I still remember the day my holistic veterinarian looked me in the eye and said “Carrie, when are you going to do some homeopathy for yourself? If you don’t take care of yourself, who will take care of your animals?”
I know I’m not alone. I see this over and over with my clients, and now and then I slide back into that rut myself.
So, keeping in mind our full lives and full plates, here are some simple basics to get your started, or possibly give you some new approaches. I encourage you to tackle each of these one at a time. Remember, it takes roughly 66 days to form a new habit. Also remember, no one likes instant health. You can feel mighty sick if you tackle too much too fast.
So, here are some simple changes to incorporate.
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If it’s white, eat only one bite. This means do your best to remove white rice, refined sugar, pasta and refined flour from your diet.
Eat 80% veggies and fruits, and 20% proteins and carbs. Work up to this over the full 2 months of forming a new habit.
Eat 80% raw, and 20% cooked. Work up to this slowly, to allow your digestion to adjust.
Pay attention to food combining. Eat fruits by themselves. Eat veggies with protein, or veggies with carbs. Do not combine your proteins and carbs.
Eat more healthy fats. Honestly, eat a LOT more healthy fats. Grass-fed organic unsalted butter, coconut oil and extra virgin cold pressed olive oil are all good choices. I use all 3. Do not cook with olive oil – it goes rancid. Avoid canola oil, flax oil, and corn oil.
Add some daily short walks to your routine. Sit for no more than 50 minutes at a time. Here’s why. Stretch.
Buy some pH testing paper and check your urine or saliva pH first thing in the morning. Your pH should be 6.8 if you ate mostly veggies and fruits the day before. If you ate more than 20% meats and carbs, your pH should be lower. If your pH is as low as 5.0 or as high as 8.0 you have an urgent situation and need to focus on eating a more alkaline diet. There are many website and blogs devotes to alkalizing your body. Here are a couple:
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By now you may be wondering why I haven’t mentioned strength training or intense cardiovascular exercise. Are you wondering?
I have left these until last because these are the icing on the cake.
If you add intense exercise when you body does not have sufficient alkaline reserves, you are asking for serious trouble.
So, assuming you have made the changes above, and your pH is in the healthy range, you may want to add high intensity interval training or strength training. There is cutting-edge information available about both of these in the links above.
This should give you plenty to get started on improving your health, one new habit at a time.
Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, American Medical Association or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian or doctor about any changes to your animal’s or your own health program.