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September 4, 2013

Eating your way to healthy

Niagara Gazette — I’ve learned a lot about staying healthy since contracting Lyme disease and cancer 20 years ago. 

Back then, after much research, I created a diet that has kept me free of arthritic pain and inflammation that Lyme disease brought on and has kept me full of energy.

I learned that inflammation is usually the source of pain and imbalance in the body. If it isn’t created by injury then it’s created mostly by diet, dehydration and emotion. 

It’s important to realize that your emotional state is very significant to your health and wellbeing. Analyze your thought patterns and consider healing any underlying grief, anger, fear or other negative emotions that you might be holding onto in your subconscious. These emotions greatly affect your organs and digestive systems. 

Coupling a good emotional attitude with eating foods that support a healthy body is a big part of the prescription for a longer healthier life.

Since healing myself of Lyme disease and cancer, as well as a crippling spinal injury, utilizing both a good diet and emotional healing, I became dedicated to helping others. I studied herbal remedies, nutrition, meditation, emotional and energetic healing work along with eco-psychology for more than seven years and have been helping others for nearly 20 years. 

The first, and most important, thing you need to know in order to begin your journey into healthy ingesting is to always drink at least 3 liters of filtered water a day — the ideal combination is 2 liters of filtered and 1 liter of alkaline water daily. Drink water 20 minutes before meals or between meals. The more water the better. Your body is made up primarily of water that needs to be replenished constantly. 

As you get started on rethinking your diet, I suggest utilizing two uncooked or live meals a day with one cooked meal. Cooked polenta for breakfast is nice as are fruit smoothies. You might also start your day with singular fruit servings like watermelon, which has more iron then beets. Fruits, especially melons should be eaten before other foods or in the morning for easier digestion. If you don’t have fruit, or are beginning a detox diet, a hummus wrap makes a nice start to the day, as does a live carrot ginger soup. Live salads or cooked veggies and quinoa for lunch, or a fish dish with a salad also makes a great lunch. Always prepare a fresh-squeezed green juice for a mid-day snack between meals. 

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