Health challenges often respond well to the use of clean, preferably organic, whole foods, that are cooked from scratch. When your body receives all the macro and micro nutrients it needs from whole foods, cravings for junk food or sugar will be drastically reduced.
TIPS TO TRY:
- Keep organic whole grains around to cook from scratch. You can use them whole, in salads, or freshly ground to a powder for quick-cooking porridges. All whole grains are high in fibre, which helps clean the colon of possible toxins.
- Give up refined fruit juice and eat your fruit whole, unless you have a juicer.
- Give up convenience foods as much as possible: anything in a bag, box, or can, or frozen.
- Purchase a grain mill to grind grains and make your own flour. The nutrient content is incomparable to pre-packaged flour which has been sitting on a shelf for months.
- Drink plenty of water, away from meals so that the liquid does not impede digestion.
- Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. If you have sluggish digestion or weight issues, consider eating your fruit 1⁄2 hour before food, or 1.5 to 2 hours after a meal.
- Expand and get creative with your protein options. Try legumes like mung, red lentil, adzuki or chick peas, or organic non-GMO tofu. Increase your consumption of nuts like walnuts or seeds like sunflower, pumpkin, flax, or sesame. For animal protein options stick to organic chicken, organic eggs, wild-caught fish, and organic grass-fed beef (used in moderation).
- Stop buying low-fat products. They will cause cravings for missing macronutrients. Use goat cheese and goat yogurt in their natural, full-fat state. Eat other fat-rich foods in moderation, such as avocado, olive oil, coconut oil or organic butter. Good fats such as these will help to raise HDL cholesterol and lower the LDL cholesterol. Cell membranes need good cholesterol to function properly.
- Eating a wholesome breakfast and strategic snacking are very important and prevent over-eating later in the evening. A mid-afternoon snack (between lunch and dinner) could consist of fresh fruit, followed by a nut butter eaten 1⁄2 hour later, either alone or on rice crackers (as one example).