Deficiency, Toxicity, and Weight Loss


We so often try to loose weight, rather than working to become healthy. In order to change our thinking and to understand what the body needs, deficiency and toxicity are two areas we need to gain an understanding of. This will be the first of many Praxis Posts on this topic. Let’s start with some of the differences as they relate to weight loss. Generally when we go on a “diet” we have a large weight loss up front, and then we taper off and often hit what we call a plateau.


Because most diets restrict calories or use some sort of technique to trick your body into shedding fat, such as the low carbohydrate diets that put your body in a continual state of ketosis.

Here’s a Great Tip: Restricted calories and “tricks” work for a while, but they will seldom give you sustained weight loss and generally will lead you away from vibrant health. With “diets” your body starts to loose weight. Any diet I have ever heard of, asks you to eliminate or greatly reduce a couple of the big stumbling blocks to vibrant health – refined sugar and refined flour.

If the average person, consuming the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) cut only those two items, refined sugar and refined flour, from their daily diet, they would see enormous changes both in weight and health.

But then the average diet takes you down a road of low calories or tricks. This is where things get off track. A body needs to be cleansed and nourished to function properly. A body that can function properly because it is receiving the nourishment it needs and is not all clogged up so that nothing is operating properly, will naturally adjust to a healthy weight.

I know, we all tend to want a quick fix. That’s why diets are so popular.

Have YOU ever had sustained success with a diet in the past?

How many people do you know that have lost the weight on a diet, just to gain it all back again… some?

Remember our quotes from the “What Is Praxis?” post? I think they fit pretty well here.

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” ~Anthony Robbins

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~Albert Einstein

“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”
~Anthony Robbins

So walk with me through this journey. Learn and adjust. Begin detoxing your body and nourishing it, and see what happens. Instead of a big weight loss up front, a decline and then a plateau, what you will likely experience is the reverse of this. Sure, you will probably have a little bigger weight loss up front if you eliminate refined sugar and refined flour and begin eating better. That only makes sense. And we have all heard that about 2 lbs. per week is a safe, healthy and sustainable weight loss. But the great part is that once your body starts to get cleaned up and nourished, as it starts to receive the things it needs to function properly, it will kick in and instead of hitting a plateau, you should experience quite the opposite.

I find that once the body reaches this place of having what it needs to function properly, the weight just begins to fall off with little effort. :)

If you don’t understand much about detoxification don’t worry. We will walk through this together. I told you there will be lots of information about detoxification and proper nourishment in future posts.

For now, here is what you need to know in a nut shell:

1. You will never achieve vibrant health coupled with sustainable weight loss until you clean up and nourish your body.

“It is pointless to embark on any weight loss or health improvement program until you have flushed all the accumulated debris and poisonous residues from your former dietary habits out of your digestive tract and blood stream.”
~Daniel Reid The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity

“For over thirty-five years I have worked with every disease imaginable and experience has taught me that there are two main causes for all disease. These two causes are deficiency and toxicity. In order to overcome disease, it is necessary to remove the toxins and supply the body with all the elements that are missing.”
~Dr. David Hohag M.D. Rebuild Your Health with Dr. Ann Wigmore’s Living Foods Lifestyle

2. It doesn’t have to be difficult. It doesn’t have to involve eating or drinking a bunch of weird stuff or doing some kind of difficult program. There are many ways to cleanse your body. One way is to simply quit putting the junk in and let your body clean itself up. There are also lots of varied ways to help support your body in this process, and we will be exploring many of these. Then, as you gain an understanding, you can choose what will work best for you.

As you may have figured out by now, I love my green smoothies. They assist my body in the process of cleaning up and detoxifying, give me lots of excellent nutrition, they’re easy to make, relatively inexpensive, and taste yummy.

TO DO: If you have not done so already, take a minute now to view this video about green smoothies

Here are some books on the subject that I highly recommend:

The Detox Diet by Elson M. Haas, M.D.
This is an excellent book to gain a good broad understanding of the detoxification process, why it’s important, how to do it, and what you can expect as you go through the process.

Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management by Bernard Jensen, D.C., Ph.D., Nutritionist

A super valuable, yucky little book, with lots of yucky information and pictures. A veritable encyclopedia on colon health. Watch for more Praxis Posts on the subjects of Deficiency and Toxicity


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