Clean eating and detoxing saved Amie Valpone’s life. For years, doctors could not understand the problem and treated her symptoms with pill after pill, with no results. No one knew what was wrong with her, people assumed she was anorexic, or was faking it. Even when she was given 24 hours to live, and lying in hospital with morphine dripping into her arm, her HR department contacted her to say they thought she was bluffing, because she was blogging. It was at that moment Amie decided that if she survived, she was ditching the corporate job and dedicating her life to helping others. There are so many people suffering in silence, and no one talks about it. “I’m going to be the woman who comes out and talks about this stuff.”
Amie survived. She researched functional integrative medicine, and worked with naturopathic doctors to begin the healing process. Where conventional medicine had found nothing wrong with her, holistic practitioners diagnosed her with heavy metal toxicity, chronic fatigue, polycystic ovarian syndrome, candida and Lyme disease. She got off the prescription medication, detoxed her cosmetics, personal care products, household cleansers, and her diet. Where once she hadn’t seen the point of organic anything, she now understood that all these chemicals were leaching into her body and causing all manner of chronic disease.
But external factors aren’t the whole story. Autoimmune diseases are the body literally attacking itself. And what do many of us do most of the time? We attack ourselves with thoughts and words. We think we’re not pretty enough, thin enough, good enough. Most chronic disease is caused by both physical and emotional factors, and so it takes a holistic approach to completely heal the body. When Amie began detoxing, many emotional issues surfaced, all the trauma from years of looking for someone to diagnose her, of not being believed, and looking for answers. As soon as she started to detox her entire life, including holistic practices such as cranial sacral therapy and energy healing, her life started to balance. “I feel like a woman now.” She has energy again, and feels amazing.
Amie shares her story on her blog to reach out to others and help them heal themselves. She guides them through health tests, including one that checks for the MTHFR gene, without which the body cannot properly detoxify. Around 30% of the population suffer from this. In fact, high toxicity is one of the main reasons the body gets ill. This is where detoxing is incredibly powerful because it essentially gets the bad stuff out of your body. Eating organic helps the body cope with the bombardment of toxins. When you lessen your body burden, by giving your body clean foods and using toxin free natural products, you help your body to heal itself. “You can feel like that 21-year- old again.”
So what can you do to start detoxing your life? Make small changes every day. Amie’s tips include replacing table salt (highly refined and processed) with natural sea salt or Himalayan pink salt (unrefined and full of minerals and nutrients), and using herbs and spices to create flavorful food—herbs, lemon juice, fresh cracked pepper and sea salt: your mind will be blown! Use different oils to create new flavors – nut oils like macadamia, pistachio or hazelnut are delicious. If you’re looking for a healthy vegan way of getting creaminess into your life, try avocados, cashews, nut butters, coconut oil. Take a look at Amie’s MindBodyGreen articles on how to create tasty and nutritious food.
Check out Amie’s new book Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body, which is full of easy tasty recipes that will help cleanse your body and home. You can follow and connect with Amie on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram and Pinterest.
Amie Valpone’s Bio
Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of www.TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan Celebrity Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Writer and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean Eating’ recipes. Amie recently healed herself from a decade of chronic pain including Lyme Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue, Leaky Gut, Heavy Metals and much more exhausting thousands of doctors in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating and Detox saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, organic, whole foods. Amie’s work appears on Martha Stewart, ABC News, Fox News Health, WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Food Network, Glamour Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine, SELF Magazine, Prevention Magazine, PBS and many others. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest @TheHealthyApple. Amie’s first cookbook, ‘Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation & Reset Your Body’ will be in stores nationwide March 8, 2016.
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