What I Learned From the Detox Diet & Oxalates in Food

What I Learned from the Detox Diet and Oxalates in Food

I thought I’d give you an update on how my detox diet went. There have been both ups and downs, but it taught me something extremely valuable. I’m so glad I tried it because it nudged my thought process towards the right direction. I’ll go much more into details on this topic in the future, but for now just sit back and relax listening to my detox story. 🙂

If you eat spinach, Swiss chard, beet greens or nuts regularly and experience any kind of health issues or reactions from them, let me know! I’m convinced that it’s much more wide-spread than people think.

Here’s the video:

Transcript of the video:

I thought today I would give you an update on how my detox program went. I posted days 1 to 7, so you saw progress (I hope you saw progress) from Day 1 to Day 7. My skin looked so much better. But I had to stop filming and doing this afterwards because my skin might have been getting better, but there were so many other things that I didn’t really think would happen. I really didn’t feel like it was the right thing for me to continue, so I had to stop. Strangely, my skin got worse afterwards as well. I’ve been researching and reading a lot, and I think I understood why the program didn’t work for me the way it was supposed to work.

But anyway, let’s start with what happened to me after trying out the detox for a while. So first of all, yes, my skin cleared up, but it might have been because of the extra nutrients, the extra minerals and vitamins that I was getting from all the juice. Or it could have been from the Skin/Hair/Nails vitamins that I started taking around the same time.

So I’m not sure, but in any case at the same time I also started having really weird dreams. I’m somebody who dreams every day and I usually remember my dreams very clearly every morning. But on this diet I had crazy dreams. I had amazingly beautiful dreams one night and then the next night I was having the worst nightmares. I swear I’ve never had as many nightmares as on this program. It was crazy!

Just to illustrate, one night I woke up with tears streaming down my face. I had a horrible dream about my mum, and I woke up so worried about her. I just couldn’t calm myself down, and it’s something that never happened to me in my whole life. I’ve never ever woken up crying.

And then two nights later, I had a dream where I had some kind of a funny dream and I woke up laughing hysterically. I woke my husband up and he was all worried because he couldn’t make me stop laughing. The reason why I was laughing wasn’t even funny if I think about it now. It was just my husband tripping over something. Not really funny, but it was so funny for me in my dream.

Weird things were happening. I don’t know if it was the detox bringing up all the pent-up emotions or it was just not right for me. I decided to understand it as a fact that it wasn’t right for me. It just disbalanced my whole body, I think.

Another thing that really surprised me was that I gained 2kg, which is around 4.5lbs on this diet. It’s really strange because eating mostly vegetables I should have lost weight but I gained a lot of weight.

Another thing is that my belly didn’t get smaller. It actually got bigger. I believe it’s because I was constantly constipated, really constipated because of all that fibre in the raw vegetables. I believe I also got bloated from all the raw vegetables, so my belly actually got much bigger than at the beginning of the diet.

So I mentioned that I got really badly constipated on this diet, and it’s strange for me because I didn’t really have many problems with that on the Paleo diet. I did have a lot of problems before the Paleo diet, but since I stopped eating grains, I never had a problem again. I guess cooked vegetables are much easier for the body to digest than raw vegetables, and it’s definitely better for somebody who is prone to getting constipated. Since I stopped using so many raw vegetables and I started eating more cooked ones, my constipation has been much better, actually it’s almost gone now (update: it’s totally disappeared since). Sorry if that’s too much information.

My skin on my face got much better, but the skin everywhere else didn’t really get much better and I still had those clogs or bumps on my neck, just under my jaw, on the back of my neck and top of my back, which was really weird. I generally don’t have them. So to me it was a sign that something wasn’t right with the diet.

Another weird thing that I started having more or less at the same time as I started the diet, maybe a couple of days in, is my bladder was feeling really uncomfortable and it was kind of burning. That doesn’t really happen to me ever, so that’s another thing that made me think a lot.

So I’ve been researching, reading a lot, and I realized that a possible cause why this diet didn’t work for me is excess oxalates. Now, for the diet in the book and for all the recipes of the green juice, I was supposed to use kale, which is impossible to find where I live. So I googled kale replacement and I found that you can replace it with spinach or chard, but those two are very high in oxalates, while kale isn’t. This could be the reason why this detox failed for me, simply because I couldn’t find the right ingredient, and by having so much spinach and chard every single day, I just overdosed in oxalates. That to me is a very valid explanation.

You know, when I was reading the symptoms of oxalate excess, it said oxalates could be responsible for unexplained magnesium and calcium deficiencies. That’s when the lightbulb went on in my head: that’s exactly what I’ve been going through, and in my Rethinking Paleo video, I shared with you that I was struggling with a very bad magnesium deficiency and I couldn’t understand why when I was eating all that wonderful fresh food. After reading this, I think I might have found the reason.

Anyway, it’s a really long story, there’s a lot to talk about, so if you’re interested in it, if you’d like to know more about oxalates, it’s a bigger and more wide-spread issue than people think. If you’d like to know more about it, just let me know and I’ll make another video about it.

But yeah, I don’t know, could the oxalates be the reason for all my issues? It could well be because all the problems I talked about today – they are all symptoms of oxalate excess in the body. So it could be, I’m not sure. I’ll just have to try to limit them and see how my body reacts to that.

I guess this kind of detox program once again proved to me that Paleo might be the right thing to do because at the end of the day it worked for me and my hubby much better than any other diet we’ve ever tried. So I think it’s probably still the best diet that I’ve ever tried. I’ll probably stick to it.

I think I just need to tweak some things: maybe not to eat as much meat as I used to before, obviously not eat spinach and chard for a while, see if that helps. That’s the question of the day: can I still make the Paleo diet work? I think so. We’ll’ see! I guess I’m back on the Paleo diet for now.

That’s it, that’s all I wanted to share with you. If you have any similar problems with drinking or eating a lot of spinach or Swiss chard, or nuts, please let me know because I’d love to know if there are more people experiencing the same or similar issues.

If you want to see that video about oxalates, please let me know as well and I’ll make it. I hope you found this interesting and useful. I’ll see you next time. Bye!

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Comments

  1. Anna D. says:

    Wow! What an experience!
    Have you thought about a Magnesium (Mg) supplement? I know I mentioned this in another comment that I found while reading the UltraMind Solution.
    Anyways, I have been taking Mg for my Restless Leg Syndrome and insomnia and it is helping big time. I know you don’t have those issues (or do you?) so maybe those oxalates have depleted your Mg stores even more! Also, you mentioned a tendency for constipation and Mg is wonderful for that (Milk of Magnesia, anyone?) Oh, I’m sorry! Milk of Magnesia is what people in the US can take for occasional constipation, sorry to assume you knew that:) Anyway, maybe look it up and it could help you regulate your Mg levels? Thanks for being so open and honest about your food and body journey- you are very brave!
    Greeting from California!

    • Hi! I am taking a magnesium supplement and it’s been helping a lot. I take magnesium citrate, not sure if it’s the same thing as Milk of Magnesia. 🙂 Restless Leg Syndrome is annoying, isn’t it? I used to have it when I was growing up- I don’t think of myself as being brave, just open. 🙂 If it helps anyone on their journey to perfect health, I’ll be happy! xx

  2. Vita! Hi!
    I hope some of the nightmares was not coming from our discussions. Glad your skin cleared back up and it sounds like everything is gradually getting back on track for you. I like the green!
    Debs

    • Hi Debs! Don’t worry, it wasn’t our discussions! I haven’t had any nightmares, not even one, since I went off the detox. I’ve actually been having highly entertaining dreams lately, kind of like action movies, so I can’t complain. 🙂 How have you been? By the way, thanks so much for sending your pictures! You and your doggie look so beautiful. Sorry I didn’t reply but I got really busy: my parents-in-law were here for 10 days, it was a bit of a nightmare as you can probably imagine. 🙂 They’re gone now, and I’m ready to jump right back to work. xx

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