It all feels like an avalanche of information has overwhelmed me, there is just so much to take on board – what I can and can’t eat, supplement regime (how on earth am I going to get organised at taking them at the right time / quantity, and aren’t I going to rattle with having to take so many!?!?), all these new recipes and menu planners, and shopping lists. I’m starting to feel rather apprehensive and am beginning to wonder whether I can do it. How am I going to cope without my early morning cup of tea and post-school run coffee, evening glass of white wine and most importantly bread (I love bread and the thought of living without it fills me with dread). It all seemed like a fab idea when I signed up for it all those weeks ago.
And do I really need to do it? Yes, I overindulged big time last summer, have put on some weight which I am having a bit of difficulty losing, and have been feeling rather tired and having difficulty concentrating, not to mention the eczema which has been rather itchy lately. But isn’t that just a normal part of being a busy mum. It’s not as though I live an unhealthy lifestyle - I eat a healthy diet (after all I am a nutritionist!), I cook my food from scratch (no ready meals and overly processed foods here), and don’t particularly like chocolate or sweet things. OK, I do LOVE my food and my enjoyment of a glass of wine has turned into a near daily occurrence - but just the one glass mind you ;-) .
However, listening to the webinar and filling in the questionnaire forms, has made me realise that yes, it will benefit me and that I do need to do it.
The webinar discussed toxicity (any substance(s) or environmental influence that disturbs metabolism in a manner that results in chronic illness) and the toxic load, how it effects our bodies and the chronic conditions associated with it. It also discussed how our amazing bodies, chiefly our liver, digestive system and kidneys, are well equipped to breakdown and excrete these toxins in a process known as detoxification.
However, due to our westernised lifestyles and everyday living, we are bombarded by hundreds of different toxins everyday (from what we eat and drink, environmental toxins, waste products from normal bodily processes, stress, what we put on our skin, cleaning products etc) and that our liver and other organs involved in detoxification can often become overloaded, leading increased toxic load. But all is not lost, as by taking steps to support the liver and digestive system through a good, well balanced, nutrient rich diet, ensuring optimal levels of specific nutrients required for detoxification processes and by reducing toxin exposure (i.e. the metabolic detox programme), we can help ensure that these detoxification processes function optimally.
It was just the motivation I needed! Together with the measuring my weight, waist and hip circumference, and calculating my BMI (a real eye opener, had I really put on all that weight…..) and filling out the medical symptoms questionnaire – more about in my next blog. I was ready to start….