This is an article published 9/15/21 in the RHG Magazine on how to Fall Into Balance
- Avoid all GMOs
Genetically Modified foods have been modified to resist insects, fungi, and mold. They have insecticides, fungicides and herbicides built right into them. If they kill the outside bugs, including beloved bees, which we need to pollinate our crops, they also kill the good bugs in our guts. Why would you want to eat insecticides or herbicides? Avoid them at all costs. Studies are just starting to come in with horrifying results. Buy Organic whenever possible.
Cook your own real food.
Control what you put into your body. Food should not only be delicious, but it should also feed your body all the micro-nutrients that it needs. Avoid processed and fast foods, or anything on a label that you cannot pronounce or know what it is. If you do not know what it is, your body does not either. They do harm to the body. Stay away!
If it is on the “Dirty Dozen” list, absolutely buy organic.
These foods have dozens of toxins on them. You cannot wash them off. Avoid them.
If the item is on the Clean 15, not to worry, buy conventional. Buy organic whenever possible.
Thank you EWG.org for all the research.
- Include healthy Omega-3 oils in your diet
Ghee, Grass Fed Organic Butter, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Coconut oil, Grapeseed oil, Nut and seed oils, Brown Rice oil, Flax Seed oil. Oils from wild fish like salmon/ mackerel. Avoid Omega-6 oils.
- Detox off sugar
It is an addiction. It turns off your hunger hormones, Leptin and Ghrelin. You are still hungry, and you want more. It is destroying your body. Get off fructose, cane sugar, corn syrup, and agave, in your diet. That includes the “fake sugars” too. The blue, pink or yellow packets are chemicals doing harm to your body. Replace them with Stevia, Monk fruit, or small amounts of raw honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. Still gives you a sugar high, but also gives your body some needed nutrients.
6. Eat the rainbow.
Each color of a plant food contains important nutrients for life. Buy local if possible. The faster from the farm to the table, the more nutrients in the food to fuel your body. Buy vegetables and fruits that are in season which ensures best prices and maximum nutrition.
7. Drink lots of water, with a little lemon juice in it.
Avoid water sold in plastic bottles, filter your drinking water with a filter under your sink to take out pollutants. Carry it with you in stainless steel water bottles.
8. If you do eat meat, make it clean meat: Pastured, 100% grass fed, no antibiotics, or hormones. If Vegan or vegetarian, make sure to include plant-based protein. Soy must be organic.
9. Never use conventional salt. Use sea salt, Celtic salt, Kosher salt, Himalayan salt. They provide well needed minerals.
10. Cook with organic garlic, onion, and fresh herbs. They add complexity and are nutrient powerhouses.
11.. Stop using toxic tools in your kitchen.
No cooking on coated cookware; no using cheap black spatulas or spoons, eliminate plastic wraps and aluminum foil. Cook on enamel or stainless steel, use stainless steel metal utensils, use unbleached parchment paper. Store food in glass containers to avoid toxins trickling into your food.
12. Stay active. Walk or move 30 minutes every day.
13. Spend at least 30 minutes outside enjoying nature. Grounding is an important concept for health. Get your hands in the dirt. Grow herbs and flowers in your yard or in pots. Walk in your neighborhood and appreciate all the beauty around you outside. Get some natural sunlight.
14. Get at least 7 hours of continuous sleep. A new study out from a team at Berkeley concludes that 7 hours is imperative to health. Your brain sweeps the plaque out that causes dementia in the 7th hour.
15. Stress Control. Chronic Stress is toxic. Use the Dr. Andrew Weil 4-7-8 breathing exercise 3 rounds, 2 times a day. Do it with him on You Tube. It will reset your parasympathetic nervous system and reduce your stress.
16. Control your ANTs (Anxious Negative Thoughts) Replace them with thoughts of gratitude. Nourish your inner champion to drown out your inner critic.
17. Work to make your relationships healthy and supportive. Toxic relationships negatively impact your health.
Remember, you cannot be great if you do not feel great.