DOWN TO EARTH DIETING
The biggest misconception that people have when it comes to dieting is that the new eating regimen is going to be forever.
Food is a sensitive subject for a lot of people. It affects the way we feel inside our bodies in many interconnected and overlapping ways. It is only natural for us to find our own ways of establishing balance within and throughout our experiences.
Unfortunately, not all of us are educated about the ways that we can regulate our diets to achieve new sensational experiences in our bodies. Reaching and grabbing for the nearest “fix”, we end up starving our bodies of the attention and respect they deserve in order to function optimally.
With the brain and the body deprived of a genuine energy source, many people end up starved of the nutrients they need. Ironically, many people end up overweight, as the body attempts to communicate what it truly needs through a range of symptoms.
Regardless of the symptoms you may be experiencing at this time in your body, here is an easy way to bring your diet back down to earth.
However, before the details of the diet are revealed, it is important to remember that there is no “miracle diet” that is going to solve all of your problems for the rest of your life. The body is a delicate machine, and it is only natural in both its growth and deterioration that it is going to go through many changes that may bring about different dietary habits.
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It is not intended as a permanent lifestyle, but rather, as a way to bring the body into a more relaxed state of being following times of dietary chaos. As I go through the diet, I will briefly touch on the food controversies surrounding particular choices I have made.
Everyone has an opinion about what foods are right and wrong, and I wish to discuss the controversies in the most neutral way possible. Hopefully it will serve as informational rather than influential towards any readers.
However, it is only natural that I have my own grudges that I hold against certain categories of food as well. Nevertheless, those foods are not a part of the diet I am about to present.
* Mix together 1 serving of hemp protein powder and 1 serving of soy yogurt.
Yes, it’s green. And yes, there is soy in it. Soy is a phytoestrogen, which is a fancy word for “fake estrogen”. These phytoestrogens have been known to alter the body’s hormonal balance when consumed in large quantities.
Many people have issues with the idea of consuming foods that are going to increase their estrogens, and potentially throw off their experience of body and gender. That said there are many preservatives used in popular foods on the market that are inclusive of phytoestrogens as well.
In addition to this, there are many other things in our environment that influence our hormonal balance. What is important is assessing our own emotional dispositions, keeping a close check on our hormonal balance, and making decisions that are best for us.
And remember, no diet is forever!
* Fresh vegetables and hummus.
* Mix together 1 serving of hemp protein powder, 1 serving of organic granola, and (1 serving of almond milk) or (1 serving of soy yogurt).
It tastes less green with the soy yogurt, but if you like earthy tastes, the almond milk is quite nice too.
Hemp protein powder provides an all-natural substitute to other protein powders that are on the market. While it tastes more earthy and grainy than your typical protein powders, its lack of sweetness is sometimes a necessary contrast to our high-fructose lifestyles.
* 1 serving of fresh fruit and 1 serving of all-natural nut butter.
There are many varieties of nut butters on the market. Some are higher in fat and sugars than others, so it is important to read the label when making your decision.
Do your best to choose nut butters that have no added sugars. Particularly if you want to cleanse your body, restoring your natural energy source.
* Large fresh salad, 1 serving of hemp hearts, 1 serving of vegan cheese substitute, and “clean” salad dressing.
Hemp hearts can be used in many cooking recipes, and they provide a high protein source to the body. Protein is important for the reparation and growth of muscle tissues in the body, which is why it’s important to intake protein throughout the day, ideally at every meal.
There are many who say the body cannot function optimally without taking in animal products. Some will advocate that meat should be consumed every day, while others believe the body only needs it a couple times a week.
Personally, I believe that every dietary choice brings about a particular sensation/experience/function within the body, and people should make choices about their diet based on their own emotional and physical needs.
Personally, when I am cleansing my system of times of high stress and poor food choices, I tend to gravitate towards all-natural, earth diets that are free of any animal products. Others may have other means of achieving result, and that is okay too.
* 2-3 Rice cakes, 2 servings of vegan cream cheese, and 2 servings of jam.
If anything I hope this diet inspires you to make more assertive decisions when it comes to eating. Personally, I achieve benefit by developing diets for different purposes.
The best thing you can do when you feel your life is out of flow:
1) Evaluate what it is that you are experiencing within your body. What is the nature of the discomfort you are experiencing, and how are you currently coping with these sensations?
2) Brainstorm ways that you can implement change to your current routine. Set up a meal plan for yourself, and remind yourself that no diet is forever!
3) Research your plan, and make educated decisions to the best of your ability. Remember that the changes you are making are going to make you feel better. Accept that your body may be used to it’s current routine, and therefore, be gentle with the way you talk to yourself during these times of change.
4) Rethink the way you think about diet. Make notes about how you are feeling, and allow it to inspire more dietary changes! I’m saying it again: No diet is forever!
5) Give yourself some time to experience a dietary pattern. While it’s good and healthy to embrace change, sometimes we get caught up in changing too much all at once. I usually give myself at least a month every time I develop a new pattern of eating for myself. Yes, this means I eat the same thing every day for a month. It gives me a chance to feel new sensations within my body, and understand how those sensations affect me in my day-to-day life.
6) BE KIND TO YOURSELF. If you are feeling stressed about the next time you will get to eat something “normal”, perhaps you abstracted your diet too much to start. Or maybe you need to plan that one day each week where you are going to allow yourself to go out for your favorite sushi rolls. To me, the diet pattern itself is my way of being kind to myself. Because of the purposes that I am serving for myself in embracing dietary changes, it is not difficult to stick to script. And frankly, it shouldn’t be.
What do you think, will you be trying this diet? Answer in the comments!
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