A diet to heal
A Diet To Heal
Most of us have grown with the conviction that a human body is so complex and the way it operates is so complicated, that only a doctor can understand it. We became used to handing our health in the hands of others, rarely questioning their advice.
That trend is slowly changing, as we are beginning to realise that in order to understand how our body works we do not need to study all the possible diseases; we simply need to learn what the body needs to sustain health and balance.
Studying health, as opposed to studying disease, takes us on a path of self-empowerment, where things are no longer ‘happening to us’; instead, we are able to recognise connections and patterns the body goes through before a disease manifests itself. We are able to look at and treat the cause, not the symptoms. Studying health creates health!
Where to begin then? Well, looking at our diet is always a good place to start, regardless of the current state of our health. That can be tricky, however. There are so many diet types out there – gluten free, dairy free, dairy based, meat free, meat based, etc. It is all very confusing. There are blood type diets, diets designed to lose weight, gain weight and there are finally a few diets designed to allow the body to heal itself.
I want to present one such diet to you here. Its principles are very simple. Our bodies respond to it by re-establishing the internal balance within, allowing for symptoms of dis-ease to begin to subside. I suggest that you give it a try and see how your body responds to it.
What is the diet based on?
Here are its basic principles in a nutshell:
– 70 per cent of the food you consume daily needs to be raw food – instead of eating chocolate or wheat cereals, make a salad alternating vegetables of your choice – avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, grated carrots, courgettes, radish to name just a few – mix all with cold press, high quality flaxseed oil (great source of Omega 3; around 70 per cent of our brain is made of fat; we need all the good fat we can get in order for our body and brain to function properly). You might add some home-made hummus and Dijon mustard (full grain) to make it all taste more interesting. Do not use any ready-made sauces. Do not buy ready-made salads either. Prepare everything yourself. This might turn out to be the most challenging alteration to your current diet. Your body will love you for it, however.
Why raw food? Each and every one of our organs vibrates on a specific frequency. The food we eat has its own frequency as well. Scientists have been able to measure that the best match, frequency-wise, for what each organ needs is raw food and greens such as wheatgrass (the only form of wheat we should be consuming). By providing the body with highly nutritious food its needs we end up eating less, we have more energy (as the energy we used to need to digest the wrong types of food can now we redirected towards something else) and our body starts to recover.
– Start your lunch and dinner with a large salad as well. Make it the biggest part of the meal.
– Drink at least two litres of water a day; never more than a litre an hour; preferably in small sips throughout the day (this way you are not diluting your stomach acid, hence lowering its levels. Low stomach acid levels are linked to depression amongst other things, as well as reduced digestion). Drink before a meal, not after it. Our body needs water to aid digestion. Drinking after a meal will only dilute our stomach acid levels. Hydration is the opposite of stress. The more stress in the body, physical or emotional, the more dehydrated (contracted) we and every cell within us become. Our liver then starts producing extra cholesterol to surround each cell with a protective layer in order to stop the remaining water from leaving the cell (= complete dehydration), which is when we go to the doctor to ask for a medicine to lower our cholesterol levels . Working with the body, not against it, will take us much further.
– Do not eat after dark – our body works according to its own clock – various organs peak at different hours. Eating after dark takes the vital energy away from where it is needed most to rest and restore the body and directs it towards digestion.
– Avoid wheat, dairy and meat – all three, despite our long history of worshipping them, they all have a very damaging effect on our body (many will dispute that fact and I respect their opinions; what speaks to me personally, are results, not beliefs or ideologies. Removing those three biggest offenders from our food list helps the body recover).
– Take your time when eating and drinking – chew until all the food in your mouth is broken down. Be present in your mind, not just the body when you eat and drink. You will find that you will need a lot less food than you used to, feeling fuller earlier. Do not eat in front of TV – you have no control of how much you actually eat.
– Never eat or drink when upset or angry. The food and drink you consume during times of high negative emotions turn toxic.
– Introduce a period of fasting – one day a week, a month – whatever you can master initially. Fasting allows our body to start working on whatever is out of balance within the body by giving it a window of time during which it does not need to devote its energy to digestion. Fasting allows our body to detox and rest. It is like sending our body on a retreat.
– Consider doing enemas on a regular basis and treat yourself to a few sessions of colonic irrigation per year. Toxins accumulated in our colon don’t just sit there – they begin to re-circulated in the body, poisoning us from within.
– Introduce wheatgrass and spirulina to your daily routine. Chlorophyll is the plan equivalent of our human blood. The two products are packed with vitamins and minerals, all of which benefit the body instantly – the body is able to utilise them a lot more than those coming from artificially created supplements.
Finally, a word about supplements. The question is no longer whether to supplement or not, but rather how much to supplement. No matter where we live and how much organic food we consume on daily basis, the soil in which the fruit and vegetables that we consume grew is deprived of essential nutrients. Those nutrients are no longer absorbed by the growing plants.
The basic supplements pack includes then: Vitamin A, B(complex = all the B vitamins), C, D3, K2, E; minerals: magnesium citrate, zinc citrate, selenium. There are other minerals that might be also required, that would need to be evaluated based on the individual needs of a person.
A word of warning, though – a multivitamin complex will not do. The levels of vitamins recommended as our Recommended Daily Allowance has been decreased over time. In order to see results we need to take doses, that exceed what a multivitamin will offer.
The above is a general guidance for creating optimal health. It is advised that each individual consults a nutritional practitioner in order to receive a plan tailored to their specific needs. Fasting and supplementing especially, should be discussed with your therapist, in order to create a tailored plan.