March 2014 | Newsletter archives
By Eva Cwynar
Healing yourself requires you to be conscious of the things you’re doing and what you’re putting into your body. It requires you to really think about the stress you’re experiencing rather than carrying it around with you, and to find ways to dissipate it. To heal yourself requires a holistic approach; several systems depend on one another within the body for balance and health. When you work to balance your mind and your body at the same time, you’re much more likely to experience better health and healing. The amazing thing is, by starting to tackle one area (for example, your diet), you end up benefiting other areas. When you feel better, you’ll also find yourself more apt to exercise. It’s win-win.
• Give your diet an overhaul. Cut out processed foods, refined sugars, refined flour, and replace those choices with whole foods. Make these changes at your pace so you don’t find yourself standing in your kitchen wondering what to eat in the middle of the day. But don’t be too lenient either. Remember change is good.
• Replace dairy with almond milk or yogurt, coconut creamer for your coffee, coconut yogurt, and vegan cheese. Stay away from soy-based alternatives, which aren’t as ideal as you might think. Remove processed foods that contain preservatives, GMOs, gluten, pesticides, chemicals and other unnatural ingredients. Replace whole-wheat products with products contains almond flour.
• Choose more alkaline-forming foods. Alkaline, in addition to being more resistant to disease, holds on to the minerals you put into them.
• Reduce inflammation. Inflammation is the catalyst for a lot of diseases, from arthritis to cancer. If you seem to be susceptible to colds and flu, it may be because your body could be distracted by inflammation and unable to fight off bugs that are making you sick. Your white blood cells may already be at work trying to calm down the inflammation in your body. When you heal your immune system by eating foods that reduce chronic inflammation and avoiding the ones that increase it, you can lower your levels of inflammation and decrease your risk for these diseases.
• Pay attention to your gut. You wouldn’t think your intestinal health would have such an impact on your health overall, but when the good and bad bacteria in your gut aren’t balanced, you can face more than just bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. The bacteria in your gut produces a majority of the serotonin in your body, which can affect your mood. By healing your gut, you can also help heal your mind.
If you pay attention to what you’re putting into your body, you’ll be playing an active role in healing your whole self. It’s a journey worth embarking on.
To do list:
• Eat better. Ripe fruits, lots of greens, sprouts and other vegetables; ginger, garlic, sweet potatoes, celery, cucumbers, pineapple, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, pears.
• Drink less alcohol, caffeine, animal protein, dairy, refined sugar and processed foods.
• Meditate. Those trained in mindful medication exhibit better memory and an ability to focus. They also have less negative emotions after stressful work situations, as well as lower blood pressure.
• Listen to your body. Breathe. Clean up your diet. Learn to love yourself by making mindful decisions.