This is not a new fabulous diet good idea. This is a revolution. Do not diet. Do not deprive yourself. Nurture yourself.
Notice if you are hungry or if it’s just the habit-formed hunger pangs that come from your head thinking it’s time to eat. Okay, you are just hungry. Now, notice what it is that you are hungry for: something in particular, or? One of my thinnest periods was when I just wanted to eat steak and nothing else. Well, we couldn’t afford steak at all, so …
Actually, we have habit patterns of eating that have little to do with actually fulfilling nutrition. That’s what we’re looking for: fulfilling nutrition! Yes, the body needs a particular recipe of nutrients to be healthy: lots of leafy greens, a rainbow of other vegetables and fruit, a lot less bread and carbs, probably. We need some protein. Not as much as most Americans eat, however.
Do you actually know what carbs and protein are? Just to be sure we’re on the same page:
Carbs are carbohydrates. These include potatoes, rice, most grains, bread, including pizza crust, and also fruits. Fruit sugar is a carbohydrate, fructose, almost as dangerous as sucrose, refined sugar. Sugar is sugar in the end, and too much of it can be very very tasty, but completely unfulfilling in terms of nutrition. Carbs provide energy for the cells, so we do need some carbs.
Sugar has been shown to be a poison to the body, causing diabetes, and loads of other health problems, not to mention obesity, in the end. Sugar is a highly addictive substance which many people crave, so it’s pretty hard to cut it out completely. Processed foods manufacturers sneak it in to virtually everything from bread to spaghetti sauce, so that the food will be more addictive, and taste “better”. Is it better? No.
And if you’re addicted to sugar, you’re also attracted to eating way too much protein. This sets up all kinds of imbalances in the body, leaving it toxic and sluggish very often.
So, what is protein? Protein is a major component of our cell structure and the body, so we do need it. Do you have to eat steak to get protein? No.
Many people are not eating cow’s meat for moral as well as physical reasons. Raising cows commercially for meat is one of the highest carbon industries, some say a major cause of global warming. In addition, many chemicals and drugs are fed to the factory cows, which end up in the meat. This is not humane or healthy for humans.
Alternative protein sources are wild game; grass-fed pasture raised farm animals and poultry; nuts and seeds; and legumes – beans have a great mix of carbohydrates and protein. Some grains like quinoa and millet also have a very good quality digestible protein, and also great taste! (kinda)
Soy beans and wheat have been highly genetically modified over the last forty years or so and many people are having problems with them. Both seem to be pretty much indigestible, soy slowing the metabolism, and wheat acting as a sedative in the body. And both are highly addictive, particularly wheat.
For many people whose favorite food is bread and pasta, this is an indicator that they are also allergic or sensitive to wheat and wheat products, which are hidden everywhere by the way. No more gravy either, and you’ll need to read labels if this is your issue. Nice thing is: weight loss is an immediate happy consequence of cutting out the wheat.
But tasty food is not the fulfillment of good satisfying eating, necessarily. Tasty is nice, and achievable easily with fresh ripe foods, seasoned with organic (preferably) herbs, less salt (we are also acclimatized and addicted to way too much salt, which creates weight gain sometimes, as well as other consequences to the blood vessels and blood pressure.
You can use spices, herbs and lemons to replace salt and sugar in your meals. It leaves your body with a beautiful clean feeling, with the cells just singing! That’s what we are aiming for: optimum health and nurturing to the body. And yet a period of re-educating our little taste buds may be necessary.
Every body is different and our heritage has affected our structure and metabolism, as well as our habitual desires and tastes. It’s okay to be guided by wanting “comfort food”, and if you listen to your body, it will be in moderation. But finding better choices for cellular vibrancy and health involves raw organic ingredients, cooked minimally or eaten raw, with minimal processing.
Alcohol and caffeine are not necessarily the problem, it’s the addictive relationship that develops to them, as it also does with salt and sugar. Alcohol and caffeine in moderation have some health benefits, and can be part of nurturing the body for sure. You will just need to use mindfulness in your use of these substances. Your heredity may be fine or not fine with all these things.
Dairy products are another area of eating whose delicious overcoat may belie loads of problems for the body. Many women’s ovarian problems have cleared up completely when they eliminated dairy products completely, avoiding surgeries, assisting healthy pregnancies, etc. If you have these problems, it may be worth eliminating dairy for a few weeks and seeing what happens. There’s loads of milk alternatives these days that are delicious and inexpensive.
Everyone’s constitution is different, and yet there are natural laws that can guide us. Eat and chew well, try new foods three times, listen to your body beyond just the taste buds. We have been fed a load of crap with preservatives, chemicals, and insecticides. It may take a while to clean the body from this addictive cocktail that it’s become habituated to. Worth it though. Eye on a prize of Energy, Vitality, and Great Sleep!
Food for the Skin?
Like so many things, what you resist persists. Moisturizers very often create dry skin that requires constant moisturizing. Reading the ingredient chemical mash might give you a hint that this stuff is not really food for the skin.
Why is it important to think of food for the skin? Isn’t the skin a membrane that protects the body from things penetrating through it? No – actually it’s a semi-permeable membrane: that means that things actually do penetrate through the skin into the bloodstream and through the blood-brain barrier into the brain. That’s why lead in cosmetics is so dangerous, as well as a few other things.
Aluminum has been connected with alzheimers disease, and yet it’s a major ingredient in most deodorants and anti-perspirants. Not good. There are brands without the aluminum. Ingredients are listed on the package, so look for it.
Toothpaste with flouride has been touted to be really terrific for preventing tooth decay. But while it’s filling in all the tooth enamel, it’s also making brittle bones and possibly osteoporosis. Rather change your diet to prevent tooth decay. There are non-flouride toothpastes out there, or just use baking soda on your toothbrush- whitens and cleans safely.
Alternative moisturizers for the face and neck might be almond oil, coconut oil, or olive oil based.
Oh, and teenagers with acne would do well to stop eating eggs. Adolescents seem to particularly have a sudden allergy reaction that developed from eating eggs or some other item that previously had been a favorite food (still is probably). Luckily there are a lot of products for acne on the market, so I won’t go into it. But having your face explode with toxins/hormones is definitely a problem for many, and it doesn’t make it any better when I tell you that your body is busy eliminating the toxins as fast as it can, a sign of a healthy vitality. When the toxins can’t be excreted through the skin, then we get into real problems.
Starting a new diet regime, people can get pimples in an interim phase. Hopefully when the toxins are gone, the skin will be healed and you’ll be feeling way better. In the mean time, another reason to nurture the self with clay face masks, de-toxifying herbal scrubs, and salt scrubs. A hot bath does wonders.
So, we all love hot showers and baths, right? Well, there’s a really good argument for cold or cool showers instead. It’s hard at first, but when you get used to it, envigorating and re-vitalizing. If you are concerned about dry skin all over your body, try cold or cool showers instead of hot, and you’ll find soft moist skin will be yours again. Also, you can buy organic foods with all the money you’ll be saving on your hot water bill!
Nurture Your Feet
We don’t normally pay much attention to our feet. They’re covered up most of the time, and usually don’t bother us much. Well, it’s worth giving yourself a little bit of nightly foot massage, partly because it just feels divine, but it also has many health benefits.
All the nerves and organs have corresponding spots on the foot and the sole of the foot, so you can treat your whole body by massaging the meridians in the feet. Washing your feet first with a mild soap and warm water, make sure to pay special attention to the spots between the toes: wash and dry thoroughly.
Then some nice heated olive or coconut oil will make you feel like Jesus Christ did, when Mary Magdalene washed and oiled his feet. Walk in his footsteps. Nurture your feet, and so your whole self, so that you too can love as he did.