In 2006 after spending more than a year enjoying the Maui life and having just gotten married to my high school sweet heart I made the decision to travel around the world to the southern tip of Thailand by myself, to starve myself. Well not really you see, I was living an unhealthy lifestyle consisting of wine, red meat and cheese as the vast majority of my caloric intake. Needless to say at 27 years old I was enjoying myself at the expense of my personal health and it was taking it’s toll on my immune system and well being. I had heard about this retreat from a friend and I decided to go see what it was all about. It just happened to be in Phuket, Thailand almost 3,000 miles away from my new wife. After our wedding and honeymoon was over I was more than ready for a profound change in my daily routine. I was ready for a life altering experience and I had found it through fasting. I was able to go for 10 days with nothing more than water, tea and herbs to help the cleansing process. The result was truly amazing a game-changer, down 8lbs, clear skin, vibrant glow and energy like no pill or drink on the planet. Upon returning home to the states I eliminated the majority of highly acidic foods from my diet for 6 months and completely removed alcohol. I was also able to train in my mental strength cave and stay for as long as needed.
After completing the Optimum Performance Training class on nutrition and hearing Coach James Fitzgerald talk about fasting for performance I was inspired to see what I had been missing in my diet. Absolutely Nothing! So I challenge all of you to learn more about your own personal health and where it might lead you. If you would like to learn more about the cleanse and see if this is right for you please contact Jaclyn@sicfitscottsdale.com to schedule a 1 on 1 with myself. A 15 minute consult is enough to help you commit to this life changing program. Najla and I am currently on day 3 of the cleanse and am now finally starting to see the clarity I was missing. The first 3 days are defiantly the hardest but my temptation to eat has subdued. Now I challenge you to take the test and see the results first hand. Coach Luke Kayyem
Inadequate Nutrition = chronic disease, poor performance, obesity, and lack of energy.
Optimal nutrition = high performance, lack of illness, lean body mass, and an abundance of energy.
With this in mind, I take the mufti-faceted approach of implementing proven athletic nutrition, the latest research into health + performance, and a strong emphasis on whole foods and individual concerns.Nutrition is the foundation of everything we do and are—our athletic performance, our body composition, and our general health. What we take in is a reflection of these parameters. Should it not be our main concern and focus? In today’s society, it is extremely easy to be confused and overwhelmed by the huge amount of misinformation offered by well meaning sources. As evident with the health of North Americans over the past 100 years, our current guidelines are failing.
Detoxification – Most folks don’t often think about “detox”; when they do hear it, they envision someone with a bad substance abuse problem, or someone who has unintentionally ingested a poisonous substance. Fact of the matter is we are in a constant state of detoxification. The food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the plastics we handle all cause a need for our body to up regulate detoxification.
We do this through liver (hepatic) and kidney (renal) metabolism, elimination through skin via sweat, breathing in the form of gas exchange, and from transit of waste through the gastro-intestinal (GI) system. When these systems become overloaded, there’s a “spillover” effect, and optimal efficiency of body systems breaks down, and symptoms relating to this can arise.
It’s pretty easy to see where this would be applicable—the typical sedentary desk pusher, eating processed grains/fast food/processed sugar + poor lifestyle habits would be a prime candidate. But what about folks who have training well programmed, nutrition dialed, and supplements individually tailored? Do they require “Detox? Yes—at specific times for specific reasons.
Training places a big resource load on two of our main organs for detoxification: the liver and the GI tract. During periods of heavy training, liver enzymes like ALT and AST are elevated due to increased need to clear by-products of metabolic use. Athletes often have these elevated, as well as UBAS (urinary bile acid sulfates) and LPs (lipid peroxides), which are measures if hepatic injury. While acute elevation isn’t a concern, over time, chronic elevation can lead to decreased liver function, poor hormonal secretion, and impaired detoxification ability.
The GI tract is two-fold affected by training: Intense and/or prolonged exercise, through multiple mechanisms, causes increased GI permeability through loss of tight junctions and damage to the epithelial cells. This is a common finding related to low GI melatonin, which is secreted from the epithelials. Secondly, training requires high quality food for both fuel and recovery—and at times in large amounts. This, combined with training, places frequent and heavy stress on the GI tract, which over time can become dysfunctional. Once digestion is impaired, both macro and micronutrient absorption is affected. And recovery becomes sub- optimal.
Ok, so the “why” has been covered? Now, the “When”, and “How”
When should one apply a specific-term Detox Protocol?
For athletes, this falls to one of two places: After a multi-day competition, OR approximately 2-5x/year. This can be individual in nature as you become more in tune with your body.
CaveatDown time from training, at least 1 week, is mandatory. You CANNOT detox and train at the same time, unless you want to become ill. Reduced caloric intake, mobilization of stores toxins, and an increased need for fuel do NOT go hand in hand.
Choose a time when you can deload from training and have 7 solid days of rest Supplements:
Hydration: Has to be added for emphasis—use high quality, filtered water, at LEAST 1⁄2 BW in oz/day.
Length of time: Generally recommended to use this protocol for only 3 days to start, then working up to 5,7 or 15 days; gauge progress based on symptoms. For some, it will be extremely easy. For others, extremely hard, both mentally & physically. Some points:
- Headaches are common; most commonly related to caffeine withdrawal, but can be a sign of toxin mobilization. Hydration is key.
- Hunger is (obviously) be present…this is a good, and healthy sign.After the cleanse, IT IS ESSENTIAL to slowly break back to whole food. Recommended: 1st day, organic, (preferably home-made) vegetable, chicken, or beef broth. 2nd day, fruits + veggies. 3rd day, small amounts of animal based protein. Digestive enzymes and HCL have been down-regulated, so you need to give your body time to up-regulate these again.
The worlds largest Buddha called “Big Buddha” on Nakkerd Hill between Chalong and Kata.
I was able to walk to the top of the mountain and actually create a stone out of sand and water
to place on the base of the temple.
My first raw meal after 10 days of fasting. Organic banana, mango and apple. John an Ausi
and pilot from Sydney taking in my joyful smile before I chow down.
This young girl was selling roses in between Thai boxing matches held
in the center of the city.