4. Questions & Answers
I’ve tried to change my diet several times. Each time I would be fine through the day, but by supper time I would feel depressed. What’s happening?
A mild form of depression is very likely to accompany a change in diet. There are two reasons for this. First, by the end of the day during which you ate wholesome foods, the body has had a chance to eliminate a large amount of toxins. These toxins are circulating in the bloodstream before they leave the body, and tend to depress the mind. A little vigorous exercise an hour or so before the evening meal and productive, relaxed pursuits after supper can effectively combat these temporary periods of depression.
The second reason for such mild depression is that you are making a major change in your life, and consequently you are losing a part of your old identity. We often identify with foods we eat and feel that they define who we are (for example, “I’m a meat and potatoes man,” or “My family was raised on fresh bread”.). As certain foods vanish from our diet, we sense a temporary loss which is overcome by reading inspirational health literature and educating ourselves about the harmfulness of our old foods.
I fasted once for four days and got the worst headache of my life. I could hardly stand up. I got scared and broke my fast. Is that okay?
Make no mistake—a radical change in the diet or a period of fasting may sometimes give rise to symptoms that can scare you silly. This is especially true if you have had little experience in this area or have no friends or relatives you can talk to. It certainly helps to have a knowledgeable person you can confide in and be reassured by.
Whether or not it was “okay” to break your fast is really up to your body. Perhaps your body was telling you to slow down and to break your fast and continue with a slower cleansing method. More than likely, however, had you continued for another day or two, your headache might have vanished forever.
Educate yourself and try again. You can do it!
I ate a bunch of mangoes last summer and I got a rash all over my thighs. Is this an allergy symptom?
It’s not an allergy symptom—it’s a symptom of an overly toxic body. Mangoes did not cause the rash, but instead allowed the body to get rid of old toxins.
Skin rashes, boils, eruptions, etc., are extremely common as the diet is changed and toxins come out. Do not confuse these skin problems with allergies. People are not allergic to wholesome foods—they are “allergic” to the toxins and poisons in their bodies.