Holiday Cleanse

foodWhen you’re finally sick of mashed potatoes and pecan pie, and you know it’s time to get back on a healthy diet track, it may be time to do a cleanse.

WHY CLEANSE?

I don’t believe that fasting (as in “NOT EATING ANY FOOD”) is healthy.  

We should eat food; we can and should use food as a tool to heal our bodies.

Food can keep your body running at a top level, or it can be your worst enemy!

How and what you eat is simply a HABIT.  You get used to eating and living in a certain way.

To break or change a habit, you have to DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

That, essentially, is the purpose of a cleanse.

Take the time to eat different foods in a different way.  This helps create a new, changed relationship with food.

In the cleanse process, you can feel how the food impacts your body.  After the cleanse, you will also feel how non-cleanse foods may either impact your body negatively or positively.  You will become more aware of your body’s energy changes with food.

smoothiesWHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CLEANSE?

One word:  vegetables.

The best way to eat healthier?  Eat more vegetables.

Need some ideas?

Artichokes ƒ Asparagus ƒ Avocados ƒ Bamboo shoots ƒ Bean sprouts ƒ Beets ƒ Bell peppers ƒ Broccoli ƒ Brussels sprouts ƒ Cabbages (sauerkraut) ƒ Carrots ƒ Cauliflower ƒ Celeriac ƒ Celery ƒ Chives ƒ Cucumbers ƒ Eggplant ƒ Garlic ƒ Green beans ƒ Green leafy vegetables: beet greens, bok choy, chard, chicory, collards, lettuces (including endive chicory, escarole), mustard greens, spinach ƒ Green onions ƒ Horseradish ƒ Kale ƒ Kohlrabi ƒ Leeks ƒ Mushrooms ƒ Okra ƒ Olives ƒ Onions ƒ Parsley ƒ Pimentos ƒ Radishes ƒ Rhubarb ƒ Rutabagas ƒ Squash ƒ Summer squash (yellow summer squash, zucchini) ƒ Turnips ƒ Water chestnuts Yams ƒ Winter squash (acorn, butternut) Starchy Vegetables Chickpeas ƒ Green peas ƒ Lima beans ƒ Lentils ƒ Parsnips ƒ Plantains ƒ Pumpkins ƒ Sweet potatoes

You want to shoot for 7 cups of vegetables per day!  If you do that, your body will transform.  And I’m not just talking “getting skinny,” but you will feel it emotionally and spiritually too.  You will feel calmer, clearer, and more capable.  Your energy will EXPLODE!  

For a cleanse, in addition to the vegetables, you can add in a small amount of fruit (about 1 cup per day) and protein (about 3 ounces 2 or 3 times per day).

Also, don’t forget to include plenty of healthy fats like coconut oil, butter, ghee, and raw nuts.

If you do this, you will not starve, but your body and metabolic structure will change.

broccoliWHO NEEDS TO CLEANSE?

If you have a blood sugar handling problem, I would recommend doing this type of cleanse.

What is a blood sugar handling problem?  If you have any of these problems, you may have a blood sugar handling issue.

  • Obesity and Weight Gain

When you eat carbohydrates (sugar, grains, potatoes, fruit / fructose, etc.), they convert to glucose in your gastro-tract.  Your pancreas releases insulin so your body can use the glucose.  The more glucose is there, the more insulin is needed.  The presence of insulin in your blood stream PREVENTS FAT LOSS.

*Pro-tip:  exercise pushes insulin OUT OF YOUR BLOOD STREAM!

  • Type 2 Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes

This is when the insulin receptor sites no longer bind to insulin, so the glucose can’t enter the cells.  Then you feel tired and hungry.  So you eat, which leads to more glucose not entering cells, and so on and so on.

  • Shakiness, Light-headedness, or Irritability if you miss a meal

“Reactive” low blood sugar (not related to fasting or certain medications) happens when your pancreas produces too much insulin, causing the glucose level to be too low.  This is another way of explaining the “Sugar Roller-Coaster.”  You get a “high” from the sugar or high-carb foods, then you “crash” when the glucose goes away.

  • Brain Fog

Related to low blood sugar.

  • Cravings for carbs or salt

When your blood sugar is too low, you crave high carb foods to boost the glucose level back up, but this just keeps the high/low sugar-roller-coaster rolling.

  • Constant Hunger

Fructose, found in fruit sugar, sugary drinks, processed foods, and alcohol, does not stimulate insulin, but triggers Grehlin, an appetite stimulating hormone.

  • Fatigue after meals or in the late afternoon

In Chinese medicine, we call this “Spleen Qi Deficiency” due to too much sweet food in the diet.   Even 5,000 years ago, it was known that too much sweet food weakens the digestive function.

  • Headaches

This could be due to low blood sugar, or from Liver imbalance.  Fructose in particular is not processed in the GI tract, but in the Liver.  Too much fructose could lead to a Liver imbalance and therefore headaches.  

  • Trouble Sleeping

If you fall asleep easily, but pop awake in the middle of the night, it could be from your blood sugar crashing.  Your adrenal glands play a roll in waking you up then to prevent you from falling into a diabetic coma!

  • Thinning Hair

When high blood sugar chemically reacts with red blood cells, the RBCs become misshapen which can interfere with circulation.  Impaired circulation to the hair follicles is one cause of hair loss.  In Chinese medicine, we correlate hair loss to “Blood Deficiency.”  

  • High Testosterone in Women; Low Testosterone in Men

Testosterone and other endocrine abnormalities commonly found in diabetics and those prone to blood sugar imbalances show more lifestyle tendencies that the two have in common.  

  • Increased Triglycerides

There is so much misinformation around about cholesterol!  High triglycerides (which is one side of the two-sided cholesterol coin) indicate that your Liver is trying to process and reduce inflammation in your body.  It’s one of your body’s natural anti-inflammatory response systems.  Most of the time, high triglycerides just show that you’re eating too many inflammatory foods:  sugars, processed grains, and fructose.  It’s rarely due to bacon, eggs, butter, and red meat, but the foods that most people combine with those foods (such as tortillas, fruit juice or other sugary drinks, breads and high-carb treats, etc.)  

  • Increased Blood Pressure

Again, hypertension and diabetes are often dis-eases found together due to the lifestyle factors:  high sugar, processed foods diet and not enough exercise.  I hate how most Western medical info-sites on these two dis-eases correlate them to a “high fat diet.”  NO!  It’s really not the fats; it’s the sugars and extra carbs.  

  • Depression

Most of the time, depression is simply a sign that you don’t feel good.  Your body is out of balance and that’s just depressing, right?  

  • Bloating, Gas, Digestive Problems like “Leaky Gut”

If your diet is too focused on carbs and sugars, the tendency to overgrow candida in your gut is very high.  

HOW CAN I GET STARTED?  SHOULD I ASK MY DOCTOR?

Like one of those big-pharma commercials, “Ask your doctor if vegetables are right for you!”  Ha!

Of course vegetables are “right for you.”

Things that your doctor WILL be concerned about:

CONCERN #1

You’re taking weird supplements like caffeine pills or strange herbs that may interact with medications.

Tell Them:  “No worries, Doc.  It’s all food-based; and I won’t be starving, but eating more healthy food than ever before!”   

CONCERN #2

The cleanse will work SO WELL, that your medications for diabetes and high blood pressure will then be too strong and you may pass out from low blood sugar or low blood pressure.  

Ask Them:  “Doc, my goal is to eventually get off those medications, so what is the best way to regularly check my sugars and blood pressure so I know when to ask you for a smaller dose of those prescriptions?”  

CONCERN #3

Is this cleanse medically supervised?

Tell Them:  “Yes, with my acupuncturist.”  OK: then you need to give me (or your preferred area acupuncturist) a call.  

WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?  

You’re in luck.

bloodsugar-productsHere’s what we have:

  1. An pre-cleanse nutrition consultation.  I want to know what your goals are for the cleanse.  From this we can determine what you have already, what you need to know, what you need to buy from the grocery store, and recipe ideas.  I will answer any questions:  medication concerns, what to do with cravings, or specific dis-ease interactions.
  2. An actual cleanse packet.  Standard Process is the brand we are using.  Why?  They are the best quality and they are all FOOD-BASED supplements.  The products included in the cleanse (in addition to the regular food you will be eating) are
    • a protein powder (whey-based or pea-based for vegans or the dairy sensitive);
    • Gymnema (a natural herb that helps your body to NOT CRAVE SUGAR);
    • Diaplex (a multi-vitamin high in chromium which supports healthy carbohydrate metabolism);
    • a cleanse guidebook; and
    • SP Cleanse (combination of 20 foods and botanicals that support healthy Liver, Intestinal, and Kidney function for optimal detoxification).  
  3. A mid-cleanse nutrition consultation.  Let’s see how you’re doing and any challenges you may be having that we can help you overcome.  A little pep-rally to keep up the good work!  
  4. A post-cleanse consult.  Where do we go from here?  How can we keep up the positive changes made?  

Until the end of January, this package is on sale for 15% off.  If you have insurance, they may cover a portion of the cost as well.  You can call our office for more information on how to get started.  

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