect for New Years!

My Paleo Diet Detox Plan for Today

Here’s my paleo diet detox plan for the day ahead.

Morning: 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.

Wake up. Drinking coffee, green tea, and water all throughout the morning. Feel bad, only for a moment, that I had an extra paleo cookie last night. Work on my novel. Clean the house. (Note that cleaning your personal space is one of the best steps to creating a detox plan that will work.)

1 P.M. to 2 P.M.

Sweat out the toxins. I’ll go for a five mile run, followed by 10 minutes of ab exercises and free weights. At least trying to sweat out your toxins, via the elliptical machine, the stationary bike, a hot yoga class–whatever you like–is really important on the road to the paleo diet detox.

2 P.M. 

My intermittent fasting meets its end with a salad. This will look like the following:

1 1/2 cup spinach

2 tbsp. diced walnuts

1/4 diced onion

1/2 cup broccoli

1/2 canned-in-water tuna

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. balsamic

3 P.M. to 8 P.M. 

Continue to drink plenty of water and green tea. Attempt not to switch back to coffee, you know, because it might not be Paleo. 

8 P.M.

A chicken and herb-based dinner with a side of asparagus and a few, home-cut sweet potato fries (because I’ll have to talk to my sweet tooth, at least for a moment, otherwise I’ll go crazy).

9 P.M. 

1 paleo cookie or paleo brownie

11 P.M. 

Sleep!

So, so. That’s my paleo diet detox plan for the day ahead. Note that I’m five-foot-OH, and therefore, I’m aiming for the lower side of the calorie jungle. If you are a weight-lifter, if you are larger than five-foot-OH, and if you’re generally used to eating more than 1,300 to 1,500 calories, you should increase your calories by eating fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and nuts.

Enjoy the day ahead, Paleo dieters! Allow the detox plan to commence.

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About Megan White

Megan White is a Paleo diet food fanatic running around the world, searching for the most nutritional tasty treats in every country she can find. Follow her on her journey as she dodges sugar cravings, works to better her mind and body, and picks up some creative Paleo diet recipes along the way.

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