One of the coolest things I have found about not eating refined foods, and minimal carbohydrates, is that my taste buds come back alive. I will bite into a carrot, or sweet pepper and have the experience of it being SWEET. Like the kind of sweet that I sometimes desire after a meal, or when I’m feeling low energy. I also begin to find food in general, even when prepared very simply, seriously delicious again; I find myself eating the most basic meals with “enjoyment, gusto and pleasure”, as Geneen Roth recommends we do in her eating guidelines for healing from compulsive and emotional eating issues. And of course you don’t have to be healing from eating issues to enjoy eating that way!
I said that I would talk a bit about the other things I’m eating/taking to support my health. On a daily basis I currently take Vit C (1000mg), Vit D (2-4,000 iu), Vit B6 (200mg), zinc (50mg), magnesium (2oomg, and more when I’m in the last week of my moon cycle), a concentrated fish oil called “OmegaBrite” (for mood), and lavender oil capsules called “Lavela WS 1265″ (for anxiety). [These are the supplements and amounts I have found to be supportive for me right now. Please don't assume they will also be the right ones or amounts for you. You can work with your health practitioner to determine that. Also, just to be clear, I don't live my life and make my choices based only on scientific evidence. I appreciate the information science as to offer, but for me it is not the bottom line. My intuition is what I trust above all else. Though I am a certified health coach, I am not medically trained, and I don't have "solid evidence" to support everything I share on this blog, but I have been experimenting with food and health for the last 20 years, and I'm happy to share what I have found.]
For anti-inflammatory support, I recently began consuming 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric, with a bit of black pepper and some fat to help with absorption–I’ll often put them all in a mug of warm chicken or beef broth with a bit of sea salt–I eat at least 1 teaspoon of un-refined sea salt per day for essential minerals. Fresh ginger is also good for reducing inflammation, and I’ll grate it into my broth, or sauté it with veggies. I include lots of healthy fats, and for me, those are primarily coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, some nuts and seeds (soaked and dried), eggs, fish, and pastured meat and poultry. I’m still determining whether raw, organic grass-fed cow or goat dairy has a happy place in my diet.
I usually eat at least a couple of tablespoons daily of a lacto-fermented food, such as sauerkraut or kimchi (though I’ve been off the kimchi for the moment because I made my current batch with pepper which is a nightshade). And I start the day with a coconut oil swish for about 20 minutes, called “oil pulling”. I just swish about 1 teaspoon of coconut, sesame or olive oil in my mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, and then spit in trash or outside–not down the sink, and then rinse with warm water. It has many benefits including gum/teeth health, pleasant breath, digestive support, and may also help to remove toxins from the body that have landed in the mouth. I do it because it feels good, my dentist recommended it, and it makes my breath feel fresh. I often follow it with a glass of warm water with lemon juice and a touch of sea salt. And lots of warm water through out the day.
Other things in my morning routine, though not edible, are meditation, yoga, writing, walking, reading, swimming in the ocean (my last swim was 10/30/14…brr!) and dry-skin brushing–this is good for helping move lymph (part of the body’s detoxification system) through the body. I use a long-handled bath brush with natural bristles, and I always work towards my heart with each stroke because the main lymph ducts are located in the upper chest. Although I usually don’t get to include all of these every day, along with real food, they are some of the tools that truly make my life work.