I see them every day: People whose diets consist of too much junk and fried foods that they wash down with alcohol and other sugary drinks—and they wonder why they feel so low. They are filling their bodies with a cocktail of chemicals they mistakenly call “food.”

It’s the typical Western Diet. Everywhere we go, we are bombarded with unhealthy fast food advertisements. And it’s no wonder it works. Each year, the food industry spends millions to come up with flavours we crave and become addicted to. Like cocaine addicts, we are hooked on food chemicals that alter the chemistry of our brains.

If you’re not a farmer, you won’t know exactly what’s going into your food. Gone are the days that you could pick an apple off a tree and confidently take a bite without worrying about what it was sprayed with. And in this busy life, it’s easy to just grab a prepackaged meal to fill you up fast. But then you’re forgetting why you’re eating in the first place—to fuel your body with nourishment.

Which foods are the culprits exactly? Which are causing gas or pain or making you function below your optimum level? Which do you need to eliminate? You can find out using a well-thought out detox program—one that will help you figure out which foods are not for you so you can get your body back into equilibrium. In the process, a good detox will recharge your body to function properly, decrease inflammation, provide sustained energy, and even teach it to use fat as a fuel source first instead of sugar.

The worst detoxes restrict your calorie and protein intake. By making you drink some sort of beverage for days, they end up leaving you feeling weak and cloudy. Instead, you need a detox that allows you to slowly eliminate foods that are known to cause issues in the body while still making sure you eat throughout the day. By the end of 10 days, you should feel more in tune with your body, not less. In this time, you learn which types of foods affect your body adversely and which will help it operate at its optimal level. After eliminating common food allergens and reintroducing them one by one, you’ll become more aware of your unique food sensitivities.

What types of foods will you be eliminating during your Detox? Here are some foods that commonly cause sensitivities in many people.


Caffeinated drinks.

Yes, I’m a fan of caffeine, too, but only in the right place, at the right time. And definitely not during detox. Caffeine can have a negative effect on insulin resistance, and cause sleep problems, indigestion, high blood pressure, and more.

Dairy Products.

Dairy and eggs are known to cause inflammation, gas, bloating, and constipation.  People often notice a major change in the way they feel when they cut dairy from their diet.  

Grains Containing Gluten.

Hesitant to jump on the “gluten free” bandwagon? You should.  Gluten is the primary protein in wheat. And get this: In Latin, it actually means glue—which says it all.  Gluten can cause inflammation, gas, joint pain, sluggishness, and other problems including digestive issues. Eliminating it from your diet will help you determine if it affects you. At the very least, without it, you’re likely to crave less sugary foods because most foods that contain gluten are extremely carb heavy and are processed by your body as sugar.

Legumes and Nuts. 

Lots of people have allergies to peanuts (Note: A peanut is not a nut but a legume). , they are a legume, crazy!). You may be able to handle beans and lentils but they still can cause allergic reactions.

Red Meat.

Red meat is full of hormones and antibiotics. It also raises cholesterol levels, and has been known to cause insulin resistance and damage to your cells.

Refined sugars.

While there’s nothing wrong with having a sweet tooth, we have lost our way when it comes to what is actually considered sweet. We used to think fruit was sweet but with the emergence of artificial sweeteners that are hundreds of times sweeter than actual sugar, our taste buds have been hijacked! Artificial sweeteners and excess sugar contribute to overeating, diabetes, inflammation, cell damage, and high blood pressure. There are more adverse reactions to NutraSweet reported to the FDA than all other foods and additives combined. Now that you have a brief overview of the types of food you will be eliminating and reintroducing into your diet, remember that is half the battle.  It is the order and timing of this elimination and reintroduction and the food that you will be eating during the detox that will have the greatest impact on your body. So make sure you choose a detox that is well thought out.

So? Which foods SHOULD you be eating to look (and of course, feel) your best? Check out the slideshow below.


To try Joey Thurman’s 10 Day Remodel Detox, which contains real food (all recipes included) click here. For a 10% discount, use code giveme10. 

About the author

Joey Thurman

Joey Thurman is a health, fitness, and nutrition expert and the creator of The Lifestyle Renovation, a website dedicated to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. He has appeared on CBS, FOX, ABC, and WCIU sharing his insights as a celebrity fitness trainer and published author. He is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) with the American Council on Exercise, a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) and a FITchef. For more information, please visit www.thelifestylerenovation.com and follow Joey on Instagram and Twitter at @JoeyThurmanFit.

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