THE HUMAN body has the power to generate energy, and by so doing, to heal itself. But in order to keep the generator within in good running condition, here are a few reminders.
•Frequency and moderation—It doesn’t really matter how many times you eat; just make sure they are moderate portions. How small? Let’s say, half a dinner plate will do. Too small? By talking smaller meals, the incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can be avoided.
•Choose healthy— The challenge now is what to put in your mouth. If you simply go by the decision of your taste buds, you will stuff yourself with anything and everything yummy, like pizza, steak, lechon, potato chips, ice cream, and forget all the nutritious things like fresh green salad, fruits in season, steamed fish, bean stew.
How about a compromise if you have not mastered the art of balance? Let’s meet halfway. Begin with the raw food first, fresh greens and fruits. Wait 15 minutes, then take a small portion of your favorite food, even if it is crispy pata. By small, I mean not more than one cup. At least try.
Then, even if you’re a carnivorous person, you can alternate the days with fish. This way, you are living the science of going light. By thinking green and fresh before every meal, you are giving your digestive system a healthy break.
•Keep it occupied—Do not go for long periods without food in your stomach; you will run out of steam fast. Blood sugar and the symptoms are common: weakness, cold sweats, fainting spells, palpitations. All these happen because your body has no food to digest, which it needs to convert into energy.
So, keep your stomach occupied with something to digest. But by choosing low-calorie food, you increase your life expectancy. Studies have shown that people on low-calorie diets tend to live longer and healthier.
•Abstain—Abstinence from alcohol, sugar and fatty foods immediately lowers your risks for heart attack, cancer and stroke. New reports have come in suggesting that low-calorie regimens increase the melatonin levels found within the gastrointestinal tract, thereby enhancing the immune system.
Special foods have healing benefits. Some of these:
Grapes—Resveratrol-rich, it works against cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Grapefruit—Its limonoids and naringin fight breast cancer.
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries—The allergic acid is considered an anti-cancer, anti-aging ingredient.
Orange/red colored vegetables (like squash)—High in beta-carotene, they work against cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Cherries—This delicious fruit contains perillyl alcohol, which fights cancer of the breast, lungs, stomach, liver and skin.
Cruciferous vegetables—Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage (the ones with the curls) have indoles, cell-protectors, and sulforaphane and isothiocyanates, all cancer-fighters.
Garlic, onions, leeks, chives, scallions—All contain allicin, a known substance that slows down the growth of cancer cells.
Soy—A high-protein food that contains genestein and insoflavones which suppress new blood formation in cancerous growths.
Tomatoes—This red fruit/ vegetable has lycopene, which is best as a cancer fighter, particularly prostate colon, bladder and pancreas.
Eggs—The egg yolk (which most people avoid due to a cholesterol scare that is largely exaggerated) has choline, which actually dissolves fat and keeps cholesterol moving in the bloodstream. Eggs are high in sulphur and essential amino acids, all powerful antioxidants.
Heart and mind matters
Unburden your heart, unload your minds. Many of us go about our daily lives carrying excess baggage. Why is that so important? Maybe you are simply unaware of it. Subconsciously, you have stored the energy of negative experiences and memories.
In time, these will fester inside you. That’s why it’s good to unload now.
Cleansing tea—Take three stalks of lemongrass, pour boiling water, and drink.