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Regular readers of this site may have noticed that I have a habit of introducing questions for which I have no answers. I'm not an expert on the human body in any way; I'm just a mom trying to handle a diagnosis of multiple food allergies (perhaps, just like you). I am very grateful for the forum this blog has given me, both to share what I have learned, and to meet others in similar situations who share their knowledge and experience with me.
This week I've been reading voraciously about cleansing and detox. I was thrilled when the reader comments to my post last week confirmed my suspicion about a link between gluten and behavior, but I have noticed that my efforts to rid myself and my family of all of our trigger foods are being torpedoed by cravings for food we can't have. We've been on limited diets for six months, and our allergist suggested that we start to add back foods a little at a time to see what happens. Well, what happened was that as soon as we opened the door a crack, the flood waters burst in and we are having a difficult time limiting our "exceptions." In other words, as soon as we allowed ourselves to break a few food rules, we went bananas and broke them all.
Not good. Not only are our symptoms returning, but the boys are rebelling, grumbling that they don't like the non-allergenic food options anymore. I started surfing the 'net for help, and got caught up in the very magnetic pull of cleansing and detox claims. Rid your body of toxins! Feel better than you have in years! Well that sounds nice. But then I looked up reviews and results, and found a significant number of negative comments about the unpleasant side effects of detox programs, and the unproven aspect of their related health claims. While we don't smoke and drink daily (like my grandparents, above), food allergens can certainly be considered toxins, and we certainly feel addicted to them.
Sooo.... I am turning to you again, dear readers. Have you tried a cleanse? Did it work? Was it hard? How long did the results last? And most importantly, did it help you kick the gluten (or sugar, or dairy, or whatever) habit?
Thanks so much for your comments! Can't wait to read them :)
Shared with Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager and Monday Mania at the Healthy Home Economist.