After The Detox
Most people wonder how is the best transition to food after detox especially first couple of days. Since the body wasn't digesting for long time during the detox, it should be like babies as waking up the system slowly and introducing the food back. And that is not gonna happen with a Turkish kebab ! ☺
Vegatables (steamed, soup etc.), salads, less sugary fruits like berries, cherries. And whatever you eat should be chewed so well that its almost liquid. And definitely probiotics should be taken as 2 tablets daily to strengthen the gut flora.
You can add carbs today to your diet which are quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, Brown rice, sweet potato, oatmeal.
You can add proteins which are chia pudding, legumes-pulses like lentils, cheakpeas(hummus), blackeyed beans, mushroom or fish and some nuts.
And the days after should continue same. Ideally for a week you shouldnt have animal protein, coffee, alcohol.
And bowel movements should start in 1-2 days when you start eating and fill up the colons.
After this cleansing, the next step is nutrition, which holds the most important part in recovery. This is most common thing that we do in our daily lives. There are many different approaches about this subject that creates much confusion.
We must learn to have a Balanced Diet to be healthy. Let's say you had cosmetic surgery; you are in your best condition. Or, you were sick and you recovered. What will you do the next day? WHAT THEN ?!! If you continue your old habits, you will end up with the same bad results!
Einstein once said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
This is like learning a new language. It falls into place over time.
We must eat food not only because of social, taste and emotional reasons, but we must eat with the realization that it is fueling the body. Just as we choose the proper oil and gas for our car and we know if we choose the wrong one it will let us down, likewise, our body do the same
We should pay attention to what we eat, opting for organic, natural, seasonal, non processed, non GMO, without additives as much as possible.
Our basic nutrition must be based primarily on vegetables, green leafy vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, spices, herbs, herbal teas and fish instead of meat. Because of the high percentage of chlorophyll content, vegetables, especially dark green leafy vegetables (Swiss chard, spinach, arugula, celery, parsley, etc.), have a very important and central role in terms of increasing the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, cleansing and stabilizing blood sugar. They can be consumed raw in salads or in juices.
A raw vegan diet might sound unpleasant and new, but when we cook our food, we are actually killing it. The more raw foods we consume and vibrant foods we can eat, the more vibrant our own energy will be. (Also see safbox.com.tr / Living Food for Optimum Health-book / Simply Raw and Food Matters- films)
Our body needs a certain amount from all of the food groups. Besides, there are 6 criterias that are important:
Quality; The nutritional value of what you eat,
Frequency; bio circadian rhythm of your body...how many time you eat during the day
Quantity; how much you eat,
Timing; what time of the day you eat
Food combination; which food combinations you consume
Health Condition; your current health status
During the day, we should drink water ideally 30 ml per kg. It has both toxin dissolving effects and helps to shed fat, which has a weight loss effect.
We must avoid consuming a combination of carbohydrates with proteins to ease digestion and for easier weight loss.
We should have our dinner early (around 6.00-7.00 pm) and light to ease the digestive system. Lately there is this popular approach called Intermittent Fasting where you eat between 12.00-18.00 when the metabolism is the fastest and fast the rest of the day. That has a great antiaging and weightloss effect.
Olive oil and Omega oil should be consumed uncooked, because when they are cooked, their molecular structure changes and becomes carcinogenic. Coconut oil can be used for cooking.
As meat and dairy products come from animals raised with antibiotics and growth hormones, we should be careful when consuming such products. We should choose organic ones and we should not consume them too often. (Also see the film Eating) Alternative solutions are: Saltwater fish instead of meat, legumes for protein support, goat milk or almond milk instead of dairy milk. (If you soak almonds in clean water overnight, blend them up with 3 glasses of clean water and then strain, you will have an ambrosia milk that will last for up to 3 days… You must try)
We can fix our carbohydrate needs primarily with brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, sweet potato, brown bread.
We can use Himalayan Salt (with 84 raw natural minerals) instead regular table salt and Agave (low glycemic index) for sugar substitute.
When you get hungry during the rush of everyday life, you can consume healthy snacks such as raw and unsalted almond/walnut/hazelnut, preferably soaked overnight, mixed with fresh or dried fruits. You can prepare little plastic bags to carry in your purse, in your car and at your office all day long.
We need to learn to eat according to our hunger-satiation signals. This is explained with the Mindful Eating concept. In fact, this is our body's forgotten natural mechanism. (Also see books, / Osho Body Mind Balancing)
We have “controlled” environments (home, office, car) and “uncontrolled” ones (travel, restaurant, airline, hotel, etc.) in our lives that we can apply all of these things to a degree. While it will be a good solution not to keep unhealthy things in controlled environments, carrying some snacks and selecting the healtiest options in uncontrolled environments is also a good idea. If you want to accomplish you’ll find a way, if you dont you will find excuses !
We are all human. Of course, we can sometimes indulge ourselves. However, some precautions can be taken to minimize the damage.
The amount of binges may be limited.
It can be removed from the body with a liquid fast for the next meal or during the next day.
Generally, if these types of binges do not overrun 25% of our entire diet, 75% healthy nutrition will tolerate them.
One day a week (Sunday? !) can be declared a binge day.
These are the principles that must be applied continuously throughout one's life. This is not a weight loss diet but rules essential to be healthy, energetic and balanced. As soon as you say, “ I reached my target, I can stop now”, old diseases will come back together with more force.
Probiotics are the good bacteria. Ensuring more powerful intestinal flora, also strengthen our immune system, prevent allergies and stop constipation, gas and bloating. Even makes you happier by producing 80-90% of the endorphine and seratonin hormones.
It is our digestion that creates the utmost aging in the body. The shorter and easier way the body handles digestion, the more fit, energetic and younger it will become. Digestive Enzymes, which make digestion easier and faster also helps to solve problems such as gas and bloating.
Spirulina is the most important source of vegetable protein and vitamin B12. As it balances the blood sugar, it indirectly helps weight- loss as well. It is also a great source of iron, which prevents fatigue.
Omega 3-6-9 oils (flaxseed, coconut, evening primrose oil, sunflower seed, etc.) are also indispensable for the body. They are very important for hair, skin, nails, bone health; in terms of prevention of Alzheimer’s, they improve memory; they reduce premenstrual syndrome and reduce depression.
The whole point is about learning self management before anything else. Everything happens with time and patience.
If you ask where I can find all these programs and how I can do them, The LifeCo embodies all these programs and serves as a healthy life partner.
Be well ☺
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