Saturday, March 5, 2011

Be Healthier - Work With Your Body Not Against It


Get In Tune With The Rhythm Of Your Body



"I need a break "

No one questions the daily rhythm of the sun and the moon but when it comes to our bodies, we expect them to perform twenty four-seven without so much as a thank you for their efforts.  And, when our bodies get tired or ill, we blame them for their frailty.

Give yourself a break and work with your daily bio-rhythms instead of against them.  Your body will be happier so you’ll feel better!


 
Good foods nourish the body
Phase I -Nourishment
From mid-day until about eight in the evening, we’re hungry and naturally want to eat.  Good quality, nutritious food provides lots of wonderful things for the body to use as energy, for repairs and to build new tissue. 

 

Phase II - Absorption/Repair
Around eight in the evening, the body begins to prepare for sleep. The food we've eaten has digested and the body is ready to absorb its nutrients, do repairs and let the brain unwind as we dream. When the absorption/repair phase is completed, we enter the elimination phase and naturally wake up.


Sleep is the time for absorption,
repair and unwinding
Phase III – Elimination
Until mid-day, our bodies are in their elimination phase getting rid of waste from the night before.

Elimination is not only through the bowels and urine but also thought the skin and mouth. As the elimination phase ends, you naturally get hungry and re-enter the nourishment phase as the cycle begins again.



The Plan
Breakfast is a good place to start paying attention to your bio-rhythms. Unless your doctor advises other wise, go lighter at breakfast with fresh, raw fruit instead of your usual bacon and eggs or breakfast burrito.

"I was warned but I didn't listen"

Fresh fruit moves through the stomach in less time than heavy foods and will not slow down or interfere with your elimination phase. You’ll feel lighter and get a little spring back in your step.

But be warned. If you’re not used to fresh fruit for breakfast, ease into it with small portions adding some whole grain toast or whole grain, low sugar cereal.  Making a drastic or quick change in your morning eating routine will cause your elimination to take place too quickly and you don't want to spend the whole morning in the bathroom.


Recipes

Almond Banana Smoothie
One serving

1 cup almond milk or plain kiefer (thin yogurt)
1 ripe banana (about 5 inches long)
Dash nutmeg or cinnamon

Whirl with the stationary or hand held blender till smooth.  Serve over ice, if desired.  Garnish with a dash of spice.


Berry Nice Smoothie
One serving

1 cup orange juice
1 cup berries (your favorite kind or a combination)
Honey, 100% maple syrup, or agave to taste (optional)

Whirl with the stationary or hand held blender till smooth.  Serve over ice, if desired.


Ginger Pear Smoothie
One serving

1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup almond milk or plain kiefer (thin yogurt)
1 very ripe pear (peeled and cut into chunks)
2 (2 inch pieces) crystallized ginger

Whirl with the stationary or hand held blender till smooth.  Serve over ice, if desired.

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