WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR DIET
As you move toward a better nutritional program, you will be incorporating more foods that are closer to the natural state. These foods are high in enzymes, vitamins, and minerals and are capable of reproducing healthy tissues. In addition, you will be omitting harmful substances such as sugar, coffee, tea, tobacco, etc.
Now, what happens when a person starts following a program of this type? Basically, when the quality of the food coming into the body is of higher quality than the tissues the body is make of, the body happily begins to discard the lower grade materials in favor of the new superior ones available. The body in its drive to survive always aims for health and balance.
As you can imagine, this process does not always slip by without repercussions. First of all, your body becomes accustomed to stimulants like sugar, coffee, tea, and colas. When these substances are discontinued, your body starts to release toxins from the tissues into the blood towards eventual elimination. Sometimes these irritants leave "kicking and screaming." You can experience what seems to be the 'blues', as the heart calms down and evens out to its normal level (versus and artificially stimulated level).
To a lesser extent, the same process occurs when we abandon lower quality foods and replace with more nutritious foods. During the initial phase (from 10 days to several weeks), the vital energies, which are usually in the periphery or external part of the body, such as the muscles and skin, begin to move in towards the vital internal organs to start reconstruction. This shifting of energy to the internal region produces a feeling of less energy in the muscles and we interpret this as weakening. Actually, you may be increasing energy, but it is being used for rebuilding so it is less available for muscle work. As this is a regeneration time, more rest and sleep may be needed. Pushing yourself will only defeat your body's effort to stop "living from paycheck to paycheck", (so to speak), and start building equity in its vital energy. Remember that it is not necessarily less energy as much as temporarily redirected energy. Have patience, and coast along until this phase passes.
As one further improves the diet, the body may also begin a process called 'retracing'. This can be compared to the LIFO method (last in, first out). In other words, your body starts dumping out all the old poisons and garbage, (from food, pollutants and stress), starting with the last assaults. Your body is not particularly choosy about how this is done. It is just thrilled for the opportunity and may utilize some unusual methods to accomplish this house cleaning. For example, people who have past tendencies towards skin rashes and eruptions frequently will eliminate poisons through the skin with brand new rashes and eruptions. With some, colds and flus, which have not appeared for a long time, may occur. Other symptoms include bowel sluggishness, occasional diarrhea, and lack of interest in exercise, nervousness, irritability, depression and frequent urination.
In general, the harder your body has been pushed in the past, the more drastic the cleansing process. The great majority of people, however, find their reactions more than tolerable because of the many improvements they experienced at the same time.
Do not expect that you are riding on an ascending escalator to health, that is, improving your diet will make you feel better each day until perfection is reached although this can happen. Instead, expect gradual changes.
The body is cyclical in nature and health returns in a series of gradually diminishing cycles. For example, you start the diet and feel great for a while. After a few weeks, you suddenly feel nauseous for a day and have foul smelling stools. After 24 hours, you feel much better and all is wonderful for a time. Abruptly, you seem to come down with flu symptoms. In a few days that improve and you feel like a million dollars.
Eventually, you will reach a plateau of vibrant health. This is the goal! Smile through it knowing your health is getting better and better, every day and in every way.