Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"Feeding Versus Cleansing" by Dr Natasha

I have checked out this very comprehensive blog on "feeding versus cleansing" by Dr Natasha, and it is interesting to learn that animal foods such as fresh good quality meat, fish, eggs and dairy are largely feeding/building, while plant foods such as beans, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds are largely cleansing/detoxifying. I find it useful to know that vegan diets are ideal only for temporary cleansing, and cooking plants help make them more digestible, and animal foods are needed for buiilding our body with the necessary fat and protein. I also find it interesting to note that our body goes through cycles of building itself up and cleansing itself, and "desire for a particular food is the main way your body tells you what it needs at any particular moment nutritionally".

Yes, come to think of it, there were times I do have a desire to eat certain foods during lunchtime, and even though I usually eat mainly vegetables and occasionally egg for lunch, I sometimes felt like eating some meat as well. This is especially so when I feel a bit hungirer than usual and I would be thinking maybe I should eat something more filling, such as some meat. I also noted from the article that everyone is unique, and what may suit another person may not suit me and vice versa. All in all, it is a very informative blog.
"Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) are the most difficult conditions to treat. The detoxification system in these people is in complete collapse.

The toxins... impair the function of mitochondria in the cells. Mitochondria are our energy factories in the body. As they are disabled the person suffers from severe fatigue, which is the main symptom of these three conditions. The detox system needs energy to function, so the person is trapped in a vicious cycle of not being able to produce energy or detoxify.
As the detoxification system is disabled, any amount of die-off is poorly tolerated, as die-off increases toxicity in the body, and... That is why people with these problems have to go so slowly with increasing probiotics or fermented foods....

Try to modify your GAPS diet according to your personal needs: move through the stages faster or add foods which you feel will be good for you earlier, while avoiding those that are difficult for you to handle at the moment.
My heart goes out to people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and ME; you have a real challenge with your health, one of the most difficult ones....

The important thing for you is to never give up and trust your body: your body knows what it needs at any moment. You need to develop a real connection with your body, to learn to listen to it and have a deep love and respect for it. Because it is your body that is doing the healing, not the diet or supplements or anything else....

Your recovery process is a partnership between you and your body. So, don’t try to impose anything on your body without asking it first if it agrees with that.... Your mind is affected by many different things and can deceive you, while your body is always right.

We have lost touch with our nature and it takes time to learn to listen to our bodies and our souls. But as you learn, you will become more and more successful, and not only at your physical recovery, but many other aspects of life." - Dr Natasha Campbell McBride

It is encouraging to read this above quote by Dr Natasha Campbell McBride, in knowing that we can become more and more successful at our recovery from the physical symptoms of accumulated toxins in the body, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, by learning to listen to our body and our soul, especially with regard to the kinds of food we eat, according to our personal needs. I googled about this just now and came across a couple of articles below in which the writers shared how the GAPS diet has helped them in their healing journey.

"Gaps diet cured my chronic fatigue. I still have some minor issues that are healing."

 

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