Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Detox “Healing Crisis”


I have not posted in a few days because I’m still experiencing what some raw fooders call a “healing crisis” or a detox. Although I do not particularly like either term (what is the crisis in healing?), it has been quite intense.

I won’t go into the particular details of what has been leaving my body, as I’m sure you don’t want to hear it as much as I don’t want to tell you…

I remember reading somewhere that transitioning to a cleaner diet is like peeling an onion. It happens in unexpected “layers” of healing.

The standard “detox” theory/story goes like this:

s your body becomes more clean and your digestive system becomes more efficient, your body has more of its energy available for “housecleaning”. Toxic sludge that may have been caught for years in your system finally has the chance to make an exit. It could have been tucked in joints, attached to cells, or even stored in your fat. The body will choose whatever route is quickest and easiest to expel it.

Major elimination processes use the skin (our largest organ), the digestive system (colon) , the nose (mucus), and the lungs as exit areas.

Interestingly enough, my “exits” have come from all of those areas.

A lot of modern raw food authors, nutritionists, MD’s, and nutritional scientists all disagree on when “detox” should end for someone who has had a cleaner diet for an extended period of time. Some believe it never ends. Others believe it shouldn’t last more than a few months at the most.

My personal research and experience has led me to believe it is different for everyone and most likely somewhere in between those two extremes.

Also of note, after finally quitting a long, hard battle against extreme caffeine addiction two months ago (which I will definitely post about in the future), any detox episodes I do have are less intense and finish much more quickly. I’m unsure if there is any relation, but I did notice an significant increase in digestive strength and elimination ease after quitting caffeine for good.

I was still drinking large amounts of caffeine for my first two years experimenting with the raw food diet. Quitting caffeine has made the greatest amount of positive impact in my diet thus far.

During the detox I was quite “unhungry”, which is your body’s signal to not eat because it needs its strength for some quick healing. I rarely ate, and ate mostly raw until the last two days where I ate exclusively cooked food. My taste buds and hunger were very off.

I have also read that eating some cooked food or some raw fats such as nuts can help slow an intense detox. It did help me slow down a little.

I am feeling much better today, but quite tired. I need a good night’s sleep.

To your infinite health,


Always seeking to improve our lives, my wife Heidi and I were led to try Macrobiotics, then moved to a cooked food vegan diet, and finally found raw food in 2004. By starting 100% Raw Food!, we hope to make ourselves accountable to the world at large and become public raw foodists. We had been struggling with the raw food lifestyle since 2004 and needed to do something drastic to make sense of our choice. By starting this blog in August 2006, we've been able to eat a mostly or all raw food diet, all of the time. Early in 2010 we announced the changes to our personal diets and philosophy behind our Raw Food blog posts along with Heidi. It is our hope that with this blog, we can help inspire those interested in living healthier lifestyles to make their journey more easy and enjoyable instead of complicated and dogmatic. Instead of preaching an "all-raw" diet, we strive to only give you the best of what the raw food movement has to offer.

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