Have you wandered from the healthy path lately? Are you looking for some positive ways to get back on track?
Have you been eating too much sugar, caffeine, grains or other things not on your make-me-feel-best food list? Do you want to feel your best again?
Our therapeutic food habits and healthy resolve can be disrupted due to travel, family and social gatherings. We can also stray from the healthy path under periods of stress due to old emotionally triggered habits.
When finding your way back to better choices, first of all, please 'speak' gently to yourself. Kind acceptance of whatever choices you made for whatever reason, will help you direct positive energy towards steering for a better feeling state.
Here are some of my suggestions to help you speed your journey back to the healthy path.
Prepare for letting go
Ready yourself psychologically to let go of any unhealthy vices you may have allowed back in. It's much easier to enter this healthy mind space when we also let go of any self blame about choices that were not in our best interest. 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 four Reset Diets for a few days may help you restore a healthy appetite and tune you back into cravings for foods that are good for you.
In the process of transitioning back to your healthy path you may feel some hunger as these strategies result in some caloric reduction. However, as long as you are not underweight, if hunger is only experienced in the short term, it can be a healthy part of your rebalancing process. Lighter eating related to the hunger can also facilitate some detoxification (which may have some degree of discomfort to it.)
If you ARE underweight do make sure you take your caloric needs into consideration, adding extra oils or helpings or taking a modified approach. 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.
In the newsletter section you can read the article on Healing Crisis
to remind yourself about some of the sensations we can experience when cleansing.
Reset Option One
From a few days you can limit your diet to smoothies, and raw and cooked soups during the day 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, thus potentially leading to weight gain in the future.
The Ayurvedic approach to a cleansing, 'reset' diet is to combine mung beans and basmatic rice with veggies at every meal and snack for two to three full days. I'll add a post after this with a recipe in the recipe section for Kitchdi. This one is the easiest as there will be very little hunger and you may not lose any weight. 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. Some people prefer to substitute sprouted and cooked quinoa to rice for a lower carb option.
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, MCT liquid coconut oil and ghee can add healthy calories.
Go back to the first stage of the Whole Approach diet and 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 . The juice does a nutritional 'reset' and helps rejuvenate the wisdom of your body to help shift your intuition back to healthy.
Walking with you on your way to health,