- Leave a big glass of water by your bedside and drink it when you wake up.
- Every morning on an empty stomach, drink a cup of warm to hot water with the juice of half a fresh lemon squeezed in it. Try to not eat or drink anything for the next 20-30 minutes. This assists in cleaning out the liver and digestive tract in preparation for a new day of work.
- Make sure that you eat breakfast.
- On most mornings try to only have fruit for breakfast or at least until 10a.m. You can have as much as you want to feel satisfied, but try to only stick to one or two types of fruit for that day. You may want to have an egg, some granola or trail mix, or some yoghurt in the mid morning around 10:30.
- Learn about food combining and practice it if you choose to eat the mainstream foods such as meats, breads, dairy, and vegetables. Your body will work more efficiently when you follow these principles.
- Learn about Raw Food or Living Foods diets as this method of eating is the most powerful and sensible I have studied and observed.
- Try to buy as much of your food organically grown and your meats too. Many of the chemical pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics and hormones that are used in raising our crops and animals end up in our bodies contributing to health problems. It may be more expensive but you are worth it. If more people make this conscious change, supply and demand will bring the price down until it is the norm.
- Eat when you are hungry, don’t eat when you aren’t, and don’t overstuff yourself.
- Chew your food and don’t eat if you are stressed and hurried. Also, eat sitting down.
- Do not use regular iodized table salt. Use Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salts.
- Try to drink 2-3 litres of clean water a day.
- Take a good multivitamin, a good multimineral, and a vitamin C-about 600-1000 mg per day. Ask for help at a health food store or consult a Naturopathic Doctor as to which vitamin and mineral supplement is suited for you. Especially get your kids taking good vitamins and minerals. Always take them with a meal as vitamins are not a replacement for food.
- Use olive oil, flaxseed oil, or hemp oil in your diet. Vegetable or plant oils are healthy for you in moderate doses. They help the function of your hormone system.
- The ingestion of alcohol, meats (which have antibiotics in them), medicinal antibiotics, and vaccinations can kill off some of the healthy or friendly bacteria that live in the small and large intestine. Unfavourable bacteria start to outnumber the friendly bacteria and many problems can result. It is a good practice to go to a health food store and purchase some Acidophilus (for the small intestine) and Bifidus (for the large intestine). Ask the employee for help as there are different types and they can guide you. Take the dosage as that brand recommends for 2-3 weeks or until the bottle is finished. That’s all. Try to do this about every four months to keep your system up to par.
Eliminate from your diet as much as possible:
- White sugar, (candies, chocolates, pastries, etc.)
- White flour, pastries, cookies, etc
- Nicotine (including chewing tobacco)
- Pop drinks
- Coffee (decaf included) and caffeine teas.
The reason to eliminate these foods is not just that they are “dead” foods (no life or vibration in them), but because they throw off your very crucial acid-base balance. Your blood is like a swimming pool and your kidneys are like the pool boy that constantly checks to see if the water (or your blood) is in the right concentration or pH range. If it is too acidic or too alkaline he will add certain chemicals to bring the pool back to balance. When we eat the above foods they make our blood acidic and to balance out the blood the body takes calcium from our body to do it. This is not good for obvious reasons. It will also stress out the kidneys (the pool boy) leading to future problems.
Minimize your animal protein intake or have very small portions. Animal foods (cheeses, meats, eggs, fish and seafood) also make the body acidic. The body does not need large amounts of protein to function well, and most nuts, grains, soy products, and other legumes can provide plenty of protein. Dairy products seem to cause a lot of mucous production in people, which is the bodies’ outright way of saying “get this out of me!” Anyone with any kind of digestive problems (including flatulence and burping), any skin conditions, any lung problems, any joint aches, any learning and concentration problems, or any problems battling with frequent colds or headaches should severely restrict or eliminate dairy from their diet. Soy milk, tofu, soy cheeses, veggie burgers and veggie deli slices are becoming more and more available and provide an excellent source of calcium and other vitamins and minerals.
AVOID ANYTHING WITH NUTRASWEET OR ASPARTAME IN IT INCLUDING POP DRINKS. IT KILLS YOUR BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM AND WILL BE LINKED ONE DAY TO SOME ALZHEIMER AND MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS DIAGNOSES.
AVOID ANYTHING THAT HAS THE WORDS ‘HYDROGENATED’ OR ‘PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED’ IN THE INGREDIENTS. They have a long half life and stay in the body for months if not years!
Avoid chewing gum as it confuses your body into thinking it is eating, which tires the digestive system. Later when you eat, the system is tired and inefficient. On top of that, most gums are now made with artificial sweeteners!
These are recommendations and not meant to replace any medical or other health recommendations from a qualified health practitioner. Any changes or concerns to one’s diet are done entirely at their own risk.
Please consult with Dr. Tangri first if you have any questions or concerns.
Consult Acid and Alkalizing Chart and Food Combination Charts