Jumpstart Your Health

7 Strategies for Minimizing Cravings and Boosting Your Health

Let’s look at some general dietary suggestions that can help get you on track to reversing, lessening or managing many health problems.

  1. Stabilize your blood sugar. Create a morning ritual that includes alkalizing your body upon waking with a green drink, a morning tonic, or ginger tea (or similar). Quickly follow that, within a half hour, with a small amount of protein. Lack of adequate protein creates an insulin surge and reactive glycemic state that contributes to further fluctuations throughout the day that are difficult to overcome. Lack of focus, “brain hunger,” poor decision making, and so on, ensue. Even for people with no appetite, a bone broth or similar can be enough. Throughout the day small regular meals at two- to three-hour intervals are required. If your last meal of the day is at 6pm and you don’t eat again till 10am or later, your brain and your body suffer.
  2. Eliminate pro-inflammatory foods. For at least thirty days, eat only animal protein, including fish and shellfish, vegetables, herbs and spices, a handful of nuts and seeds (preferably soaked and sprouted) a day, citrus, berries, and healthy saturated fats, including pastured eggs. These should be whole, live foods prepared mostly by you. To restate this, you need to eliminate processed foods and foods that contain harmful components that are inflammatory to your system. To the greatest extent practicable, your vegetables should be organic and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticide residues, your protein sources should be free of antibiotics and growth hormones. One hundred percent grass fed is preferred, and it’s best to forever eliminate food additives like sweeteners, food dyes, and other additives that are neurotoxic to the brain.
  3. Increase essential fatty acids and healthy fats. Healthy fats include coconuts and their by-products like coconut manna, avocados, oils that are from tree nuts (e.g., macadamia oil), tree fruits (e.g., coconut, olive, avocado oils), clarified butter (called ghee), 100 percent grass fed or pastured butter, and nut or seed butters (e.g., flax seed and cashew butters). Essential fatty acids like omega oils are also readily available from oysters and other shellfish that feed on algae, and micro-greens that convert the sun’s energy directly into food. All these help reduce inflammation by supplying the cells in your body, which are a self-contained life form themselves, with much needed nutrients.
  4. Increase prebiotic and probiotic foods, and particularly those that are lacto-fermented or cultured. These are foods that utilize a culture starter or fermentation process that predigests the naturally occurring sugars and also create a thriving environment for healthy bacteria to flourish. These are foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, pickled ginger, and chutneys. It also includes kefirs, buttermilk, and crafted yogurts (that are from 100 percent grass fed cows, sheep, or goats). Prebiotic foods are bitter leafy greens like dandelion greens, watercress, and asparagus.
  5. Minimize legumes, which are beans, lentils, and peanuts, and are designed by nature to be difficult to digest. For many they contribute to gassiness and bloating, although a few beans in an otherwise well-prepared meal are fine for most people. That said, most cooks do not take time to adequately soak, sprout, and slowly cook their beans, which allows them to easily convert to a starch and lose the quality protein that is otherwise available. If you are relying solely on beans (and nuts, seeds, and plant proteins) for your nutrients, careful preparation is a must!
  6. Eat more raw dietary fiber, particularly in the form of leafy green plants. There is a myth that abounds that leafy green plants, particularly the cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, arugula, broccoli, and kale will somehow steal away precious iodine from your body, especially the thyroid gland. Or that high-oxalate content foods like spinach, Swiss chard, and beet greens should be avoided because of the risk of kidney stones. If these cases exist at all, the probability is so incredibly rare that I can safely advise my patients to eat these at every meal.
  7. Hydrate! Not only is good water a primary source for trace minerals and nutrients, it’s essential for ridding the body of unwanted wastes. Very often, even though my patients are drinking lots of water, the water is not making it inside the cells. One of my suggestions is always to add a pinch of sea salt. Make sure the one you have on hand for this purpose is produced by the process of evaporation of salt water bodies only.