Have you wandered from the healthy path this festive season? Are you looking for some positive ways to get back on track?
Therapeutic food habits and healthy resolve can be disrupted due to travel, family and social gatherings or periods of stress that trigger emotional eating. I hope you find the following tips useful as you find your way back to your best possible self care.
As you seek positive reform, please 'speak' gently with your inner voice. Kind acceptance of whatever choices you made for whatever reason, will help you direct positive energy towards steering for a better feeling state.
Visualizing yourself feeling good and doing the things you can do when you are healthy can help with the recommitment to the process.
Practicing one of the following strategies for a few days may help you restore a healthy appetite and tune you back into cravings for foods that are good for you.
From a few days to a couple of weeks of smoothies, and raw and cooked soups with mung bean soup or kitchdi for supper (see below.) Lots of lemon juice and herbal teas and greens drinks, maybe even some veggie juices if you have a juicer. Caution, this program WILL result in weight loss and, if greatly reduced calories are consumed, can lower the speed of your metabolism if followed for more than a few days.
The Ayurvedic approach is to combine mung beans and basmatic rice with veggies at every meal for two to three full days. Check out the recipe for Kitchdi in the recipe section. This one is the easiest as there will be very little hunger and it will not slow your metabolism. Healthy plant based, cold pressed oils can be added to increase calories if needed. Half and half or two thirds mung beans and one third rice is best. Soaking your rice overnight (out of the fridge) and sprouting your mung beans before cooking can make this dish even more digestible and nutritious as well as quick cooking.
A few days of vegetables only, cooked and raw and soups- plus healthy dressings, sauces etc. You may find this reset option fairly challenging due to hunger. Eating extra helpings of pureed veggies and using some squash and sweet potatoes can help. This option will very likely also result in weight loss and the same cautions apply as in number one. Using ample avocados can add healthy calories and reduce the weight gain.
Go back to your normal phase of the Whole Approach diet but start each day with a veggie juice high in green veggies or with powdered greens stirred in. This will also result in very little hunger as you are just adding juice to what you were eating before the holidays. The juice does a nutritional 'reset' and helps rejuvenate the wisdom of your body to help shift your intuition back to healthy.
In the process of transitioning back to your healthy path you may feel some hunger as these strategies result in some caloric reduction. Short term light eating can trigger some detoxification. Be aware you may feel some degree of discomfort from this. See What is a Healing Crisis?
If you are underweight do make sure you take your caloric needs into consideration, adding extra oils or helpings or taking a modified approach to any of the above. Also, if you are in a weakened state, a change that will encourage detoxification may not be advisable, ask your primary care practitioner for advice first.
May you find your best path to a healthier, stronger 2018!