This week’s goal: More Food Healing Treasures!
In my Series 1 Blog post, I gave an overview of simple holistic steps towards recovering from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. In subsequent CFS and FM blog series, I have been highlighting a particular task or wellness technique that you can incorporate into your lifestyle. We’ll take things one small manageable piece at a time. If you follow along with this series and incorporate the holistic techniques into your daily life, you will begin to feel better and better. Moving towards health and wellness takes time and commitment, but every small step you take will move you closer to your goal. If you have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to reply to my blog posts and ask them.
I know that it is well within anyone’s potential to recover from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia using holistic methods, since I’ve done it myself! Read more of my story here.
Keep the Faith – You Can Do It! Tiny Bite Size Pieces – That’s the Key to Regaining your Health!
On to this week’s goal: More Food Healing Treasures!
As I have mentioned before, recovering from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia is all about learning how to nurture yourself – on all levels – mind, body, and spirit.
On the physical level, we need the proper nutrients to survive and thrive, and the powerful medicinal phytochemicals found in fresh produce will speed your recovery. I really want you to start looking at your food as a healing gift from Mother Nature. There are simple habits you can adopt to receive the most nutrition and healing phytochemicals from your food.
- Generate a feeling of appreciation and gratitude for your food and its benefits, while you’re eating. You may be surprised at how this helps you. In a state of gratitude, your body relaxes, stress falls away, and every system in your body, including digestion, functions more efficiently. Also, your emotions have an electromagnetic signature that affects the water molecules in your food. Positive emotions, thoughts, and intentions align the molecules in water to form beautiful snowflake patterns. Negative emotions, thoughts, and intentions create ugly, chaotic patterns.
- It is imperative that you chew your food into oblivion. One reason is that most phytochemicals are locked within the fibers of the produce and aren’t released unless we pulverize our food. That’s not the job description of our stomach, but rather our teeth. Most people don’t realize that digestion begins in the mouth. And, chewing thoroughly removes a huge burden from our stomach and intestines and allows our bodies the chance to absorb the most nutrition and phytochemicals.
- In the same vein as above, cut all your food into tiny pieces before you even put them in your mouth. This will aid you before you even begin chewing.
- Take your time when you eat. Even if you only have five minutes, eat a small amount to match the time you have. So, you can create a leisurely atmosphere with a small portion and get more holistic health bang for your buck.
- It is best to eat small meals, three times a day. This helps to relieve the energy burden of digesting a large meal all at once, since energy is a commodity in very short supply with CFS.
- In order to get the necessary variety of nutritional elements try to eat a range of foods that encompass the entire rainbow of colors.
- I can’t say enough good things about seaweed. Please eat it every day. All kinds of seaweeds are nutritional and phytochemical powerhouses. They contain a vast array of minerals such as calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. Sea vegetables also provide a potent array of vitamins, including B vitamins A, E, C and K. The nutrients in sea vegetables make them useful for maintaining good health and for fighting disease. Seaweed is rich in phytonutrients, including sulfated polysaccharides that are known to have significant anti-inflammatory, antiviral and cardiovascular benefits.
The Benefits of Healthy Smoothies and Juicing
Massive amounts of nutrition and phytonutrients are required, and therefore I recommend juicing and smoothies to everyone healing from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. They are a dense source of nutrition and healing phytochemicals. For juicing, I recommend using a twin-gear juicer that extracts almost all of the vitamins and minerals from the juiced food items. The bladed juicers are next to worthless as they typically leave most of the nutrition behind in the pulp and also heat the juice and damage the nutrients. For a blender to make smoothies, I recommend the Vitamix, or if your budget is not big enough, then a Nutribullet will do a passable job.
Once you get into a rhythm with juicing and smoothies, you will quickly notice improvements in energy, cognitive abilities, sleep, and more. The juices and smoothies are naturally chelating and will cleanse any toxic heavy metals out of the body over time.
An important point to note about creating healthy juices and smoothies is that they should be comprised of about 85-90% of vegetables with the small remainder made up of fruit. A pure fruit juice or smoothie is a diabetic sugar bomb and should be avoided.
I will provide you with a sample healthy smoothie recipe and a juice recipe to get you started. I call this smoothie recipe – “Champion.” You will certainly feel the boost when you drink it. The ingredients listed are measured as dry weight. Put them in your blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Use all organic ingredients. To make it thinner add more water, or thicker – add more avocado.
- Red Beet – 2 oz.
- Spinach – 1 oz.
- Kale – 1 oz.
- Cucumber – 3.5 oz.
- Carrot – 3 oz.
- Goji Berries – ½ oz.
- Celery – 2.5 oz.
- Apple – 5 oz.
- Almonds – ¼ cup
- Cinnamon – 1 tsp.
- Avocado – 1/4 of medium sized whole one
- Lime – ¼ of whole one
- Ginger – ¼” thick by ¾” long
- Filtered Water or Distilled Water – 1 ¼ cup
- Ice Cubes – 6-8 cubes
The juice recipe I’m about to share with you I call the “Vitality Juice.” It is loaded with medicinal and nutritional goodness. Again, please use a twin-gear juicer – I use the Green Star 2000 – and not a bladed, shredding juicer (you’re better off only blending smoothies and not juicing, if you have this kind of juicer).
Red Beet – 2 oz. of juice produced from 4 oz. dry weight
Dandelion Greens – 2 oz. of juice produced from 3.5 oz. dry weight
Cucumber – 3 oz. juice produced from 3.5 oz. dry weight
Parsley – 1 oz. juice produced from 2.5 oz. dry weight
Celery – 3 oz. juice produced from 5 oz. dry weight
Spinach – 2 oz. juice produced from 3 oz. dry weight
Carrots – 2 oz. juice produced from 3.5 oz. dry weight
Apple – 1 oz. juice produced from 2 oz. dry weight
Yam – 1 oz. juice produced from 2 oz. dry weight
I told you we will take things one tiny step at a time, and so, for this week, here are more additions to your wellness plan.
Wellness Assignment #6: Healthy Smoothies and Juices Rock!
- Continue doing everything that was taught in wellness assignments 1-5. If you need to review them, here are their links:
- Series 1 Blog
- Series 2 Blog
- Series 3 Blog
- Series 4 Blog
- Series 5 Blog
- I would like you to start incorporating healthy smoothies and/or “Vitality” juice into your diet. If you are able to get a twin-geared juicer, then have at least one “Vitality” juice a week. If you can’t get the right juicer, then stick with smoothies.
- Start off with the goal of having at least 1 healthy smoothie a week. And, work up to having them five times a week. Try to make it a daily diet habit. They are fast and easy to make, and loaded with good stuff for you.
- Eat a piece of seaweed every day. Experiment with different kinds and see what you like. There are tasty roasted seaweed sheets with a touch of sesame oil that are quite delicious. You can put seaweed on your salads, in soups (kombu can be used in place of corn starch to thicken soup), snack munching, the sky is the limit.
- Also, add have a handful of nuts and seeds every day. They contain good fats, minerals, phytochemicals and are high in protein. Walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, cashews – all raw, organic – not roasted. And, NO PEANUTS – they have an unhealthy fungus that will strain your already strained immune system. Great seeds are sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Ok, that is your holistic healing assignment for this week. If you can’t do everything, that’s ok, just do what you can and every day try to just a little bit more. Next blog, we will continue tweaking our daily routine. Take it one small, manageable step at a time and you will be able to heal yourself!
Stay tuned, and walk the path of wellness!
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I hope you have found this information helpful.
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