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Sluggish Food Results in a Sluggish Body

Posted Aug 30 2010 12:00am

Have you heard this before?

I don’t feel well, my head hurts, stomach hurts, haven’t had a bowel movement in a week and I just feel awful.

A few weeks ago, I was eating foods that made my body sluggish. To be honest, I was way off base with my eating. I was sleepy, tired and not my usual energetic self.

I have learned my lesson and now, things are back on track. I am challenging myself to eat a raw vegan diet for 30 days. Today, marks day 6 and the only food that I have eaten that was cooked was organic corn chips and a small portion of potatoes.

One thing that I have noticed while sticking to a raw vegan diet for these 6 days is that the sluggishness has gone. I am having a detox symptom as I write this post. But I know that it is for the good.

First, let’s start by defining sluggish.

: 2: slow to respond 3: markedly slow in movement, flow, or growth.

Sluggish food is food that will slow you and your body down. These foods include, white flour, white sugar, white salt, dairy, sweets, junk foods, processed foods, animal flesh and animal products.

The more sluggish food you put into your body, the slower your body works. It actually takes more energy for the body to break down sluggish foods then non-sluggish foods.

Sluggish foods will slow down your digestive system resulting in constipation. It is not normal to have 1-2 bowel movements a week. If this is happening, then you are eating too many sluggish foods.

Sluggish food makes your body sluggish by causing the following:

  • Tiredness
  • Low energy
  • Constipation
  • Skin issues
  • Weight gain
  • Cloudy mind
  • Headaches
  • Low immune system

Non-sluggish foods are foods that bring you energy and help you have some get up and go. These foods include, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, legumes, water, fresh juices, and green smoothies.

The non-sluggish foods are plant-based, life giving and life sustaining foods. If you are eating too little of the non-sluggish foods, then you should consider upping your intake.

These foods can actually transform you and your body right before your eyes.  Transformation will not happen overnight, but do know that it will happen.

  • High energy
  • Well working digestive system
  • Clear and glowing skin
  • Weight loss and weight maintenance
  • Clear mind
  • Good immune system (rarely get sick)

Consider increasing the non-sluggish foods that you eat. You will see and feel the difference in your overall well-being.

Have you noticed your body being sluggish when you’ve eaten sluggish foods and how did it make you feel?

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