Detoxes and Cleanses10:30:00 PM
I have a very strong beliefs about our bodies and how to be healthy. Some of these have made it into The New Rules with explanations. Ru...
I have a very strong beliefs about our bodies and how to be healthy. Some of these have made it into The New Rules with explanations.
Rule #2 is I will do no harm to my body. This rule comes for a story about the singer Jewel dealing with her disordered eating.
"I decided that when it came to trying to handle my insecurities, I should adopt the motto of DO NO HARM. Yes, I was a little chubby, I was neurotic, and a bit of a mess, but I would just have to deal with it until I found a healthy way of handling it. Anorexia and Bulimia are not options, and they don't fix anything. They make things worse. I had to fix the problem: liking myself. No simple task."Lately I've been hearing more and more of my blogging friends, Facebook friends, and "Real Life" friends talking about detoxes/cleanses. Also there have been stories in the news about celebs doing various dextox/cleanse programs that border from ridiculous to dangerous.
This is my Official FatGirl vs World™ Position: Why are you punishing your body instead of honoring it? What are you putting in your body that is so bad that in order to mentally rid your body of it, that you must starve yourself?
In other words, if you're eating a balanced diet full of fresh/seasonal fruit and veggies (in a multitude of colors), lean protein/fish (or beans/nuts/seeds if you're veggie/vegan), complex carbs (brown rice, whole wheat pasta, etc.), and lots of water (with the occasional visit to the dark side... sweets, alcohol, etc.) why would you need a detox/cleanse?
I really think people say they are doing detox/cleanses because they aren't comfortable with accurately naming what they are doing to their bodies. What they majority of detoxes/cleanses instruct is to STARVE one's bodies of vital calories, fats, and nutrients. Under the guise of increased health, the real aim of most of these diets is to lose weight. I mean seriously, let's call a spade a spade. These are not medically prescribed elimination diets.
If you think you have done irreparable harm to your body based on what you have been eating in the past, why jump over the whole step of eating healthily to eating nothing? So you've been eating porterhouse steaks and a six-pack every day for the past year. At what point is the logical step to immediately switch to a cayenne pepper/lemon water cleanse rather than eating something like some fresh/seasonal fruits and veggies, a little bit of chicken, some brown rice and a nice cold glass of water?
So maybe I've gotten it completely wrong and someone could explain to me why these detox/cleanse diets are good for your body. However, I highly doubt that anything anyone tells me will make me change my opinion of these detox/cleanse diets. Fasting for a day won't hurt you, but these things will.
[[Edit: I am reminded of an off-handed comment I made about detoxes (to some @[magazine] post) -- saying that the same women women who do detoxes are probably the same women who douche because they don't believe the vagina is a self-regulating body part, or that douching actually causes harm to the good bacteria that prevent infections...]]