One of my beta testers was a 30-year-old woman, already underweight, with severe gut and endocrine issues. I checked in with her daily during the detox, making suggestions, as her weight fell, as it will with anyone.
As a new higher-calorie food is added into the diet, it then becomes okay for you to eat extra of that food. People who are underweight in the modern industrialized world are generally people with major food-digestion problems who are not utilizing nutrition.
They may be diagnosed or undiagnosed Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), colitis, leaky gut, etc.
All of these are variations on a theme: the gut has become inflamed or even progressively diseased and is not functioning to utilize nutrients to maintain health.
If this describes you, of course you need detoxification as much as anyone.
You also need to implement as much of Step 8 in 12 Steps to Whole Foods as possible, to begin to rebuild your gut with food.
(I have found that dried probiotics do not build a healthy population of microorganisms in the GI tract to heal and rebuild, although they may help support an existing colonization of beneficial flora.)
But to achieve as much of the benefit of the detox protocol as possible without losing too much weight, consider increasing calories in the following ways.
These ideas are highly nutritious and should not materially affect your detox in a negative way:
- Eat a couple of avocados every day.
- Eat a few tablespoons of good fats, including coconut oil, olive oil, and flaxseed oil. Add these to your salads, Green Smoothies, or on top of sweet potatoes or oatmeal.
- Eat extra bananas and other fruits.
- Eat extra nuts and seeds, or nut and seed butter (salt free).
- Eat more of anything and everything—larger serving sizes.