When’s the last time you used the word – diet?
Diet. A diet of anything implies:
–cutting you off from something you enjoy eg. You seldom have to diet from something you love – have to cut back on walks on beautiful days
-have to cut back on healthy green vegy’s
-have to cut back on telling your kids you love them – not likely
-It implies suffering – I CAN”T EAT THAT!! And telling your self that over and over again. Restraining where retraining would be more to your benefit.
Another reason a diet doesn’t work is that people tend to crave foods they are missing when not eating balanced meals. For example, when not eating enough leafy green vegy’s and getting enough minerals, you crave more sugar and chocolate. The body knows it needs certain things but doesn’t know the best or healthiest way to get them. You only know what you crave.
Eg. If you’ve lived in France all your life you don’t know what you’re missing if you’ve never been to China. You have to educate yourself to fill in those craving needs.
Perhaps the most injurious aspect of dieting is the self-talk that goes along with it. Eg. This is good, this is bad. All the judgments that lead to measuring life with – just a little bad or “I screwed up this morning so my whole day is ruined. Might as well continue binging.”
Noooooooo – training yourself to think this way only increases the battle. It creates the worst habit of all – being unkind to your self. This perpetuates feelings of not good enough which enhance emotional eating as you get depressed about eating – simply eating. Something you have to do to survive everyday!!!
The best road to losing weight is to create healthy habits that are part of your life, part of every day. This enhances feeling good.
- It empowers a person that they can make themselves feel good.
- It aligns you with positive and useful values that you can enhance all of your life with.
- It trains you to think better, do better and be a better person
Doesn’t that sound better than a diet???
The Best Nourishment comes from a relaxed and calm mind.
- The food you eat,
- the air you breathe,
- your thoughts and
- your emotional environment, add to your health and care of your body.
These are the tools that
- help your body to heal,
- help the nervous system relax,
- fuel our energy and
- improve our immunity.
If a person creates a healthy lifestyle, including diet, 80% of their health problems would be remedied.
How would that revolutionize your life?
Are you looking for:
- guidance about the best foods for you to eat
- the nutritional habits which benefit you and enhance your longevity and
- the nutrition that is adding to you’re excess weight as well as weakening your health and effecting your quality of life and longevity?
In Chinese medicine, there is recognized, the dual aspects of yin and yang. Yin is the substance, the nourishing, grounding quality. Yang is movement, change, transformation, transportation.
Think of it in the analogy of a car. A car has an engine and there is oil in the engine to help the car move so there is not so much friction with the movement. In this example, the engine is yang and the oil in the engine is yin.
Many people in today’s modern world run the engine without much oil in it. This is especially true, as we age.
Eating is a process where we bring external energies into our body’s center. We do this, relying on our ability to transform these raw materials into usable nutrition, supplementing our blood, bones, organs and bodily functions. When we eat, we open ourselves to take in yin nourishing substances and yang functional qualities. Subtle qualities like our state of mind during meal times can greatly affect our ability to digest. A healthy mind and emotional state leads to a proper mental attitude to eating which leads to energy infusing the Stomach and Spleen, allowing proper digestion and absorption.
WHERE TO START?
Foods to Avoid
One of the biggest digestion myths is that by eating raw and cold foods, such as salads you will lose weight. This is not necessarily true. Cold and raw foods require the body to increase digestive acid in order to break them down. This strains the digestion.
The same is true for ice and cold drinks. When was the last time you were in a Chinese restaurant and given ice cold water? The Chinese know this about the digestion and so you are typically served tea or soup before a meal.
The same is true of sushi. By nature, sushi is cold and hard to digest. This is why you are given ginger, because it has digestive enzymes which help breaking it down.
The stomach lining is more like a delicate plant than an iron combustion chamber. Think of it like a flower. Too much cold or hot water will kill a flower. The stomach creates the delicate process of absorbing and breaking down nutrients. Excess of cold foods can de-sensitize it making it harder to function in a balanced way.
When the stomach is cold, the digestive juices and hydrocloric acid, which is necessary to break down foods, are not readily available and so food is not broken down and utilized as well by the body. This creates sluggish digestion.
You may not notice it at first but in the long run, as the stomach continues to experience cold food, it gets weaker, hydrochloric acid weakens. This is one of the leading reasons many people experience thyroid issues and metabolic issues.
Other foods it will benefit you to avoid are:
Processed foods, such as pasta, bread, cereals and anything in a box or can
Sugar, wheat and dairy are most prone to trigger allergies, mucus draining, digestive disturbance, fatigue.
What to do instead?
Good food is essential for good health and happiness. Food is the core of your health. Without healthy nutrition, your body lacks the nutrients necessary to rebuild itself, strengthen itself and maintain the vitality needed to live a fulfilling and loving life.
The body is made of 93% or 98% water. Water is transportation in and out of the cells with electrolytes. Electrolytes are chemicals with in the body, which have an electrical charge. This charge creates movement. Movement increases transportation of nutrients and waste into and out of cells through the membrane of the cell. Electrolytes enhance this activity and so provide more effective flushing of waste particles and better absorption of nutrients. Drinking water that is enhanced with electrolytes enhance this activity.
Electrolytes are an important aspect of our body’s chemistry and energy system.
Here are a few examples:
Calcium is the most abundant and important mineral in the body. It is an integral element for cellular function throughout the body. Most calcium is stored in the bones and teeth and it is also found in the blood, muscle and interstitial fluid, which is the fluid between cells. Calcium is necessary for blood vessel dilation and contraction, muscle contraction, secretion of hormones and enzymes and relaying messages through the nervous system.
The balance between bone re-absorption and deposition changes as people age. When we experience a shortage of calcium, as women do with menopause, the body will leach calcium from the bones and teeth. This creates osteoporosis.
It is vital to our health to maintain calcium in our body.
Sources of Calcium include:
Leafy green vegetables – kale, cabbage, spinach, etc.
Tofu (best when cooked with ginger)
You can supplement your calcium intake by taking a powdered or liquid calcium supplement. Calcium supplements in the form of a pill, aren’t as easily absorbed.
To discern whether your calcium supplement is working for you, put a tablet in a cup of water and observer whether it dissolves or not. If it doesn’t dissolve in the water, chances are it won’t dissolve in your digestive track either.
Weight bearing exercise is the best way to increase bone strength. Enjoyable weight bearing exercises are:
Calcium is excreted from the body in sweat, urine and feces. This excretion can be affected by many factors and by the intake of other electrolytes such as sodium and potassium.
Sodium is found, plentifully, in the American diet, particularly with people who eat out often.
Potassium is found in avocado’s and honey.
Increasing dietary potassium intake (such as from 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day) may help to balance high sodium intake and decrease calcium excretion particularly in postmenopausal women.