I’ve posted on Detox before, but I’m posting today because Mark and I are starting a Partner Detox in 6 days, while we’re on a cruise!! A few people have expressed shock and dismay at this, ( “but…. the cruise food??…”); not a problem, (1) I love my Detoxes, (2) we always eat good food, so the thought of binging on cruise food doesn’t stimulate us ( that’s what happens, right, the thought of all that food is very stimulating?) , and I’m excited because Mark hasn’t done one before, and if you’re 50 and you haven’t detoxed, YOU NEED TOO!
Why do I believe in Detoxes, or Cleanses? Because, we live in a pretty toxic world: our water is full of chemicals and drugs, our make up and personal care products are full of chemicals that the FDA acknowledges cause cancer and disease but give the “okay” on, the food we eat is full of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and growth hormone, even the air we breath is contaminated ( chem-trails anyone?).
There’s mercury in our fillings and vaccines, aluminum in our deodorant and cookware, there’s even toxic by-products left on dry-cleaned clothes that we put on our body. Trust me, I could go on and on and on. Have you ever heard of a book called, Slow Death By Rubber Ducky? It’s pretty eye-opening. The facts are, you really can’t escape toxins in 2014; and judging by the amount of sick, overweight people, and sick, not over weight people, the built-in detox systems of the liver/kidney/skin/lung/colon are seriously congested. That’s a problem.
Here’s our plan: I’ve bought 2 detox kits from Biotics ( I’ve used these before and love them; let me know if you want one. They’re very focused on liver/gallbladder/gut health). We’ll skip the breakfast and lunch buffets, which we usually do when we’re on a cruise, and stick to (HIM) his raw milk (yep, he brings it on cruises and airplanes, honest); and (ME) grass-fed, organic, zero antibiotic/growth hormone whey (Mercola) with a good greens powder (Mercola), plus some flax seed/chia seed that I’m bringing. That’ll help me poop – because traveling usually messes that up and you MUST poop when you Detox! (If you’re healthy and normal, you poop every single day of your life, at least once.) For the days we’re out at lunch time, on an island or something, I’ll bring my own Jay Robb bars. ( I quit all bars and powders at home last year, but for traveling, they’re perfect.) Dinner will be fish, chicken and a ton of vegetables ( pretty normal for us ), but not red meat. (While I LOVE red meat, it’s harder to digest, and I’m trying to eat things that AREN’T hard to digest for the 10 days of the Detox.) Two things I need to give up for the Detox: Coffee and cheese 🙁 But I’m working on my mind set, so it’s more like: No Coffee and Cheese 🙂
I also always travel with my Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemons, favorite teas, and all my supplements. Gotta be prepared!
The cruise itinerary is exciting! It’s called “The Low Carb Cruise”, and here’s the link if you want to see the speakers and the topics. The focus this year is on Ketosis, which means the effect you get when Fat is your primary fuel and your body burns a lot of “ketones” instead of sugar. The science behind why this is healthy for neurological conditions, cardiac conditions, the brain, and weight loss, is at this point, pretty hefty. Our daughter Amanda, who has epilepsy, isn’t 100% ketogenic, but she’s close. That said, eating a lot of healthy fats, tons of vegetables, some good protein, and no sugar or grains, is good for everyone.
PS: Ketosis doesn’t equal Keto-acidosis, which happens primarily to Type 1 diabetics whose pancreas has stopped working. Long explanation, but worth hearing if you’re interested.
Mark has promised to do his Second Man Post while we’re on the cruise, so look for that next week, and we’ve also committed to either posting or facebooking every day about our Detox, our meals, and what we learn at the lectures. If you’re not friends with me on Facebook, friend me at Debbie Brockett Abbott, and we’ll be able to keep in touch that way.
Here’s to eating Real Whole Food, and always prioritizing your health!