If you have been burnt out or have been suffering from long-term chronic illness, what you eat plays a large part in your recovery. Here is a summary of the food advice that Annica gives to her clients:
I (Gary) am closest to a vegan diet aiming for 50% of my intake to be raw. However, I do eat some dairy. I try to avoid gluten and am careful with sugars. I take some supplements. Here is a summary:
- Organic (mainly)
- Whole food (mostly)
- Aim for 50% raw
- Gluten free (no wheat)
- Dairy free except for goat feta cheese once every week or so
- Organic or bio-dynamic eggs once a month or so
- No food with added sugar
- Careful with sweeteners
- No frying
- Fermented drinks such as Kombucha
- Fermented foods such as Kimchi
- Sea vegetables
- Raw rice
- Sorghum (Durra, Jowari, Milo)
- Buckwheat groats (also known as kasha)
- Gluten-free oats
- Omega 3
- D and K2
The key is to get a good Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio (that is, at most 4 omega 6s for every 1 omega 3).
Good oils: Coconut, Olive, Flax, Hemp, Avocado
Bad oils: Sesame, Corn, Sunflower
Sucrose is the sugar to watch out for. So look at the sucrose levels when determining what sweeteners to use. For example, agave has a high level of sucrose so is not a particularly good sugar alternative.
Fruit is okay. Dried fruit in moderation is okay.
Good sweeteners: Yacon, Stevia, Birch tree-derived Xylitol, Erythritol, Lucuma, Monk fruit / Lo Han Guo (Luo Han Kuo), pure Glucose (Dextrose)
This is a hot and complex topic and one has to do quite a bit of reading and then decide one's position. There are many conflicting views - in one case with noble prize nominees weighing in against scientists. Our view at Shine Bright Now is that foods that incorporate GMOs should be labelled - as I believe they are in Europe. And then that these foods should be avoided. Keep in mind that although few GMOs are produced in Europe, vast amounts of these type of crops are imported for livestock feed - and then, of course, they end up in the food system.
Here are some resources:
Here is a quick summary of how to keep your head above water in today's challenging society. More details can be found elsewhere on this page and site.
Over many years of studying, experimenting on myself, and getting to a point where I have only had one cold/flu in 10 years, I have come to the conclusion that in today's society where there are so many (and various) stressors impacting the body/mind, that the only way to keep your head above water - in other words, not go down or burn out - is to every day enjoy and work on your overall resilience (life energy, immune system, heart connection, emotional health, and awareness).
So, here are the Shine Bright Now recommendations for optimum health and wellbeing. There are 24 improvement areas, divided into four sections: Body, Mind, Energy, and Spirit. Many of the improvement areas inter-relate - as one would expect. And you don’t need to do them all. But the more you do the better.
Whenever I am researching a subject in the field of health and wellbeing, I always start by checking if there are articles about the subject on the following sites - there often are and they are very well researched and informative.
Other good sources of information are:
Lynne McTaggart's What Doctors Don't Tell You
Here is a short extract from Fred Bisci's Your Healthy Journey. It is a great summary of healthy eating.
Kate Magic has many good articles and interviews on her site.
Here's one from Kate that might be particularly useful, what to do if you are coming down with a cold or flu.
This booklet, The Innovative Medicine Diet Plan, also provides a nice summary of healthy eating.