As part of my Shamanic training, I was expected to learn the neuroscience behind many ancient traditions. The shamans had very little disease in their bodies. Adopting their diet was a required component of the curriculum.
Yet I kept holding off on actually doing this detox. There were so many excuses: “I have this trip; it’s summer; I’m off to dinner with friends.”
Some students went ahead and started the cleanse, so I got a taste of what was to come. I would hear them talk about “brain fog” or missing a certain food. But they would always say that they felt absolutely amazing at the end, or that the detox changed their lives. All the same, it didn’t motivate me to start the detox early.
Six weeks into the program, there it was: Module 3: Detox! It was time.
This was the first time I detoxed from processed foods and refined sugars. Why no sugar? Our brain needs to feed on fats, not sugar. The toxins in processed and refined foods affect our thinking. They also keep us in our limbic brain, which is the emotional part of the brain. This is where fear, feeding, fighting and fornication lie. It’s normal to have a feeling, but when that feeling lasts for more than 20 minutes, it becomes an emotion.
In the Shamanic way of life, feelings are authentic and emotions are toxins.
All seemed to go smoothly. I stayed right on course.
I woke up feeling tired even though I had slept for nine hours. I really wanted to stay in bed for another hour or two! As the day progressed, I felt the “brain fog” starting to creep its way in. It was as if I had been enjoying a beautiful, sunny day at the beach when suddenly, black, stormy clouds appeared out of nowhere. That’s what was about to happen in my head!
Major “brain fog” was intense! This was a real wake-up call to this physical sensation going on. It’s important to feel the intensity of how much my brain was addicted to sugar.
This was the pinnacle point of the detox, with my stomach and my brain separating what I needed versus what I craved. I was eating drastically smaller portions of sugar to get to a level that was appropriate for what my body needed.
Day 4 A trip to the grocery store! I needed to pick up some more kale, but who knew my ego had decided to come along? Ego: “You know what will get rid of this brain fog; just go down the sweets aisle. It is organic.”
“No! I’m not doing it; you can get through this, just breathe,” I said to myself. Five minutes felt like an eternity. There was an internal war going on in my body, and every sugar product was jumping out at me. I did not succumb. “It’s only 10 days. You can do this,” I told myself.
Waking up to pure bliss! As I woke and felt myself coming back into my physical body, I felt an opening in my brain that radiated throughout my body. The brain fog was gone! The sun seemed brighter, the grass greener and the trees taller.
A continuous feeling of joy and bliss. I felt amazing. There was no sense of frustration. My life was moving with ease and grace. Now I knew what happens when our brains are off of processed and refined sugars—we shift away from being in a state of the limbic brain (emotional) to a neo-cortex brain, a state of bliss and enlightenment.
As the detox came to a close, I had a greater understanding of the emotional connection I have with food. As I evolved in my spiritual practices, so did my relationship with food. Over the past two years, I moved out west, came back to the East, raised a puppy, bought a home and built my wellness business.
While change is the one constant in our lives, our bodies hold our energetic luminous field. Our bodies need to be healthy so that we can learn our lessons and to evolve spiritually and grow. For me, that meant choosing to live a healthy, organic life for my soul’s evolution.
As with any detox, always consult with your physician.
Recommended book to read prior to the detox:
Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment by David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, and Alberto Villoldo, PhD