Have you ever started a new diet or new vitamins and had to stop because you felt badly? Or maybe you felt you just didn’t have enough motivation. I am here to tell you that sometimes (often!) it is not motivation that is the problem, but rather actual physical changes in your body that were making you feel bad! Most people can successfully change their diet or add new healthy things to their life if they know the secret: Start slowly.
Whenever you begin to make healthy changes, one of these things begins to happen:
- You Start to Detox-As you begin to put good things in your body poisons begin to leave your body. This is great! However, for some people, the liver or intestines get overworked trying to get rid of the poisons fast enough. This can make you feel pretty badly. Some people can just “push through” this for a few days and begin to see great changes in their body. For other people, the detox is just too much and they don’t feel better.
- Your Body Gets Overwhelmed-with too much fiber or some other nutrient and your body can’t find balance with this sudden change. For example, fiber is good for you. However if you suddenly start eating alot more fiber at one time, then you may get diarrhea or other digestion issues.
- You Uncover a Sensitivity (Allergy) You Didn’t Know You Had-For example, you have too much bad bacteria in your intestines and the extra fiber actually feeds it! Or you are sensitive to a food or herb and it really isn’t good for you (though it might be for someone else).
How to Feel Good and Keep Your New Diet or Supplements Going for the Long Term
How can you feel good and be healthy for the long term? Try these tips when you are starting something new:
- For Vitamins or Herbs-take a quarter or half of your new vitamin or herbal pill. After a few days increase your dose. Keep increasing slowly until you are taking the amount you desire to take. Stay at the low dose for as long as you need. If you are detoxing, you might should tough it out for a few days. BUT, if you continue to feel badly then you need to decrease your dose or stop altogether. If you are allergic then of course you would need to stop altogether. But, you could simply be detoxing and your liver is having trouble processing all the poisons. Try drinking more water, eating more vegetables or taking milk thistle, or activated charcoal. Or take a clay bath.
- For Diet Changes-Try one new recipe. If you feel better, try the same recipe or another healthy recipe. Some people do okay changing their whole diet in one day, but others don’t! If you go slowly-changing one meal or food at the time you will probably feel better and you won’t be overwhelmed trying to figure out what to eat! If you keep feeling better, add more and more healthy foods. If you don’t feel better and your recipes are real food recipes, than you may have a allergy to a certain food. Try to pinpoint if it is one particular thing that gives you a reaction. Try completely different recipes to see if it seems to be one ingredient in the recipe that you tried before.
- For caffeine or Sugar Withdrawals-cut down piece by piece. Start drinking 3 Pepsi’s a day instead of 4. After 3-5 days, drink 2 Pepsi’s a day. Caffeine and sugar withdrawals will also not be half as bad if you change your diet first. If you are eating healthy proteins and fats you will feel much better! L-Glutamine can also help with sugar withdrawals.
I had a chronic illness and was sensitive to alot of things when I first started making diet changes and other health changes, but I was able to do it by changing one little thing at the time. You can too!
Disclaimer: This post is not medical advice. You should consult your health practitioner before making changes in your diet or supplements. I am not a doctor or medical professional.
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