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End of the Cleanse: Food Reintroduction

Welcome to the End of The Cleanse! Congratulations on your dedication and thank yourself for giving your body a wonderful 21 days of detoxing and cleansing.

The next week is a time to consider reintroducing different food groups back into your daily meals. Remember to always add fruit and vegetables to each meal and to avoid highly processed foods as well as adding to many food groups at one time. By slowly reintroducing foods you can evaluate how your body is doing on the types of food (dairy and sugar should be introduced last if possible). We suggest you begin the reintroduction with nuts and seeds. Here is some additional information about reintroduction:

Food Reintroduction

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Systematically reintroducing foods from one food group at a time is a great way to see if they cause any problems.

The Process

A daily diet will be followed, similar to the purification diet (days 11-21)
with the addition of butter until it’s decided to reintroduce the different
foods back into the diet. With a health care professional’s guidance, a
patient will reintroduce one food from a food group at a time and decide
what to do if there is a reaction.

If choosing to reintroduce some foods/food groups eliminated during
purification, here are some guidelines to follow:

Grains

Choose whole grains, instead of refined grains, which have most of their
nutrients removed. Eat a healthy range of whole grains that includes quinoa, spelt, bulgur, steel-cut oatmeal, brown rice, and barley.

Dairy

These foods are hard to digest so introduce slowly back into your system.

Nuts & Seeds (Raw)

Nuts and seeds can supply necessary oils to the diet. Nuts are concentrated sources of fuel, so portion control is important. A handful a day does the trick for most people.

Shellfish

Shellfish, like shrimp and mussels, can add important nutrients like protein and iodine to the diet.

Eggs

Eggs provide an important source of protein, iron, and B vitamins. Possibly reintroduce eggs after grains. Or hard boil an egg and eat it at breakfast or as a snack.

Portion control as detailed in the patient guide will help optimize
post-purification results.

A note about allergies and food intolerances.

Allergies

An allergic reaction happens when the body’s immune system mistakes a part of a food for something harmful. Foods that cause the most problems for adults are peanuts, tree nuts (like walnuts or almonds), fish, and
shellfish. Any food can cause an allergy but some other “highly” allergenic foods are: milk, eggs, soy products, and wheat. Allergic reactions usually happen fast-minutes to hours after eating the allergen.

Food Intolerances

Food intolerance is the digestive system’s response to the part of a food or additive that it can’t process, or that causes irritation. This could be from a biological cause, or it could be from an additive that is poorly absorbed by the gut. The body’s response to food intolerance is usually based on portion: a small amount provokes a small reaction; a large portion provokes a larger reaction. The time frame for problems is longer too. The body’s reaction to food intolerance can take place immediately, or over a few days


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