My Experience of a Vegan Food Detox

My Experience of a Vegan Food Detox

Did you know that stopping caffeine intake and eating more veggies can clean you for good?
October 26, 2014 by Andree-Line Boily

Recently I made a food detox inspired by the demonstrated methods of removing food intoxicants and encouraging a healthier metabolism. I was faced with several challenges such as eating only vegan, raw and detoxifying foods. I went through a wide range of feelings, as much on an emotional than physical level. Those difficulties seemed easy to manage before I stopped caffeine. You may think this energy drink is a very innocuous supply? Think again. Like many of you, I started to enjoy coffee to survive the fast pace and demanding student life. It even felt often as a necessity.

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Then I started to enjoy the taste of coffee. I needed it to help me wake up freshly in the morning and start the day in good spirits and full of energy. However, when my energy level dropped in the afternoon ... another coffee! Later on, the office life and routine began, and the morning coffee became as important as my lunch. And if unfortunately I did not have my morning coffee ... woah! I was not able to wake up, I had a lack of concentration, productivity and motivation... it was not easy at all. I was embedded in spite of myself in a vicious cycle of caffeine. Not to mention the side effects that coffee can have on people (myself included), such as increased anxiety, nervousness, stomach burn, palpitation, insomnia, digestive problems, headaches, etc.

And guess what? At the beginning of the treatment, what are the first intoxicating foods that should be eliminated from your system? Alcohol, drugs, white sugar, meat, processed foods, soft drinks ... AND COFFEE! Why? Because coffee, as the other elements mentioned above, is very acidic, which upsets the equilibrium of body PH, creating many physical ailments. Let alone the effect that coffee has on our brain. Check out this video for a better explanation:

Let’s not hide it: COFFEE IS A DRUG. Unfortunately trivialized. What were the symptoms that I experienced during the six days following my abrupt discontinuation of coffee? First off, I had frequent fluctuation of energy, mostly from fatigue. I also suffered from irritability, mood peaks, patience diminution, concentration issues and a lack of motivation overall. Furthermore, I encountered decreased productivity, confusion, headache, dark thoughts, depression and increased anxiety. Should I point out that I was not in my period!

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Oh ... also my intestines stopped working for 10 days! Coffee is a natural laxative, so it makes sluggish bowels. In short, to give you a tip, if you want to stop or decrease coffee, do it gradually to avoid too strong symptoms. Now it has been over one month that I haven’t had any coffee and here's how I feel: the physical and psychological symptoms completely vanished. My energy has stabilized my mood and my bowels are functioning naturally. Even though I like the taste of coffee, I no longer feel the visceral need to take it in the morning. I am free! Now I only have one occasionally because I like the taste, not because I need my shot!

How to replace coffee you may ask? Drink mate, ginger juice, chicory coffee, wheat grass juice, rooibos, herbal tea, green coffee (unroasted) or tea (less worse). So I want to tell you as a closing remark that without completely stopping our little tasty pleasures, take the advice when you hear about moderation in all things!

Learn more about Omprana Holistic Center, where I experienced my detoxication, and the Karyn Calabrese program, from which I was inspired.

Author: Andrée-Line Boily