This article is about the Metabolism Reset
Diet. The MRD is a detoxification diet or detox diet.
It is a diet which sets out to bring healing to the liver and improve its level of functioning.
The liver is one of the components in the body that allows detoxification to take place.
Detoxification is therefore a consequence of the 4 week diet.
My name is Katherine Owen. I completed the Metabolism Reset
Diet first in July 2019.
This article is part of my review of the diet.
The first time I did the diet, very much so!
Detoxification symptoms I experienced were as follows:
Ghost of symptoms
It wasn't pleasant but it was fascinating to have certain
symptoms return that I had had when living bedbound.
It is such a different experience to have a symptom come and go rather than stay around for years and years...
If I had had such an aggravation of symptoms without an explanation I would have added a lot of fear!
Even though I had profound central fatigue on the diet, it passed.
I was able to walk around the house at other times of the day.
I was able to make myself the evening meal each day. It was unusual for me at the time to have this level of consistent functionality. I cook for myself, but my usual diet is simpler to cook than the Metabolism Reset Diet.
There was no increase in muscle fatigue, perhaps even a decrease.
Post exertional malaise (PEM) possibly reduced during the diet (but not afterwards).
The symptoms that arose had often disappeared 24 hours later
or 48 hours later.
It was very clear that I was ‘cycling’ through various symptoms.
Doctor Christianson’s book (see image below) says that detoxification symptoms will reduce after the first week on the diet.
I had some horrid detox symptoms through the whole 4 weeks of the Metabolism Reset Diet and a little beyond as well.
If I had been eating something unusual I would have worried
that the diet was doing me harm.
If I had been taking a natural healing supplement I would have worried it was doing me harm.
But because I was following a diet that has been tested. And because I was getting support in the Facebook group, I felt able to persevere.
Doctor Christianson says in his book that the more our liver
is clogged, the less able we are to detox.
In other words once you have detoxed a little, your liver gets better at detoxing.
Perhaps for some of us living with chronic illness, a clogged liver is key to many of our symptoms and therefore the detox symptoms are likely to be worse than for someone who is only seeking weight loss.
Another person with CFS/ME I know who has done the metabolism reset
diet also continued to be very ill from detox symptoms in week three of the
diet. Unlike myself, she was better in week four.
(NB. She came out of the diet having experienced clear benefits.)
In Dr Christianson’s Facebook group there were others living with other chronic illnesses. They too seemed to experience an extended detoxification period compared to those only doing the diet for weight loss.
If you are doing the Metabolism
Reset Diet as a diet to alleviate chronic illness, do allow for the symptoms continuing for the whole 4 weeks of the detoxification
If you find the detoxification symptoms intense, is it necessary to do the detoxification diet for the whole 4 weeks?
I asked this question in Dr
Christianson’s Facebook group for the diet.
I decided to keep going because they saaid four weeks is the recommended amount.
Doctor Christianson has based the diet on research, and four weeks is the time period that has been assessed as beneficial.
Some people who were just doing the diet for weight loss reported that they only got weight loss in the fourth week. This suggests to me there are benefits that come from being on the diet for that length of time.
When I posted about my trouble with
detox symptoms in week three, someone else with CFS/ME suggested that I stop
I considered doing so. My drop in functionality affected my ability to safely share a house with someone.
Please please do NOT take this article as saying that you
should continue if the detox symptoms are very difficult.
In case you need it, I give you full permission to only do this detoxification diet for one week, two weeks, or three weeks!
If so, see my recommendations for putting in place elements of the diet that will bring you some of the benefits so that you may be able to do the whole 4 weeks in the future.
After the 4 weeks, I chose to continue with the ‘maintenance’
diet. Please see Dr Christianson's book for more information.
At the time of writing, I have done this for the last 7 months. (Back again: Now 2 years.)
I am not strict about it and find it straight forward.
Prior to doing this diet I thought a detox diet was out of my reach.
I knew of detox retreats which cost a great deal of money.
I knew of the work of Jay Davidson who said that he almost died from his first attempt at a detoxification diet.
He claims to have since worked out a diet and protocol that allows detox to take place more safely, so feel free to look him up.
I am grateful to have found a diet that I can do each year as part of my self healing toolkit.
I have now done it 4 times (in 2 years).
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