The Cure is in Your Kitchen
If you’re 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.
Life 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.
Don’t despair! There are many quick remedies for soothing the discomfort of over-indulging.
Too 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 choices.
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 gluten free soy sauce or tamari; 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.
- Eat some naturally fermented vegetables such as natural sauerkraut or takaun daikon pickle (available at health food stores);
- 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. Miso Soup recipe.
How to 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 and drink.
- Astra Diet Tea (resolves stomach phlegm and regulates stomach – pleasant tasting) or take Astra 18 Diet Herbal Formula (clears mucus and phlegm, facilitates digestion)
- 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
Alcohol 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 alcohol.
If you 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 and wakame.
- 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.
If you’ve overeaten in general
- Take Enteromend, high quality digestive enzymes. I like the herbal formulas, Quiet Digestion and Chzyme, rich in enzymatic activity and many other benefits. These products undergo stringent quality control testing, are professional quality, and contain no animal products, dairy, corn, or other allergens. All effective digestive supplements.
- Take a brisk 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 or two.
- 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 consistently make some new food 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.
Consider some professional guidance for the right nutrition and customized holistic health plan for reversing your health and weight issues, and removing the degenerations that cause them. You can greatly improve every aspect of your physical, mental and emotional health with a customized holistic approach. Schedule a Holistic Health and Nutrition session with Deborah Barr, 35-year Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor. You’ll be on your way to better health. Sessions can be done by phone, zoom, facetime, skype, or at Pittsburgh office.
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