15 Apr Sometimes You Need A Reset
In our last post we discussed how enzyme content is important to life, and digestion in our gut health, and ways to incorporate more live foods containing live enzymes into our diet.
You’ve seen dogs who suddenly begin to eat shrubs, or green grass, attempting to bring homeostasis to his gut. Often he’ll intuitively intake fresh herbs or grasses to get relief. Or you’ll be out at your favorite restaurant and all you want is a fruit plate or a green salad. It’s important to listen to your body! This is called cleansing, and you’ll know when it’s time to do that.
A HUGE amount of energy is used daily….just to digest our food! Protein takes the most energy to digest (20-30% of total calories in protein eaten go to digesting it). Next is carbohydrates (5-10%) and then fats (0-3%). Thus, if you eat 100 calories from protein, your body uses 20-30 of those calories to digest and absorb the protein.
Sometimes it’s time to give your digestive system a break so it can rest, and heal. Springtime or summer is a great time to do this! As weather warms and you’re not craving sweaters and fires in the fireplace, and it’s time to fling wide the doors of your home for spring cleaning; it’s a great time to also cleanse your digestive system.
Take time and listen to your body. Obviously if you have a hard physical job you would need to modify your cleanse to weekends or nighttime hours or even days when you have some time off like 3-4 days. But there’s a lot you can do even while working, and you’ll also note an increase of energy and vitality at the same time! Who doesn’t want that?
Choose any of these:
- Juice cleanse/reset – choosing raw veggies and placed into containers for workplace consumption
- Raw fruits and vegetables. Choose one fruit in the morning, and another in the afternoon.
- Choosing to fast breakfast, or snack only on raw fruit and or veggie juices, then eating raw salad for lunch, and cooked vegetables for dinner
- Water fasting for a day or two, drinking only water and herbal teas.
The duration or scope of your fast is up to you. Some people do 3-10 days, but start slow and build. Fasting is NOT INDICATED for anyone who is thin, weak, pale, or suffering from any debilitating disease. Fruit Juice fasting is not for diabetics controlling blood sugar. Always consult your doctor before beginning any fast.
Resting your digestive system is like pushing “reset”, but doesn’t have to be boring! You’ll emerge with new appreciation for colorful fruits and vegetables seasonally available, and see cravings for junk foods replaced with a joyful vitality and desire to truly thrive.
Call your wellness coach about this idea! She can help guide you.
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