Spring is here. We’ve cleaned the house, washed the windows and are checking our bicycle tires and planning our gardens. Now, let’s remember the most important item on the “cleaning” list – our own bodies!
Did you know that most people don’t even think about their bodies and how they function until something malfunctions or we get sick?
Since prevention is highest on my list of health care, let’s look at a basic diet- which means anything that passes through your lips- ideas that can cleanse your body and bring about not only healthy short-term results, but encourage long term lifestyle changes which may prevent the onset of nasty colds, some allergies and chronic dis-ease.
Whole foods are a vital part of this process! Whole food can be defined as food that is consumed closest to its natural state, closer to its raw, uncooked form and therefore at its highest quality. In this condition, all the enzymes are found intact. The amino acids are in their finest form. The minerals, trace elements, carbohydrates and “life force” are present. This life force in food is capable of reproducing healthy tissue and replacing body parts damaged by an empty nutrient diet.
Remarkable things begin to happen in your body as well as your mind when you improve the quality of food you consume. There is an amazing intelligence present in every cell of our bodies. When the food coming in to our bodies is of higher quality than the tissues which the body is made of, the body begins to discard this “old material” to make room for the superior material which it uses to make new and healthier tissue. In simple terms, “out with the old and in with the new” high-test fuel for the body. You are worth it!
It’s a simple Law of Nature that our bodies try to produce healthy cells unless we interfere by putting excess “empty nutrition” into our bodies. Some examples of “empty nutrition” are processed and packaged foods, additives and unpronounceable substitutes, diet drinks and carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, alcohol, coffee, candy etc.
As we cleanse our bodies of these toxins, some cleansing symptoms may (sometimes referred to as a healing crisis) occur, such as headaches, especially when kicking caffeine, nausea and skin breakouts, which may last anywhere from 3 days to several weeks. You might say, “I didn’t have these conditions when I was into my old way of eating”. Please realize that your body needs time to clean out an accumulation of those bad substances. Is your life worth giving your body the chance to experience renewed energy both physically and mentally?
Foods that help the body detoxify naturally are fresh dark green leafy vegetables, kale, chard, Crucifers; cabbages and Brussels sprouts, asparagus, beet roots & greens, raw seeds and nuts and partly unsaturated oils like olive, walnut, coconut and grapeseed. Some fruits and whole grains, mainly millet and brown rice, also help clean out our systems.
Adding these foods to your regular diet – a little at a time, like one or two per week – may help kick-start the cleansing and change your mind and your bodys’ desire for junk foods. Also try eliminating or at least cutting back on some of the junk at the same time- replacing it with the good stuff.
It’s a good idea to check with your health professional before beginning any cleanse. As a health coach, I suggest a regimen of certain foods and filtered water that can be eaten to help cleanse and replenish the body’s energy, vital organs, systems and functions.
Our deep love and enjoyment of our beautiful surroundings should begin with loving ourselves enough to take care of our bodies and minds with food – first!