Reintroduction Further Explained…
Dr. Rachel Corradetti ND, is both an author and a gifted healer. Throughout the Cleanse she has provided support of the greatest magnitude to participants. She has gone even further and written a re-introduction blog post to help us all reintroduce the foods we have not seen for the 4 weeks of the Cleanse. I am going to use these strategies for myself as I try to work coffee, eggs, nightshades and grains back into my diet. Read on and be educated! -Tosca Reno Hello Cleanse participants. It's Dr. Rachel Corradetti, ND to help you understand reintroduction a little better.
With the Eat-Clean Diet® 4-Week Cleanse coming to a close, it can be easy to think that the hard work is over, but one of the most important parts of this type of Cleanse is the reintroduction portion.
Let me set the stage for why this is important:
If you take a quick scroll around the private Facebook page we have developed for the Eat-Clean Diet® 4-Week Cleanse, you'll see lots of participants speaking about:
- Reduced joint pain
- Better sleep
- Less bloating
- Regular bowel movements
- Improved blood chemistry readings
- Clear skin
- Improved energy
Of course you will also see many participants also losing weight, but you'll soon realize the Cleanse is going beyond weight and into many facets of health. This is remarkable, and is exactly why we do a Cleanse. We want to remove commonly problematic foods whether they are genetically modified, covered in pesticides, causing intolerance, sensitivities, and/or allergies, ramping up inflammatory responses in the body, throwing blood sugar levels out of whack, and much more. By doing so we are creating a clean slate from which the body can function at its best.
BUT we have removed a lot of foods!
Some of you may want to continue living with these foods out of your life, but some of you may want to determine exactly which foods are problematic for you so that you can choose to avoid them from here on out.
This is where the magic of reintroduction lies.
As stated in the book, “Reintroduction is divided into 3-day chunks… For example, on day one you will reintroduce tomatoes. That means you will eat a serving of tomato 3 times in one day. If you react to the food then you can stop eating it and take 2 days off before reintroducing the next food. If you do not react, then try again the next day. If there is still no reaction, then try again for a third day. If there is still no reaction then you can move on to the next food knowing that tomatoes are just fine for you. If a reaction ensues, be sure to take 2 days off before trying the next food.”
How do you know which foods to introduce?
Our suggestion is to go through the "NO" list outlined in the book and develop a list of foods you would like to formally reintroduce. We suggest creating a chart that you can follow that lists all of the foods, your reaction (or lack thereof) for each day, and then the final verdict on that food.
For example, here is the chart I use with my patients:
In the case of the above chart we would then recommend that the person take 2 days off before trying out a new food in order to allow the reaction to clear completely.
Because of the way some foods react in the body, it can take a few days for food reactions to develop, which is why we give you three days to try out each food.
As a reminder, a reaction can come in many forms, so listen carefully to your body for the following and more:
- Abdominal pain
- Skin reactions including acne breakouts
- Poor sleep
- Change in mood – either anxiety, depression, and/or hyperactivity
- Inability to sleep
As you can see, your response to reintroducing different foods can vary greatly.
Once you have completed this very important step in the Cleanse process, you'll know exactly which foods are best for you to keep out of your life. How great is that! Knowledge is power, and you have the power right in your hands.
Let us know how your reintroduction process goes by commenting below or on the private Facebook page.