A Week To Wellness… What can be achieved in Seven Days, that improves health and wellbeing? let’s first start with where we are at!
It takes more than a week to form a habit, the good news is that you can achieve a shift by changing a few meal portions around, changing the food combinations, and leaving a few nasties out that are only going to sabotage your energy anyway. Identifying those weak spots that show up in a day, as a direct result of fatigue, which probably came about because of poor food combinations in the first place and lack of quality sleep.
I ask people about the way they wake up! It’s part of the preparation needed for the Seven Days To Wellness Project. When you observe you can evaluate! So, as you wake up, how do you feel? Are you energetic, tired, or about in the middle? For a few days before your seven-day project of ‘A Week to Wellness’, may I suggest you observe how you feel when you first wake up.
If you wake up tired there could be a significant reason for that, and one of the reasons is a ‘Histamine intolerance’ - Another reason is chronic fatigue, pushing yourself too far, or you may be suffering from a ‘Food Hangover’! If you are suffering from a ‘Food Hangover’, then obviously you need to detox a little and hydration is a big part of that. Using a lovely green juice in the morning no matter what you feel like is part of creating the new you. I have a few more questions for you….
Do you experience unexplained headaches or anxiety? What about irregular menstrual cycles? Does your face flush when you drink red wine? Do you get an itchy tongue or a runny nose when you eat bananas, avocados, or eggplants? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you could have a histamine intolerance.
Histamine is a chemical involved in your immune system, proper digestion, and your central nervous system. As a neurotransmitter, it communicates important messages from your body to your brain. It is also a component of stomach acid, which is what helps you break down food in your stomach. (CHECK OUT MORE - Everything you need to know etc about Histamine Intolerance).
Histamine-releasing foods –
- Alcohol Bananas
- Chocolate Cow’s Milk
- Nuts Papaya
- Pineapple Shellfish
- Strawberries Tomatoes
- Wheat Germ Many artificial preservatives and dyes
You might be most familiar with histamine as it relates to the immune system. If you’ve suffered from seasonal allergies or food allergies, you may have noticed that antihistamine medications like Zytrec, Allegra or Benedryl are medically suggested for quick relief of your symptoms. Histamines roll in the body is to cause an immediate inflammatory response. It serves as a red flag to your immune system, notifying your body of any potential attackers. When the body thinks that it has attackers, it puts out the Histamines
It’s a shame about Pawpaw, Bananas, Avocados, and pineapple being on that top list. I grow a lot of these foods on our land.(high histamine activators). When I experienced a histamine increase, I made sure to simplify my meals again. It wasn’t a big deal, it just meant I had to tone down the fruits to virtually nothing, and eat in a more mono way, i.e., one food type at a time.
So you are going to have to watch your carbohydrates and your Histamine foods. Green vegetables are important, there is no doubt about this, but some of the green foods are high in Histamines. Please be prepared to experiment with greens so you know how you feel after each one. Spinach can be one of those suspect greens, can you believe it? So just monitor the way you feel. Take into consideration the foods that are stabilizing and energizing for you, and make them more dominating in your menu.
Your week to Wellness from a food perspective can look like this:
You can eliminate Breakfast for the first few days and have your first meal around midday, which creates a bit of a mini fast. This can do you the world of good.
Breakfast: Smoothie with banana, water, soaked chia seeds, coconut oil and a smoothie powder of choice. Lunch: Veggie soup with gluten-free crackers or bread, green leaf salad. Dinner: Cauliflower bake with either couscous or Sweet potato chips
Breakfast: Soaked muesli (very basic muesli) with chopped apple or pear pieces - soaked in homemade almond milk or hot water. Lunch: Veggie Bake with salad - afternoon tea break - date slice (gluten free). Dinner: Pureed Cauliflower Soup with Gluten Free Croutons.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with Pitta bread, avocado, and greens. Lunch: Zucchini fritters with salad. Dinner: Stir fry tofu, with broccoli, carrot, celery, zucchini (?), activated almonds, seasonings of choice.
Breakfast: Stewed pears and apples with Rhubarb, coconut yogurt and a sprinkle of pure Veda seeds (optional).
Lunch: Sweet Potato Salad with asparagus and lima beans. Dinner: Mexican with avocado mash, black olives, a small number of corn chips and heaps of grated lettuce.
Breakfast: Pureed fruit of choice, Omelette with shallots and mushrooms. (if you have fruit, always serve before other foods). Lunch: Gluten-free Waffle bread with chickpea salad. Dinner: Healthy Pizza with olives, zucchini slices, broccolini, sliced up, mushrooms, (we make our own base - Gluten free and Wheat based pizza bases) - served with shredded lettuce.
Breakfast: Smoothie of choice - either banana, mango, or a berry smoothie with yogurt. Cacao Mousse with Cashew Cream (optional). Lunch: Avocado Wrap with sprouts and green beans and Pine Nuts. Dinner: Paella with peas, carrots, celery, cauliflower or broccoli or both.
Breakfast: Fast until Lunchtime: or have a beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger fresh juice. (blood sugar issues be careful with the juices) Lunch: Light Salad with boiled eggs or protein of choice. Dinner: Hearty vegetable soup with gluten-free croutons. Stewed fruit and yogurt if very hungry.
So you see this is a very simple menu plan, and I guarantee more bowel activity with this one, there is no animal product in this menu except for the eggs. If you want it entirely Vegan, that can be achieved with Egg replacement mix for the scrambled eggs. Your choice. At the end of the week, you can monitor how you feel, what is not on this menu is Chocolate, pineapple, meat, processed meat, chicken and dairy milk. As I’ve said before, Pineapple is one of my favorites, but it can be aggravating to others, so be mindful of that in your menu planning. Pineapple on its own it may not be an issue. I always like a bit of Paw Paw, and only eat that on its own, because it’s a digestive housekeeper too.
In one week you can have more energy, more enthusiasm, and more mental clarity by doing away with high sugar foods, processed foods, a dominance of cooked food, and avoiding eating too late at night. If you can manage it, have your evening meal between 5-6pm and make sure it is a smaller meal. Snack with dried fruit and nuts in moderation, fresh fruit of choice and extra water. You will notice that timing will be more complementary to the digestive clock. Use essential oils like Digestzen, Fennel, lime, and Peppermint to soothe your digestive system. Diffuse Lavender Peace or Balance around your home for calm and peaceful thoughts.
Stay tuned for more on this, as I prepare the chapters for ‘Gone With The Wind’ book.
Blessings Anne Clark.