Steps to overcome food addictions
STEP 1 DETOX
You hear this word a lot these days but let’s see what specific ways you can detox your body and mind to help reset your biological clock. In order to maximize your results, cleansing the body is needed.
Warning! You may experience intense detox symptoms like mental fogginess, irritability, mood swings, increased depression, extreme food cravings, low energy/fatigue, flu like symptoms, digestive and bowel detox symptoms (i.e., diarrhea, constipation, gas, cramping, etc.) and the list goes on.
There has to be a period of time to cleanse your body because your body needs to become chemically independent of these foods and additives. It may sound like you are coming off substances like alcohol or illegal drugs and in a biochemical way, they are very similar. The way these products effect your brain and body will make you experience withdrawal like symptoms as if you were coming off alcohol or drugs. These foods and additives are toxins and require detox to rid them from the body.
Caution: If you have been diagnosed with any major metabolic syndromes make sure you consult your physician before starting any detox program. We want to rid the body of these toxins, however, we need to ensure you do not create conditions like “auto-toxemia” where toxins are overloaded in your body and can create serious side effects.
Ways to detox your gut, brain and overall body:
- Juicing organic fruits and vegetables: Fresh juice will allow your body to pull toxins out of your tissues and organs and nourish it at the same time. This is the best way to neutralize all the metabolic acids in your organs and tissues produced by these toxic foods and additives.
- Drinking Ionized Kangen Water: This electrically charged and alkaline/mineral rich water will increase your hydration levels and help to neutralize metabolic acids in your organs and tissues.
- Cleansing the gut with enzymes and probiotics: Digestive Health is the perfect gut cleansing product as it will assist in repopulating your intestines with healthy strains of probiotics that will help to reduce food cravings. It also includes plant based enzymes to help digest your food and clear out any undigested toxic waste remaining in your intestines. Getting proper digestive function will only increase better mental well-being!
- Greens, Greens, Greens: Consuming dark leafy greens will feed your gut bacteria, detox and nourish your body. The most convenient way to make sure you eat your greens is a teaspoon a day of Core Greens. These greens feed your gut bacteria, bind toxins throughout the body and provide high levels of nutrients for your body.
These four easy steps can do wonders to get you on the right track! They are not just for detox, they can be a part of your everyday new lifestyle.
By changing the water your drink, juicing, consuming more greens, taking green powders and using enzymes and probiotics is the simplest and easiest way to reset your gut, brain and the rest of your body.
To learn more about how to detox, check out the article, Why Detox?, to gain more insight and similar points on how to detox safely and effectively.
STEP 2 NOURISH THE MIND, BODY & SPIRIT
- Essential Fatty Acids: Good fats like Core EFAs will provide your brain with omega 3 fatty acids to nourish and detox a toxic brain.
- Plant Based Diet: Eating a diet consisting of 70 to 80% organic plant foods has shown in research to be one the most effective lifestyle for long term mental and physical health. Check out Dr. Colin Campbell’s book, “The China Study,” to see that this way of living is the most researched out of any diet program in the world.
- Exercise Exercise Exercise: Strength training and cardiovascular training is extremely helpful in riding the body of toxins, create a better gut environment, gaining better brain health, stabilizing blood sugar, reduce detox symptoms, reduce anxiety and depression and so many more health benefits.
- Mindfulness Meditation, prayer, and other modes of spiritual practice: Any type of meditation that engages the mind and body will help to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, etc. Besides gravitation towards harmful foods or drinks that will keep food addiction alive, using these methods will become a new healthy coping skill. Reducing cortisol production using these spiritual and bodily practices can help you overcome times of stress that trigger food addictive habits. Being at peace spiritually will only help your mentally and physically.
- Practicing Forgiveness: If you have decided to seek therapy discussed in Part 1, then you may be at a place to begin to forgive others who have caused you heartache and pain. Not forgiving can trigger food addiction and its potential relapse. Forgiveness is complicated and it takes the help of a higher power and a daily decision to forgive others. Forgiveness = Freedom
- Boundary Setting: Family or friends can be good or bad for you. The ones who tend to add stress, are co-dependent and controlling, go to you for every ill or relationship issue, continue to be emotionally abusive, etc., are the ones you need to set boundaries with now. Boundaries look like setting limits on when you see them, talk on the phone with them, saying “no” when they ask for things, etc. People can be another reason we may gravitate towards unhealthy foods and drinks. Stick around someone or a group of people long enough and the next thing you know, you are eating that chocolate cake to deal with the stress. You may experience opposition when you do this, but once you do, it will liberate your life tremendously.
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To Health & Vitality,
Enzyme Nutritionist & Blog Writer
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