Saturday, October 22, 2011

Day 22 Step 22 Protective and Corrective

I understand these terms especially since I am a parent.  I am protective of my children, my home, my spouse and the things I love.  I am also a corrective, spare the rod spoil the child, sort of a parent but if you ask my older children, I have lightened up in my older parenting years.  I don't know if that means you should wait a few years to have children or just I have more experience under my belt.  It is probably the latter and I am thankful I am still in the throws of parenting with a young adult in the house.   It keeps me young and its really fun.  What does that have to do with wellness and this little exercise?  Hopefully I will learn something new and fill you in as well.
When we consider what goes into our bodies I think these are two of the fundamental questions we should ask ourselves?  Is what I am eating protecting my body or is is potentially destroying it?  And in addition to that, or is what I am eating edifying our bodies so that it can do it's job to protect.  I would have to say the environment, and the industrial age have already just cause for our bodies to find ways to correct what is being done to it every day.  So how do we go about it?
Get fresh!  Eating foods that are fresh, like those we have grown ourselves (self sufficient and knowing where it comes from) such as garlic, leeks, onions and radishes all containing anti-cancer agents working on cellular and blood levels.  Broad beans, peas, pulses (legumes) that protect us especially against the spread of hormonally driven cancers (such as the one I had Her2).  Foods including aloe vera, echinacea, turmeric, pectins (eg. apples and pears), arabinogalactins (eg.  in oats, psyllium, coconut, tomatoes, carrots, and brown rice) are far leading in the protective mode than destructive.   I would have to say getting back to allanaturalle is preferable when it comes to eating.  If you can grow it you should.  Eat foods that are dark red like beetroot, dark plums, aubergines, red grapes known to kill cancer cells.  Bright colored foods such as red and yellow peppers, peaches, apricots and watermelon known to restrict cancer cells.  Green foods such as kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage for vitamin K.   Sprouting seeds for sulphoraphanes which have strong anti-cancer activity.  Nuts and seeds like organic muesli for breakfast, boosted by organic pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and linseeds.  Great for B bitamins like folic acid and biotin to help PROTECT DNA.  Bitter foods such as watercress ( all those sandwiches we called poodle food.....actually good for you) gooseberries, cranberries (not dried), blackberries and wild strawberries.  Almonds, cashews, millet, buckwheat, and apricot kernels all contain a variety of natural compounds like B-17 which is referred as natures chemotherapy.  Green tea, olive oil, fennel, oregano ( which is great for upper respiratory btw) will boost your immune system and kill yeasts.  Switch if you can out of cow's dairy to a little goat cheese, soya and rice milk.  Swap red meat for game ( buffalo, deer, elk, wild turkey(not in a bottle) and oily fish.  Eat more mushrooms, apples, and organic brown rice ( I know repeat but we need repeat sometimes).
In other words......INVEST IN YOURSELF!  Small steps can make huge strides!  More to come.

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