This week’s goal: Food Healing Basics!
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.
In my Series 2 Blog, I talked about creating a private, healing space in some corner of your home, a place where you can go to nurture yourself and relax. And last week in Series 3, I introduced healing breath work. In Series 4, I stressed the importance of staying hydrated and expanded our breath work techniques.
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: Introducing Food Healing Basics!
Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are illnesses that are indicative of a severely depleted mind-body-spirit condition. Therefore, in order to recover from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, it is critical to nourish yourself on all levels—body, mind, and spirit. This blog begins the lengthy discussion of food healing and nourishment that I will continue to build upon in subsequent blogs.
Our bodies are miracle workers, but they need the proper nutrition and healing phytochemicals obtained from fresh fruits and vegetables to heal from illness and function properly. In fact, it is critical to flood your body with nutritional and medicinal food. Everything you drink and eat matters to regaining your health. An added difficulty is that our food supply is depleted of proper nutrition; so it is necessary to take extra measures to ensure adequate nutrition and healing phytochemicals.
The best thing you can do to promote health is to go back to the basics of nature. Our food should not be comprised of anything that didn’t come from the earth directly. That means no chemicals, additives, processed sugar, or dyes. But, none of us are perfect, so everything in moderation is a key phrase for good health maintenance. Our bodies have to work hard enough every day to cleanse us of the constant exposure to man-made environmental toxins; they shouldn’t have to detox from the food we eat.
Choose Organic! Increase Consumption of Organic Produce
The nutrition and the presence of powerful medicinal phytochemicals in fresh, organic fruits and vegetables can aid us in healing from illness and disease. Allow yourself to imagine, as with the air you breathe and the water you drink, that the food you eat is a powerful gift of nourishment and healing provided by Source for you in your physical form.
It’s time to start chipping away at what we put into our body for sustenance. What we drink and eat can help us heal, or keep us ill.
Gradually Reduce and Eliminate Foods that Aggravate Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
These are the foods that drain our life essence and create inflammation and illness in our bodies. When I was deathly ill, if I ate from the list below, I actually felt my life essence being depleted – in real time. The following are the biggest illness causing and aggravating foods – processed foods of any kind, processed sugar and sweets, wheat, dairy, pasta, coffee, sodas, alcohol, and red meat. This is not everything, but eating from this list definitely aggravates chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. I realize this is a rather large list, but, items from it can be gradually reduced and eliminated. Strive every day to making your diet cleaner and healthier. You will start to see results, and once you get on the positive results train, you will go faster and faster.
I told you we will take things one tiny step at a time, and so, for this week,
Wellness Assignment #5: Food Choices that will begin to Restore your Health and Vitality
- Continue doing everything that was taught in wellness assignments 1-5. If you need to review them, here are their links:
- Buy organic produce for your meals. You need non-toxic, potent nutrition and phytochemicals to aid in your healing.
- Every day, eat at least 3 servings from this list – kale, chard, collard greens, dandelion greens, spinach, green beans, Brussels sprouts, or broccoli. These are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and healing phytochemicals. Please eat them raw and chew everything to oblivion before swallowing to get as much out of them as you can.
- Cook with organic avocado, coconut, or sunflower oils. These are healthy oils that hold up to cooking heat. Don’t use olive oil to cook with, it gets destroyed by heat. Your body needs these healthy fats to restore itself and build up your immune system.
- If you drink sodas, STOP. Read this blog if you need an incentive to quit.
- Every time you are about to eat some food item that contains wheat, stop yourself and try to make another choice. Try rye, oats, or rice based products. Wheat drains your life essence, creates massive amounts of inflammation, and with CF and FM, we need to do everything we can to build you back up and decrease inflammation.
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 week, we will continue to talk about healing food. 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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Additionally, if you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, I teach an Autoimmune & other Chronic Illnesses Healing Class. You can view the details and register for it by clicking here.
I hope you have found this information helpful.
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