Good Eats

La Dolce Vita

article by Alastair Gregor

• It’s time to start the New Year off right by achieving your goals of getting healthy and losing weight. Firstly let’s start with a couple of cleanses. The first is to remove all temptations, clean out your cupboards, freezer and fridge of all that is sugary, tempting and unhealthy.

The second is personal, to cleanse your liver which is responsible for over 500 jobs, from balancing hormones and processing of every drop of blood in your body, to all the foods you eat. Cleansing the liver is like cleaning out your drain, unplugging your pipes, and letting the toxins out; everything just flows smoothly again. You will feel cleaner, lighter, happier and healthier. Remember when you start detoxifying you may often feel worse before you feel better as your body is letting go of toxins. It is important during this time to drink plenty of pure water to flush the toxins from your system, and get plenty of rest.

Go to your natural health store and pick up a good liver detox kit; the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox 12 day Program worked well for me by cleansing the liver, kidneys and lymph system. I liked this especially as it has a food guide in the box which you can take with you while shopping. I followed it with their Cand-Aid Candida cleanse, (sugar detox). I did these two cleanses back to back and lost 21 lbs in 27 days and felt great.

Remember to be patient with yourself; it takes time for healing, for inflammation to go down, to feel better. Stick with it. January is not the time for spontaneity; it is the time for planning. Planning your meals and preparing them ahead of time. Telling those around you what you are doing helps, as does being aware of what your eating by reading labels.

Welcome the change, don’t take days off, don’t reward yourself with old habits. Carry healthy snacks with you, and if you slip up, forgive yourself and get back up. Stick with it. Keep drinking water, hydrate your joints, your eyes and your body. Before long your skin will look better and your sleeping, thinking, digestion and physical agility will improve. Remember size is no obstacle to desire, you can do anything you want. Envision your life as you would like it to be. You may find it difficult at first, but you will find it’s easier to get back on track by clearly defining your lifestyle goals, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. This is your journey, don’t let anyone else side track you.

In the process of doing the cleanse you may wish to consider going strictly organic, eating only chemical-free whole foods and taking your diet entirely gluten-free. Gluten intolerance and celiac disease has been tied to over 190 auto-immune disorders. If you have problems and your doctors can’t figure out what’s wrong then pay attention at this time of cleansing. You may notice many of your symptoms clear up and you feel better than you have in years. However, if you go gluten-free and do not heal, then it may be necessary to further investigate your diet to address the root causes rather than the symptoms.

Eating sprouted grains, seeds and legumes is super healthy. Germination breaks down the harsh protective coatings of the seed, greatly increasing enzyme content which aids in digestion and nutrient absorption levels. Try sprouting; soak overnight in pure water with a capful of raw apple cider vinegar to speed up nature’s sprouting process. Add to salads, share, enjoy.

Educate yourself, research, exercise, play, experiment, and enjoy your journey to good health!

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