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Sorry for the delay. I meant to publish this on Sunday! Anyway, here is the article. Please enjoy;-)
I started my diet experiment at the beginning of June, 2013 in the hopes of having better skin and learning more about healthy eating and the science behind it. When I searched what books to begin my research on Amazon, The Beauty Detox Solution came to me. Excited about the content, I saw that this book completely matched what I was looking for. Thinking it could be helpful for whoever interested in healthy eating if I shared my experience with them, I began my Beauty Detox Diet Plan Journals.
Principles that I followed through with (except for rare occasions when I need to eat outside)
- Green smoothies almost every day
- Animal products 2-3 times per week
- Digestive enzymes and probiotics every lunch and dinner
- Raw plants go into my body first
- 80% of alkaline and 20% of acidic
Beauty Detox Diet Plan Journals
- Week 1: In the first week of my new diet plan, I introduced digestive enzymes, probiotics, Glowing Green Smoothie (as my breakfast in the second half of the week), and raw vegetables (before each lunch and dinner). I experienced “detox symptoms”: a few breakouts, rashes, constipation, gas and fatigue.
- Week 2: I have chosen to stick with Phase 2 – Radiant Beauty – in Beauty Detox Solution; and plan to follow a set of rules for 6 weeks. I did not experience any new feelings but only had a few more breakouts in the beginning of the week.
- Week 3: I still experienced constipation; but breakouts were under control. To get rid of my detox symptoms, I tried several experiments: getting more rest, dry brushing, taking foot baths and yoga.
- Week 4: The fourth week is when I started to feel the positive change of the detox diet: my skin started to clear up and look hydrated; my bowl movements became regular. And I have decided to quit my guilty pleasure – Lay’s potato chips!
- Week 5: In Week 5, I started to realize my detox diet journey is a relationship-bonding opportunity for me and my body. I can understand better what my body really needs and become a more mindful eater. My detox symptoms are all gone by now. And I am feeling clean and light.
- Week 6: Unexpectedly, I have discovered that my detox journey not only gives me physical benefits, but emotional rewards as well. I have become more creative, more curious and even more grateful. This week, I made four experiments (three new diet experiments and one lifestyle experiment) which I am proud of.
- Week 7-10: As I set Week 7 as the last week of my experiment, I drastically switched my diet plan from raw-food-based to cooked-food-based after Week 7. This drastic shift caused different negative effects in my body. I have learned my lesson and summarized some lessons learned from the past month.
What are the big lessons learned?
1. A clean diet is a foundation to clear skin
A big lesson learned from last month. When my husband’s parents came to town, I switched my clean diets to 100% cooked-food-based meals with meat almost every day, just to adjust to what they eat. I immediately started to have all kinds of discomfort: constipation, bloating and acnes. From that moment, I learned that: a clean diet will be an important component to deal with my skin problems.
2. Transitional diets should be introduced from Standard American Diets to a plant-based diet, or vice versa (should you choose to go back to your original diets)
Our body needs some time to adjust changes we make. If you are interested in trying a plant-based diet, make sure you make the transition gradually – for example, you could slowly introduce more cooked vegetables and some salads on the side before having more salads down the road.
3. A clean body makes me emotionally fulfilled
The process of eating clean allows me to pay more attention to what my body really needs. Interestingly, I am able to calm my mind by listening more carefully to my body. In addition, the process of learning and inventing new recipes is a pleasant journey, inspiring me to become more creative and adventurous.
4. Healthy diets should go hand in hand with exercises, sleep, hydration, inner peace and more
No matter how important eating healthy is, we should not isolate it from other important health elements. Instead, I would view it as an important contributor in the health system. In order to help this system fully function, we should not neglect other elements like exercise, the quality of sleep, hydrating our body, internal peace and many other approaches to help us achieve an optimal state of health and well-being.
Moving forward what routine I will follow
Beside the principles I listed above, I plan to have more home-made cultured vegetables on a regular basis. More importantly, since The Beauty Detox Solution has opened my eyes to clean eating and the science of how our body works, I plan to dig deeper in those areas and learn the complete system of how to nourish our body so that our appearance radiates.
A friend of mine was curious how I fit different diet plans into everyday life. Therefore, I have listed my daily routine below, so that you can have a glimpse of my day in 30 seconds!
Lemon juice with warm water
Each morning, I drink 500-600 ml of warm water with juice from half lemon. There are multiple benefits by doing so: it hydrates our body, improves the immune system, provides antioxidants to our skin and body, cleanses the liver, and stimulates our bowel movements.
The good thing about having smoothies as my breakfast is more than staying healthy. I constantly mix and match with different fruits and vegetables. Whenever I discover new recipes for tasty smoothies, I always write them down. Essentially, my journey on experimenting different diet plans has me trained to become a creative explorer!
Lunch/dinner: Salads (with cooked foods, chicken and fish as side dishes)
As the title shows, I did not strictly follow “no meat at lunch” policy as the book suggests. But I tried to make sure my diets are planted-based and I take digestive enzymes before meals and probiotics after meals.
Snacks: almonds, goji berries, noni juice, wheatgrass drinks
If you are looking for snacking ideas, these are options for you that I use to fill my stomach:
- Almonds: almonds are the only nuts that are alkaline forming and full of vitamin E and minerals (source from MindBodyGreen)
- Goji berries: they high in antioxidants and vitamin A. Some studies show that they promote mental calmness as well (Source from WebMD)
- Wheatgrass: it is a kind of grass that contains different kinds of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Even though its health-benefits for human-beings are not scientifically proven, it is still considered healthy if we take it in food amounts.
- Noni: having noni stimulates your immune system. It is also rich in phytonutrients and fight free radicals (source from MindBodyGreen).