Finding your way back to the Healthy Pathby TL Cornish, CNP
Sometimes our usual or therapeutic food choices can be disrupted due to travel, family and social gatherings. We can also stray from the healthy path under periods of stress due to emotional habits.
Have you recently eaten more sugar, caffeine, grains or other things not on your make-me-feel-best food list? Do you want to feel well again?
First of all, please 'speak' gently with your inner voice. Kind acceptance of whatever choices you made will help you direct positive energy towards steering back to a better state.
Here are some of my suggestions for shortcuts that can help you find your way back to the healthy path.
First, ready yourself psychologically to let go of any unhealthy vices you may have allowed back in. Visualizing yourself feeling good and doing the things you can do when you are healthy can help you recommit to the process.
Then, depending on what feels right for your unique preferences and emotional and physical health, consider whether one of the four strategies below may help you. Practicing one of these strategies for a few days may help you restore a healthy appetite and tune you back into cravings for foods that are good for you.
In the process of transitioning back to your healthy path you may feel some hunger as these strategies result in some caloric reduction. However, as long as you are not underweight, if hunger is only experienced in the short term, it can be a healthy part of your rebalancing process. Lighter eating related to the hunger can also facilitate some detoxification (which may have some degree of discomfort to it.)
If you ARE underweight do make sure you take your caloric needs into consideration, adding extra oils or helpings or taking a modified approach. Also, if you are in a weakened state, a change that will encourage detoxification may not be advisable, ask your primary care practitioner for advice first.
In the newsletter section of this website, you can read the article on Healing Crisis to remind yourself about some of the sensations we can experience when cleansing.
From a few days to a couple of weeks: smoothies, and raw and cooked soups with mung bean soup or kitchdi for supper (see below.) Lots of lemon juice and herbal teas and greens drinks, maybe even some veggie juices if you have a juicer. Caution, this program WILL result in weight loss and, if greatly reduced calories are consumed, can lower the speed of your metabolism if followed for more than a few days, thus potentially leading to weight gain in the future.
The Ayurvedic approach is to combine mung beans and basmatic rice with veggies at every meal and snack for two to three full days. See the WholeApproach Support Forum to find a recipe for Kitchdi. This one is the easiest as there will be very little hunger and you may not lose any weight. Healthy plant based, cold pressed oils can be added to increase calories if needed.
A few days of vegetables only, cooked and raw and soups- plus healthy dressings, sauces etc. You may find this reset option fairly challenging due to hunger. Eating extra helpings of pureed veggies and using some squash and sweet potatoes can help. This option will very likely also result in weight loss and the same cautions apply as in number one.
Go back to your normal phase of the Whole Approach diet but start each day with a veggie juice high in green veggies or with powdered greens stirred in. This will also result in very little hunger as you are just adding juice to what you were eating before the holidays. The juice does a nutritional 'reset' and helps rejuvenate the wisdom of your body to help shift your intuition back to healthy.