Sunday, October 18, 2009

Food = Medicine

Goodbye jelly snakes. Goodbye salt & vinegar chips. Goodbye chocolate freddos. Yes, it's time for a detox. And no - I don't mean some crazy cayenne pepper and lemon water diet. I mean a fabulous whole food, fresh fruit and veg and juice diet that is tasty and healthy. A few years ago I did a wonderful 3 month detox that was gluten, wheat, sugar and alcohol free. It took a lot of work, a lot of organisation and dedication, but I have never felt better. Detoxes have gotten a bad wrap over the years because people do those silly ones filled with 1 green bean and endless cups of juice concoctions that don't make sense. Friends, trust me when I say you can detox and get all the benefits of healthy eating whilst EATING! Yes, eating lots of yummy foods and juices. Food is medicine, but many of us live on takeaway and sugar and work long crazy hours so a coffee is all we need to get us started in the morning. In a healthy, functioning human body, a good nights sleep is all we should need to get us started in the morning - not the caffeine jolt! But like I saw when I'm teaching yoga, friends, just start where you are. Right where you are - start there! So if you eat takeaway 4 nights a week, how about just slowly weaning yourself off it? Cook up an easy pasta topped with loads of vegies. Don't get caught up in the pasta is bad or white bread is bad - just make a better choice than you have done so far. Pasta is better than takeaway! Rice noodles are better than pasta! Vegetables are better than none! Start where you are. I cannot recommend highly enough the program that Dr Gillian McKeith teaches. Gillian herself used to be a bloated, overweight, sugar-loving teenager who once visited a raw food cafe which quite literally changed her life. Her program makes sense - it's based on eating fabulous fruit and veg. Further sense - in your diet, go for as many colours and textures as possible. Do this and you'll be amazed at how healthy you become. So here we go - this week it's about upping the fruit and veg, lowering the takeaway, and adding more colour to my diet. What are the steps you'll take this week to get more healthy? Oh, and if you need some inspiration, be sure to watch the FOOD MATTERS dvd which will make you think about what you put into your body more than enjoy. Eat, drink, and be merry friends : )

2 comments:

thewindhover said...

Very wise advise and insights... I really beleive we're designed to enjoy food and to nourish our bodies! There is such a diversity of good produce out there, especially for us living in this country we've no excuse.

Pink Heels said...

Dare I ask what in the world is a jelly snake?

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