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The Detox Diet

I am reading The Detox Diet, whose main premise is that high levels of toxicity causes many of our diseases. Elson Haas is the name of the guy who wrote the book. One thing he is especially adamant about is cutting out coffee and caffiene from ones diet. Say it isn't so! I'm sitting here with a delicious mug of Green Mountain coffee. What do you all think about following this advice?

Wed. Apr 18, 9:39am

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each and every diet guru has their own set of guidelines to follow and a set of "off-limit" foods/beverages. decide for yourself after doing your own research and conducting your own trial-and-error tests on your own. evaluate what works well for YOUR body and what doesn't work well for YOUR body. what makes this guy any more knowledgable about YOUR body than you?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 9:58 AM

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well, I am in need of being healthier than I am, and this is an approach I have not tried and have an open mind about. I actually don't yet know my body as well as I could. A side question- you seem to have some hostility or defensiveness about the question I posed. I simply asked what people think about the idea that coffee is toxic and one might want to avoid it-- and more especially what experiences are out there.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 10:06 AM

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no hostility. you can read about one diet that works for many people in which the dieter is not allowed caffeine and many succeed with this restriction. there are many other diet plans that permit caffeine and, again, the dieters who follow these plans have found great success. you will likely hear from many who respond that they have cut out caffeine and never felt better and from many who swear by caffeine and won't think about giving it up because they are experiencing awesome results without doing so. i just think it's ultimately a choice that you'll make depending on how caffeine affects yourself with your weight-loss or other health imporvement goals. for me, i have tried life with no caffeine and have not noticed a difference in my overall health except that i CRAVED coffee and felt deprived. after re-introducing caffeine into my eating plan, i feel better and my efforts are focused on things other than the fact that i am craving some joe.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 10:17 AM

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To the OP

I am glad to see that you want to learn more about your personal body. In my time of getting healthy, that has been one of the most exciting things for me, learning about ME. I had a great deal of generic health and fitness knowledge (not a lot of backbone though for applying it to myself, but it was up there in my head) Wow, what a difference when I started learning what I really did need to do and to avoid. I have been working on this for over a year now, and much of that time was not very productive, except for being a real education. So I don't think of that time as wasted, as I have permanent results now, and know how to continue to progress. I would not have that if the first thing I tried worked.

I personally have had to give up coffee. Yes, the cravings were terrible, and the withdrawal headaches were pretty bad, but I could not get healthy on the stuff. I still crave it, more some days than others. Now, when I feel the need to have a hot drink (sometimes that is all it is, a hot cup of something in my hand while I want to visit with someone) I drink Dandelion Root Tea instead. It tastes good to me, and it is good for the liver, which coffee is NOT. The liver is your best friend. Anything you can do to support it will benefit you healthwise and diet wise.

Best of luck to you, you are doing a great thing learning about you.

From a diet guru in the making

Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 10:32 AM

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mariarose- thanks for sharing your experience. From what I understand dandelion root tea is both great for your liver and has a high ph value. I think you are helping me make up my mind.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 10:34 AM

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Now, I should tell you, my life partner, Gerry, is 63 years old, and is in better shape than any 40 year old I know, and most 30 year olds, too. he works at hard physical labour all day, every day, ignores terrible arthritis pain, and drinks gallons of coffee. I belive he would be better off than he is now by drinking less coffee, but he is able to outwork, outlast, outperform me any day of the week, so I can't say too much. I think he does in in spite of the coffee, and he says he feels better when he is off of it (he has quit a few times) but you should know that coffee is not a poison around here, and some people do just fine on it, even if they don't do as well on it as they would off of it, it is worth it to them.

If you do stay on it, I would recommend you try to find an organic coffee, as adding toxins when you are trying to detox is less than helpful.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 10:46 AM

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Is your primary health goal to lose weight or something else, like removing toxins that might lead to disease, as the author of this book stresses? Obviously you don't want diseases, but I think you should tackle each goal one at a time. If your goal is weight loss, I personally would focus on food intake and exercise, and don't worry about the coffee. I drink coffee almost every weekday. I don't crave it, and I don't need the caffeine, I just like the taste and I like drinking it at work. Also, it helps keep me "regular" if you know what I mean, and that certainly helps me avoid constipation so I feel better, and that's important!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 12:24 PM

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Health vs Weightloss goals

That is a really good point.

The reason I focused on detox using a very healthful diet is because my focus was on health issues, of which extra tonnage was only one.

Once I understood why I needed to detox, I felt strongly that I should NOT continue losing all this fat when my organs (like my liver) were too overloaded to hande the strain of all those toxins which were stored in my fat being released into my bloodstream. If I was already overloaded, what would happen when that influx hit my filtering systems?

However, the detoxification definitely worked as a weightloss, too. I followed Anne Louise Gittleman's diet as outlined in her book, the Fast Track Detox Diet. It is still the backbone of my eating decisions today, Easy, great tasting recipes that use real food, nothing incredibly complicated, and as far as I could tell, good science. I have made some changes to suit what I need to supply my body and fit into my schedule, but the detoxification has been very good for me, both for health reasons, and the weightloss.

I like coffee too, and will probably pick it back up, although not at the rate I drank before. But it is something I am definitely willing to give up for now to get my own body back on an even keel. Sugar has been harder, and is much more damaging to me. I don't think I can ever go back on sugar.


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