Here’s how to re-introduce the foods you’ve been avoiding while participating on my Plant-Based Cleanse. It may take some time to reintroduce foods, but it’s worth it to see which foods are potentially irritating your body temple (pay close attention to your energy level, digestion, bowel movements, skin, mental clarity, mood).
Re-introduce the foods you’ve been avoiding into your meals one at a time, every two days, to test your reaction to it.
When testing a food, have a substantial serving of it for breakfast and lunch (things like gluten, eggs, corn, beans, certain fruits, veggies). Then monitor your reactions and make detailed notes in your food journal. In particular, what happens to you during the reintroduction phase? Do you experience anything different mentally, physically or even emotionally?
Most food reactions occur within a few hours of eating what you add back. However, occasionally it may take up to 2-3 days for reactive symptoms to appear. If you are reactive to a specific food, you may experience (post cleanse) being extra sensitive while reintroducing it back in. Having this awareness of the specific food and its impact on your body can be empowering! The choice is yours whether or not you want to continue eating it or perhaps crowd it out of your diet. Knowing how your body reacts to certain foods is key to living a healthier life.
If you do react to any food, rotating your foods may make you less sensitive to them. So only eat the foods to which you are reacting every five days. In other words, limit that particular food. It can be a lot of work tracking your food and food sensitivities but the reward is worth it.
Again, I am so thrilled that you participated on the cleanse. I hope you stay inspired and continue to eat whole foods. Sticking to the basics is a game changer. If possible I do recommend eating less gluten, high-mercury fish, factory-farmed meats, soy, genetically modified foods, junk food, and sugar.
And remember the groundwork to happiness is health! Eat clean, be happy!