Some things should be common sense, but sadly, they are not, because of mainstream media brainwashing and altering your perception. Your body has probably asked for many of these simple swaps at one time or another if you were careful enough to listen. So read on, and find out what simple swaps your body is probably asking for!
1. Swap a low protein diet for a diet high in anti-inflammatory proteins that mimic eating the 'whole animal'
Anti-inflammatory proteins such as eggs, fish, collagen/gelatin (like this) and dairy help give the liver what’s needed to carry out detoxification efficiently. "Protein deficiency itself contributes to the harm done by toxins, since the liver’s ability to detoxify them depends on adequate nutrition, especially good protein." -Dr. Ray Peat, PHD.
2. Replace chemical-laden beauty products for cleaner alternatives
If you haven’t already done so, start transitioning to natural products. Swap perfumes for essential oils, drug store lotions and potions for natural oils mixed with essential oils, and toxic cosmetics for safer options.
The 30 day Detox your Home free e-course is a great place to start and makes this transition pretty easy!
3. Swap vegetable oils (PUFA) for saturated fats like butter and coconut oil
When was the last time your body had a craving for soybean or canola oil? Let me guess — never? When was the last time your body craved cream or butter? I'll take a guess it's a familiar craving. This is one simple way your body asks for saturated fats and not for polyunsaturated fats (PUFA).
What's wrong with PUFA fats? They are harmful to all systems of the body, accelerate aging, slow thyroid function (metabolism), disrupt the immune system, and cause oxidative damage. According to Dr. Ray Peat, PhD, "Unsaturated fats cause aging, clotting, inflammation, cancer, & weight gain." PUFA fats are found largely in oils- including vegetable, corn, canola, peanut, flax, soy and fish oils. The cheapness of these oils makes them an essential ingredient for most processed foods (especially sauces, mayonnaise, candy). These fats are often highly processed, unstable, and oxidize very quickly in the body.
4. Nix fat-free milk for whole milk (or go dairy free if you're sensitive).
Did you know that if you choose reduced fat or fat-free milk, you are choosing synthetic vitamins? Since vitamins A and D are fat-soluble vitamins, they are found in the fat of the milk. When you remove the fat, it is required by law to add synthetic nutrients in! "We are required by law to add vitamins to all of our fluid skim / fat free / nonfat milk, fluid lowfat (1%) milks, and fluid reduced-fat (2%) milks. These vitamins are fat soluble and a certain amount of them are lost when the fat levels in milk are reduced." -Organic Valley
If you're sensitive to lactose, dairy in general or have risk factors for vitamin A toxicity, it's best to avoid milk all-together.
5. Stop suppressing your cravings, and start understanding them.
Who doesn’t have food cravings? Whether its cycle, pregnancy, or emotionally induced– your brain knows what your body needs! Mixed food marketing messages can brainwash your craving programming, reinforcing unhealthy paradigms that indulging in cravings is “sinful” and reflects poor willpower. This couldn't be further from the truth! Listening to your body is one of the most intelligent choices you can make. It’s common to think YOU know better than what your body is telling us. Your innate intelligence is trying to get a message across to about what it wants you to put in your mouth!
“Any craving is a good starting point, because we have several biological mechanisms for correcting specific nutritional deficiencies. When something is interfering with your ability to use sugar, you crave it because if you don’t eat it you will waste protein to make it.” -Dr. Ray Peat.
Because you live in a world of highly processed foods that does some trickery on your taste buds, sometimes these cravings need to be re-directed to unprocessed whole food alternatives.
How many of these swaps have you already made? Please share it in the comments!
Peat, Raymond. From PMS to Menopause: Female Hormones in Context. Eugene, OR, 1997.
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