The mister and I decided to kick off 2014 with another juice detox. I decided to give it another go because I have been in and out of the doctor’s office for the past few months struggling with an undiagnosable issue.
I have been having a pain above my rib cage, right below my left breast. At times it was so bad that I couldn’t fall asleep at night because of the crushing pressure. It hurt to breath, bend or lay on that side – so I went to the doctor. I thought that the issue was caused by a fall that I had sustained a few weeks before and assumed the doctor would tell me that I had broken a rib. However, after several doctor appointments including my gynecologist and a gastrointestinal specialist – several x-rays, ultrasounds and a CT scan later – the doctor’s couldn’t find anything wrong.
My doctor suggested that I do an elimination diet to see if the pressure could be due to an allergy to diary or gluten or possibly my diet in general. I figured now was a good time to do another juice detox, since the only thing I would be consuming is vegetables and a few fruits, (although she did recommend that I steer clear of cruciferous vegetables, since they can cause gas and bloating). I am currently on day 6 of the detox and the pain has subsided a little bit. I am focused on doing this fast for 2 weeks, last time I completed a 30 day detox, but because I suffer from anemia (I do take an iron supplement), I don’t want to go longer than than this time. Then, I plan to start adding in foods slowly while paying close attention to how my body feels overall.
I will keep you updated on my progress and let you know if at the end of the fast, the pain has gone away. My next steps are going to see a Chiropractor (I wonder if my body is out of whack from sitting at my desk all day) and then possibly an Acupuncturist.
Have to tried an elimination diet before to try to pinpoint a health problem? Was it successful for you? Do you have recommendations? Please share your thoughts below in the comments section, your tips help us all!
P.S. The photo above is of my favorite breakfast juice, here is the recipe if you are interested:
Sunny Carrot Juice Recipe
- 7 carrots
- 1 orange
- 1 apple