When you are healing your body it is not knowing what to eat which is the challenging step.
It's the cravings we are hit with along the way that veer us off track. This is what slows down our healing process a lot of the time.
Understanding what is healthy food and what isn’t is as simple as knowing this…
Plant foods = vibrance and vitality.
Processed/refined/artificial foods = depletion and destruction.
Stepping up your detoxification and healing game will be different for each bio-individual human being.
Depending on where you are at right now maybe the next step is simply cutting your animal protein consumption in half...
For others, it’ll be going completely vegan...
Or maybe you'll reduce your fat and protein intake to support your liver...
Some may go on the raw / fruit diet...
Or you may start dry fasting to get the kidneys filtering again...
There are thousands of baby steps you can take in each moment that will help to detox and heal the body. It’s all about what you are consuming (physically, mentally and emotionally) and knowing that EVERYTHING in your life is playing a part in your bodily build-up or break-down.
All that matters is that you always follow the next step that feels right for YOUR body.
Your body will never cease to offer you all the loving signals that things are improving.
Detoxing is therefore a simple and straightforward process.
The challenging part is actually sticking with your detoxification journey.
There are two reasons why cravings come up along your healing journey.
If you have started cutting out refined foods including gluten, dairy, sugar and other processed and artificial junk… and you have replaced these foods with whole foods like fruit and vegetables.. then something you will inevitably run into is food cravings. Here is why:
1. Bacteria, Yeast, Mould, Fungus and Other Toxic Buildup Is Dying
Whilst you are moving through a process of detoxification, if you have eliminated refined foods and are focusing predominantly on plant foods, you will be ridding your body of toxic build-up. Whether you are displaying the symptoms of candida (yeast / fungus overgrowth) or not… what we know for certain is there is some degree of toxic buildup in your body that is causing imbalance.
Candida and other toxic waste in the body thrive and survive off artificially sweet and refined foods. As you start to cut these out, you will have strong cravings. Although the craving is not necessarily coming from YOU. It is coming from the nasty toxic organisms living within your gastrointestinal tract.
For those wondering, “can I have a cheat day?”
My answer is… yes, you can have a cheat day from time to time. When I was initially healing my body I occasionally had cheat days where I would eat whatever I want.
I can’t tell you for certain how much that cheat day will slow down your progress. Although my modality is always rooted in love and balance. I don’t see major harm in a cheat day as long as you are enjoying the meal without a side serving of guilt and shame.
In saying that, now that I am in the third stage of detoxification in The Intuitive Healing Program… I can tell you this… I don’t have cravings for bad food anymore.
The thought of eating gluten, dairy or anything with real sugar in it would never even cross my mind. It actually repulses me.
Ha-ha! I never thought the day would come where I would be able to say that.
I’ve had my fair share of desserts and cheese platters. I’ve always been the queen of over-indulging on delicious foods. I suffered from binge eating disorder for many years.
What I am saying is this… when you get to a certain stage of your detoxification, you will not crave these foods!
I am not kidding you.
You will choose a big bowl of fresh juicy watermelon over a piece of cake any day. I promise you.
This is because once we detoxify the liver of fat and we clean out the gastrointestinal tract, the body starts to function as it normally should, without parasites/candida/bacteria.
Your body naturally wants plant foods. It wants fruit. It wants hydration. It wants raw vegetables. It wants ALIVE foods. It does not want heavy, fatty, salty and refined foods that stagnate your body's ability to thrive.
It’s not you! That’s your bacteria honey!
2. What Is On Your Plate Is Directly Related To Your Emotional World
You heard me! Whatever is going on within your emotional world will have an enormous impact on what you are putting on your plate.
Heavy thoughts = heavy foods.
What do I mean by ‘heavy thought?’
A heavy thought is a thought rooted in fear, doubt and worry. These heavy thoughts when thought repetitively become a belief system. Your belief systems then impact your emotions. When you are having heavy and intense emotions due to a fearful thought lurking in your subconscious mind, you will be very likely to overeat on heavy and unhealthy foods.
Always look at your emotional world before you try to put yourself on a strict diet that eliminates all your favourite comfort foods!
Trust me darling one, it’ll be near bloody impossible to remain on a healthy whole foods diet if you are facing deep emotional distress.
To finish this article I want to offer you a little delicious gift...
I want you to remember that you ALWAYS have a healthy alternative. There are vegan and sugar-free options all over the world.
I know this because I have lived all over the world and have taken my little sweet tooth with me!
Here are a couple of indulgent yet supportive recipes, for either a sweet or savoury craving.
1 large sweet potato
1 can of organic black beans (or any beans of your liking)
1 bunch of spring onion
1 carrot OR 1/2 cup of pumpkin
1 bag of cashews
1 jar tomato puree
1 tsp coconut oil
2 garlic cloves
Soak 1 cup of cashews in a Vitamix or NutriBullet cup, water just covering the nuts
Cut the carrot or pumpkin up and put on the boil for 20 minutes until soft
Slice the sweet potato into thin slices, cover with coconut oil and Himalayan salt and bake in the oven on high for 15 minutes on each side
Drain and rinse beans and sprinkle on top
Pour on top the tomato puree
Slice avocado (or make guacamole with some lemon juice and salt)
Blend up the soaked cashews with the carrot/pumpkin and garlic cloves, pour the cashew cheese on top
Garnish with spring onion and enjoy!
3 frozen bananas
1 tsp honey
1 tsp peanut butter
1 tbsp cocoa powder
A dash of water if needed
Freeze the bananas for a few hours
Put into a Vitamix or NutriBullet with pitted dates, honey, peanut butter, cocoa and water if needed to liquify.
Serve with berries, coconut or cocoa nibs! Whatever takes your fancy.
Want more on this topic? Watch this video for some more tips.