How to Properly Reintroduce Foods
The reason you’ll want to do this the right way is simple. If you start eating everything or anything right away, you may feel horrible in a short period of time. That’s because, by following The Complete Detox, you’ve allowed your body to completely reset and basically provides a clean slate for your body to identify your particular toxic food triggers.
So take it from someone who’s done it the wrong way (yes me!) too many times. It’s so much easier to do this the right way the first time around.
So how do you do it, the right way?
Eat a food from the avoid list two to three times a day, and then notice how you feel over the next twenty-four to forty-eight hours.
You’ll still be eating from the Eliminations Diet List; the only difference is that you’ll be adding in one food at a time to see if it is one of your Toxic Triggers.
For example, if you’d like to first incorporate citrus back, you would have a grapefruit for a snack, and later on a few slices of orange during the course of one full day. Then, you would wait and see if you felt any different or had any reactions for the entire next day. If you feel fine, then you know citrus is a non-reactive food for you!
You would continue to do this with each food: Corn, Soy, Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Eggs, and Shellfish. Of course, you may choose to never incorporate these foods again, which is also great. We’ll review the benefits of a long-term gluten, dairy and soy free diet in a bit.
Use a journal (or just in the notes section of your phone) to record any reactions you might have. This may include bloating, skin breakouts, foggy mind, or constipation. Not everyone will react to foods in the same way.
Some people may notice their reactions immediately. Others might notice their reactions the next day. That’s why it’s important to test over the course of two days.
Here is a list of the most common Toxic Triggers: Gluten, Dairy, Citrus, Corn, Eggs, Shellfish, Soy, Sugar
If you know there’s no way you’re going to avoid or even want to avoid gluten and dairy then it’s best to start with gluten and dairy. Your goal here is to figure out whether gluten and/or dairy are Toxic Triggers for you.
The way you determine this is by understanding how strong your reaction was to these foods. Keep a notepad handy and note down how you felt as you introduced the food.
The reason it’s a good idea to start with these if you plan on eating them anyways, is because it’s the very best time to see how strongly your body dislikes these foods, and may give you more motivation in the future to start weaning them from your diet.
Remember, starting week four, your body is free from common allergens, inflammation and has had a lot of toxic waste removed, so when you incorporate things back in, your body is sensitive and will tell you if it doesn’t like it!