At the beginning of the year, I kept hearing God say to me over and over again, “Eat the food that I made.” Sometimes the phrase would come out of nowhere from my heart while I was praying, sometimes I would have a dream with that phrase prominently featured, but I was hearing it and seeing it repeated so often, in conjunction with detoxing the body, that I realized God was trying to tell me something.
I looked in our local health food store in the spring to see what I could learn about doing a detox, but three weeks on psyllium husks to do a colon cleanse is just not feasible for me. After a few weeks of searching, and not really finding anything, I put it on the back burner, with the prayer, “Show me how to pursue this, Father.” Then last month I was in Barnes and Noble looking for a book, and quite by accident stumbled across The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet by Ann Louise Gittleman.
The title leaped out at me. As I read the jacket, I realized she was proposing a way of eating to detox using primarily the food that God made, in proper combination. This was my answer to the prayer I had prayed. God was revealing to me the way forward. I brought the book home and have been devouring it since.
Now I am wary of diet books, and most people, according to the author, follow this plan to lose weight overnight. But I am interested in the detox part. The book explains how to detox by following a seven-day preparatory diet, where liver and colon stressers such as caffeine, sugar, and alcohol are cut from the diet, and liver and colon boosters such as crucifers, leafy greens, and citrus fruits are added to the diet. The seven-day preparation is followed by a one-day fast of drinking a water and cranberry juice blend. The juice is designed to help your liver do its job of detoxifying your system, while keeping your blood sugar stable all day and boosting your metabolism. Then a three-day post-fast diet is followed, to help the system finish flushing out the toxins that have been released from the body’s tissues, and ease back into normal eating. Less than two weeks altogether; I can do that.
I am finishing my grocery shopping today and starting the seven-day preparatory diet tomorrow. I will let you know how it goes.