SELF-CARE ACT#107

start a cleansing diet

CATEGORY

Physical

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TIME

I’m going to be on this diet until I feel better

BUDGET

Zero

My dear friends, how are you?

How are you feeling?

How is your body feeling?

I’m really asking you this question.

While you’re reading this, do this exercise: stand up on your feet, move them a little it, move from side to side, move your arms, your shoulders, your neck, your head from side to side.

Take a moment to stretch.

When you’re done, take 3 deep breaths, inhaling from your nose, filling your stomach with air, exhaling from your mouth, heavily.

Don’t be scared to be loud.

Do it three times.

One. Two. Three.

Now stand still, close your eyes and see how your body feels. Is there any pain, tension, stiffness?

If you find one, focus on releasing your muscles in the area.

Relax.

And breath, keeping your focus on releasing the tensions.

I practice this exercise regularly to stay connected to my body.

And get a sense of how I’m feeling.

It’s very useful because it prevents me from getting hurt or inured and it tells if I need anything to do to prevent me from being sick.

Sometimes, when I do it, I feel fatigue and I know I have to rest. Sometimes my legs feel heavy and I know I need to go for a walk or practice “Legs against the wall.”

And sometimes, like yesterday I feel so many things that are wrong that I need to think about it to be able to process the information.

Here is how I felt: I was (and I still am) super tired, my neck and my shoulder hurt, I felt bloated, my joints were cracking, etc.

While I was trying to connect the dots, 2 things popped up:

  • The last couple weeks, my diet has been richer than usual. I’ve been eating lots of cheeses, meat, wine and pretty rich meals, especially in the evening.
  • We’re changing seasons and when seasons change, most people experience energy drops, especially between the summer and fall and the winter and spring, when the temperature gaps are the highest.

When it comes to my health, I trust my intuitions. Hubby always makes fun of me: “So what does your right kidney need today? Some carrot juice?”

It makes him laugh but I don’t pay attention to him. I just keep doing what feels right.

And what felt right yesterday was to start a cleansing diet to give my body (and especially my liver) less work during digestion. Help me feel less bloated and fatigued.

I’m probably going to do it for the next 2 weeks or until I feel better.

Because yesterday was my first day, I want to share with you my experience and particularly my mistake.

I started the day nicely, with whole grain bread and green tea, then I add a fantastic salad for lunch and salmon slices. In between, I had fruits, and in the evening I made whole grain pasta with mussels, coconut milk, curry and peas.

All ingredients were liver-proof. My mistake?

Hubby and I had way too much pasta.

So my friends, I want to share or remind you of this famous (French?Moroccan? I don’t know) proverb:

Have the breakfast of a king,

The lunch of a prince,

And the supper of a beggar.

Love to all my friends and tell me, how do you feel today?

WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”  Thomas Edison

MORE ABOUT THIS

If you want to be good to your liver, help your digestion and prevent Spring and Fall fatigue, here is what you can do.

Remove:

  • Dairy products
  • White rice, white bread, “white” pasta
  • Added sugars and sweeteners
  • Red Meat
  • Non vegetable fats
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Processed foods

Bring in:

  • Garlic, onion, shallots
  • Greens (spinach, kale, broccoli, peas)
  • Other vegetables: beets, carrots
  • Green tea, water
  • Nuts: almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts…and dried fruits
  • Fruits: citrus fruits, kiwis, berries, plums, avocados, apples, pears
  • Whole grain foods (bread, pasta, rice)
  • Fish and sea food especially the ones with a high concentration in Omega 3 like salmon or cod
  • Aromatic herbs and spices: cilantro, parsley, oregano, sage, rosemary, cinnamon, turmeric, curry, cumin.
  • Lentils and beans
  • Olive oil
  • A little bit of dark chocolate before sleeping 🙂

As you can see, there are lots of delicious ingredients you can eat to cleanse your liver. A cleansing diet doesn’t have to be painful to be efficient.

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