Doing the Detox Dance

Last month, I had a migraine that lasted 10 days. Ten. Days. Shortly after it ended, I attended a lecture by Dr. Mark Pettus. His talk on the Origins of Health covered everything from epigenetics to inflammation. Migraines are caused by inflammation so when he advocated an anti-inflammatory diet, I was inspired. Re-inspired really. I’ve used anti-inflammatory diets in the past to great success. I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me this time. Maybe it was because my head hurt.

The lecture was on a Thursday evening. I came home and cleared all the grains, dairy, soy, nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc.) and, gasp, sugar out of my house and then went grocery shopping so that by Sunday morning I was ready to go. Sunday was not a perfect day, as it included cupcakes at my nephew’s birthday party, but apparently I cut out enough that by Sunday evening I was craving, of all things, beef jerky. I don’t even like the stuff!

Monday I was much more with the program and did not feel great. I took this as a sign that all the toxins were leaving my system. I drank lots of fluids and none of my frenemy, Coca Cola. Victory!

By Tuesday the cravings were gone. It’s Friday now and the cravings are still gone and I feel good. Without cravings, I’ve been able to tell when I am authentically hungry and eat accordingly. Something tells me this will be good for my waistline as well!

As a bonus, my joints already hurt less too. I’m excited. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

What about you? Do you have any foods that hurt instead of help?


  1. Julie, I’m so excited for you, with the changes you’re making. I’m just starting to look into anti-inflammatory foods, doing some research on it. Please do let us know how it’s going for you! ;-)

    • Julie Corron says:

      Dar, I highly recommend it! I wasn’t perfect over the weekend which just gave me the opportunity to notice how it felt to eat things I had been avoiding. I’m taking almost no ibuprofen now which is huge for me. I’m very motivated to continue based on the first week alone.

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