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major lifestyle change

Recently I gave up a lot of things that were messing up my body horribly. I gave up opiates, pot, and fast food. Each of them were done on a daily basis. I've been off the opiates for about two weeks, pot about one week, and just giving up the fast food. I am tapering myself off the fast food. I begin my day with a banana and low fat yogurt. Then I eat something not so good for you for lunch. Then I eat healthy snacks like grapes, apples, blueberries,ect. Then I try to eat a pretty healthy supper. I feel like my bloodpressure spikes when it gets dark for some reason. What I'm asking is do you think I am hurting my body buy the way I took them to the extreme. I'm not very active yet but that's my next goal. Thanks for the input!
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You are probably suffering withdrawal symptoms,your body was use to these things on a daily basis and now you have stopped,well done your will power is strong  but if you do find it a struggle please seek extra help and support from your doctors.
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Way to go! Its hard giving up things that we were use to, but with time you will find yourself feeling much better. Youve made to good changes, I would just suggest that you add some more protein to your diet, low fat with your fruit and some vegetables. The goal is to have half of your plate with vegies,  one quarter carbs and one quarter protein. Keep looking up, its worth it!
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Skin
Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, which helps balance the pH of your skin's surface, making it just acidic enough to fend off harmful bacteria. Plus National Cancer Institute researchers found that people with the highest intakes of carotenoidspigments that occur naturally in carrots—were six times less likely to develop skin cancer than those with the lower intakes.
Hair
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Eyes
The National Institute of Health found that people who consume the most lutein—a carotenoid found in plant foods—are 43 percent less likely to develop macular degeneration. Lutein helps filter blue light, preventing it from damaging retinal tissues. Eat two servings of greens each day. Consider one serving to be ½ cup of cooked spinach, broccoli, or brussels sprouts.

Heart
Cornell University researchers found that eating one Red Delicious apple a day can block LDL oxidation, resulting in an 8 percent drop in levels. Bonus: Apples (and their skins) contain soluble fiber, the kind that scrubs artery walls clean. Cut one up and mix it into your oatmeal, another top source.

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Brown ½ pound of extra-lean ground beef over medium heat. As it cooks, sprinkle it with black pepper, 2 teaspoons of chili powder, and a couple dashes of Tabasco. Place the cooked beef, one diced tomato, and 2 tablespoons of low-fat cheese over a bed of lettuce, and top with salsa.

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Belly
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Manhood
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