I’m Eating Healthy. But, Why Do I Feel So Weak?

Are you trying to eat cleaner but find that your body is almost feeling worse than when you didn’t eat as healthy?  Does it make you question why you started eating healthy in the first place?  It is important to understand what our bodies are going through when we are putting in better nutrition.  There are common symptoms and changes that occur.

You may find it easy to give up on your healthy regimen because your old diet may not have made you feel so weak or fatigued and tired.  Many people give up too soon on their healthy nutrition plan which does not give their bodies the “chance to adjust and complete [the] first phase of action recuperation”. If those individuals had waited a while longer and stuck to their healthy regimens every day, they would have begun to feel better than before they started.

The excerpt below from Dr. Stanley Bass is a great explanation of how our bodies are adjusting and “recuperating” while we are feeding ourselves better nutrition.  Increased energy and improved health do come to those who stay focused and on-track.  I hope that this will give you knowledge of what to expect when your body is going through some not-so-fun changes when you are trying to be healthier.



The greatest misunderstanding and confusion in the field of nutrition is the failure to properly understand and interpret the symptoms and changes which follow the beginning of a better nutritional program.

It is the introduction of higher quality foods in place of lower quality ones. For example, if a person replaces a protein rich food such as pork with beef, the beef may be considered the superior of the two due to its easier digestibility, lower and less saturated fat content, etc. Chicken is superior to beef and fish is superior to chicken because of its more rapid digestibility and lower saturated fat content. As we go higher in the scale of quality, we begin to include protein rich food which may be eaten in the unfired state, such as cheese which is made from raw milk and unsalted. Nut and seeds which are eaten in the natural state (raw and unsalted) or the closer we come to its raw, unfired form, the higher its quality. Lima beans, lentils or chick peas are superior in all nutrients needed to rebuild health.

To summarize, the closer the food comes to the natural state, uncooked form, the higher its quality. All the enzymes are found intact, the amino acids in their finest form, the minerals, vitamins, trace elements, carbohydrates and “life Force” are present.

The quality of nutritional programs are also improved by omitting toxic substances such as coffee, tea, chocolate, tobacco, salt, pepper, etc..


The higher the quality of food that we eat, the quicker we recover from disease provided we are able to properly digest and assimilate.


Remarkable things begin to happen to the body as well as the mind. When the quality of food coming into the body is of higher quality than the tissues which the body is made of, the body begins to discard the lower grade materials and tissues to make room for the superior materials which it uses to make new and healthier tissue.

The body always tries to produce health and always will, unless our interference is too great. Only then do we fail to recover and degenerate further into disease. The self curing nature of many conditions such as colds, fevers, cuts, swelling, injuries, etc., furnishes endless examples of how the body tends toward health, unless we do something to stop the progress.


When we stop using a toxic stimulant such as coffee, tea, chocolate or cocoa, headaches are common and a letdown occurs. This is due to the discard by the body of the toxins called caffeine and theobromine which are removed from the tissues. Before they reach their final destination for elimination, they register in our consciousness as pain. Usually, within three days, the symptoms vanish, and we feel stronger due to the recuperation which follows.

To a lesser extent, the same process occurs when we abandon lower quality foods and replace them with high quality. Lower quality foods have undergone more preparation. Spices, salt and other ingredients have been added, and they tend to be more stimulating. Animal foods such as meat, fowl, fish, etc. are more stimulation than cheese, nuts and vegetables proteins. Withdrawal of the stimulation follows abandonment of meat products producing a slower heart action, a resting phase, which registers in the mind as relaxation or a decrease in energy. This letdown lasts about ten days or slightly longer and by an increase of strength and greater well being.


Here is a scenario:  A person starts on a better diet or supplementation, stays on it for three days to a week and then quits, saying “Oh! I felt better on the old diet, the new one made me feel weak”.

He failed because he didn’t give his body a chance to adjust and complete its first phase of action recuperation. If he had waited a while longer, he would have begun to feel better than before he started.

During this phase (lasting about ten days) the vital energies such as the muscles and skin, begin to move to the vital internal organs and start reconstruction. This produces a feeling of less energy in the muscles, which the mind interprets as some weakness. Actually, the power is increased, but actually being used for building the more important organs and less is available for muscular work. It is redeploying the forces to the more important internal parts. This is a crucial phase, and it is important for the person to stop wasting energy and to rest and sleep more. It is important that they have patience and faith and just wait it out, and after a while they will get increasing strength which will exceed by far what they felt before they began the new program.

The cellar intelligence reasons something like this: “Oh! Look at all those fine materials coming in, how wonderful, now we have a chance to get rid of this old garbage and build a beautiful new house. Let’s get started immediately,. Let’s get this excess bile out of the liver and gall bladder and send it to the intestines for elimination. Let’s get this sludge moving out of the arteries, veins and capillaries. These smelly, gassy, brain-stupefying masses have been here too long, out with them! These arthritic deposits in the joints need cleaning up, let’s get these irritating food preservatives, aspirins, sleeping pills and drugs out of the way along with these other masses of fat which have made life so burdensome for us
for so long”.


During the first phase the accent is on elimination, removing the garbage deposited in the tissues – everywhere. At first weight loss may occur as excess of obstructing material in the tissues is removed. During the second phase the weight will remain more or less stable. The third phase – a buildup period. At this point weight should stabilize even though the diet is lower in calories than before, also, the body’s need for the usual amounts of food decreases, and we are able to maintain our weight and
increased energies with less food. Wastes have been discarded and healthy tissues which are more durable do not break down easily.


Some people have a tendency to eliminate poisons and harmful drugs through the skin with rashes or eruptions. (if you take an aspirin, for instance, 21% of it will appear in the hair within nine hours and it will require 19 days to be eliminated from the system).  If they go to the doctor, who is not familiar with this aspect of nutrition, he will diagnose it as an allergy.

They ask, “How come, I’m eating better now than I ever did before, and instead I’m getting worse?”. They don’t understand that the body is “retracing”. The skin is getting more alive and active. It’s throwing out more poisons more rapidly now that the body is building more power which is saved from those hard to digest meals which have been discontinued.

(When a high quality food supplement such as Shaklee is introduced into the body, the body may reject it at first). The toxins that are being discarded are saving you from more serious disease which will result if you keep them in your body too long possibly hepatitis, kidney disorders, blood disease, heart disease, arthritis, nerve degenerations or even cancer, depending upon your hereditary or structural weaknesses. Be happy you’re paying your bills now on an easy payment plan. With some, colds which haven’t appeared for a long time may occur, or ever fevers. This is nature’s way of housecleaning. Understand that these actions are constructive, even though unpleasant at the moment. Don’t try to stop these symptoms by the use of certain drugs.

Those who have abused their bodies and lived worse lives, will experience more severe symptoms if their liver, kidneys,and other important eliminating organs have been damaged. When they have been renovated to fair working order, they will no longer produce symptoms. Headaches may occur at the beginning, fever and/or colds; the skin may break out; short intervals of bowel sluggishness, occasional diarrhea, or mental depression, frequent urination, etc., etc.. The great majority of people find their reactions tolerable and are encouraged to bear with them because of the many improvements which have already occurred.

Be happy you are having symptoms. “Realize deeply that your body is becoming younger and healthier every day, because you are throwing off more and more wastes which would eventually have brought pain and disease and much suffering.”

Those who have the worst symptoms – reactions – and follow through to their successful termination are thus avoiding some of the worst diseases which would eventually have developed.


It is almost impossible to obtain the right kinds and amounts of good, natural foods with which to feed our bodies…thus, making them healthier and younger. Therefore, it is felt that by adding Shaklee Food Supplements to your diet and trying to change your eating habits as much as possible, you will attain the good health nature intended for you.

Scientists have invented a man-made water. It looks like water, feels and tastes like water, but put fish in man-made water and they will die. However, they found by adding just a small amount of natural water to synthetic water, the fish would live. Nature cannot be improved upon. People are amazed that they can add a live Shaklee Food Supplement (which is in balance with nature) to their dead, synthetic food and obtain a better sense of well being in a relatively short span of time. They look better and feel better.

Thomas A. Edison wrote, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame and in the cause and prevention of disease”.

Remember, these symptoms do not happen to every one, just those who need the supplementation the most. To be healthy will involve some discipline, inconvenience, and expense. IS YOUR HEALTH WORTH IT? No one will take a special interest in your health – YOU have to do that. YOU are responsible for your own Health.

Shaklee Supplements can help a person achieve and maintain that optimum state of health that is more than just the absence of a major disease. Optimum health is being able to achieve your full potential of positive well being. It includes a zest for living, a prolonged prime of life without degenerative disease, and a maximum resistance to stress, infection, and fatigue.

Nutrition works slowly, so stay on your supplementation program for at least 60 days. Take the responsibility for your own body.”

Clinical studies on Shaklee products:  www.clinicals.shaklee.com

Landmark Study:  study on supplement use over a 20 year period:  www.landmarkstudy.com

Take care and be well!




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