Antidotes for Poor Eating:
Simple Kitchen Remedies for
fatigue, irritability, digestive issues, headaches
like most people, you've realized that it's not possible to eat
healthfully all the time. In fact, there is no such thing as a
perfect diet. What you body needs is dependent on many factors
including the kind of work you do; the type and amount of
physical activity you engage in; lifestyle; all health
conditions you're experiencing; environment, including the
weather; your mental and emotional state, age and more.
can take you in many directions--parties,
weddings, social events. Even with the best of intentions you
end up consuming too much sugar, alcohol or high fat food. Or
perhaps you just plain overeat. You may feel sluggish, bloated,
puffy, irritable, depleted, exhausted, and heavy--physically,
mentally and emotionally.
despair! There are many quick remedies for over-indulging.
much refined sugar?
It's important to understand your body and the impact of your
choices. Doing so will motivate you to make better ones.
Here's what happens when you indulge in a lot of sugar and other
simple sweeteners. Sugar is weakening and passes quickly into
the bloodstream shocking the stomach and pancreas. This causes
an acid condition which quickly consumes the body's minerals.
Food cannot be digested or assimilated efficiently because sugar
weakens the digestive system. This leads to blood sugar
imbalances and many diseases. Mental and emotional disharmonies
result as well, including loss of memory and concentration,
nervousness, irritability, anxiety and even depression.
There are solutions that counteract the negative
effects of all these unhealthy choices. Some of them may seem
odd or unfamiliar to you. Think about all the odd things you
already eat. If you want to create better health, a clear,
focused mind, and emotional harmony, it’s essential to make new
Here are a
few things can you do to revitalize your energy, focus your
mind, balance your emotions, lose the excess pounds, and reverse
the negative effects of overdoing sweets:
A cup of ginger tea with 1/4 tsp. good quality soy
sauce; grate or chop 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger. Simmer in a cup
of water 4-6 minutes. Strain, add soy sauce and drink.
Eat a few salty, cured olives;
Umeboshi plum - a pickled plum with a salty, tart
flavor. These are highly alkalizing and very high in minerals
that are easy to assimilate. Often used to treat digestive
upset. Use small amounts only-- 1/2 to 1 plum chopped and
mixed with food or simmered in tea.
Umeboshi/Kuzu Drink (kuzu is high in minerals and
alkalizing) Put one cup of cold water in a saucepan with a
heaping tsp. of kuzu. Stir to dissolve the kuzu. Add 1/2
chopped Umeboshi plum. Turn on heat, bring
to a boil and simmer 3-4 minutes stirring constantly. Turn
off heat and stir in 1/4 tsp. wheat-free soy sauce.
naturally cured pickles like natural
sauerkraut or takaun daikon pickle (available at health food
Simple miso soup with root vegetables and wakame.
Takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. Preparing it with miso
paste will be more effective than the dehydrated miso soup,
but, in a pinch, use the dehydrated soups.
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remedy the effects of fatty, greasy, oily foods
Too much oil
and fat generates heavy, slow, sluggish feelings--physically,
mentally and emotionally. Fats cause cravings for excess
sweets, coffee or alcohol, promote mental fogginess, contribute
to problems involving pain, spasms and cramps; candida yeast
overgrowth; and dampness which causes bloating, edema and
puffiness. There are many others health problems caused by over
consumption of fats which will be the topic of another issue.
If you've had
too many high-fat meals, lighten up and do a few days of
vegetables and broths only and include one or more of the
following remedies to get back to balance and reverse the
detrimental effects, including weight gain:
Eat red radishes and/or celery. Even more effective
is daikon, a white radish. Grate and eat it raw, or slice and
steam 1-2 minutes keeping it on the crunchy side.
Eat a tart green apple;
Drink 3 cups peppermint tea or chamomile tea daily;
Eat watercress and other hard dark leafy greens like
kale or mustard greens, or turnip greens, lightly steamed;
Eat 1/2 sheet of
Nori seaweed. This is the
seaweed used to make sushi. It does not need to be cooked.
It aids in the digestion of fats and fried foods.
Stir 2 teaspoons of a high chlorophyll powder such as
chlorella or Vitamineral Greens into a glass of water
Astra Diet Tea (resolves stomach phlegm and regulates
stomach - pleasant tasting) or take Astra Diet Herbs (clears
mucus and phlegm, facilitates digestion) -
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information and ordering.
Drink a cup warm water with juice of ½ lemon;
Drink a glass of unsweetened cranberry juice (can
dilute with water).
Solutions for reducing alcohol's effects
causes many of the same physical, mental and emotional
imbalances as sugar. Anger, depression, pain and inflammatory
problems as well as depletion of minerals, dampness (mucus), puffiness,
bloating, poor digestion and assimilation, and cravings for meat
and salty food are a few of the consequences of overdoing
occasionally overdo alcohol, here are a few remedies to
counteract the ill effects:
Eat a few anchovies or sardines;
Umeboshi plum or Ume/Kuzu Drink;
Drink a cup of heated water with ½ to 1 tsp. wheat
free soy sauce or tamari;
Eat a few salty, cured olives;
Eat naturally cured pickles like takaun daikon pickle
or natural sauerkraut;
Eat a bowl of simple miso soup with root vegetables
Eat a grapefruit.
Have a few tsp. raw, unprocessed honey in warm water.
Even better, add one tsp. organic apple cider vinegar. Do
not use distilled vinegar.
you’ve overeaten in general
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Take a walk.
Drink warm water with juice of ½ lemon, or room
temperature water with unsweetened cranberry juice.
Drink peppermint. spearmint, ginger, or chamomile tea, or
Astra Diet Tea.
Fast on broth, teas, and simple vegetables for a day
Make a kuzu drink as directed under sugar remedies.
These remedies are intended for those who occasionally overindulge
and want healthy ways to reduce the harmful effects. Some of
them may be unusual for you, but if you want to change your
condition, then it's a good idea to make some new choices.
If your diet
consists of too much fat, sugar and alcohol on a regular basis,
these antidotes may help, but in the long term it's not the best
way to try to achieve balance. You won't be without health
consequences at some point if you continue to consume excessive
amounts of extreme food regularly. Please consider working
a plan to include health supportive foods on a daily basis.
professional guidance for the right nutrition and
health plan for
reversing your health and weight issues, and removing the degenerations that cause
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