Cleansing diet

Plant New Seeds of Health In Spring

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Spring is an excellent time to extend your health and wellbeing plans in preparation for the coming months of summer. With each seasonal change, your health vibration needs to adjust to stay in rhythm with the newly emerging energies around you, from more light, the longer days, spring blossoms and spring fruit and vegetables; but we need to do our bit to support our minds and bodies to stay in synch. Think of it as looking after the garden that is your daily life, which needs constant tending with your loving attention to feed, weed and replant as necessary. 

For instance, lets consider supplements; do we need to take them? Why should someone who is eating a healthy balanced vegan diet even need to? Well in the course of my work, I have learnt that when we are consuming the best quality organic diet, we shouldn’t generally need to take supplements except for just two supplements that many of us may need in the form of vitamin B-12 and vitamin D, especially if we live in urban environments. And its not only vegans that need to take these supplements either, since these vitamins are not produced by our body.

Vitamin D is also called the sunshine vitamin since it’s a hormone made by the direct action of the suns rays on our skin. If we do not get enough exposure to the sun (at least 20 minutes daily), we are likely to become deficient. However both a deficiency and excess of vitamin D can cause health problems, so its best to get your levels checked so you know the level of supplementation required and do not over supplement. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and other vital functions like sleep and mood, skin and immune health. So that’s something you can schedule in along side your healthy, balanced diet.

Spring is also thought of as time to spring clean and many people use this time for an annual or bi-annual cleansing of your body. There are different levels and types of internal cleansing which you can observe, and this is my gentle invitation to you about a few ways you can prepare and get started.

1. Try a gentle restorative detox or cleanse - check out my two cleansing programmes at Sistahintheraw.com. Try to bring a positive mindset to this choice by seeing it as an opportunity to free your body of any cumbersome toxins, rather than as a restrictive pursuit. Be positive about your preparation for cleansing, consider the health benefits (explained in full in each programme) for improving your energy and overall health, and importantly, be gentle with yourself by not self-chastising for not being perfect.

2. Release and write – I’m a firm believer in the empowering practice of journaling. Create space in your life to let go by writing out any insights, experiences, fears, pains and emotions that you may be carrying around with you unnecessarily. You may find, as I often do, that further helpful insights arise from this process, casting a new light on the things written and deeper clarity and understanding on what you have shared with your notebook. A good question you could start with asking yourself is: “What’s something healthy that I did for myself today, that felt really good?”. Make it a regular habit if you can, the more you undertake writing about your emotions and experience’s etc. the easier it will become and the more you will be able to release.

3. Consider stress relief –  although experiencing stress is normal part of life, too much stress can result in anxiety, overeating and metabolic changes and can also play a big part in digestive problems. Trying a new exercise routine can help to relax your mind and body, allowing for conscious breathing when done properly. Join a class if it feels like too much to expect of yourself to do it on your own. A thirty minute walk helps strengthen bones, increases circulation and improves heart rhythms, while breathing exercises help to strengthen the respiratory system and increase oxygen to the brain. Breathing exercises can also reduce lethargy, anxiety and brain fog, its easy to stop whatever your doing and focus on your breath for a few moments, which can be extremely calming.

4. Take a holiday from continuous stimulation – we all know how addictive technology can be, so its a good idea to try minimising the time you spend on social media, on your phone, on headphones, tablet, TV and computers etc. Instead of carrying your phone around everywhere with you, leave it stationary in another room and check on it once every hour or so for messages. Use the extra time differently to engage in joyful pursuits like being outdoors in nature, meditation or singing while you do some housework!


5. Go on retreat or vacation - This has got to best way to step away everything from your normal daily life in order to recharge and rejuvenate. Scientific evidence shows that taking a holiday and a detox results in: strong and immediate impact on molecular networks associated with stress and immune function; makes you more resilient in the face of stress and more productive and engaged at work; being exposed to new and different experiences can actually boost your creativity! You’ll be able to gather your thoughts and return with more clarity and creativity to drive through to the life goals you’ve committed to.


You can boost the benefits from these tips by ‘sowing’ them into your daily self-gardening, self-care or wellbeing routine; they will add to your sense of achievement by elevating the commitment you have made to yourself to live a healthier, happier life. Remember that the secret to life long-term health, is to listen to your body and let it take care of you. As these protocols take root and grow, so too will the strength of your resolve towards your personal health and wellbeing excellence.

One Love,
Sistahintheraw x

Reference:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/feeling-it/201708/three-science-based-reasons-vacations-boost-productivity

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Love Your Gut - Digestive Health with Raw Food!

For me, it’s been a long journey with my digestive health! Swopping to a raw, plant-based, whole food diet and lifestyle, has definitely been my best decision and has certainly changed my life and improved my health immensely. 

There have been times in the past when I experienced desperation from the physical pain that goes with what was then diagnosed as stomach ulcers and colitis, which recurred at different stages in my life. This tended to happen most often when I was extremely stressed, not taking care of myself, not eating healthily or staying hydrated, not sleeping well and not exercising, which proved to be a very harmful combination for me. To top it all, I later developed elevated blood pressure too, but I’ll leave that bit for another time, but know that it’s all related.

On this journey to a healthy digestion, I have tested several different types of treatment, starting with pharmaceutical medication prescribed by my doctor, and later on to a one-month juice fast with guidance from a professional natural health practitioner. Interestingly, these protocols have all worked in terms of relieving the symptoms, but it was from the point that I began to change my entire lifestyle that those debilitating symptoms never returned, as they had done previously when I relied on pharma medications. 

For me this means that what has been highlighted, is that when I overload my body with certain types and combinations of de-natured cooked food and don't take care of my entire health, eventually my body can’t preform the required digestive process thats needed. My body then becomes bunged up with hard to digest, or indigestible content and if that undigested waste material gets backed up, I become bloated, constipated (not going to the loo after each meal), and it begins to stagnate within me because it’s trapped inside, which is gross!

If waste material is stuck inside your body, it is also being absorbed into your blood stream, causing inflammation within you, while starving your organs and cells of the vital nutrients needed for a their healthy functional flow. I’m sure that you’ll understand that this is a situation that can be ripe for disaster, an internal environment in which disease can be cultivated and even take hold if nothing is done to undo this situation. 

Most people would rather not think about that part of your body’s function, I know I didn’t want to at one point. However, you need to know that a healthy digestive process is vital for your good health. Over time, ustilsing an holistic approach to my digestive health has enabled me to develop and deepen my awareness of what works well for my gut wellness. It has also helped me to address any disharmony caused between focusing solely on my physical needs, by not also considering how my emotional and physical health are also an integral part of the equation. Taking care of all of you creates a better sense of balance and promotes the holistic healing principle of 'looking after the person and not the illness'.

A few helpful facts you need to know -

  • For every foot of colon in your body (it is as long as we are tall), you can store
    approximately 5-10 lbs. of feces
  • a healthy person will have 2-3 bowel movements per day
  • the degree to which your colon is clean is the degree to which your blood stream
    is clean
  • your ascending colon controls the aging process in your body.
  • Therefore keeping your colon stimulated with nutrient rich, easily digested food is
    key to good health.

Stress has a direct impact on digestive health also, it can slow down your digestive process, along with any stress caused from eating unhealthy foods. In my time at HHI I learnt that the physical conditions usually associated with stress include obesity, insomnia, heart disease, chronic pain, cancers and autoimmune diseases, which in turn are also affected by your digestive health, since how clean or unclean your blood is, it feeds every part of your body’s functioning capacity! A healthy gut bolsters the body’s immune system and the body’s innate ability to resist disease.

You Can Support Your Gut Health by -

  • Mindful living
  • Opt for clean and green cleansing raw plant-based foods, herbs and spices
    that support gut health and aid digestion
  • Completely chew your food before swallowing (chew each bite approx 37 times)!
  • Have your meals in a calm and relaxed manner and environment - be present
  • Add digestive nutritional supplements
  • Adopt food combining methods
  • Activate your nuts & seeds
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Start Juicing & having healthy smoothies
  • Create a routine of daily detox activities
  • Introduce stress reduction strategies to reduce fear and lifestyle anxieties
  • Fast for one day a week
  • Incorporate colon cleansing protocols (enemas, colon hydrotherapy) in your overall digestive health plan.
  • Spend time moving your body in nature

Incorporating these healthy digestion tools into your healthy lifestyle is easy when you know how. They are not transferable, meaning that you can't choose to adopt in some of them and ignore the others...you need to do them all over time, at a steady pace and get support with the ones that feel is a bit more challenging. It's best to leave behind any sense of pursuing superior health, a better body, and longevity, as this focus and hamper your process and progress. Be easy with it and whatever you do, don't stress about it either.

My healthy gut regime includes using food-grade essential oils, yogic gut exercises (Satyananda), weekly fasting, organic raw whole foods, coconut water, probiotics, digestive enzymes, green juices, dancing and walking, meditation and reflection, relaxation...to name a few. 

Whenever you decide to get started, that will be the right time (but get started as soon as you can). Remember the lifestyle combination that works best for you, is totally unique. Your attitude and perspective are paramount to your achieving optimal eating, as is the atmosphere you create within which you engage with these tools for healthy living. Your health is always in the here and now, not somewhere down the road, so pay attention your health needs, make smart choices and work on cultivating healthy habits.

Be aware that all Sistahintheraw programmes include a connected mind-body-spirit approach, to a healthy plant-based, raw food lifestyle; with clean, cleansing, nutrient-rich recipes, plus accompanying practical guidance and mind-set tools. You can check them out here:

Cautions:
Colon hydrotherapy may not be suitable for people with certain conditions. Please check with doctor or health care practitioner.

Try out the raw food for a healthy gut programme over three days. Take a look here.

Want to know more?

Resource and Research:
http://hippocratesinst.org/ten-holistic-tips-life-long-healthy-gut
http://hippocratesinst.org/it-takes-guts
http://hippocratesinst.org/hippocrates-four-core-nutrients-to-support-optimal-health
http://nutritionstudies.org/time-chew-digestive-system-starts-mouth/

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Sistahintheraw.com provides information on this website as an educational service. This website does not provide medical advice. The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. The products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications and medical conditions.  

How To Enjoy a Healthy Cleanse

Easy insurance for promoting longevity and reduced exposure to disease

Easy insurance for promoting longevity and reduced exposure to disease

Its common knowledge that most of us living in the western world, inhabit a toxic environment, sadly the air, the land, the water and the food we use are contaminated by the thousands of man-made environmental chemicals. While "the human body is perfectly capable of dealing with limited exposure to many of these toxins within a given time frame. However, once you come into contact with and ingest more of these toxins than you can cope with, your body has no choice but to store those toxins until a later date when hopefully you clean up your act. Typically, these toxins are stored in fat cells but they may also be stored in your muscles, organs, and other tissues." 

Your first step in promoting longevity and reducing the potential risk for disease, is for you to authentically embrace your true core values. Healing that is sparked by emotional strength, which empowers your immune system... this is why the cleansing process and healing process is an holistic undertaking, incorporating your mindset as well as physical processes.

While I was training to become a health educator at the Hippocrates Health Institute, I experienced my deepest cleanse to date, over three months, which was a profoundly life-changing process. I felt deeply cleansed and energised; I was clean from the inside out!
This rewarding experience inspired me to create a series of short cleansing programmes so that you can easily sample effective cleanse protocols. 

Incorporating cleansing activities into your wellbeing lifestyle does not have to be difficult or too demanding, however it is always dependant on your current specific health and wellbeing needs. You can ease yourself into the process via a step-by-step approach, unless your health needs dictate otherwise. Simple, yet effective protocols include:

  • 100% organic
  • 100% plant-based
  • 100% raw
  • 50% living foods (sprouts)

This kind of cleanse provides your body with maximised nutritional benefits for accessing nutrient dense food, that provides Alkalinity, Phytonutrients, Antioxidants, dietary Enzymes, Plant Fats, Vitamins and Minerals and dietary Fiber.

You can break these protocols down into manageable chunks if you like to get you started. Fasting, juicing, clean eating, cleansing diets, physical detox, self-care, mental and emotional health and spiritual grounding for health and wellbeing are all part of the cleansing and maintenance process. You can work on introducing each protocol individually into your wellbeing lifestyle, but combining them allows you to come up with "a super-charged package for enabling the body to restore its own natural vibrant health."

Generally speaking, increasing raw and living plant-based food in your diet, helps to provide you with:
• More energy
• Feeling lighter
• Greater overall well-being
• An abundance of nutrients
• Weight normalization over time
• Avoidance of hunger and deprivation

This diet helps your body to cleanse by feeding your body at the cellular level with what your body needs for health. It's not just another diet, but a healthful, delicious, and – most importantly – sustainable way of changing your eating habits that you can happily maintain for a lifetime! 

Cleansing is all about you eliminating toxins from your body through four physical channels:
breath, skin, urine and bowels.

When you fast, or eat 100% organic, plant-based, raw, and living foods the body has extra energy. You body uses that extra energy to release toxins out of the body faster. When the toxins start coming out more quickly than you can eliminate them through the normal channels, you can commonly get a cleansing reaction to this process. The best way to reduce or eliminate cleansing symptoms like these, is to give your four channels a little extra help. Helpful methods to use to accomplish that are:

  • Infrared sauna
  • Body brushing
  • Drinking lots of purified water and fresh green drinks
  • Drinking fresh wheatgrass juice
  • Fully chewing your food
  • Breathing exercises
  • Yoga
  • Exercise (any form)
  • A very warm Epsom salts bath
  • Steam room
  • Anything that makes you sweat a great deal (Jacuzzi, regular sauna, etc.)
  • A very warm powdered ginger bath
  • Lymphatic massage
  • Enemas and colon hydrotherapy
  • Rebounding
  • The Power of "I Can" visualisation techniques

By using some or all of these protocols you can reduce or completely eliminate any uncomfortable cleansing reactions. Thats exactly what I did, I used all of these methods (but you don't have to). I felt as though I was being given the most transforming gift. The reward for you from working through this process and getting all the toxins out, is a new, vibrant, radiant and healthy you!

As a welcomed bonus, I lost over 20 Ibs, dropped two dress sizes, improved my digestion, increased my energy several fold and felt supremely grounded and happy.

Here are some foods to avoid while cleansing

  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Milk products
  • Sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners
  • Coffee
  • Grains: wheat (bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), rye, barley, oats, spelt and rice 
  • Dried fruit

I have devised a variety of short introductory, online cleansing programmes, which you can easily do at home, for a fraction of the usual cost. Use these 1, 3 and 5 day programmes to begin or continue your wellness journey, and experience and understand more fully, the benefits of what cleansing with a healthy living, raw food, plant-based lifestyle has to offer. 

Time to make your eyes sparkle and your skin glow. Immerse yourself in the process with an online programme, followed up with one-to-one mentoring. The new Sistahintheraw 24 hour Simple Cleanse Programme arrives for you this week, as part of my Self-Care month and is available until September 2017. Once you've got them. try repeating the programmes which is a great way to gain momentum and to reinforce your inspiration and commitment to change strategy.

Want to know if these programmes are for you?

Resource and Research:
http://hippocratesinst.org/general-detoxification-tonics

Living Food = Vibrant You - Create healthier habits, try out one of my online wellness programmes, register here

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE?
You can, as long as you include this complete statement with it: Anita McKenzie, is a Raw Soul Food and Holistic Health Lifestyle Mentor, she is founder of the brand "Sistahintheraw" and "Raw Soul Food" and a leading authority on Raw Food Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make healthier choices, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Sistahintheraw now atwww.sistahintheraw.com

Medical Disclaimer
Sistahintheraw.com provides information on this website as an educational service. This website does not provide medical advice. The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. The products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications and medical conditions.