As I mentioned in my entries, “Beauty for Ashes” and “Raised to Life,” healing of an emotional and spiritual nature are tremendously improtant and, I believe, vital to wellness. But, we often forget the importance of keeping our physical bodies healed and well. Having been a nurse for 10 years and having had Crohn’s disease for almost 20 years, I have been on a quest for a few years now on how to maintain physical wellness. There are many great books and ideas out there. I’m just going to share what’s presently working for me in hopes that it may help you as well. Prevention is the key to staying well. Although there is certainly a need for acute care medicine in this world we live in, I believe we wouldn’t need it nearly as much if we could prevent illness.
Getting enough fluids is of utmost importance. Drinking plenty of water is one way, you know the eight, 8oz glass of water rule. Our diets are typically so dry with breads and processed foods, we need to add all of that fluid to compensate. If we are consuming more vegetables and fruits and less meat and bread, we don’t need to consume quite so much water. To get numerous vegetable and fruit servings in, I have chosen to juice. This helps me get all of my servings for the day and decreases my need for consuming so much water. So I try to juice once a day. I normally juice green lemonade found in the “Raw Food Detox Diet” by Natalia Rose, which is a great resource for the road to physical wellness. If I juice my green lemonade in the evening, I also juice a serving of carrot juice and place it in the refrigerator to drink the next morning. The sooner the juice is consumed after juicing, the greater the benefit from all the nutrients and enzymes. Honestly, I do it that way to avoid cleaning the juicer more than one time a day.
Green Lemonade (makes 1 serving)- 1 head of romaine lettuce, 5-6 stalks kale, 1-2 apples (as needed for sweetness), 1 whole lemon (mostly peeled, may leave some peel for extra lemon taste), tbsp ginger (optional. *I don’t use the ginger.), I also add swiss chard and spinach – *this juice is a great source of calcium.
Carrot juice– approx 1 lb carrots, 1 apple
Rainbow juice (my kids favorite)- tomatoes, strawberries, grapes, 2-3 carrots, apples, oranges (whatever fruits and veggies you have around, excluding green veggies). Makes 2-4 servings.
Every resource I’ve looked at over the past years has stressed the importance of limiting sugar and white flour. With that, they have all also stressed the importance of increasing fiber. If I eat bread, I try to eat either rye bread or sprouted grain bread. Ezekiel is a great brand, typically found in the “healthy,” “organic” section of the grocery in the freezer. I know sprouted grain bread sounds disgusting, like it would have grass growing out of it or something, but it doesn’t. It’s actually quite good toasted with butter and local honey. Rice flour is also an alternative to white wheat flour when cooking.
In any wellness program, a daily 3o minute moderate exercise routine is encouraged.
So a great first couple of steps to physical wellness is to limit sugar and white flour based products, and to increase fiber, fluids, and exercise. A great way to add fiber, of course, is to add fruits, veggies, and whole grains. In place of white sugar, I try to use honey, brown sugar, agave nectar, or stevia. Stevia is an all natural alternative to Splenda. I only use stevia if I’m having a cup of coffee. In doing these simple steps, you’ll probably notice a few pounds melting away too. Stay tuned for more to come!