In Part 1 of this detox series, we left you hanging…and waiting for an East-West prescription for the Day After Pizza.
We also listed core ways Chinese Medicine and paleo-primal principles line up, explaining why they make a powerful combination.
Click here if you missed it and want the backstory.
Today, we’ll pick up from there—and return to the Day After.
You know, the day after too many gluten-free brownies, too much flourless chocolate torte, or a half-box of full-on, real-deal pizza. The day after a food choice (or two or three) that seemed fabulous and totally worth it at the time…but now feels like a dietary disaster.
There you are, sitting on your couch…or unable to make it there. Bloated, sluggish, icky, grumpy, gassy.
Maybe it’s not so bad (particularly if you have the bounce-back resilience characteristic of people who eat paleo-primal most of the time). But still, a little clearing and cleansing is in order.
Problem is, diets, detoxes and green drinks are not going to fix things.
Indeed, they’ll likely make underlying problems and imbalances worse, further impairing an already strung-out digestive system.
So we return to that promised prescription for balanced cleansing. One combining East-West elements for powerful—alchemical—outcomes.
This East-West prescription is about cleansing in a balanced, primal, Chinese Medicine sort of way—a way that boosts metabolism and repairs a digestive system weakened and clogged from over-indulgence (rather than weakening it further, as most conventional “detoxes” do).
Moving from the baseline of Chinese Medicine and primal principles, the prescription starts to emerge. Today we’ll take the first half—primal parameters—as a powerful starting point.
These are fairly straightforward:
1. Eat whole, real food.
This includes healthy, high-quality vegetables, meat, seafood, eggs, fats and oils. It also includes moderate amounts of fruit, nuts and seeds. For some people, it can include high-quality dairy.
The Day After over-indulging, go easy on the nuts and seeds, which can be difficult to digest. Also consider skipping dairy (even if you tolerate it well under normal circumstances). Possible exceptions are grass-fed butter or ghee and organic, plain, full-fat yoghurt.
On this Day After, keep to simple veggies and proteins whenever possible. Stay away from paleo-primal treats and sweets.
2. Avoid processed foods, added sugar, grains and legumes.
Also avoid chemically altered oils, high PUFA vegetable seed oils (canola, corn, soybean, etc.) and margarine or butter-like spreads (real butter and ghee are just fine).
Avoiding these foods is extra-important in a Day After situation. Your body’s already suffering and trying desperately to clear out toxins and restore balance. Don’t make it’s job harder.
In the next post, we’ll get into the second half of our Day After script: Chinese Medicine.
Chinese Medicine views food and diet as a first line of defense against illness. When it comes to Day After situations, it offers some sage ways to make the basic primal parameters even more powerful for detox and recovery.