Lesson’s Learned From a Liver Detox

Avocados

Avocados – a fast food.

“The best part of detox is feeling energized, strong and ready to take on the day.” – Svetlana, Chiropractic Assistant

The office staff have been in detox mode this spring. Families too. Nothing like a good liver detox to get the year going right say the healthy eating folks in the chiropractor’s office. We all felt great after our detox.  As a staff we were really glad we undertook this program and would like it to be a regular event.  For many of us, it is a regular event, we detox annually. Coming right off a detox, begs the question, are there any changes we would make after finishing the detox? After polling the staff, here is our list:

  • A liver detox makes you feel more energized. We all noticed how our energy level increased.  To quote Dr. Tim, “I love how much energy I have after a detox. I don’t have as much as Dr. Vijay, but it’s pretty close.”  Completing a detox made us realize  how choices we make everyday may not lead us to our best selves.  What we snack on, too much coffee, sugar (fill in the blank).
  • Eat more fruits and veggies. Completing the detox made several of us realize how many of our snack foods were processed or highly inflammatory foods such as wheat and dairy. It is easy to grab a handful of pretzels, cubes of cheese, yogurt. While some of these foods may be good for you, it made us realize how many times we passed the fruit bowl on the counter. One change many of us made is to increase fruits and veggies into our diet post detox. In the Patel house, a plate of raw veggies is regularly on the kitchen counter. It is refilled often and it is amazing how many children who are sworn junk food eaters can’t resist a raw carrot or sweet red peppers.
  • Use more flavorings to jazz up your meals. Cooking with garlic, fresh herbs, lemon and lime adds so much flavor to food. Balsamic vinegar is a wonderful addition to both cooked and raw veggies and adds a lot of flavor.
  • Avocados are a great go to food, high in healthy fats and vitamins, A,E,C, & K. Add them to salads, or as a fast food, cut them in half and add some salsa to the middle. It is a healthy and satisfying snack.
  • Eat less processed food. For some in our office, avoiding processed foods is new. Those who have avoided processed foods most of the time notice a difference in taste. Motivated by a belief that the less we do to our food the better, I notice now how often highly processed foods just taste salty to me when they didn’t a year or two ago.
  • It is important to read labels, it is surprising how many foods have hidden ingredients in them.  Remember, if its an ingredient you wouldn’t find in your kitchen, it probably shouldn’t be in your food.  Check for hidden sugars as well.
  • Look for whole foods, grass-fed meats, dairy and eggs.  Eat wisely.  High quality, sustainably grown food is important for both our bodies and our planet.
  • None of us liked the no coffee rule. Apparently, we have a group of caffeine addicts here in Mount Prospect! Although we have decided as a group, that Dr. V is better without coffee.
  • Detox can be difficult over the weekends, when going out. Since we all chose shorter detoxes (the longest was 21 days) this wasn’t a huge issue. Several of us planned detoxes around weekends away, as it is difficult sometimes to be on a limited diet when traveling.
  • Make sure you select a detox that fits with your lifestyle. This is really important to having a successful detox experience. For some of us that meant looking for a detox product that had no added sugars or sweeteners. For others, choice of a detox program was related to the length of the detox or the food choices allowed. For myself, it was important that the food choices be those that I could also feed to my family. I would never choose a detox that requires fasting now that I have kids in the house. I couldn’t make dinner for them and not eat myself.

We all were really happy that our detox programs focused on ways to eat healthier after the detox ended. For those of us who complete an annual detox, we like the opportunity to reset our eating. It reminds that when we eat well we feel better in our skin. It gives us time to focus and make healthier choices everyday.

Jolie Jolie (5 Posts)

Jolie Patel is a counselor and educator by trade, having been a faculty member at the College of Lake County and Oakton Community College. She also served as the Director of Program at the Counseling Center at Illinois Institute of Technology. She holds a M.A. in Clinical Psychology and completed doctoral coursework at Loyola University, Chicago. Presently, she is homeschooling three precocious children and working at her husband's (Dr. Vijay) practice. There she has found a place where her interest in living a healthy life can merge with her passion for education. She is particularly interested in how to make healthy lifestyle choices practical for those with busy family lives.


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