Sunday, March 8, 2009

Raw Emotion Detoxification

I chose this blog topic because so many people get blindsided by the raw emotions that appear while transitioning to a living foods lifestyle. I'm frequently contacted by dear people who are shocked by unexpected negative emotions that interfere with the joy and peace that raw foods brought them. Be aware that you may experience an emotional and spiritual detoxification process very similar to the detox your physical body experienced.

As we continue incorporating higher levels of raw foods into our diets and continue eliminating toxic foods and habits, it is perfectly normal for "stuffed" emotions to surface. These negative emotions tend to catch us by surprise because they are typically emotions or habits that we chose to ignore or deny long ago. Although we were able to effectively avoid dealing with those uncomfortable emotions by stuffing them to a deeper level of consciousness, those emotions are still present in our emotional life and must be addressed so that we can move on in freedom. The emotional detoxification process is part of the joyous journey of the living foods lifestyle. Some people experience very little emotional detox, while others go through intense periods of soul searching and emotional healing. Remember that your personal journey will be perfect and unique.

Negative emotions that may surface could include bitterness, unforgiveness, frustration, anger, resentment, jealousy, feelings of worthlessness, etc. These emotions are poison to your emotional and physical health. Be ready for these old emotions to rear their ugly heads. As you increase the levels of healthy, raw foods in your diet, your brain will begin to "clean house" and you will gain mental and spiritual clarity that you may never have experienced before. Part of the cleansing process will include a cleansing of any toxic emotions that are impacting your physical and spiritual health. This cleansing is a beautiful, wonderful thing, but may not always be comfortable. All cleansing is good, so welcome and embrace any opportunities you receive to clean out musty thoughts and emotions that have been buried in the attic of your mind.

Give yourself permission to recognize old emotional baggage and to release it. Prayerfully ask God to reveal old emotional baggage and to help you address and release them. When negative emotions surface, try to determine where they came from. Ask yourself where the emotion came from and why you're holding onto it. Do you need to forgive someone who hurt you? Do you need to learn to be content? Take time to work through these issues. Find a friend who will lovingly help you talk through these issues. If you have deep issues from past hurts or abuse, find a professional counselor to help you work through the issues and find freedom.

Most of all, make every effort to take those negative thoughts into captivity and to replace them with new, healthy thought patterns and habits. When negative emotions surface, focus on scripture verses, positive affirmations, encouraging quotes, etc., to move away from the negativity and into peace. Celebrate your successes and learn from times of struggle. Each moment is precious. Live life abundantly and always seek to move forward! I welcome your comments. Please let me know how I can be praying for and with you.


  1. This is a good topic to bring up! Alot of people are not aware that the body processes detoxification on many levels, including the emotional level. I hope more people see your blog entry and open up to releasing the negativity.

    Erica @realfood2health on

  2. Hi, Erica! Thanks very much for your kind comment. I've spoken to quite a few people who returned to their unhealthy, "normal" diet because they were unprepared for the emotional detox process. Thanks again for your comments. Please feel free to share this link with anyone you think might benefit. Have a blessed day!

  3. Thanks so much, Kathy! I love yours, too! Hope your cleanse is going well. Blessings!

  4. Thanks for writing on a topic I see very little about. A group of 6 recently completed a vegan/juicing/detox regimen. Several of us found that journaling helped tremendously. Also our emails back & forth during the week supported us with humor as well as information on how we all were doing in between our gatherings.

  5. Hi, Phebe! Thanks so much for your comment. Journaling is a such a great idea!! It sounds like the six of you were a fantastic support network for each other. Good for you!! Have a glorious day!

  6. Hi Pamela! I just found your blog today, and what an inspiration you are. I thank God that I found you, He always knows just where to lead me:) Don't you just love that! Anyway, I think you have a good thing going on here. Keep it up!
    God's continuous blessings.

  7. Hi, Anonymous. Thanks so much for your kind words. God bless you!


This blog has moved to Please do not leave comments here.

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.