Path to a Healthier Lifestyle
With the end of my cleanse being right around the corner, I am learning everything I can about easing my way back to eating solid food and maintaining a healthy diet. I am learning about gradually adding foods back into my system. About what foods to eat and when I should start eating them.
Awakening My Digestive Track
Did you know that after the first 3 to 4 days of fasting our digestive system goes into dormant and slows down to almost half of its ability, and when you start eating again it takes approximately several days for it to stabilize again. So it is important that when easing your way back to solid foods, you do that with extra care and awareness. Eating too many cooked foods right away can shock the system, and reverse everything you just accomplished.
- Eat small amounts oh high water content fruits. (grape fruit, citrus fruits and apples)
- Continue drinking large quantities of water, herbal teas, vegetable juices, and vegetable broths when ever your hungry, to act as a lubricant for the solid foods reintroducing themselves into your system. This not only ensures a continuation of nutrition and enzymes getting to your cells, it also keeps you from over stuffing. Your stomach is not the same size it was when you first started the cleanse. So remember small portions, and lots of liquids.
- Eat small amounts of steamed non starchy vegetables. (spinach, zucchini, etc.)
- Eat small portions of raw vegetables (this should happen somewhere around day 3 or 4 post-fast)
- Around day 4 introduce small amounts of complex carbohydrates. (Brown rice, baked potato, oats/oatmeal)
- Chew your food slowly. Helps you feel full on smaller portions and it minimizes gas and bloating.
- By day 5-7 add small amounts of protein such a organic eggs, and yogurt.
Step 6 (only begin step 6 after you’ve followed steps 1-5 for a week)
- Introduce tiny amounts of protein back into your diet. (chicken, fish, red meat, tofu)
- Start eating beans and others grains
- Remember to prepare your foods simply with out a lot of excessive fats and spices to maintain a healthy balance to your diet.
- Avoid fast foods and refined carbohydrates.
- Drink about half your body weight in water daily to stay hydrated and minimize post side effects, such as cravings and gas.
Maintaing a Healthy Lifestyle
Nothing is more interesting to me then learning about what food are highly beneficial for the body. Foods that work with the body, so that our system isn’t wasting any of its energy trying to digest poisons. Its instead spending its energy moving us, nourishing us and motivating us. I can’t wait to share recipes, idea and cook for my friends and family. Food is suppose to work with you not against you. If you feel different, you should probably change your diet.
10 Highly Beneficial Foods You can Add To You Daily Diet
- Blueberries- high in antioxidants, low in calories, they are an anti-inflammatory, they reduce blood pressure and they are rich in nutrients. Plus they taste delicious!
- Oatmeal- great source of fiber, low is calories and is known lower cholesterol.
- Almonds- rich in monounsaturated fat, vitamin E and other minerals. They are also a great source of fiber, and can lower cholesterol. Almonds can even help boost your energy levels and fight fatigue.
- Yogurt- high in calcium, protein, vitamin D and good bacterias which aid digestion, even reduces cholesterol. Studies have shown that yogurt can help prevent osteoporosis and even accelerate fat loss. (When buying yogurt, buy organic, non-flavored greek yogurt.)
- Water-helps to boost the metabolism and helps lubricate the joints so that we can move safely, actively, and healthily through our day.
- Grapefruit- rich in vitamin C, aids in fat loss, lowest calorie fruit (only 40 calories) and reduces insulin resistance.
- Eggs- high in protein and contains many positive minerals and vitamins such as iodine (good for the thyroid), riboflavin and zinc. Remember when buying eggs, buy organic. Any one convectional egg has 14% more cholesterol then that of an organic egg.
- Pineapple- is an anti-inflammatory and is rich in vitamin C.
- Red Tart Cherries- their benefits come from the anthocyanin in the cherries.
- Tamari Pumpkin Seeds-high in protein, low in fat and high in fiber.
You don’t have to go on a fast to start eating a healthier, simpler diet. It is probably worth your while just to add some of these foods to your everyday life. However it is important that if you have been fasting you take your time to recover. Eat well, live well, and thrive!
Links that helped me with my research.