View Full Version : Help - am I detoxing? (too fast??)
06-03-2006, 11:32 AM
Well, guys, I definately need your help.
Sorry to be gross, but - I am spending way too much time in the bathroom. Don't know if it is part of detox, or if it is due to the sudden increase in fiber. I have to be able to leave the house, but don't want to return to eating SAD food as a solution. I was hoping to be able make some raw adjustments so I don't have to park myself directly outside the bathroom door!
I'm wondering if I switched over too fast for my body. I really don't have any desire for much of the old food habits, at least not now (been doing this for about a week now), but this is too much. (literally - ugh)
I know that my body needs to heal, and I want the junk to leave my body, of course. I have diverticulitis, & had a bowel resection three years ago), but I was wondering if I should adjust what I'm eating - or maybe cut down the juicing at bit...
So far I've got a mixture of greens, fruits, (fresh and some dried, as in Alissa's carob/almond butter mixture) and a couple of large juices each day - last night I had my first green juice, which may not have been the best thing for me at that point.
06-03-2006, 11:34 AM
What types of things did you enjoy prior to beginning raw? How long have you been raw now? 100%? How do you feel otherwise?
06-03-2006, 11:35 AM
I had the same experience for a week or more. I started to think I had irritable bowel syndrome or something. Every five minutes I had to have a bowel movement. You are purging!! Let it happen. When it is over you will have reached a milestone.
06-03-2006, 11:57 AM
Cooked food has been addictive for me. Not only was I eating the wrong foods, but I was starting to eat so much that I really made myself sick. Made sure I had veggies, and would buy some fruit once in a while (!), but I would overdose on stuff like bread, popcorn, and stuff like cookies (I've never liked meats much). I'm trying to be 100% - need to get rid of the morning coffee. I actually did, both last weekend and yesterday (hey, come to think of it, those were the times I was worse). Actually didn't have any headache when I stopped (might be because I was homeroasting organic beans). Think it's both the flavor and the lifelong habit that I crave!
Now, I gave in this morning and had a cup, and the result - I am SO nauseous! Ugh. That should teach me...
Thanks for the encouragement - along with knowing it will end, eventually!!
06-03-2006, 12:26 PM
You might want to research this, but I thought I once read that bananas help for regulating diarrhea and constipation both. Also maybe look online to see if there are some fresh foods that help with diarrhea too? Here is some information that supports the bananas as helpful:
Some foods can actually cause diarrhea or make it worse while others can help to relieve it. Here are some specific suggestions:
No matter what the underlying cause of the diarrhea, the BRATT diet consisting of Bananas, Rice (white), Apple juice or sauce, and Toast and Tea (herbal) may help to control it.
Foods that are high in starch such as white rice, mashed potatoes, and white bread are a good bet, along with oatmeal and tofu.
Clear juices, such as apple, peach, or pear all of which contain much needed sugar to fuel the body are much less harsh on the gut than other types of juices that are high in acid content (e.g., orange or grapefruit juice).
Another good tip: Eat small amounts of food five to six times throughout the day, instead of three large meals.
Add nutmeg to foods in order to slow down the movement of material through the intestines. This works!
Foods to avoid: Food that can make diarrhea worse include coffee and other caffeinated beverages (cola, certain soft drinks, tea, etc.), alcohol, chocolate, fried and fatty foods, spicy foods, food high in insoluble fiber such as raw vegetables, potato peels, beans, and brown rice, fat substitutes (Olean or Olestra) and highly processed foods with little nutritional value such as Twinkies, cookies, cakes, donuts, etc. Dairy products such as milk and cheese can also make diarrhea worse.
Increase your fluid intake: Try to drink at least three quarts of fluid per day, unless your doctor tells you not to do so. This will help to prevent dehydration and malnutrition, which may result from diarrhea. Here are some specific suggestions:
Drink sports drinks, such as Gatorade®, which help to replace some of the electrolytes lost in diarrhea. To make a sports drink at home, add five tablespoons of sugar and one tablespoon of salt to one gallon of water. You can also flavor it with some fresh lime or lemon.
Drink clear liquids, including clear fruit juices, ginger ale, and water.
Drink liquids at room temperature.
So looks like apples and bananas would be helpful... and nutmeg :) There are cooked references but there are also Raw ideas as well.
06-03-2006, 12:51 PM
Thank you, janicejourney - I just finished reading that same excerpt!
Ran out of my usual bananas (seem to be a perfert fruit, to me), so I'll def. get some more.
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